Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program Info Session


Monday, October 31st, 2016
Noon-1pm, 1644 SSWB

Come find out about the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, a Japanese government program aimed at promoting grassroots international exchange. JET offers two types of positions: Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) who help teach English in primary and secondary schools, and Coordinator of International Relations (CIR) who help coordinate international programs in city and town halls throughout Japan. Japanese language proficiency is NOT required for most positions.

The JET Program Coordinator from the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit will present an overview of the program and discuss the application process for positions that start in the summer of 2017.  

The application deadline is November 18th, so for those of you who have already started your application, this is a great opportunity to get any questions answered before submitting!

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships and Grants


Fellowships and Grants Program for the 2017/2018 academic year. The ASF will offer around $300,000 to outstanding American students, scholars, professionals, and artists for study and/or research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden. Fellowships of up to $23,000 are intended to support an academic year-long stay, and priority is given to students at the graduate level who need to spend time at foreign academic or research institutions. Grants of up to $5,000 are considered more suitable for shorter research visits, both on the graduate or post-doctoral level. Funding is available to candidates in all fields.

Request for Applications
Deadline November 1, 2016

Conference: Industrial Upgrading and Economic Growth in China – Oct. 21-22


Please join Michigan Ross China Initiatives Oct. 21-22 for an interdisciplinary conference examining China’s changing development model and the role of industrial upgrading in promoting new sources of growth and development. This unique gathering of distinguished thought leaders is being produced in partnership with the LSA Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, LSA Department of Economics, Ford School of Public Policy, and Ross Executive Education.

Industrial Upgrading and Economic Growth in China 
Sponsored and presented by Michigan Ross China Initiatives
Oct. 21-22, 2016
Check-in begins at noon on Friday
Michigan Ross Colloquium (6th Floor)
701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

The conference is free and open to the public. The conference will explore the regional, national, and global comparative and historical competitiveness contexts in which China’s industrial upgrading will take place. We will also explore new technologies, the industrial ecosystems required for them to emerge and thrive, and their business, economic, and social implications going forward.

View the full list of speakers.

Please visit the Industrial Upgrading and Economic Growth in China webpage for more information.

Register for the conference.

Fellowship for Modernizing Transatlantic Relations


The US presidential election is dominating the news and has brought out strong feelings among the younger generation on both sides of the Atlantic. With your help, we’d like to harness the passion and look further ahead in transatlantic relations. Our new fellowship and exchange program Atlantic Expedition — funded by the German government — gives a young and diverse group of potential leaders a platform to modernize transatlantic relations.

We believe that giving consideration to fresh points of view and new ideas is crucial to reversing the trend of declining enthusiasm for European-American relations on both sides of the pond.

Diversity of backgrounds — and therefore of opinions, priorities and areas of expertise — is an essential element to a fruitful debate, yet one which is unfortunately still lacking in transatlantic politics. Atlantic Expedition aims to remedy this, by assembling some of the brightest young minds from the US and Germany, in order to solicit their ideas, informed and enriched by a wide variety of professional, academic and cultural backgrounds, on how to reform and reinvigorate the transatlantic partnership.

Fellowship opportunity: Help reinvigorate and modernize transatlantic relations, while travelling to Germany and the US! http://atlantic-expedition.org

Participants don’t have to be experts! We are specifically in search of new perspectives and bold ideas. Transatlantic matters affect everyone, and ought therefore to be discussed by everyone.

Those interested in participating need only submit a short article (500-1000 words) analyzing the current state of transatlantic relations, with a focus on whichever sub-topic interests them most – however niche or marginal. If they are aged 20 to 35, we’d love to hear from them! The deadline is November 16, 2016.

The fellowship will take participants to the US and Germany, where they will have the opportunity to network, debate and collaborate with future opinion leaders, as well as with established transatlantic decision-makers and stakeholders from a variety of business sectors and interest groups. Fellows will co-author a policy memo, drawing upon their diverse range of skills, interests and experiences, to be presented during the trips, and distributed to key transatlantic actors.

On 10/4 @ 3pm ET, Join State Dept’s Google Hangout On Violent Extremism

On Tuesday, October 4 at 3:00pm EDT, join the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and its partners for a Google+ Hangout to discuss how government, non­governmental organizations, and youth leaders are working together to address countering violent extremism (CVE). Submit questions on Twitter using #CVE.


Participants include:

Michael Ortiz, Deputy Coordinator for Countering Violent Extremism, State Department
Seamus Hughes, Deputy Director, Program on Extremism, George Washington University
Andy Rabens, Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues, State Department
Russell Porter, Special Coordinator, Countering Violent Extremism, USAID
Michael McCabe, Youth Coordinator, USAID
Mike Jobbins, Director of Global Affairs, Search for Common Ground
Maggie Williams, Search for Common Ground

Job Opportunities with Impact



Apply today!

Impact is a non-profit project of leading advocacy organizations, including Environment America and U.S. PIRG, that creates the grassroots action and power it takes to make an impact on issues that matter. We’re hiring a team of organizers for a two-year program.

Organizers currently work in 25 states. We’re working with national campaigns to get our country to 100 percent renewable energy, reduce corporate agriculture’s pollution of our water, and end the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms.


What will you do with Impact? First, you’ll come together with other new and experienced staff from across the country to learn how to make your impact in classroom trainings on the issues, our campaigns, our strategies and the tactics you’ll be using throughout the year. Then, you’ll put those skills to use in the field.

Your campaign assignment will depend in part on where you applied to work and where you can make the biggest difference. For example, you might build the coalition that convinces a major restaurant to stop serving meat raised on antibiotics. Or you could organize the news event that convinces the governor in your state that switching to more renewable energy is an opportunity to be a hero with the public.

Even when there’s not a vote coming up, organizing helps build long-term power to secure victories in the future. By first educating people on an issue and then winning them over to our point of view, we lay the groundwork for political change. It’s challenging, fun and incredibly meaningful. We’re taking on big issues and we’re up against big adversaries. We run campaigns with concrete goals, detailed plans, rigorous training, and above all, a laser- like focus on results.


Every day with Impact is different. You could be connecting with new health or consumer groups to build a coalition to stop antibiotic overuse, speaking in a church basement or at a town hall meeting on 100 percent renewable energy, organizing a news event on water pollution from factory farms, or meeting with an editorial board about any of these issues.

During the summer, you’ll run a citizen outreach canvass—and have the power of a paid staff of college students and others ready to help you build support for an issue, recruit new members, and raise funds for the campaign. And you’ll recruit the next wave of Impact organizers and interns so we can continue to work on more campaigns. So if what you want to do after college is to join a team of people who bring their passion to work every day to make an impact on issues that matter, then we’re the group for you.


The target annual compensation for this position is $26,000 in the first year. Impact offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


Impact is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.