Government Events and Opportunities
1. There is still time to apply to Columbia University's 12-month MPA Program in Environmental Science and Policy beginning in May 209. The next deadline to apply and be considered for fellowship is Thursday, January 15, 2009. If you do not wish to be considered for a fellowship, but do wish to apply, you still have a chance to apply for the February 15th deadline.
To learn more about the program, please visit our website:
Information about admissions and how to apply can be found online also at: www.columbia.edu/cu/mpaenvironment/pages/application.html
You can also learn about the work students are doing in their workshops classes this semester; projects from this semester's workshop course can be viewed online. The workshop projects are the culmination of semester-long projects on a proposed but not yet enacted environmental law or treaty with an emphasis on management issues. The purpose of the fall-semester workshop is to provide students with the opportunity to manage and implement a public earth system and environmental program, and the opportunity to put into practice what has been learned throughout the year. To view these projects, please visit:
If you have any questions about the application, the program, or would like to visit the campus, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail or by phone at (212) 854-3142.
Please pass this email along to any interested students you may know.
Coordinator | Masters of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy
Office of Academic and Research Programs
The Earth Institute | Columbia University ph: 212.851.0261
Contact: Columbia Univ. School of Int'l & Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027
Johns Hopkins University – Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
CTY is seeking outstanding staff to work in our summer programs. The Center for Talented Youth offers challenging 3-week academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world.
Locations throughout the United States, Mexico, China, and Spain.
Who: Johns Hopkins University – Center for Talented Youth(CTY)
What: We are seeking enthusiastic *political science and international relations
instructors* and *teaching assistants* to work in our summer programs. CTY
offers intense 3-week academic programs for academically talented elementary,
middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world.
Session 1: June 25 – July 18
Session 2: July 18 – August 8
Instructors and teaching assistants can work either or both sessions.
Why: CTY staff work with exceptional students, make contacts and friendships with
dynamic colleagues, and gain valuable experience in a rigorous academic setting.
Instructors start at $2100 - $3000 per 3-week session.
Teaching assistants start at $1100 per 3-week session
Room and board are provided at our residential sites.
Classes: 15 students
*Each instructor is assigned a teaching assistant.
Courses: International Politics, Model United Nations and Advanced Geography,
Global Politics: Human Rights and Justice, The Asian Pacific Rim, Politics of the Middle East, U.S.-China
· Review full job descriptions and responsibilities
· Learn about additional opportunities
· Download an application
You can also contact us at 410-735-6185 or email@example.com
for more information. Johns Hopkins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Assistant Program Manager
Johns Hopkins University-Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
5801 Smith Ave, Ste 400
Baltimore, MD 21209
3. A six-week program with an additional four-week option, the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Summer Seminar at Trinity College, Oxford, is one of the oldest American summer programs at Oxford University. Taught entirely by Oxford faculty, the small classes are organized around discussions, and most courses employ the Oxford tutorial system in which students meet regularly with their tutors in small groups. Courses offered include literature, politics, law, architecture and art history, and culture. UMass Oxford Summer Seminar students reside at Trinity College, many of them living in a quadrangle originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the seventeenth century.
The Office of International Programs (2 Arrow Street) will host an information session about this program on January 13, at 11am. Jenny Adams, University of Massachusetts Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director, Oxford Summer Seminar, and Associate Professor in the Department of English will be present to give the presentation and to answer questions about the program.
For more information, see: http://www.umass.edu/oxford/
Office of International Programs
tel (617) 384-7893
fax (617) 496-2563
4. The DRCLAS Brazil Studies Program is launching a new Public Policy Immersion Program (PPIP) this coming June. The purpose of this new program is to expose Harvard College students to the complexity of the challenges confronting Brazil by giving them an opportunity to work on problems related to the reform of the nation’s government, health and education systems. We are working with leading organizations in São Paulo to design challenging, applied public policy projects that will be carried out during a nine-week program.
PPIP is distinct from a traditional summer internship in that it emphasizes applied policy work that requires students to undertake research and to participate in structured activities that are designed to complement the time spent on-site in the organization. Our Student Services team has designed the program after spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to most add value to the host organizations and to the students participating in the program. Potential policy-focused internship project topics with leading Brazilian NGOs and other organizations that our Brazil Office has built relationships with over the course of the last two years include:
* Access and the promotion of literacy in rural communities in the Amazon
* Integrating children with physical impairments into the education system
* Promoting racial equity in primary school education
* Primary healthcare challenges for low-income and immigrant populations
* Providing access to finance and public savings
* Increasing employment in the formal sector of the economy
In addition to providing students with hands-on experience on an important
policy challenge, the program will include a one-week visit to Brasília. Students will have an opportunity to meet and debate with key Brazilian leaders, as well as to understand the functioning of the policy-making process in an international context. Prof. Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, will lead the one-week orientation trip to Brasília. His deep knowledge of democracy, elections, and public policy will encourage reflection on the contrasts and similarities between Brazil and the United States.
To guarantee full immersion, we have arranged home stays in São Paulo with
Brazilian families who will generously provide housing at no cost to participants. The PPIP will be led for the full 9 weeks by my colleague Lorena Barberia, DRCLAS Program Associate, who holds a Ph.D. in Government and Public Administration from the Fundação Getulio Vargas and an MPP from the Kennedy School and has been the main organizer of this endeavor. For full details on eligibility & application information, etc, see:
After the 2008 Elections: How Will They Govern?
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Reception 5:30 p.m.
Program 6:00 p.m.
Moderator: David Ellwood, Scott Black Professor of Political Economy and Dean Harvard Kennedy School
Thomas E. Mann, Senior Fellow and W. Averell Harriman Chair, Brookings Institution
Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. Auditorium
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
136 Irving Street
Register online at: https://www.amacad.org/events/cEventRegForm.aspx?id=16
Please contact the Events Office at (617) 576-5032 for more information.
Boston: March 26th and 27th, 2009
Charles River Public Internet Center- 154 Moody St. Waltham, MA, 02454
Note: These are one day workshops (8:30am - 4:30pm). Participants choose which one day to attend.
Audience: Beginners, anyone interested in mapping their community
Participants will learn to use ArcGIS 9.3 to do the following:
Create thematic maps
Participants will learn to create thematic maps of their own data, and display
spatial trends in information.
Address mapping (geocoding)
Participants will learn to map addresses of their clients, their projects or incidents such as crime and disease.
Download and Map Census & American Community Survey Data
Participants will learn to extract and map current Census data such as poverty, race, language, population, transportation, education and workforce characteristics.
Participants will also learn to:
Conduct spatial queries, download free shapefiles, create well-designed maps
Mapping techniques transferable to all other communities. Exercises are designed for beginners. Intermediate Excel skills required.
+ Comprehensive workbook (75 pages), which includes the presentation, exercises and reference worksheets,
+ ArcGIS (ArcView 9.3) software 60-day trial CD set,
+ Thirty day free access to new 2005 Tiger/Line geography files (converted to
shapefiles) which include streets, zip codes, school districts, voting
districts, census tracts and many other useful geographies
+ Thirty day free access to our /Analyzing Your Community: Local Demographic
Analysis Online Workshop/
Praise for the Introduction to GIS & Community Analysis Workshop
Upton Massachusetts AIDS Action Committee: "Very interesting course and a great
Boston Private Industry Council: "Very useful - practical exercises that
introduced me to the features and tools of ArcGIS and its potential for
University of Massachusetts Medical School: "This was a great intro to GIS. I
feel like I can start to incorporate GIS into work projects."
City of Boston: "I attained a good overview ArcGIS, and a basic understanding of
shape files, joins, queries."
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