Odyssey Bound Newsletter from St. John's College, Santa Fe
Odyssey Bound Newsletter from St. John's College, Santa Fe Career Services Office
CAREER SERVICES AT ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE | SANTA FE | MARCH 2013 INSIDE YOU’LL FIND STAYING IN SANTA FE VALERIE BLOMBERG (SF12) SUMMERTIME IN SANTA FE LEARNING “CHINA” CAMILLE BYRNE (SF14) APPLYING TO THE PEACE CORPS WHITNEY WILL (SF13) JUNIORS: SUMMER PREPARATION INTERNSHIPS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES A Santa Fe mural. Staying in Santa Fe Valerie Blomberg (SF12) Career Services Office Contact: Career Services 505-984-6066 Fax 505-984-6167 Web address: www.stjohnscollege. edu/admin/SF/career.shtml AGORA: www.myinterfase.com/sjcsf/student Facebook: www.facebook.com/sjcsf careerservices Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office located in the basement of Weigle Hall, Room 13 Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment Career Services Staff: Margaret Odell Director Barbara Lucero Sand Assistant Director Chelsea Allen Internship Coordinator Christine Kng Publications Editor Allen Matsika Research Assistant Melissa Latham-Stevens Art Director I had some classmates at St. John’s who worked really hard. I don’t just mean in academics, or a tenhour-per-week campus job. I had classmates who worked multiple part-time jobs in addition to class, devoting all their time and energy to their work and their academics. They seemed, to the rest of us, antisocial. I continue to believe that St. John’s is the best education. I tell everyone I can about the college and the wonderful things we do. I especially tell people that at St. John’s, we are free to think for ourselves. But St. John’s only partially prepared me for being an adult, with responsibilities in the money-driven real world. I remember those few classmates who seemed antisocial in college, and I wonder if some of the experiences I’ve had in the past year would have come as less of a shock if I had achieved even a little bit of their financial independence while I was in school. In one year, I have begun a new job hunt four times. It is easy to take it personally and to wonder if there’s something wrong with me, or to shake my fist at America, our crummy economy, or at the world. The truth is that I’ve been blessed with some amazing opportunities and two or three fantastic mentors, but a full-time 9-5 job isn’t the norm anymore, and our expectations as a generation have to be adjusted accordingly. Unusual, freelance, and odd-hours jobs are becoming normal, and especially in Santa Fe where the minimum wage is uncomfortably high for most employers to match, and most of the available jobs are in government and the service industry. I didn’t know that I would stay in Santa Fe after the summer. I knew that if I left at graduation, my heart would break. The sunshine and the mountains nourish me emotionally, and the church community I found at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church on Cordova Road nourishes me spiritually. You’ve heard it from your friends. Santa Fe is an extraordinary place to be in the summer. The International Folk Art Market was the highlight, for me, but there were also trips to hot springs and hidden canyons, free concerts and art festivals at the Railyard, and a sense of community wherever I turned. Every day, sunshine, and every evening, a brilliant sunset over the mountains and stars to crown my city. We face so much uncertainty when we graduate. I admire the few Johnnies who have the presence of mind, and the smarts, to plan out their next step, whether they go to graduate school, travel abroad, or 1 After St. John’s move home to start an apprenticeship. For a few months after graduation, I felt like I faced a world where life just wasn’t as interesting as it was in college. When those few months passed, I felt the opposite. I have never been more of an avid learner than I am right now. So what have I learned in the last year? I’ve learned to carry myself with much greater confidence. I walk into networking events on a regular basis without fear, determined to win over as many people as possible, and to learn about what opportunities this town has to offer me. I’ve learned to make do with a whole lot less, because honestly, a BA in Liberal Arts is not a get-rich-quick scheme. We all know that going in, but it hits you in the face when you leave. Even luxuries I took for granted when I was at school had to be painfully eliminated this year. I’ve learned that a well-written letter can turn a stranger into a close ally, and allies are the only way we can achieve any measure of success in the real world. There’s a lot of poverty in New Mexico, but also great need for compassionate, well-educated young people. The City of Santa Fe puts on an event every month called MIX, where people come and get a free drink in exchange for filling out a survey. MIX brings the community together in a wonderful way, and provides a great networking opportunity for young people. I guess I choose to stay here because Santa Fe is such a big small town. It’s the perfect size for me. Even though finding a job is hard, my network of allies here is strong. With an open heart and optimistic view, every new acquaintance can easily turn into an ally and a friend. Summertime in Santa Fe Volunteer There are many ways to be a part of the Santa Fe community, and one of the most inexpensive is volunteering. By volunteering, you’ll get new and exciting experiences in fields you haven’t considered before. You’ll also meet good-hearted Santa Fe-ians and gain karma. Audubon NM – The Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Santa Fe is seeking enthusiastic volunteers. Over 200 individuals with a wide range of experience and availability volunteer annually. Volunteer positions are available in education, gardening and landscaping, field biology with New Mexico’s rich birdlife, as well as river restoration at the Broad Canyon Ranch. Application deadline: Rolling deadline For more information visit http://nm.audubon.org/volunteer-opportunities-0 Cornerstones Community Partnerships (Historic Preservation) – Cornerstones Community Partnership has worked to preserve architectural heritage and community traditions at more than 300 locations in NM and the Greater Southwest. There are many projects to be involved in, right in Santa Fe, for instance, preservation of the oldest church in the country, San Miguel Chapel, needs volunteers to mix adobe mud, make adobe bricks, and repair adobe walls. (For a paid internship, see Internships) Application deadline: Rolling deadline For more information visit http://cstones.org/index.html 2 Fray Angélico Chávez History Library – Opportunity awaits in a genial, bookish environment, right down by the plaza! History library volunteers who are involved behindthe-scenes may deal with rare books and manuscripts, and meet authors, collection curators, and members of the literary community. Volunteers may also help with specialized activities, processing manuscript collections, reviewing book collections or assisting with unique one-time projects. Application deadline: Rolling deadline For more information visit http://www.palaceofthegovernors.org/volunteering.html Santa Fe International Folk Art Market – Being a part of the Folk Art Market (July 12-14, 2013) is one of the most popular and gratifying volunteer experiences in the Santa Fe area! Volunteers meet and work closely with artists and folk art enthusiasts from all around the world. Volunteers choose from a broad range of jobs, including site decoration, assisting individual artists, greeting visitors, helping with sales, and many others. The Folk Art Market’s 10th Anniversary is coming up this summer! Application deadline: Rolling deadline For more information visit http://www.folkartmarket.org/volunteer/ Santa Fe Opera (SFO) – Seasonable and year-round volunteer opportunities are available at the SFO! Volunteers can help out in the opera shop, or with administration, costume making, local youth projects, or youth night at the opera. Application deadline: Rolling deadline For more information visit http://www.santafeopera.org/joinin/volunteer/index.aspx HURRY !!! Santa Fe Public Library – Have an active role in the Santa Fe Public Library! Library tasks don’t only include shelving books; volunteers also assist librarians with youth programs, help out with author talks and guest speakers, and provide educational outreach to schools. “Friends” of the library can volunteer to write articles in their newsletter, or create advertising for book sales and other events. Application deadlines: Rolling deadline For more information visit http://santafelibraryfriends.org/Volunteer.html Check out http://www.santafe.com/calendar/for daily events! Internships Cornerstones Community Partnerships (Historic Preservation) Internship – Alumnus Robin Jones (SF84), Executive Director at Cornerstones Community Partnership, forwarded us this internship opportunity! CCP offers a summer work experience for a student to gain a variety of experiences, from helping on preservation, maintenance and repair activities at the San Miguel Church, to assisting in the office with grant writing and Continued on page 4 3 After St. John’s Continued from page 3 web page work. Interns will be expected to work 20-32 hours a week, possibly including weekends and evenings. A small stipend is available, as well as assistance with securing housing. Application deadline: Rolling deadline For more information contact Robin Jones at (505) 982-9521 or email@example.com Santa Fe Institute – Opportunities for individual research with resident faculty are always available: go to faculty profiles, read up on their research, and follow up by emailing them if anything interests you. The Santa Fe Institute is a world-class multidisciplinary research institute right on our doorstep; don’t miss this chance to be involved with their research! Internships are usually unpaid. Application deadlines: Rolling deadline For more information visit http://www.santafe.edu/education/individual-research/ Santa Fe Opera – The Santa Fe opera is one of the top summer draws of Santa Fe, and is also one of the world’s leading opera festivals. They offer many paid apprenticeships in the stage, scenic art, costume, production, audio and video departments. Some departments require portfolios or samples to demonstrate your skills. Compensation varies with position responsibilities and applicant experience. Application deadline: March 11, 2013 For more information visit http://www.santafeopera.org/thecompany/employment/seasonal.aspx Summertime lectures Brown Bag Lectures at the Chavez History Library – The monthly lecture series, called BRAINPOWER & BROWNBAGS, covers many aspects of New Mexico and Southwest history and culture. These free lectures take place once a month on a Wednesday and are held in the Meem Community Room at 120 Washington Ave. Upcoming lectures include: May 15, 2013 – Becoming St. Kate: St. Catherine Indian School and St. Katharine Drexel June 19, 2013 – The Manhattan Project in Los Alamos: An Eyewitness Perspective Santa Fe Institute Community Lectures – SFI community lectures typically take place twice a month, at the James A. Little Theater, and are free and open to the public. Some of the upcoming lectures include: May 9, 2013 – The Minds of Children May 30, 2013 – Zoobiquity: What Dolphin Diabetes can Teach us about Human Health June 4, 2013 – The Brain and the Law: How Neuroscience Will Shift Blame Summer Lectures at St. John’s College – St. John’s has weekly lectures in the summer, just as we do all year! Check with the Graduate Institute when summer starts. 4 Camille smoking Camels on a camel. Learning “China” Camille Byrne (SF14) My interest in studying Chinese began, in fact, with Ancient Greek. Reading Οἰδίπους Τύραννυς I would admire the accents from afar, comically stretching my voice to match sounds that we can only understand speculatively today. Chinese has four tones which I made to correspond with my knowledge of Greek accenting: the second one’s acute, the fourth is grave, and we can call the third a reverse-circumflex. Never mind the first. During a tumultuous sophomore year, I took great solace in the idea of studying a living language. I made arrangements with a separate program that would take care of me in my ignorance (it’s called Alliance for Global Education; see below) and rushed to get my passport. At the end of the summer I woke up and I was in Beijing. I had a very meager knowledge of Chinese when I arrived. I couldn’t pronounce most syllables for some reason and my fourth tone began too low. No one understood anything I was saying and I didn’t understand anything they were saying and I think they were probably laughing at me a lot. About three weeks in, things started to pick up and I started to feel as if I were in some sort of dream. I woke up every morning and watched a children’s television show titled, “Happy Happy Lamb and Big Gray Wolf.” I made my Chinese professor teach me the words for “elevator” and “pollution.” I studied menus obsessively and asked any Chinese person who made eye contact with me a set series of questions. I was sure that I was madly in love. The next semester I spent in Xi’an, an area famous for its street food and long history. I met my best friend here and was reminded briefly, but significantly, of St. John’s. We had sat down one day at the café where he worked and talked about Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, a piece my roommate from my last year at St. John’s had recommended to me. After developing a foundation in Mandarin, I wanted desperately to learn the kind of language that would facilitate a seminar. This dialogue and my subsequent thought process caused me to add certain questions to my pre-established set: “What about philosophy?” “Do you like to read?” I had the most success on long train rides, where 5 Opportunities Abroad there was usually little else to do besides talk to me. Once I took a train to Xinjiang, in Western China. We boarded a bus and took that bus to some camels. We rode the camels. A photo prolific in puns was produced. The destination of this trip was an area of the Gobi Desert called “The Singing Sand Hills.” This desert, unlike our own thriving tundra, was completely barren. Climbing a dune I saw the first signs of life in the form of an insect’s tracks, distinct against the unbroken sand. Meanwhile, craning my head, I saw clearly the top of the dune I had begun to mount. It was a perfect line, an elegant consequence of light but constant breezes. Because I had thought only about Chinese for months, I was naturally alarmed by the prospect of some kind of mathematical beauty. I started to climb up the steep side of the dune, eager to critique it up close, and nature fought back. Every lunge upwards sent me back down again and my clothes rapidly filled with sand. Eventually, following several well-timed bursts of adrenaline, I had clawed my way up. I broke the crease in the dune and stood up to survey the fruits of my efforts. Of course, it was beautiful. My friends were far enough away that I benefited from some tranquility. In line with the location’s name, I heard the wind whistling as it cut new shapes in the sands. When I awoke from the dream several days before I flew back to the United States, I took some time to reflect on what was decidedly one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. My immediate reaction was to feel angry that I had not committed myself to a life time of language immersion and high-quality noodles. On the other hand, the entire time that I was abroad I had expected myself to re-enroll at St. John's, and I found, upon my return, that I was able to approach the curriculum with a renewed and excited perspective, in spite of having been exhausted by the previous two years. Also, I know Chinese! How convenient. Camille overcoming a sand dune. Alliance for Global Education I found the Alliance for Global Education by doing a Google search on study abroad programs that supported travel to China. If you’d like to go to China or somewhere else in Asia, I believe you have several options: Apply for a teaching job. This is the cheapest way to go to Eastern Asia. Actually, you might make a profit. Wait for your undergrad degree and take a brief ESL course and you can, without much difficulty, land a job that will cover your housing and plane tickets in addition to salary. Among a plethora of other websites designed for this purpose, I know that www.beijinger.com is one good place to look. Enroll directly at a Chinese school. This is cheaper than going through a program, but from what I understand involves a process which may require the aid of a Chinese friend. Ask Paul Estella. Go with a study abroad program. I would recommend Alliance (http://www.allianceglobaled.org) because I feel rather attached to them and they provided a number of things that would have otherwise been very difficult for me to arrange, including insurance and a number of connections that gave us free access to unique landmarks. The highlight of the program is a two-week trip (Beijing program takes you to the Tibetan plateau and the Xi’an one to Xinjiang) which they arrange around the middle of the semester. You can also apply for a scholarship, which requires only a short essay. I received an award through the program for my second semester that brought the price down to about the same amount as if I had gone through the 6 Chinese school, meanwhile reaping the benefits of the extra care and traveling. Backpacking. Before my visa expired, I took a month-long trip by myself through Yunnan, Hong Kong, and Hangzhou. This was really awesome. All cities have clean, safe hostels which will sell beds for as low as two US dollars per night. China has many fabulous mountains, too, which represent an exception to this rule, as it is actually quite expensive to stay in a hostel on a mountain. You should still definitely go to one of those mountains. Trains are also quite comfortable if you opt for the soft sleeper, perhaps unbearable if you go for the hard seat. From what I understand, you can do something similar without having studied or gotten a job in China by applying for a tourist visa. These are apparently not difficult to get, and usually expire a month after your arrival In fact, I believe no matter how you decide to get there you will be forced to immerse yourself and experience something new and exciting. The application for the program was pretty straightforward, although you need recommendations and transcripts so give yourself time for that. I got my passport here in Santa Fe, but I started too late on that, also, and had to pay extra to get it expedited. Don’t do that either! I went through a service (https://www.oasischinavisa.com/) to apply for the visa, which made that part of the process very quick and simple. They charge extra, but depending on where you live the surcharge might not be that much more expensive then getting transportation there to do it yourself. The locations of embassies are easily found online. As far as actually being in China, food and everyday things are all very cheap. Most people are extremely friendly. Cabbies and people in tourist areas are constantly eager to rip you off. Things aren’t very clean and you should make sure to tell whoever is grilling your chicken kabob to keep it on the fire for a while so that you aren’t exposed to undercooked meat. Bicycles can be ridiculously cheap but may break at one of the many dangerous intersections. I’m sure there are other things that can go wrong, but I’ll let you handle that. 7 Opportunities Abroad Whitney Will with her hand-dyed silk scarves. Applying to the Peace Corps Whitney Will (SF13) When I decided to come to St John’s, I was looking for a foundation. I believed I was going to graduate school regardless of what my undergraduate degree was in; I chose St John’s because I thought it would be the most meaningful experience. It has certainly been meaningful, but the foundation I came here to find is incomplete. I wanted a foundation for my life; I wanted to understand my position in history and to discover how to be the best global citizen I could be, and what the most meaningful life for me would look like. I have challenged myself intellectually here, but I want to see how strong and brave I can be doing something I believe in. I want to learn about human life, in its differing forms, in the service of humanity. For these reasons, in September I applied to the Peace Corps. I have jumped through all the hoops and await my formal invitation to arrive in early May. For anyone interested in the Peace Corps, here are some things to think about: Type of Service – I applied to the Peace Corps rather than Teach For America or Americorps because I wanted to travel internationally and because I wanted a break from the classroom. I got to St John’s when I was 17, straight out of high school and I still have plans to go to graduate school, but I want to see a bit of life without school. The assignment I have been nominated for in the Peace Corps is in Agriculture. If I receive this assignment, I will be living in a rural village and working with the local people on vegetable gardening, small animal husbandry, and hygiene and sanitation education. There are several categories of assignments, each with different requirements. The other categories are Education, Environment, Youth & Community Development, Health, and Business and Information & Communication Technology. It is a good idea to research the requirements to qualify for each of these assignments. Volunteer! – This is important to have on your resume anyways, but especially important for Peace Corps applicants who will graduate with a Liberal Arts degree. Because we are not specialized academically in any particular area that the Peace Corps looks for 8 - i.e. a more specialized degree directly related to one of the categories listed above - it is important to have a lot of volunteer experience. I have been a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters for over a year, and spent all of last summer tutoring with an adult literacy non-profit. My literacy tutoring qualified me for an education position teaching English, but as I wanted to get out of the classroom I opted for an assignment in agriculture. At the request of my recruiter, I am doing an internship on a farm for the summer to prepare. Leadership – This is also a big one they emphasize. Be an RA. Participate in Polity. Run a study group. While team work is important to the Peace Corps, leadership is emphasized because you will most likely organize projects and manage other people. In the assignment I have been nominated for, I will be the only Peace Corps Volunteer in my village, which means the Peace Corps has to know I am self-motivated and have significant leadership experience. Timing – You need to apply 9-12 months before you are available to depart. The application is extensive, has two essays, and you will need all of your student loan information and your unofficial transcript. Once your application is submitted, your three references (one from a boss, one from a volunteer coordinator – another reason volunteering is important! and one personal reference) have two weeks to fill out recommendation forms that are e-mailed to them. About two weeks after that a recruiter will interview you and then (hopefully!) nominate you for an assignment. Following that, you need to get finger printed so the Peace Corps can do an FBI background check; once you have legal clearance, sit back and wait for that formal invitation. Sorry international students – you have to be a US citizen to qualify for the Peace Corps. Education Benefits – There are two ways to do graduate school and the Peace Corps. You can do them at the same time through the Master’s International Program, but you will need to apply to one of the qualifying graduate schools AND the Peace Corps separately. Also, after completing the Peace Corps, you will have lifetime eligibility for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program which will offer returned Volunteers financial aid, such as scholarships and stipends, and professional internships at more than 70 partner schools. For more information visit: peacecorps.gov Whitney Will and Jemima Strong in the Elk Mountain range. Other similar programs: Teach for America, AmeriCorps (AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps), Public Allies New Mexico. Idealist.org is an international resource site that lists nonprofits, job opportunities and internships by country, state and city 9 Summer Preparation Summer Preparation for Rising-Seniors When summer hits, you’ll want to consider taking some steps that will make the first semester of your senior year less stressful. If you’re able to form an idea of where you’re headed next, this will lighten your oncoming very full load considerably. Knowing where you want to go, and having the first steps of how to get there in mind, will make your senior year far less frantic. When you get back, you’ll jump right back into school, and your mind’s going to be occupied with it. But if you’re well set-up, you’ll also be talking to Career Services the moment you get back, talking to tutors about future plans, contacting alumni on Agora, reading Odyssey Bound with an eye for any potential leads, and working on your graduate school applications. If there’s even a chance that you’ll be applying for graduate school, you should take your Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) over the summer. You don’t want to be studying for the GRE while you’re contemplating Hegel, Einstein, or Baudelaire. There is plenty of dissonance between the kinds of questions posed by the GRE and the kinds of questions you converse about in the classroom. Avoid this by completing your GRE in the summer! Some information you may need: Applications for graduate schools are typically due between early-December and late-January. Agora has all kinds of career-planning resources, a long list of posted jobs that Johnnies can apply for, and a directory of potential mentors that you can get in touch with and ask for advice. http://www.stjohnscollege.edu/agora/ To sign up for the GRE and take free practice tests, go to: http://www.ets.org/. TIP: take a practice test before you do anything else, to figure out where you stand and how much work you actually need to do. Look at the answers to see what your weaker sections are, and figure out if you were careless, or you really didn’t know the technique, or if you didn’t understand what they were asking for. To study for the GRE, I recommend the Princeton Review publication (to understand the test-taking mindset) and the ETS flashcards for vocabulary. If you test badly in Math, and you’re thinking of a scientific or analytic career, take a GRE math preparatory course if you have money to spare. http://www.princetonreview.com/grad/gre-test-preparation.aspx. 10 Summer Programs SUMMER HOUSING IN BOSTON Summer is the ideal time to head to a new city and take advantage of the internships available in major cities like Boston! One of the biggest obstacles when heading to a new city for the summer is finding a place to live for just a few months. Luckily, Northeastern University offers short-term summer housing designed specifically for Boston interns. Northeastern is located in the heart of the city, with easy rail access available, as well as facilities and meal plans. Application deadline: First come, first served basis. Applications will be reviewed and returned within 5 days of submission For more information visit http://www.northeastern.edu/conferences/intern/index.html Internships and other Opportunities Archiving Archival Internship at Brethren Historical Library and Archives – This year-long program in Illinois provides the intern with work assignments such as processing archival materials, writing descriptive inventories, preparing books for cataloging, and assisting researchers in the library. Interns also have many opportunities to develop professional contacts. Juniors and above are preferred. They provide a stipend of $540 every two weeks, as well as health insurance and housing. Application deadline: April 1, 2013 For more information visit http://www.brethren.org/bhla/intern.html Fieldwork Abroad Broadreach “College” – Broadreach offers summer study abroad programs for college students. Programs are experiential, and they give you opportunities to get into a field and research subjects first-hand, and gain new perspectives from serving people living in cultures and circumstances other than your own. Since 1993, Broadreach has taken on more than 12,000 students from over 35 countries. Scholarships are available. Application deadline: Rolling deadline. They advise you to call up and check if there is still space. For more information visit http://www.broadreachcollege.com/ Languages Ameson Year in China – Looking for a paid job abroad with free housing and full reimbursement for airfare? The Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation is looking for students graduating in Spring 2013 to participate in their program. Participants teach English in China for one academic year. Participants must hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher by June 2013. Application deadline: March 31, 2013 For more information visit www.ameson.org/ayc French Language Summer Courses at the University of Geneva – French language summer courses are organized yearly for a non French-speaking audience. Courses range from 3 to 9 weeks, and from Beginner to Advanced levels. Application deadline: Rolling deadline For more information visit www.fle.unige.ch 11 Internships Language and Cultural Ambassadors in Spain – This program is coordinated by the Spanish Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Spanish Comunidades Autonomas and their Education Offices. It aims to promote a culture, educative and scientific knowledge exchange, and support Spanish teachers in teaching and students in learning the Spanish language. The assistants receive a grant to provide support to English teachers in language and culture classes, and they also have the opportunity to learn about the Spanish language and culture. There are over 2,000 openings all over Spain. Students must hold U.S. citizenship, and must be juniors or above. The program provides a stipend of approximately $950/month. Application deadline: April 2, 2013 For more information visit http://www.mecd.gob.es/eeuu/convocatorias-programas/convocatorias-eeuu/auxiliares-conversacion-eeuu.html Study walruses! Odyssey Bound Editor 2013-2014 Needed! Summer Program in Portuguese – The University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, is home to one of North America’s largest Portuguese-speaking communities, and provides an excellent cultural environment in which to learn Portuguese in an immersion setting, complete with Portuguese-language media and day-to-day communication. The program runs from June 24 to July 26, 2013 Application deadline: March 31, 2013 for international students, April 30, 2013 for U.S. students For more information visit http://www.portstudies.umassd.edu/verao/ Non-Profit/Government Department of Labor Internship Program – The Department of Labor invites students and recent graduates to apply for unpaid internships that will provide them with opportunities to interact with leaders and learn how the agency operates to protect America’s workforce. Previous interns have had opportunities to work areas such as public affairs, speechwriting, research, legal work, human resources, legislative affairs, budget, contract compliance, and performance analysis. There are internship placements in D.C. as well as regional offices. Application deadline: Email them to check on individual programs. For more information visit http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/students-recent-graduates/#url=Program-Fact-Sheets Oxfam America National Leadership Program – CHANGE is Oxfam America’s national student leadership program for rising sophomores and juniors. Oxfam selects 50 undergraduates from the U.S. and around the world. They attend a weeklong training program in Boston in July, then return to their campuses to create awareness about Oxfam and their campaigns. CHANGE develops capable leaders who are informed voices for positive social change, and who inspire greater global awareness in others. Application deadline: April 1, 2013 For more information visit http://www.oxfamamerica.org/whatyoucando/takeaction/student-action/change Summer Programs at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Two month-long programs offer the opportunity to live in a hands-on international experience through extensive site visits and meetings with key speakers in Israel. InnovNation is an entrepreneurship and innovation program that exposes participants to top entrepreneurs 12 Career Services is looking for a work-study eligible student editor for Odyssey Bound for Fall 2013. v Editorial duties include research, scheduling, writing articles, compiling information, working closely with college offices, editing, and magazine distribution, in addition to office duties. Individuals with high motivation, organization, and innovation skills are encouraged to apply! v If you have an interest and some experience in publications and editing, please stop by Career Services, in the Weigle Basement, Room 13, or call ext. 6066. and high tech companies. Coexistence in the Middle East provides the opportunity to experience first-hand the challenges and complexities of coexistence in Israel, where different religions, cultures, national identities and civilizations converge. Application deadline: May 15, 2013 For more information visit http://overseas.huji.ac.il/specialprograms World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) Internship – Located in New York, the WTCA is a nonprofit, non-political association dedicated to the establishment and effective operation of World Trade Centers as instruments for the promotion of international trade. Currently, there are more than 330 World Trade Centers in nearly 100 countries around the world. WTCA’s unpaid interns complete a six-month program gaining critical insights into corporate management, international business transactions and negotiations, programs and marketing, trade research, cross-cultural business etiquette, and corporate finance. Application deadline: March 15, 2013 For more information visit www.wtca.org Penn State Law’s Merit-based Scholarship Program – Penn State Law offers a limited number of renewable, full-tuition scholarships to their strongest applicants. Admitted applicants with LSAT scores of 163 or higher and GPAs of 3.8 or higher will be strong candidates for full scholarship awards. They have also increased their scholarship awards for well-qualified applicants, up to $30,000 per year. Application deadline: Apply when applying to the law program (rolling deadline) For more information visit www.law.psu.edu Teaching Teaching Opportunity in Russia – An SF09 working in Ulyanovsk, Russia is introducing this opportunity for native speakers of English to teach English in Russia for a year. This work may be attractive for those interested in language, psychology, or Russian culture. The school requires 22 classroom hours a week, and provides a salary of approximately $1,500/month as well as a paid visa and flight from America to Moscow. For anyone interested in working there for a few years, the school is very interested in bringing people over for two 3-week summer camps starting June 21. Application deadline: April 1 to start in the summer, June 15 to start in the fall For more information visit http://www.ulsrc.ru/ (all in Russian), or contact Emory Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org Graduate Programs & Scholarships George Mason University (GMU) School of Law – GMU provides an interdisciplinary approach to legal education, with a focus on law and economics – students not only examine majority/minority jurisdiction rules, but also discuss their economic impact. It offers top tier programs in Intellectual Property and Homeland and National Security Law. It has the lowest tuition of any D.C.-area law school ranked in the top tier of law schools. Application deadline: Rolling deadline For more information visit law.gmu.edu Levy Economics Institute M.Sc in Economic Theory and Policy – Located at Bard College in New York, this M.Sc is a two-year graduate degree program that provides students in economics and finance with a highly marketable set of skills in empirical and policy analysis. This degree program has close links with the Levy Institute, an economic policy research think tank with more than 25 years of public policy experience. Application deadline: March 30, 2013 For more information visit www.bard.edu/levyms 13 ENDNOTES We’re on Facebook!! Look us up – www.facebook.com/sjcsfcareerservices – and stay updated on important dates and opportunities! Check us out online! Previous and current issues of Odyssey Bound can be found online at www.stjohnscollege.edu/admin/SF/c areer_newsletter.shtml or in the Agora Resource Library. 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