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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 16, 2014
Where are the Women in Violent Conflicts? Finding Out Will Make Us Smarter
Talk by Dr. Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor in the International Development, Community, and Environmental Department at Clark University
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Minsky Hall
Sponsors: Student Government; RiseUp; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Political Science; SPIA; and History

September 17, 2014
Why America Should Care: Scottish Independence and the Implications for US Foreign Policy
Talk by Darren J. Reid, Cohen Research Associate
12:00 PM
Location: Bangor Room, Memorial Union
Sponsors: School of Policy and International Affairs; the Department of Political Science; and the William S. Cohen Center for International Policy and Commerce

September 22, 2014
Dilemmas in Diplomacy: How Domestic Politics and U.S. Strategy Intersect in Syria
Talk by Amb. Robert S. Ford, Senior Fellow at The Middle East Institute and Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: McIntire Room, Buchanan Alumni House

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”
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