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BUNCHE CENTER NEWS

January 3-11, 2002

 

Awards

2002 Terence A. Todman Book Award. The Bunche Center in conjunction with the Thursday Luncheon Group invites nominations for outstanding students interested in international affairs. The award will provide $500 for the purchase of books at the Howard University bookstore. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students, majoring in political science, history, African studies, economics, international business, or other fields with a concentration on international affairs are eligible for consideration. For further information, contact Kali Jones at k_c_jones@howard.edu. Applications are due January 23.

Internships

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is offering a 6-month internship in South Africa. Applicants must be US citizens, have completed his/her undergraduate studies, have a demonstrated interest in African development, great interpersonal skills and a sound background in computer and information technology. All costs (transportation, health insurance, accommodations) are covered and a monthly stipend of $1000 is given. For more information, interested applicants should call the CBCF at (202) 675-6739 or email educate@cbcfonline.org. Applications are due January 31.

The University of Michigan Population Fellows Program provides summer internships in US based international family planning and population organizations. The internships give students a structured, professional learning experience under the direction of a committed mentor. Some students, depending on placement, may work abroad. The internship is available to upper level HBCU students, including graduating seniors, who have demonstrated academic excellence and have an interest in international issues and public health. For further information, email hbcu.pop@umich.edu or visit www.sph.umich.edu/pfps. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is February 1.

The World Service Office of Volunteers of America is currently building its international program. This is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate seniors and graduate students to as interns in a start-up operation. Interns will not only provide program, research and administrative support to the Director of International Services but also have the opportunity to develop strategic planning and marketing skills. Applicants should be self-directed, have good analytical, written and verbal communication skills, and demonstrate strong computer literacy in the use of MS Office and the Internet. Students studying business administration, public policy, political science, development studies or rural sociology with an international specialization are welcome to apply. Please e-mail your resume for consideration to jkoster@voa.org. For more information, visit www.volunteersofamerica.org.

The Africa-America Institute (AAI) offers select advanced undergraduate-level students and interested professionals the opportunity to serve a three to six-month internship in the Washington, DC office. Interns will have the opportunity to work with AAI's International Visitors Program, Government Relations and Policy Program, or the Global Training for Development Program. Interns are chosen on the basis of their interest in and knowledge of Sub-Saharan Africa, oral and written communication skills, research capabilities, and ability to work independently and on their own initiative. For more information, visit www.aaionline.org.

The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies seeks interns; responsibilities include research assistance and administrative support, conference coordination, editorial and publication assistance, and database development. Research includes monitoring developments and conducting research on terrorism and counter-terrorism over the past two decades, peace processes, regional insurgencies and ethnic conflicts, terrorism and law, etc., developing and maintaining a database on terrorism and regional developments; compiling bibliographies and chronologies, and summarizing research materials as directed. Students with a background or interest in ethnic conflict, political violence, international affairs, history, public policy, and law are preferred, though others accepted. Seeking candidates with relevant research experience, writing and editing experience, good database skills, excellent organization and communication skills mandatory, strong MS Office skills and Internet research skills, ability to prioritize heavy workload. Interns are expected to work 10-20 hours per week during the school year. Interested students should send a letter of interest with a current copy of your resume to Mr. James Kirkhope via e-mail at jkirkhope@potomacinstitute.org.

The Africa Center for Strategic Studies, US Department of Defense supports democratic governance in Africa by offering senior African civilian and military leaders a rigorous academic and practical program in democratic civil-military relations, security strategy, and defense economics. The Center offers seminars all over the world. It seeks qualified interns to support its upcoming seminars. The internship is available both in the spring and the summer. Interns must be in an undergraduate curriculum, have an interest in international affairs, cross cultural awareness, and a strong interest in Africa. The internship is unpaid but the student will have the opportunity to travel to Africa with the Center. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample immediately to: Ms. Elizabeth Lang, Community Affairs Specialist, Africa Center for Strategic Affairs, 2211 South Clark Place, Suite 836, Arlington, VA 22202 or fax; (703)602-2879.

Women in International Security announces paid internship opportunities for the Spring and Summer. The organization seeks students and recent college graduates to assist with a variety of projects, including database maintenance and the creation of WIIS publications. Good computer skill, including database and web experience desirable. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Molly McLearn; fax: (202) 687-3233, email: mmclearn@wiis.org.

International Law Institute, a private, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC is seeking graduate interns with an interest in international and legal issues and/ or international exchange. Primary duty of the interns will be to assist in the researching and writing of bid proposals to be submitted to international development organizations. The ILI works extensively with developing countries on a variety of topics relating to trade, finance, economics, and law. Please send resume to: International Law Institute; Attn: Intern-Development Assistant, 1615 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington DC or fax 202-483-3029. For further information, please visit the website at www.ili.org.

The Africa Legal and Civil Rights Center is looking for a part time legal intern. For more information, contact Peter Njang at (202) 829-5383.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity will offer several ten-week internships over the summer in the areas of Accounting, Asset Management, Corporate Law, Investment Banking, Information Technology, Management Consulting, Media and Philanthropy. The Careers Program is competitive and offers students of color the opportunity to network and explore careers in some of the most competitive areas of the economy. The majority of the internships are based in New York in the financial services industry. Placements include Goldman, Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Time, Inc., MTV Networks, and the Carnegie Corporation. Applications are available in the Bunche Center or call 212-979-2040. Early application deadline is January 15, and all applications are due February 15.

Amazon Alliance for indigenous and traditional peoples of the Amazon Basin is an initiative to protect the environment and the traditions of the Amazon. Interns are needed to work on a variety of issues including oil development in Ecuador and Peru, aerial eradication of illicit crops in Colombia, legislation and international agreements. Interns will be responsible for research in these areas. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (one page), and three phone references to the Internship Coordinator. For more information, visit www.amazonalliance.org.

Fellowships

The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation is now accepting applications fro the 2002-2003 Selected Professions Fellowships in Law. Applications must be postmarked by January 10, 2002. Fellowships are offered to women of color in their final year of the JD program. Find more information on this opportunity at www.aauw.org/3000/fdnfelgra/selectprof.html.

The Jennings Randolph Fellowship program of the United States Institute of Peace announces opportunities for Washington, D.C.-area university students to work as paid, part-time research assistants with 2001-2002 USIP senior fellows. Research Assistants work an average of 20 hours per week with individual residential fellows for the duration of the fellow's project. USIP employs local university students through a cooperative program with the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. In order to be considered for an RA position, you must be enrolled in a degree-granting program at one of the Consortium member universities. Graduate students are preferred. Please send your resume, a cover letter explaining your interest in a USIP RA position, and a brief writing sample demonstrating your research and writing ability to: Ann Driscoll, United States Institute of Peace, 1200 17th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036-3011, or Fax: (202) 429-6063.

 

Thomas Pickering Fellowship, Department of State. The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides undergraduate and graduate funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the Department of State Foreign Service. Successful candidates are obligated to serve three to four and one-half years as Foreign Service officers. Applicants must be either in their sophomore year of undergraduate study or enrolled to begin their first year of a two-year full time master's degree program in the fall semester following selection. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. Applications are due February, 2002 for the Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Please contact the Diplomat In Residence, Ms. Carter Perry for additional information.

Oak Human Rights Fellowship 2002. The Oak Institute seeks a human rights practitioner in the field of refugees and displaced populations in Asia or Africa. Possible areas of interest include but are not limited to: internal or international displacement due to war or civil conflicts, development projects, or forced relocations; women and children refugees; economic and political rights; religious or cultural forms of persecution; and asylum, repatriation, or third country resettlement. Applications from those who are currently or were recently involved in "on-the-ground" work at some level of personal risk are strongly encouraged. The application deadline is January 15. For more information, contact the Oak office (207-872-3813, oakhr@colby.edu, or http://www.colby.edu/oak/), or visit the Bunche Center.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 2002-2003 Junior Fellows Program seeks graduating seniors or students who have completed their bachelorís degree within the past academic year and who desire a career in international affairs. Junior Fellows provide research assistance to Associates working on the Endowmentís research projects such as non-proliferation, democracy building, international economics, China-related issues and Russian/Eurasian Studies. The application deadline is January 8. For more information, please contact the Bunche Center or visit http://www.ceip.org/.

The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship for the 2002-2003 academic year. A stipend of $45,000 will be provided for each fellow. Applicants should be working on projects that address aspects of the African Diaspora as understood in its broadest context between the fifteenth and the twenty-first centuries. Fellows will be required to be in residence and teach one course in the area of their specialization. The application deadline is January 21. For more information visit www.driskellcenter.umd.edu.

The Department of the Interior US Fish and Wildlife Service Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) provides opportunities for students to work directly with professional biologists on a variety of important environmental projects dealing with the conservation and enhancement of fish and wildlife and their habitats. Applicants must be a US citizen or resident alien, enrolled in an accredited college/university, and in good academic standing with their school. The Service will provide a salary, full benefits, and in some instances tuition assistance, transportation expenses, and low to no cost housing. Please email Shawnetta Grandberry at shawn_granberry@fws.gov .

 

Study Abroad

The Caux Scholars Program for 2002 will be held in Caux, Switzerland from July 13 to August 14. Throughout the summer, a series of conferences on topics such as diversity in cities and nations, the moral foundations for democracy, and the ethical and social responsibility of industry. The program will be held at Mountain House, the center of Initiatives of Change. Recent graduates, third-or fourth-year University students, and graduate students who have knowledge in a foreign language and have participated in public or community service are welcome to apply. The application deadline is April 1.

Other Opportunities

The International Fellows Program is a nine-month, fieldwork opportunity with self-help, economic development projects throughout Africa. This program will give participants a chance to gain practical, hands-on experience with a community organization or a grassroots program in a developing region of the world, with an emphasis on the continent of Africa. IFESH will cover all expenses and provide a living allowance. Applicants must be US citizens with excellent communication skills and a graduate student or graduating senior. All application materials must be received by February 28. For further information, visit www.ifesh.org. Applications are available in the Center.

The Women in International Security Summer Symposium for Graduate Students in International Affairs brings 30 outstanding students from around the world together with senior professionals for six days of panel discussions, career development workshops, a crisis simulation, and networking opportunities. The program is open to Masterís or Doctoral students. For more information, visit www.wiis.org or email Kate Capossela at events@wiis.org.

Teachers for Africa is designed to permit teachers, school administrators and professors from the United States to spend an academic year in Africa to help improve the educational systems of selected nations. Teachers are placed in formal and informal settings to assist in curriculum development, strengthen administration and management capabilities, provide innovative classroom techniques, and help identify educational materials. Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident, have a college degree, and a minimum of three years as a teacher, professor, or administrator. IFESH will cover all expenses and provide a settling-in and living allowance. All levels and disciplines are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is February 28 and are available in the Center. For more information, visit www. ifesh.org or email questions to teachers@ifesh.org.

Middlebury College Language Schools. Would you like to learn a new language in just 7 weeks? Middlebury College offers an accelerated summer language program in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Students spend the summer learning the language, exploring the culture, and earning academic credit. HBCU students are eligible for scholarships to attend the program. If you are interested, please stop by the Bunche Center to pick-up an application. Application deadline is April 1.

Ron Brown Center for Politics and Commercial Diplomacy Program offers an innovative approach to practical training in the field of commercial diplomacy. Students will get the insiderís view from top practitioners as well as first hand experience in real world negotiating scenarios and analysis of case studies. The program will also train students in integrated application and analysis to the solution of problems in politics and commercial diplomacy, which involves managing the relationship between private commerce and government policy, inter-cultural communications and negotiations in international trade and investment. Applications can be picked up in the Bunche Center and are due February 1.

The Rotary Centers for International Studies and Conflict Resolution offer individuals committed to peace and cooperation the opportunity to pursue a two-year masterís level degree in international studies, peace studies, and conflict resolution at one of the Rotary Centers. World Peace Scholars are chosen based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution during their future careers. Funding will cover tuition, fees, room & board, transportation, and contingency expenses. Applications are normally submitted 18 months before study by the Rotary club in applicantís district. Visit www.rotary.org for more information.

For the Faculty

The Regional Scholar Exchange Program (RSEP) provides opportunities for junior and mid level university faculty, researchers, and PhD candidates in the social sciences and humanities to conduct academic research overseas. Awards of up to 9 months are offered in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Application deadline is January 15. For more information about RSEP or other IREX programs, visit the Bunche Center or http://www.irex.org/.

Council on International Educational Exchange Faculty Development Seminars provide a cost-effective tool to assist academic institutions in their efforts to internationalize. The seminars are specifically designed for faculty and administrators. The 1-2 week seminars take place in June and July and feature lectures, site visits, and opportunities to meet with overseas faculty. For 2002, the academic seminars will take place in 20 countries, with new seminars being offered in India, China, and the Czech Republic. For further information, call 1-800- 40-STUDY, ext. 2782, email IFDS@CIEE.org, or visit the website at www.ciee.org/ifds. Application deadline is March 15.

Teachers for Africa is designed to permit teachers, school administrators and professors from the United States to spend an academic year in Africa to help improve the educational systems of selected nations. Teachers are placed in formal and informal settings to assist in curriculum development, strengthen administration and management capabilities, provide innovative classroom techniques, and help identify educational materials. Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident, have a college degree, and a minimum of three years as a teacher, professor, or administrator. IFESH will cover all expenses and provide a settling-in and living allowance. All levels and disciplines are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is February 28 and are available in the Center. For more information, visit www. ifesh.org or email questions to teachers@ifesh.org.

 

 

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