Volunteer Opportunity in Ghana

This year the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI) is excited to be offering two Community Health Evaluation sessions and Girls’ Empowerment session.

The Summer Serve and Learn volunteer program offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience in international development work in Africa. The volunteers take part in sessions lasting 16 days or 3 weeks, working alongside local staff to reach common goals. The programs are each designed to complement our year-round programming and the skills and expertise of the volunteers. By volunteering, you will have the opportunity to learn from the local community and gain profound insight into life in rural Ghana. You will benefit from Twi language lessons, discussions on pertinent topics and cultural exchanges, such as meeting the village chief, a drumming and dancing workshop, and traveling to sites at the historic Ghanaian cities of Kumasi and Cape Coast.

Not only are GHEI’s Summer Serve and Learn programs an enriching personal experience but also a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience and transferable skills volunteering in a developing country.

To learn more, check out the website:
http://www.ghei.org/summer-serve-and-learn-1

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Internships with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Internships with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Interested in learning more about the inner-workings of a Congressional District office? Want to gain hands-on political and constituent services experience which working for a Member of Congress that fights every day for issues like protecting women’s rights, the environment, and standing up for working families?

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is seeking interns for the Winter/Spring 2016 Semester. Interns play a critical role in our team to help us manage the day to day workings of a Congressional Office. Fill out this form to find out more about our opportunities and how to apply!

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell represents Michigan’s 12th Congressional District. In Washtenaw County, she serves the cities of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and the townships of, Pittsfield, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Superior, and parts of Scio Township. In Wayne County, she serves Sumpter and Van Buren Townships, Belleville, Dearborn, parts of Dearborn Heights, and the Downriver communities.

Term: We are looking for interns to start in the Winter/Spring Semester 2017

Hours: We ask that interns work a minimum of 10-20 hours a week in our office

What we’re looking for in applicants:

  • Passionate about local, state, and federal government issues and interest in learning how Congress works
  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks in a timely manner
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills

Responsibilities will include:

  • Interact directly with constituents to guide and support them through various concerns on political issues, or navigating the federal government
  • Day to day office work such as answering phones, writing letters to constituents, and keeping office systems in order
  • Assist staff members with event planning and management
  • Assist various staff members with federal agency casework
  • Attend community events as a member of our team
  • Record, track, and respond to constituent concerns on various political issues

Fill out this form to hear more from one of our staff about internship opportunities and how to apply.

Please direct any questions to Eric Woody at: emwoody1@gmail.com

Invitation: 2017 US-Japan-Korea Trilateral Symposium

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International Student Conferences & Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA invite you to 4th Annual US-Japan-Korea Trilateral Symposium, Mutual Understanding in a Time of Division

Thursday | January 5, 2017
8:30 am – 2:00 pm

The National Press Club
MWL Conference Room
529 14th Street NW | Floor 13
Washington, DC
Space is Limited. RSVPs are Required.

In many ways, 2017 ushers in a new era for US-Japan-Korea relations. The whirlwind election of 2016 for the United States and the recent impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye put all three countries in a position where cooperation has rarely been more important. For this new paradigm, new ideas are needed from new places.

Far from being inexperienced, today’s young generation is perhaps better prepared than any to carry the torch of US-Asia relations and policy. Thanks to cultural and academic exchange programs, the Internet, and immigration trends, young leaders of today are more knowledgeable about world affairs than ever.

On January 5, 2017 International Student Conferences (ISC) and Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (SPFUSA) will provide the voice of future leaders for U.S.-Japan-Korea cooperation.

The student leaders and senior experts will discuss important, current-day topics directly relevant to the US, Japan and Korea. The fourth annual Symposium will demonstrate to the larger audience the ability of the younger generation to engage in a productive dialogue on U.S.-Japan-Korea relations, including ideas for improving trilateral cooperation.

Agenda

8:30 am – 9:00 am
Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:20 am
Welcome & Introduction

9:20 am – 10:30 am
Panel I: North Korea Security / Human Rights

10:40 am – 11:50 am
Panel II: Women and Leadership

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Lunch Session

12:45 pm – 1:55 pm
Panel III: Recommendations for Future Administrations

1:55 pm – 2:00 pm
Closing Remarks

Call for Proposals – Davis Projects for Peace

The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning is pleased to announce the Davis Projects for Peace initiative for 2017.

The Davis Projects for Peace were made possible by Kathryn Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist who was committed to providing the resources to the actionable project ideas of today’s student leaders.

Projects for Peace are summer-long projects designed and implemented by undergraduate students passionate about peace in their communities and around the globe. The initiative hopes to prepare students as ethical global leaders by providing the resources to execute innovative grassroots project ideas. These projects, as defined by students, creatively address local or worldwide peace efforts providing sustainable solutions to contemporary society.

The selected project proposal will be funded up to $10,000 and implemented during summer of 2017. 

Proposals must be submitted by midnight on Monday, January 23, 2017.

For more information, and to submit a proposal, see Davis Projects for Peace information on the Ginsberg Center website.

Additional questions, please contact projectsforpeace@umich.edu.

Invitation to the 4th annual Midwest Model European Union hosted by Indiana University

Created in 1993, the Midwest Model European Union (MMEU) MMEU is the second oldest intercollegiate simulation of the EU in North America. Every April, more than 160 college and university students meet in Bloomington, Indiana, to decide the future of the European Union. Playing the roles of prime ministers and presidents, ambassadors and commissioners, ministers and diplomats, they spend three days discussing contemporary policy issues, resolving disputes, building compromises, and charting the course of European unity.  From Thursday afternoon through midday Saturday, students introduce, discuss, and reach decisions on EU policy. National leaders provide overall direction and ministers work out the details of policy. Commissioners and their director-generals give direction to foreign and security policies, the single market, eastward enlargement, the development of the euro, and further EU integration.

Though role-playing, students don’t just absorb information about the EU, they live it.  By traveling to a single location and meeting teams from around the country, they interact with others who are as passionate about politics, international affairs, and European studies as they are.  Over the course of our program student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. “This was a superb learning experience which brought together everything we’d been studying in our class on European integration,” commented one recent Indiana University participant. “It was a real eye-opener. I’m looking forward to participating next year.”  Furthermore, faculty advisors have found this event incredibly beneficial, “The Model EU is really the high point of my various classes dealing with European politics, both for my students and for me” said Jonathan Olsen, a faculty advisor for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

The next MMEU will be held in Bloomington on April 20-22, 2017.  Registration forms are due by January 23, 2017.  Learn more at https://euro.indiana.edu/news-events/mmeu/index.html or contact Liese Hilgeman, Institute for European Studies Assistant Director at lhilgema@indiana.edu or 812-856-3832. Please note that the registration fee for each team is $150. Registering early will ensure we will have space available for your team.

Sigma Iota Rho: Call for Papers and Online Submissions

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Print Submissions
The Sigma Iota Rho Journal of International Relations is accepting article submissions from undergraduate students for its 2017 print issue.

Submission Rules

  • Authors must be current students
  • Articles must be original and previously unpublished
  • Articles must be between 2,000 and 6,000 words in length
  • Articles must pertain to the field of International Studies
  • Articles may include charts, graphs, or other pertinent illustrations

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit in Microsoft Word .docx format with 1″ margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, and double-space
  • Include a cover page (author’s name, email, telephone number, university, and the title of the article), a 200-word abstract, and a brief biography of the author
  • Complete the bibliography & footnotes according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition

The Sigma Iota Rho (SIR) Journal of International Relations is an undergraduate journal of international studies housed in the Library of Congress. The Journal has a circulation of over 3,000 copies, which are distributed to over 160 undergraduate international relations programs and APSIA graduate international relations schools. Each edition includes a featured article by a leading voice in international relations; previous headliners have included Joseph Biden, Henry Kissinger, and Pascal Lamy.

Online Submissions
The  Journal is also seeking regular bloggers, op-ed articles, and research articles for its expanding online platform, SIRjournal.org

Op-ed and Research Article Rules:

  • Work must be relevant to the field of International Studies
  • Lengths and topics are flexible

Blog Applications:

  • Bloggers must commit to one post per calendar month
  • Blog posts must be between 500-1200 words
  • Applications must include the student’s name, email address, telephone number, university, and a sample blog post

Send print submissions & questions to the SIR Board @ sirjournal.print@gmail.com
Send online submissions & questions to Miranda Lupion @ lupion@sas.upenn.edu

Call for Papers: Columbia University’s Journal of Politics and Society

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Columbia University’s Journal of Politics and Society is currently accepting undergraduate student papers for publication in the Fall 2017 Journal. The Journal has consistently published multiple papers by U-M students in the past few years.

The academic journal of the social sciences and history is distributed nationally among academics on EBSCO, Google Scholar, and the Library of Congress. In its 28th year of publication, the Journal features exclusively undergraduate work on political and social issues. The Journal is seeking outstanding student research papers from seminars, upper-level electives, independent study and thesis programs.

Papers are typically between 20 and 50 pages, although all submissions will be considered.

The deadline for student paper submissions is January 8, 2017. To download a Call for Papers PDF, please visit: http://www.helvidius.org/cfp

If you care to learn more about the organization or to view past editions of the Journal, please visit www.helvidius.org.