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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.

Recent Events

May 20-21, 2014
Leadership in the High North: A Political, Military, Economic and Environmental Symposium of the Arctic Opening
Co-Sponsored By: Maine Army National Guard and the United States Coast Guard

In The News

- SPIA Director a Regular Guest on Two Greater Bangor Area Radio Shows

- SPIA profiled in CLAS Newsletter

- BDN op-ed by Kenneth Hillas, SPIA Professor of International Affairs, on Nelson Mandela's legacy

- Op-Ed in the BDN by MA Global Policy student, Charles Hastings, on public-private partnerships

Bangor Daily News Interviews Bruce Riedel, Member of SPIA’s Advisory Board
- “CIA officer, al-Qaida expert to discuss hunt for bin Laden, violence overseas at UMaine”
Article Here

Recent Events

February 17, 2014
U.S.-Russian Relations
A talk by Mr. Paul J. Saunders, Executive Director of the Center for the National Interest

January 27, 2014
The Iran Nuclear Negotiations: What’s a Realistic Outcome?
A talk by Mr. Greg Thielmann, Senior Fellow, The Arms Control Association

November 20, 2013
CAREERS IN THE FOREIGN SERVICE
A conversation with Ms. Evyenia Sidereas, Diplomat in Residence New England

October 28, 2013
Beyond Hugo Chavez: Venezuela and its Neighbors Confront New Challenges
A talk by Dr. Diana Villiers Negroponte, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Latin America Initiative, Brookings Institution