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Student Internship Blog

Student Internship Blog

Please take a look at SPIA’s graduate student internship blog, SPIA Abroad. Over the course of the next several months, M.A. in Global Policy candidates from the University of Maine will travel to a variety of destinations around the globe to participate in a summer internship, the premier SPIA capstone experience. Internships provide students a forum to integrate their curricular studies in a “real-world,” professional environment. In addition, internships expose students to post-graduate career opportunities while developing valuable skills, establishing professional contacts, and further developing their resumes. And, for those traveling to another country, internships are a great way to strengthen a student’s foreign language proficiency.

SPIA students will intern this summer in Chile, Egypt, Kenya, East Timor, and Washington, DC. They represent different socioeconomic and political backgrounds, and each will bring diverse interests and expertise to their field, which will become apparent as they chronicle their personal perspectives and experiences on this blog. As a group, they welcome others who are passionate about important global issues to engage in an informed, critical, and respectful dialogue.

Finally, we are extremely grateful to have received financial support from the Daniel and Betty Churchill Internship Fund, the Peter T. Madigan Internship Fund, and the Penelope S. Wolfe Fund, without which many of these experiences may not have been possible.

Upcoming Events

September 14, 2015
Was the Iran Nuclear Crisis Necessary?
- Presentation by Gareth Porter, an American historian, investigative journalist, author and policy analyst specializing in U.S. national security policy
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: TBD

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Recent Events

April 16, 2015
Careers in the US Foreign Service
- Presentation by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, New England Diplomat in Residence
- Sponsored by the UMaine Career Center

April 6, 2015
South Korea’s Role in the U.S. Pivot to Asia
Panel Co-Sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute of America

February 16, 2015
Dealing with Stubborn Poverty
Talk by Ms. Pamela Cox, International Finance and Economic Development Leader, World Bank Group

October 27, 2014
The Middle East and (What's Left of) Syria
Talk by Shibley Telhami, The Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution

October 14-15, 2014
Climate Change and the Future of Water
Co-Sponsored by SPIA and the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research
Program (pdf)

September 22, 2014
Syria and Washington Politics - Hard to Agree
Talk by Ambassador Robert S. Ford, Former US Ambassador to Syria and Senior Fellow at The Middle East Institute