NEWS IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Secretary Clinton Praises International Exchanges in Major Foreign Policy Address
On July 15, during her address to the Council on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke of the power of international educational exchanges. Secretary Clinton said, "...we believe partnerships with people play a critical role in our 21st century statecraft. President Obama's Cairo speech is a powerful example of communicating directly with people from the bottom up. And we are following up with a comprehensive agenda of educational exchanges, outreach, and entrepreneurial ventures." Watch Clinton's speech.
Secretary Clinton: "I Want to See More Exchanges"
Last week, while traveling in Asia, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton continued to speak publicly about the significance of educational exchanges. In India, during a town hall discussion at Delhi University, Clinton said she is very eager to expand exchanges and spoke of the need for more citizen diplomats. In an interview in Bangkok, Thailand, Clinton said "there's no substitute for person-to-person connection." When asked about her legacy, she included partnerships and fostering exchange as important priorities. (written 28 July 2009)
Diplomats Call for Increased Global Engagement
By Eight Former Secretaries of State
Washington D.C., June 25, 2009 - Eight former U.S. Secretaries of State jointly penned an op-ed in Politico calling for a drastic increase in U.S. global engagement:
"We, former secretaries of state of different administrations and different political parties, and with differing views on many other issues, are nevertheless of one mind on this issue of critical importance to our country's national security. We call on Congress to act accordingly and fund this critical need."
The authors of the article include former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger, Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell [pictured, Photo AP], and Condoleezza Rice. A full version of the letter can be read here.
The Importance of Supporting Language Programs
In this opinion article in The Chronicle of Higher Education (available only to Chronicle subscribers), Mauro F. Guillén, director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, warns against targeting language programs for potential budget cuts, saying that to do so would be to lose a chance to educate students to be "better students of the world." Read more here.
PEW Report Shows an Improvement in U.S. Image Abroad
According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project, the United States' image has improved significantly in most parts of the world--a shift that reflects confidence in U.S. President Barack Obama. Read more here.
ACT Locally: Attend an August Town Hall Meeting
Throughout August, members of Congress will be in their home states to meet with constituents and learn more about local issues. This is your opportunity to discuss the significance of international education within your state and district. To receive notification of town hall meetings in your state/district, register for ACT today! Learn more about August town hall meetings.
Chinese Students Seek out US Undergrad Programs
Chinese students increasingly want to pursue undergraduate studies in the United States, in part due to the weak U.S. dollar, according to a China Daily report.Read more here.
How Do US Students' Technical Skills Rate?
An article in Education Week's Digital Directions examines how well the United States and other countries are faring when it comes to helping students acquire technical skills they can apply to learning and to work. Read more here.
Bountiful/Davis Summerfest International (BDSI)
6-8 August 2009, Bountiful City Park
The BDSI arts festival features international folk dance and music groups from around the world. The festival also includes artists and crafters, food booths and a children's art yard.
Tickets: Free Admission
Web: Bountiful/Davis Art Center
WorldStage! - "World Travelers"
Monday, 10 August 2009, 8:00 p.m., Utah Cultural Celebration Center
At the "World Travelers" first stop you will experience the traditional dances and music from Godollo, Hungary with the Bartak Folkdance Ensemble. You'll visit Poland next, with the music and dance traditions of 'MALY SLASK' from Radzionka, Poland. The "World Travelers" final stop is Botosani, Romania, featuring Klezmer musicians Moldavian - Rose and dancers Cultural Society Orpheus.
Tickets: Free Admission
Web: Utah Cultural Celebration Center
South Jordan City's "International Days"
10-15 August 2009, South Jordan
Dancers and musicians from Hungary, Mexico, Poland and the USA will celebrate South Jordan City's Sesquicentennial during the City's first "INTERNATIONAL DAYS" August 10-15. Highlighting the week's activities will be "Folklore Fun & Summer Bash" at The District on Friday August 14 (free) and "Concerts of Culture" at Bingham High School on Saturday August 15 (pre-sale $5 and at the door $6).
Web: "International Days"
Ferragosto - Italian Cultural Street Festival
Saturday, 15 August, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Pioneer Park
Ferragosto is a free family event featuring live entertainment, Italian food and crafts. Highlights include Colosimo's Sausage Eating Contest, Italian wine and beer. Don't miss the Italian-American karaoke, car and motor Scooter/Show, historical photo and art gallery, and free Italian movies!
Web: Italian in Utah
International Folk Festival
Wednesday, 26 August 2009, 8:00 p.m., Sandy City Amphitheater
Join Narodna international folk dance group and friends, including groups from Russia, Slovak Republic, Israel and Mexico,
for an evening of international music and dance. Come early for the best seats.
Tickets: Free Admission
Web: Sandy City Amphitheater
NCIV Seeks Applicants for Paid Fall Internships
Washington, D.C. - Know of a college student or young professional eager for more experience with citizen diplomacy? Please encourage them to apply for the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) 2009 Paid Staff Internship. NCIV interns work on substantive projects in support of the network and have opportunities to pursue professional development and represent the organization at outside events. Interns can receive academic credit for their work, and - thanks to the generous support of donors such as Ann Valuchek and Larry and Dora Chastang - receive $8.25 per hour; for a full-time, ten week internship, this totals $3,300.
More information about the internship is available by visiting idealist.org. Interested applicants should send their cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to Chris Bassett at firstname.lastname@example.org and are also welcome to write with any questions about the position, NCIV, or citizen diplomacy.
Land a Government Job Now
Where are the jobs?
About 85% of federal jobs are not in D.C. They're typically in major cities, both around the country and overseas.
To access the federal-job postings, start with http://www.usajobs.gov, which, as of this writing, lists 47,059 openings. That site has recently added a link for positions created by the stimulus package. Many of those positions will be filled through accelerated hiring procedures. To access that directly, go to http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/a9recoveryjobs.asp.
Visit the individual Web sites of your favorite federal agencies. You can access the major ones from http://dcjobsource.com/fed.html. An agency may have special positions and recruitment programs listed only on its site. That means you'll be competing with fewer job seekers. Also, some federal agencies -- for example, the FBI, Federal Reserve, Government Accountability Office and CIA -- don't have to advertise their jobs on http://www.usajobs.gov.
Federal agencies, especially the EPA, State Department, FBI, FDIC and Treasury Department, often fill unadvertised openings at job fairs. Some are listed at http://www.govcentral.com/careers/articles/1871 and at http://www.fedjobs.com/chat/jobfairs.html.
If you're a student, a good route to a permanent government job is a federal internship. The site http://www.makingthedifference.org lists 200 federal internship programs. Also see http://www.studentjobs.gov.
Which jobs should you apply for? How do you land the job? See full article (Writer Marty Nemko is a career coach and author of Cool Careers for Dummies.)
Call for Papers/Abstracts/Submissions
8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel
Honolulu Hawaii, USA
13–16 January 2010
Submission deadline: Friday, 21 August 2009
The 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities will provide many opportunities for academicians and professionals from arts and humanities related fields to interact with members inside and outside their own particular disciplines. Cross-disciplinary submissions with other fields are welcome. You may submit your paper/proposal by using the online submission system! Submit well in advance of the above deadline and take advantage of the NEW low early bird registration rate. See website for details. Sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods at the University of Louisville.
Please visit our website for more scholarship opportunities. If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please visit the International Center, WB 147.
Daughters of the American Revolution-Cogswell Nursing Scholarship
Application deadline: Saturday, 15 August 2009
This DAR scholarship is awarded to students who are accepted or enrolled in an accredited school of nursing.
Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship
Application deadline: Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Planning to study abroad? The Gilman scholarship offers financial aid for students who are pursuing study abroad opportunities.
UVU application deadline: Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Looking to travel the world? The Fulbright is an amazing opportunity to study or research abroad in one of 140 different countries for an entire year.
Jacob K. Javits
Application deadline: Saturday, 3 October 2009
The Javits provides financial assistance to students preparing to undertake study leading to a doctoral or master’s degree. Applicants must be studying in the field of arts, humanities, or social sciences.
ISSS/ISAC Annual Conference 2009
"Insecurity and Durable Disorder: Challenges to the State in an Age of Anxiety"
Thursday–Saturday, 15–17 October
Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort and Spa, Monterey, California
Early registration: until 31 August, $200; regular registration: $225
The structural sources of global insecurity have sparked a contentious debate in the disciplines of IR theory and security studies. A growing body of literature asserts that global insecurity will flow from a series of system drivers that constitute a new series of friction points in the international system. How is the state to respond to the unfolding environment? Come to the annual ISAC/ISSS conference to explore the foreign and security policy issues that will confront the international community over the next quarter century. See website.
Call for Applications
Global Governance 2020: Designing Scenarios for the Future of International Institutions—Berlin, Shanghai, Washington, D.C.
Application deadline: Wednesday, 30 September
The GG2020 program is seeking twenty-four young leaders, eight from China, Germany, and the U.S. respectively, for three, five-day dialogue sessions in Berlin, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C., between January 2010 and January 2011. Basic requirement is to be:
a young professional from the public, private, or nonprofit sector not more than three years after graduation (minimum: graduate degree, M A or equivalent), a PhD student or a final year master's student (applicants from all academic disciplines are welcome). You need to fulfill this requirement as of the closing date for applications (30 September 2009)
GG2020 is jointly implemented by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Fudan University, the Hertie School of Governance, the Brookings Institution, and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. GG2020 is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Transatlantic Program of the German Government (ERP Grant administered by the German Ministry for Economics and Technology). See website, see flyer.
National Clandestine Service—CIA
The CIA's National Clandestine Service (NCS) is seeking highly qualified applicants with foreign language and cultural expertise that can make a difference to protect our country's security. NCS Language Officers engage in translation, interpretation, and other language-specific functions in support of intelligence issues of critical importance to U.S. national security. This career track offers rewarding, fast-paced, and high-impact challenges.
Applicants must possess a high degree of personal integrity, a love of country, a team-player attitude, strong interpersonal skills and advanced English and foreign language skills. They welcome applicants from various academic and professional backgrounds. All applicants must successfully undergo several personal interviews, medical and psychological exams, aptitude, and language testing, a polygraph interview, and a background investigation. Following entry on duty, candidates will undergo job-specific training. U.S. citizenship required. An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force. For more information, see website.
U.S. State Department Internships
Fall application deadline: Sunday, 1 March
Spring application deadline: Wednesday, 1 July
Summer application deadline: Sunday, 1 November
The State Department offers both domestic and foreign internships to undergraduate and graduate students. About half of the domestic internships are in Washington, D.C.; the rest are at State Department offices in other large cities in the country. The foreign internships are located in embassies and consulates throughout the world (except, of course, at dangerous locations). Students on these internships often end up doing some fairly substantial work, including writing reports (e.g., human rights issues), working with people applying for visas, helping Americans in distress, helping organize high-level conferences and visits, and assisting with trade negotiations. Foreign-language ability is a plus for internships abroad.
Students may apply for these internships through http://www.studentjobs.gov; just put "internship" in the "Search" field.
For other government job opportunities, go to http://makingthedifference.org. This is a very helpful and informative site that links to all the various federal agencies.
Junior Professional Fellows Program
United Nations University, New York Office (UNU-ONY)
Application deadline: Monday, 30 November (February to July session).
The responsibilities of the Junior Professional Fellows (JPFs) range widely, encompassing all aspects of UNU-ONY's work: events, marketing, partnership fund-raising, and policy research. The aim is to develop partnerships and activities in Latin America, given the geographic proximity with the New York Office. Since Spanish translations can also be an important element in this cooperation, good written and spoken knowledge of Spanish is preferable. These are unpaid positions. On the job training and support is provided throughout the internship. See details on website.
2009 Glimpse Correspondents Program
Spring 2010 Program
Correspondents must be abroad for a minimum of ten weeks, 15 January–31 May 2010.
Application goes live: September; application deadline: 1 November; winners announced: December
The Glimpse Correspondents Program is an exciting opportunity for talented young writers and photographers who will be abroad for at least ten weeks. The program encourages participants to engage with people from other cultures, to seek out thought-provoking experiences, and to share their stories from abroad. You don't have to be a Correspondent to contribute to Glimpse. We invite anyone who is going abroad to submit a story proposal, start a blog, participate in our ongoing photo contests, or share an Insider Tip. For more information, see website.