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Department of Political Science Announcements

Posted 1/10: Hiring Student Employees

The Political Science Department at UW-Madison is seeking one – three student helpers with a variety of duties in their campus office at North Hall. Assisting in the Political Science Department is a great opportunity to gain experience working in a collaborative office and provides valuable opportunities to network with students, faculty, and alumni within the Political Science Department.

Student helpers will assist the Political Science Department faculty with the following responsibilities:

  • Supporting clerical needs for professors and department staff, including taking messages, scanning documents, and routing business correspondence
  • Regularly updating the department website when faculty request changes
  • Maintaining the department internship board by researching and listing new and relevant opportunities
  • Assisting the department chair in various research projects and weekly tasks
  • Collaborating with the peer advisor facilitators, alumni events, and general networking opportunities
  • Helping to begin new social media campaigns to increase exposure for the department and its events

Typical commitments range from 8-10 hours per week, M-F from 8-4, and are always flexible around course schedules. No prior experience is necessary, and all academic backgrounds are welcome, however there are benefits to being a political science major in this position. This is a paid, part-time opportunity.

 Interested applicants should email a resume to flux@wisc.edu and can email with any questions.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the positions are full.

Posted 12/14: Research Internship

A project in the Department of Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies, headed by Professor Marwa Shalaby, seeks a research intern to conduct text analysis and data-entry using Arabic-language news sources.

The intern will be provided with a compilation of news articles and be responsible for: 1) quickly skimming the articles to extract key data; 2) coding various categorical variables that describe the text in Excel; 3) conducting basic data cleaning.

This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in gaining research experience, expanding their knowledge of politics in North Africa, and learning about dataset analysis. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. The intern will be supervised by a graduate student and Dr. Shalaby.

Compensation: $15/hr
Hours per week: Approximately 10

Required Skills
-Native or near-native reading competency in Modern Standard Arabic.
-Intermediate writing skills in Modern Standard Arabic, including typing abilities.
-Basic excel skills.
-Strong organizational and time management skills.

Preferred Skills
-A general command and working knowledge of North African politics.
-Some proficiency in French.
-Prior experience with Arabic language research and data entry.

Please send a resume and brief email detailing interest to Jérémie Langlois at jalanglois@wisc.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 11/11: Internships

Students can receive credit for internships for the spring term at the state capitol as well as other political science related internships including non-profits, campaign work, lobbying firms, senatorial offices, etc.  PS 315 is a fully online course that offers 3 upper-division political science credits for the work associated with the class.  It can only be taken once.

If you are interested in PS 315 for the spring, once you have an internship in place, please email (agangl@wisc.edu) with the name and email contact info for your office supervisor, the number of hours you will be working each week during the semester (a minimum of 6-7 hours required), and your student id #.  Amy accepts enrollments into her PS 315 course into the first week of the term. One other opportunity for L&S internship credit associated with coursework is offered through SuccessWorks.  Here is a link to that course and information.

 Announcements from Outside the Department

Posted 1/14: Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the funding and opportunity to work with one of more than two dozen participating institutions in Washington, DC, including leading think tanks and advocacy groups that focus on international security and diplomacy issues.

Apply  by January 21 to work for 6 to 9 months with one of over 2 dozen NGOs in DC on international peace & security issues, including nuclear arms control, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, diplomacy, and emerging technology threats. http://scoville.org

Posted 1/14: Pre-Law

Are you considering or interested in applying to law school next fall? Then be sure to mark your calendars and register for these upcoming Center for Pre-Law Advising workshops!

Part 1: LSAT 101
Cost: FREE
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM CST
Date: Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

Location: VIRTUAL * Zoom link will be provided to all that register *

We will cover what is on the exam, what to expect from the new digital test format, and what prep resources are available. Registration is required.  Deadline is Wednesday, January 26th @ 12:00pm.

Part 2: LSAT Prep Workshop
Cost: $100. *A limited* number of $100 scholarships are available for the LSAT Prep Workshop. The LSAT prep workshop uses real worked examples to learn introductory, high yield strategies for the exam, tips for reviewing and learning from your practice tests, as well as how to structure a self study plan. It is best for students who are earlier on in their LSAT prep process.

Time: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 PM

Location: VIRTUAL * Zoom link will be provided to all that register *

Registration is required. Deadline is Friday, February 4th @ 12:00pm 

Posted 1/10: Research Conference

The Department of Political Science at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is pleased to invite you to the spring 2022 Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference (MPSURC). For over 30 years, this conference has offered outstanding students the opportunity to present their work in front of a sympathetic audience of fellow students and faculty.

This year’s conference will be held Friday afternoon and Saturday, April 1-2, in person on Coe’s campus.

More information 

Posted 1/5: Graduate School

A message from La Follette School of Public Affairs:

We have extended our deadline for our Accelerated Program to Friday, February 11, 2022. This program is for current undergraduates who have one year remaining to complete their undergraduate degrees.

Our 2-year MPA and MIPA Programs application deadline will remain open until we fill our class. This program is for undergraduate or graduate students who will graduate in May, 2022 or graduate students who are interested in adding a program.

Posted 1/5: Research Fellowships

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships and
Holstrom Environmental Research Fellowships
 support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff during summer 2022 or the 2022-23 academic year. The student researcher receives $3,000, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $1,000 to help offset research costs. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Holstrom Fellowships require an environmental focus. The application deadline is February 14, 2022. 

Sophomore Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff during summer 2022 or the 2022-23 academic year. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs. At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits after May 2022, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. The application deadline is February 28, 2022.

Posted 1/5: Journal

Hemispheres: The Tufts Undergraduate Journal of International Affairs is a student-run academic journal that publishes outstanding research papers and photographs by undergraduates in the field of International Relations, and are currently seeking submissions for our 45th edition on the theme of Crisis of Authority.

Submissions should be research articles, approx. 5000-8000 words, written by undergraduates in a broad range of fields relevant to international affairs. To view detailed paper requirements and guidelines, please visit this link. To submit a paper, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact tuftshemispheres@gmail.com.

Submission Deadline: February 1.

Posted 1/5: Internship Program

Urban Scholars is an internship program that intentionally connects college students and organizations in pursuit of an equitable workforce. Applications are due February 7, 2022. This is a great internship opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, law students, and recent graduates to gain 12 weeks of full time work experience over the summer. In the program, scholars can work for a variety of employers with a focus on public sector work experience. Additionally, all positions pay at least $15 per hour.

More Information

Posted 1/5: Scholarships

The applications for 2021-2022 College of Letters & Science Continuing Students Scholarships are currently open. There are two L&S continuing student applications:

  • One for currently enrolled First Year Students who enrolled fall/summer 2021.
  • One for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (including transfer students) who will be enrolled fall 2022.

Students can visit the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) for application information. The application due date is Monday, February 13, 2022.

Student Informational Sessions including tips for success and other L&S scholarship opportunities will be held as follows:

  • Thursday, January 20, 2022, 4:30-5:30 PM on Zoom
  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 4:30-5:30 PM at Memorial Union

Additional information about College of Letters & Science Scholarships

Posted 12/20: Pre-Law

Law Experience and Advising Program (LEAP) applications are now open!

LEAP is a FREE four-day immersion program that takes place over spring break. Program participants will receive extensive advising support and take trips to local law firms and courts, visit UW Law School and Marquette Law School, and have networking opportunities with area professionals, UW alumni, and UW staff. This wonderful program is coordinated in partnership by the UW-Madison Center for Pre-Law Advising (CPLA) and SuccessWorks. 

 More Information

Applications are due Sunday, January 30, at 11:59 pm.

Posted 12/14: Language Institute

Applications for the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) are now open. CESSI is an intensive, eight-week language program held each summer in Madison, Wisconsin. Students receive the equivalent of one year of language study during this time and earn eight credits upon completion of the program.  In addition to language classes, CESSI students have the opportunity to attend lectures on Central Eurasia; participate in cultural events; engage with local Central Eurasian communities; and network with other scholars of Central Eurasia.

CESSI typically offers courses in Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek.  Additional Central Eurasian languages (such as Azerbaijani or Kyrgyz) may be added with sufficient student interest.

More Info

The priority application deadline is February 1, 2022.  

Posted 12/8: Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship, administered by the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office, provides $34,000 for graduate study to outstanding juniors planning to pursue a research-focused master’s or doctoral program or MFA in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or national in their junior year, have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid (work-study, grants, subsidized student loans), and plan to pursue a research-focused master’s or doctoral program or MFA in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Most scholars have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or above and substantial research experience. UW-Madison may nominate one student a year to compete for this national scholarship. The campus deadline is January 17, 2022.

Posted 12/1: Scholarship

The Richard Ralph Winter Phoenix Rising Humanitarian Scholarship is now open for application!

Do you center your academic and community efforts around ideas of humanitarian action?

The RRW Phoenix Rising Humanitarian Scholarship is open for application to College of Letters & Science undergraduates beyond their first year who will be enrolled in fall 2022 committed to impacting the lives of others. Successful applicants possess a passion for talking action to improve the human condition and demonstrate the innate qualities of dignity, courage and discipline. Application finalists are invited to interviews with the scholarship committee members in late February 2021. Awards are announced in March 2022. Award of $5000 is provided for the 2022-2023 academic year. Applications are due January 19, 2022.

Tamia Fowlkes, 2021 recipient, is a Political Science and Journalism major. Tamia merges her academic interests and passions to impact the lives of others in the UW campus community and greater society. She writes, “I have always sought to utilize my platform and knowledge to serve as an advocate and leader for my peers and community while maintaining an elevated consciousness about the changes occurring in the world and me.”

Applications available at: Applications.

Posted 11/11: Careers

Jobs, Internships & How to Get Them
This Canvas module from SuccessWorks is your step-by-step guide to exploring your career interests and landing the jobs and internships you want. Take a Career Interests Quiz, find out how to get professional experiences and skills while you’re in college, and discover the next steps that are right for you. Best of all – you can use this guide at your own pace and come back to it whenever you find it helpful!

Start the module here


Upcoming Dates and Events

January 2022

1/17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Campus Closed

1/25: Instruction for Spring 2022 term begins

February 2022

2/2: Deadline to drop a course or withdraw from the university without having the course(s) appear on the transcript

2/4: Deadline for students to add, swap, or change sections in a Spring term course

2/18: Deadline for students to request pass/fail options for a Spring term course

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