November 2010 Archives

Essay Contest on "How Jane Austen Has Changed My Life"

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The English Department of Duquesne University

and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America

Are pleased to announce

An Undergraduate Paper-writing Competition

On the theme of

"How Jane Austen Has Changed My Life"


            1st place -- $200 plus entry to the Jane Austen Festival of Pittsburgh, March 12, 2011.

            2nd place -- $100 plus entry to the Jane Austen Festival of Pittsburgh, March 12, 2011.

            Honorable Mention - a Jane Austen-related book.


All entrants must be students (part- or full-time) currently enrolled in an undergraduate college or university program.


Maximum length is 8 pages (2,000 words) typed and double spaced.

Submissions must be made by midnight on Sunday, January 23, 2011. Further rules and the entry form are available at Make submissions to: 

Winners will be notified during February of 2011.


Jane Austen Festival of Pittsburgh


The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America is thrilled to sponsor a day-long Jane Austen Festival and Assembly Ball on Saturday, March 12, 2011.  This inaugural event will take place at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, a private and historic club in the heart of the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. 


The day will be dedicated to celebrating and examining the work of Jane Austen.  Speakers will include: Joan Klingel Ray, Professor of English and President's Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and author of Jane Austen for Dummies;  Gaelen Foley, NY Times bestselling author of fifteen adventure-filled historical romances set in the Regency period;  Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield, Professors of English and editors of Jane Austen in Hollywood;  and Carol Chernega, first International Visitor for the Jane Austen Society of North America to Jane Austen's home, Chawton.


Festival Registration will open January 10, 2011.  Please visit for more information.


The Jane Austen Festival of Pittsburgh is funded in part through grants from the Jane Austen Society of North America, The Country Dance & Song Society of Pittsburgh and the English Department of Duquesne University.

Killam Fellowships for Undergraduate Study in Canada

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The Killam Fellowships Program offers American undergraduate students the opportunity to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada.  The fellowship carries a value of $5,000 per semester, and includes health insurance for the duration of the exchange.  The program also includes a three-day seminar in Ottawa (Canada's capital) and Washington, DC, and additional funding to explore other parts of Canada.  All of the information is available on our website (  (Please note that the application deadline is January 31, 2011.  If you are a partner school (see list of partner schools here:, please check with your study abroad advisor for internal deadlines.) This is a great opportunity for undergraduates to study abroad.  Please let Kevin Berezansky know if you are interested.


Pembroke-King's Programme

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The Pembroke-King's Programme (PKP) offers an exceptional opportunity to experience Cambridge student life over eight weeks, the length of a regular undergraduate term. Many of the students on this programme have traditionally come from Harvard, Yale, Penn, Brown, Brigham Young and the University of California, but Pembroke welcomes applications from students at any accredited institution of higher education in the US or from around the world. Indeed, in 2010 we welcomed our first students from universities outside the US, including students from Sciences Po, the American University of Beirut and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


National Security Education Program African Languages Initiative

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We are pleased to announce that the National Security Education Program African Languages Initiative is now open to both undergraduate and graduate students.  This initiative will offer Boren Scholarship and Fellowship applicants the opportunity to apply for additional language training in Bambara, Swahili, Yoruba, or Zulu. Preference will be given to applicants with prior exposure to the respective languages, but prior training is not required.

 Specifically, this pilot initiative will provide the opportunity for Scholars and Fellows to enhance their Boren Awards with additional language study in the United States and overseas.  Beginning summer 2011, Boren awardees will have the opportunity to enroll in domestic university-based summer intensive courses in the targeted languages.  The summer U.S. programs will be followed by intensive language and culture study programs during the fall semester at specific language centers in Mali (Bambara), Tanzania (Swahili), Nigeria (Yoruba), and South Africa (Zulu). The program administrator for this initiative is the American Councils for International Education.

 Please visit for more information about the options available to graduate and undergraduate students.   If you are interested in receiving additional program information, please contact, and we will send details as they become available in the coming weeks. 


Student Conference Presentation Opportunity

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The Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education is sponsoring its 13th annual conference March 25-26, 2011 at Kutztown University. The theme of this year's conference is  Building Community: Creating Culturally Responsive Relationships. PA-NAME hosts the premier diversity education conference in the Mid-Atlantic region, annually attracting over 200 students, faculty, teachers, entrepreneurs, social workers, community activists and politicians.


This year's theme is dedicated to building personal, professional, educational, and social relationships that advance multiculturalism. Multicultural education provides a framework for building community through its emphasis on cross-cultural understanding, advocating culturally-affirming, positive self-concepts, valuing differences and advancing cultural pluralism. At the core of multiculturalism is the focus on engendering deep and meaningful relationships among individuals and groups grounded in personal experiences and cultural knowledge. This conference provides a context for exploring the numerous ways that community must continue to be built by creating relationship that honor the culture of all members.


PA-NAME invites you to submit a presentation proposal for its annual conference. Presenters are encouraged to (but not required) submit proposals that coincide with the theme and present information that shows an understanding of implementing effective culturally responsive relationships that bridge divisions between cultural groups. Presenters will offer solutions about how their work, research, program initiatives, and/or personal practices move us toward a more equitable society. Presentations should be designed to analyze and generate conversation addressing various dimensions of multicultural education.


All proposals will be blind peer-reviewed. The conference committee is made-up of the PA-NAME Executive Board and other PA NAME members. Reviewers will read, review, and select proposals based on applicability to the conference theme, creativity, professionalism, and clarity.


The deadline for priority consideration for received proposals is November 25, 2010. The final deadline is December 15, 2010. The conference committee, comprised of PA-NAME members, will review and select proposals based on applicability, creativity, and clarity. Accepted presenters will be notified by January 1, 2011. All presenters will be responsible for their own conference fees and travel expenses.To submit a proposal and to register for this year's conference, please go to  

Fellowship Opportunities for Health Care Access and Advocacy

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The Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice was created in 2005 by Philippe Villers, Founder and President of Families USA. Each year, the Villers Fellow works in our health policy department and assists our organization's efforts to improve access to health coverage for all Americans, especially for low-income and other vulnerable communities. Specifically, the Villers Fellow will conduct research on a range of health care policy issues, and write and contribute to publications that are relevant to health reform implementation and other health policy issues.


In creating the fellowship, Mr. Villers aspired to develop a network of young leaders who share a passion for health care justice. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to health care justice work following their year as a fellow. Additionally, in order to encourage the development of future leaders, Villers Fellows must commit to mentoring at least one person over the course of their careers.


The application deadline for the Villers Fellowship is January 14, 2011.


You can find more information, including a downloadable application form, on our
Web site:


If you have any questions about the Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice or would like to request hard copies of the application brochure, please contact me at

The Wellstone Fellowship

The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice is designed to foster the advancement of social justice through participation in health care advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many low-income and minority communities. Through this fellowship, Families USA hopes to expand the pool of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented economic, racial, and ethnic minority groups, including from the American Indian & Alaska Native, Asian American, Black/African American, Latino, and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander communities. The Wellstone Fellow plays an integral role in the work of Families USA's Field and Minority Health Initiatives Departments. The Wellstone Fellow's primary responsibilities include assisting in the organization of conferences and trainings for advocates, community leaders, and journalists; drafting talking points, blogs, policy briefs fact sheets, and other publications; and developing content for the Families USA website and email lists. During the year, the Fellow will learn about health reform implementation, minority health, Medicaid, Medicare, and other important health policy issues. At the same time, the Wellstone Fellow will develop an understanding of the tactics and strategies used in state-based consumer health advocacy organizations and will work directly with our network of state consumer health advocates and organizations.


The ideal candidate must demonstrate an interest in health care policy as a tool for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities and in using organizing and advocacy skills to achieve social change. Applicants should also demonstrate a commitment to contributing to social justice advocacy following their year of hands-on experience as a fellow.


You can find more information, including a downloadable application form, on our Web site:


The application deadline for the Wellstone Fellowship is January 31, 2011.

Undergraduate Scholars Forum

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The Undergraduate Scholars Forum provides all undergraduate students with an opportunity for scholarly development by presenting their original research, scholarly activities and creative endeavors.

Forum participation is designed to foster scholarship and collegiality among undergraduate students and faculty members and to provide a forum for undergraduate students to discuss their academic work with a community of scholars. 

The sixth annual Undergraduate Scholars Forum will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

Forum Details
Details about poster, oral, and business presentations, performances/exhibits, juried art exhibits, and more.
How to Submit a Presentation
Here's how undergraduates submit a proposal to present research or creative works.
Call for Submissions
Proposal submission guidelines are provided for the sixth annual Undergraduate Scholars Forum on April 5, 2011. 
About the Undergraduate Scholars Forum
Information about the upcoming and previous forums can be found here.

Study Abroad in Germany - Application Deadline December 1

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The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals fellowship
(CBYX) offers 75 students and recent graduates the chance to immerse
themselves in the German language and German culture for one year.  CBYX is
open to applicants in all career fields, though those in business,
engineering, technical, vocational, scientific, and agricultural fields are
preferred.  Previous German language knowledge is not required, but is
strongly preferred.

The CBYX program year consists of:
- 2 months of intensive German language instruction
- 4 months of classroom instruction at a German university or vocational
- a 5-month internship with a German company or organization in the
participant's career field
- housing in homestays, shared-apartments, or student dorms for full
immersion, plus a range of financial benefits

For more information on CBYX, and to apply online, visit


The Baden-Württemberg Stipendium "Work Immersion Study Program" (WISP) is
currently accepting applications from students at community colleges in the
US, who would like to complete an internship in Germany during the upcoming
summer.  WISP is offered exclusively to students pursuing an associates
degree at the time of application.

The WISP fellowship includes:
- one month of intensive German language training at the Carl Duisberg
Centrum in Radolfzell
- a two-month (July-August) internship placement in a German company in the
participant's career field
- accommodations in an apartment or with a German host, plus a range of
financial benefits

WISP is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung. For more information on
WISP, and to apply online, visit


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The Women's Club of IUP will be awarding four (4) $100.00 Book Awards to deserving female students prior to the beginning of the second semester.  The form required to apply for this award is attached. This Book Award is based on the financial need of the student, as well as the information contained on the required application and 200 word essay.


The Awards are in the form of house credit designated for "Textbooks Only" established at the IUP Co-op Bookstore in the name of the recipient.  The credit may be used anytime during the semester for the purchase of textbooks. 


Questions may be addressed to Shirley Bush, 1632 Old Route 119 N., Indiana, PA 15701, by e-mail to, or by phone (724-349-2647) prior to the application deadline of November 29, 2010. 





Shirley Bush

Ways and Means Chairperson

Book Awards Chairperson

Women's Club of IUP

Coexistence in the Middle East (CME), from June 26th-July 26th, 2011

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Following the success of our last program, we would like to invite the students at your institution to Experience the challenges of human diversity by participating in the academic field program in Israel, Coexistence in the Middle East (CME), from June 26th-July 26th, 2011. View other dates


CME is sponsored by the Israel National Commission for UNESCO, and participants are eligible to 3-6 academic credits through the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, rated among the world's top 120 universities.




Video: Program 2011


 Video: Program Alumni




CME seeks to promote mutual understanding through contact and interaction with different cultures through study visits and meetings with representatives of diverse perspectives. The program introduces students to the challenge of human diversity in Israel, where different civilizations, religions, national identities, and ideologies from around the world converge.


In addition, participants have the opportunity to visit two of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Pyramids of Egypt or the Lost City of Petra in Jordan.


To date, undergraduate and graduate students from 32 universities and 11 different countries have participated in our programs. For information about our previous programs, please refer to the following links: Program 2010.pdf | Lecturers 2010.pdf | Alumni Video | Alumni.pdf.


To participate or to learn more about scholarships and contacts at your campus, students can register to our website without obligation via the following link:


For general info about our next programs, please refer to the following links at

|Dates and Costs | Itinerary | Lecturers |  Alumni | Registration | Scholarships | Egypt, Jordan & PA


We also invite students to get in touch with some of the program's alumni in our Facebook group, and to follow us on Twitter.


We would be grateful if you could help us by forwarding this invitation to faculty members and/or students who may be interested in promoting or participating in the program. We would also be thankful if you would be willing to publish it through your institution's website.  


Additionally, we would appreciate it if your institution would consider the possibility of granting academic credits to this course, which has already been recognized by several universities.


Thank you for helping us to promote coexistence.


Best regards from Israel,



Javier Gelbwaser



Coexistence un the Middle East

Academic Tour in Israel

Experience the challenge of human diversity...


Connect with us: Facebook, Twitter

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Asia

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The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce that funding for the Freeman-ASIA Program has been approved for two years, beginning with the Summer 2011 term.  The application system will open in January 2011, and grants will be offered for Summer, Semester, and Academic Year terms.


Detailed information will be available on December 1, 2010 on the program website at:


The Freeman-ASIA Program, generously supported by the Freeman Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), aims to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing them with the information and financial assistance they will need.  Award amounts vary from up to $3,000 for a summer program, up to $5,000 for a semester/quarter program, and up to $7,000 for an academic year program.  From 2001 to 2009, Freeman-ASIA provided scholarships for more than 4,000 U.S. undergraduate students to study in East and Southeast Asia. 



Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)
U.S. Student Programs
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3580

CHC Alumna Brewer to Discuss Biomass Conversion to Fuel

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Catherine (Gumm) Brewer, who earned a B.S. in Chemistry degree in 2007, will vist the Department of Chemistry on Friday, November 19, 2010, to meet with faculty and students before presenting "Thermochemical Processing of Biomass for Biochar, Liquid Transportation Fuels, and Chemicals."

Brewer is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Biorenewable Resources and Technology with a minor in Soil Science at Iowa State University during her tenure as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellow. She does her research on engineering biochar at ISU's Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies (CSET) in collaboration with several research groups from the Agronomy, Chemistry, and Horticulture departments. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the characterization of chars from the thermochemical processing of biomass to relate chars' production conditions to their suitability for soil amendment and carbon sequestration applications.

Brewer's seminar is open to the public and will be held in Weyandt Hall, Room 240, from 3:35-4:25 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Boren Presentation at IUP: Thursday, November 18th at 12:30 PM

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Robyn Van Wingerden, Program Manager for the Boren Awards at the Institute of International Education will be on campus in the Cook Honors College on Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 12:30 PM in the Whitmyre Great Hall. She will present information about Boren Scholarships and Fellowships to all interested undergraduate and graduate students in the Whitmyre Great Hall.

The Institute for International Education offers Boren Awards for the study of languages critical to US national security interests abroad. If you want to learn a less commonly taught language, do research in a country commonly underrepresented in study abroad and pursue a career in government service, then a Boren Award is for you.

Boren Scholarships allow U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in study abroad.

Boren Fellowships encourage U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their education, and can include language study, research, and academic internships. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Go to to learn more.

Please contact me at 357-7573 or for more information.

Technology Odds and Ends

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The light bulb in the overhead projection unit in the Great Hall costs about $600 to replace.  Please be sure to turn it off when when you are done using it.

The AV equipment in the Fine Arts classroom is connected to the computer in an optimal set up for classroom use.  If you alter it in any way, please put it back as you found it.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Germany

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For undergraduate students who are interested in conducting research at RWTH Aachen University in Germany next summer, we are pleased to announce the next call for applications to the UROP International program.


- Program dates: June 6 - August 12, 2011

- Application deadline: January 31, 2011 at

- Informational webinar for interested students and study abroad advisors: November 19, 2010 - Reserve your Webinar seat now at:


UROP International (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) at Germany's RWTH Aachen University gives Sophomore and Junior applicants the chance to work closely with RWTH faculty on exciting new research projects while also broadening their cultural horizons through German language instruction, intercultural workshops, activities, and excursions. Students will have a wide selection of internships to choose from in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, and many other departments. In the first two weeks of the program, students will engage in intensive language instruction catered to their level and also receive an introduction to research. The remainder of the program will shift its focus to the research internships while students continue language instruction twice a week.


There is no participation fee for this program, and after the application deadline (January 31st, 2011), up to 30 scholarships of € 1850 each will be awarded to qualified students.


For further information, visit at

or contact: 


Laura Montgomery


RWTH Aachen University - Liaison Office USA/Canada

Executive Director / Geschäftsführerin

871 United Nations Plaza

New York, NY 10017 USA

Tel: +1 212.758.RWTH (7984)

Fax: +1 212.758.1629

Honors Connection is looking for new members!

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Any honors college student is welcome to join our club which focuses on community
service, new students to the RECHC, and strengthening the Whitmyre community through fun activities.  We're the group that organizes Thesis Snacks, Winter Formal, and Freshmen Orientation.   If you would like to play a part in these activities you need to be in the club.
 We also help with the prospective student overnighters which many of you have attended and are always looking for new ideas to make these events fun and appealing to the high school students.   Being in Honors Connection is a great way to earn service hours.  We will be
volunteering at a nursing home within the next few weeks, are working with a community group called Healing Hearts, and you even earn hours by coming to meetings to help plan all of these activities! 

Please join us Wednesday, Nov. 10th at 9:15pm in the painting room at Whitmyre.  Hope to see you there!

Honors Connection President,

Kelsey Garmon

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scholarship Program

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Supporting students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security mission.


* Undergraduate students

* U.S. citizenship required

* Funding available for fall 2011

* Full tuition and monthly stipends

* Includes 10-week summer internships at federal research facilities or DHS Centers of Excellence

* Application Deadline: January 5, 2011


Complete information is available online at


Questions regarding the DHS Scholarship Program can be sent via e-mail to


Please post program poster available at and distribute this email to students and colleagues. Online Survey

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HC students are excellent advocates for their education.  Please consider submitting your descriptions of IUP and Cook Honors College via the online opportunity described below by Emily Weber.

Hey everybody,

I'm working as a Contributing Writer for, a website
that features student-generated descriptions and information on
colleges. There are two parts to the work. First, I have to write 30
mini-essays about everything relating to the IUP experience, including
on-campus housing, academics, Greek life, weather, financial aid,

The second part is where you come in: I need to get at least 50
students to participate in an online survey created by College
Prowler. It takes about 5-10 minutes and asks a number of different
questions about IUP. Your participation (and honest answers!) help me
out a lot because there's no way that any one person can know the ins
and outs of a campus well enough to share it with potential students.
And it's completely anonymous; I can only see how many people
responded to it and read the answers to open-ended questions. The
best answers may be featured on the website as well, but again,
without identification of the writer.

I'm hoping to get more than 50 students to help me out, so if you
could, please visit
Thank you so much!

-Emily Weber

Summer Internship Program in Germany

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CDS International, Inc. (CDS) is currently accepting applications for the Summer Internship Program in Germany.


This program provides an opportunity for students at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities to gain international work experience, improve German language skills, and experience German culture firsthand from late-May through August 2011. Internship placements are available in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to business, economics, engineering, finance, German studies, international relations, IT, media/communications, non-profit sector and tourism.


For detailed information and application materials, please visit our website at:



December 15, 2010




-U.S. citizenship; non-U.S. citizens must be enrolled students at a U.S. college or university before, during and after the program; Canadian citizen enrolled at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university; German citizens cannot participate; U.S. citizens graduating in May 2011 are also eligible

-Maximum age is 30

-The equivalent of 2 years of post-secondary instruction of German

-Participants must have completed at least 2 years of study at a university/ college


CDS is also accepting applications for the Émigré Memorial German Internship Program - German State Parliaments (EMGIP).


EMGIP provides American and Canadian students the opportunity to intern at the Landtage - German State Parliaments. This is a great opportunity for individuals hoping to pursue careers at a regional level of government in the U.S. or Canada, or who are interested in specific policy issues such as the environment, education and/or healthcare. Participants on the program gain practical work experience with a state parliament, utilize their German skills and experience German culture firsthand.


For detailed information and application materials, please visit our website at:



December 1, 2010 for Early Summer 2011
March 31, 2011 for Fall 2011




-U.S. or Canadian citizenship

-Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled at U.S. or Canadian colleges and universities may apply

-Maximum age is 30

-High-intermediate German skills (oral and written) are required

-At least 2 years of study in a field related to International Relations, Public Administration, Political Science, Law, Economics, European Studies with an emphasis on Germany; German or German Studies, if applicants have a minor in one of the above fields


We appreciate your support and thank you for passing this on to prospective students!


Best regards,


Katerina Holubova

Program Director | Internships Abroad


CDS International, Inc.

440 Park Avenue South, 2nd Floor | New York, NY 10016

Tel +1 212.497.3515 | Fax +1 212.497.3584 |


June 5 - July 30, 2011

Georgetown University, Washington, DC      





Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies and held at Georgetown University, the LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. programs combine substantive internships, rigorous courses for academic credit, career development activities, exclusive briefings and lectures led by prominent policy experts.



Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the Final Deadline of March 3, 2011. Students are encouraged to apply for the early deadline of December 3, 2010 to receive a 5% discount on their tuition balance as well as priority internship placement.



Students from NCHC member honors programs will be given priority in scholarship awards from our general scholarship fund. Honors students should indicate on their application materials that they are a member of an honors program and list their honors activities on their resume.


  • Internships - Competitive placements with top sites in D.C.
  • Classes - Up to 9 transferable credits from Georgetown University
  • Housing - Roommate matching and furnished apartments on Capitol Hill
  • Guest Lectures - Featuring prominent government officials and policy experts
  • Site Briefings - At the World, State Department, Capitol Hill and Federal Reserve
  • Leadership & Professional Development - Leadership, mentoring and career building activities 
  • Networking - Interaction with seasoned professionals and student leaders from around the world
  • Scholarships - Generous scholarship funding based on merit and financial need


Internship placements are available in the following subject areas:


  • Politics, Public Policy and International Affairs
  • Journalism, Communications and Public Relations
  • Corporate Business and Government Affairs
  • Nonprofit Sector and Community Service


For more information and an online application, please visit our website or contact Mary Connell, Recruitment and Admissions Director, at or 202.986.0384.


Please visit this website to request an informational brochure:

Summer Internship Program in Spain.

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CDS International, Inc. (CDS) is currently accepting applications for the Summer Internship Program in Spain.

This program provides an opportunity for U.S. and Canadian students to gain international work experience, improve Spanish language skills, and experience Spanish culture firsthand. Participants complete unpaid three-month internships in companies across Spain. Internship placements are available in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to business, economics, engineering, finance, Spanish studies, international relations, IT, media/communications, non-profit sector and tourism.

For detailed information and application materials, please visit our website at:


DEADLINE: January 15, 2011



-U.S. citizen or Canadian citizen enrolled at a college or university before, during, and following the internship

-Minimum age is 19; maximum age is 25

-Two years of post-secondary instruction in Spanish or the equivalent; participants must be able to function in a Spanish-speaking work environment immediately upon arrival in Spain

-Participants must have completed at least 2 years of study at a university/college


We appreciate your support of international programs and thank you for passing this on to prospective students!


Best regards,


Katerina Holubova

Program Director | Internships Abroad


CDS International, Inc.

440 Park Avenue South, 2nd Floor | New York, NY 10016

Tel +1 212.497.3515 | Fax +1 212.497.3584 |

SMART Scholarship for Service Program

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Former Cook Honors College student Matthew Browe is currently pursuing an engineering degree that is fully funded by a Department of Defence SMART Scholarship at Penn State.  He raved about this program during a recent visit and wants all CHC STEM students to consider applying.  It is highly competitive but achievable as evidenced by his success.  Contact Kevin Berezansky (  if you are interested in talking with Matt about his experience with SMART.

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is part of a highly concentrated effort to improve the flow of new, highly skilled technical labor into the Department of Defense (DoD). The purpose is to promote the education, recruitment and retention of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering studies; the DoD is also interested in supporting the education of future scientists and engineers in a number of interdisciplinary areas. SMART Scholars are awarded an annual stipend, full tuition, required fees, health insurance, and a $1000 book allowance per year. The SMART Program will allow individuals to acquire an education in exchange for a period of employment with the Department of Defense. The program is intended for citizens of the United States; students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of award. Application opens August 1st and the deadline is December 1st.

Web site:

Pittsburgh Federal Career Day 2010 - November 16, 2010

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Are you thinking about a possible career in Government? Want to learn more about internships, fellowships, full time employment and more? If so, then please join us for the 9th Annual Pittsburgh Federal Career Fair ( with more than 60 federal, state and local government agencies represented. This event features:

a. a job fair
b. keynote speaker,
c. breakout workshops on the job-search process
d. information sessions by select federal, state and city agencies

Duquesne University will be hosting the Federal Career Day 2010 on 
Tuesday, November 16 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Power Center (Student Union-Fourth Floor) Ballroom, on the corner of Forbes Avenue and Chatham Square.  This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. 

Students can register to attend at,
but pre-registration is not required.  In addition to these events, please consider applying for a seat for our Networking Breakfast:

Networking Breakfast
This exclusive event will provide you the opportunity to have breakfast with top representatives from government agencies from around the country.  The breakfast begins at 9 a.m.  Seats for this extraordinary event are limited, so apply early.

To Apply:
Send a 1 - 2 paragraph statement of interesting including your areas of interest and why you would like to pursue a career in federal, state or local government.

a. Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University Students:  Please contact your respective Career Services Department to determine where to send your application.

b. All other interested parties, please send your letter to Michelle Boehm at

c. Registration for the Networking Breakfast will be open to Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and University of Pittsburgh students until October 29, after which time all interested parties may apply.

Who will attend the Breakfast?
Government recruiters from federal, state and city agencies from across  the U.S. and over 150 student leaders from Pittsburgh's top universities and graduate schools.

Federal Career Day Sponsors include: Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh. This event would not be possible without the generous support of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, The Partnership for Public Service, the U.S.DOE- National Energy Technology Laboratory and the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board.

Airport Carpool Requested for Thanksgiving

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Please post a comment in response if you are driving to Pittsburgh on the Friday prior to Thanksgiving Break.  At least one person needs a ride to the Pittsburgh International Airport on the 19th of November.  If you need a ride or are able to drive, please comment so others can connect with you.


Funds Available for Undergraduates to Present Research

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Message from Dr. Hilliary Creely, Assistant Dean for Research:
Funds are availabile to undergraduate students who want to present their research, scholarship, and creative works at professional conferences.  Currently enrolled undergraduate students may apply for up to a total of $500 in funding for travel which occurs before June 30, 2011. 
You are encouraged to apply early in the academic year for these funds.  
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IUP Cook Honors College Alumus, Haider Mullick, will present several talks on various issues related to US national security on Monday, November 8, 2010.  All Honors College students are invited to join the Honors freshman for a special Monday Not Football at 9 PM in the Whitmyre Great Hall.

Agenda for Monday, November 08, 2010

Terriorist Uses of the Internet

Location: HUB, Ohio Room
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:15 PM

Haider Ali Hussein Mullick is a fellow at the U.S. Joint Special Operations University and the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. Additionally, he consults with government organizations and advises on security, diplomacy, governance and development issues in South Asia. He will be speaking on "Terrorist Use of the Internet."

Six O'Clock Series

Counterinsurgency Operations in Afghanistan

Location: HUB, Ohio Room
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM

This discussion centers on the challenge of counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan with respect to the challenges provided by Pakistan's close interaction.

The IUP Military Science Department welcomes IUP alumnus Haider Mullick ('04, M '07). A former researcher at the Brookings Institution and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Mr. Mullick focuses on U.S. policy in South Asia, specifically Pakistan and Afghanistan. Most recently, Mr. Mullick was interviewed by the BBC regarding the Wikileaks scandal. Additional information can be found at Haider Mullick's website.

Cosponsored by the IUP Military Science Department.

Monday Not Football

Location: Whitmyre Great Hall

Start Time: 9:00 PM
End Time: 10:00 PM


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This year ASB is coordinating its recruitment and sign-up meeting with the Office of Student Life and the 6:00 Series. As such, the site leaders for the 8 identified trips will - at this presentation - provide information about the different possibilites for travel and community service during the week of spring break in March, 2011. Spaces are limited, so it's important that interested students attend this meeting so that they can receive instructions on how to secure their space on one of the eight trips.
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