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SPIA ABROAD
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

November 7, 2014
The People Factor: How Climate Change Alters Its Own Forecasts
Talk by Dr. James Lee, Associate Director of American University’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Professor in the School of International Service
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Bangor Room, Memorial Union
An A2C2 IGERT Seminar

January 26, 2015
Walking the Iran Tightrope
Talk by Dr. Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Research Scholar at the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and Iran’s former Ambassador to Germany (1990-1997)
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Bangor Room, Memorial Union

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Recent Events

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