SPAA Student Bulletin
April 18, 2017 | SPRING EDITION Flickr Instagram YouTube Facebook Twitter
 
May 3, 2017
DeStress Fest!
Free To-Go Coffee Station and Empanadas (for SPAA students and alumni)
4:30pm-6:30pm
CPS First Floor

May 1, 2017
Regular Classes End

May 2 - May 3
Reading Days

May 4 to May 10
Exam Period 

May 15, 2017
SPAA Award Ceremony (Pi Alpha Alpha Inductees Only) 3:00-6:00pm (by invitation only)

May 17, 2017
SPAA/ RU-N Commencement 2017 9am-12pm Prudential Center, Newark 

May 30, 2017
Summer Classes Begin 




 
Capstone Presentations

Break a Leg! Best wishes from everyone at SPAA to the 110 students in Capstone who are getting ready to present their work! This final academic step toward graduation is a big moment, and we know you'll be great! For those students who would like to see any of the presentations, please c lick 
here.

New Process on Special Permission Numbers
In an effort to streamline the process for special permission numbers (SPN) for SPAA students, SPNs will be distributed on Thursdays. If you are in need of an SPN, contact your academic advisor as soon as possible. 
MPA Summer 2017 Registration
Registration for summer 2017 semester is still ongoing. We encourage all students to register as soon as possible to ensure the course you need is not cancelled due to low enrollment. In response to a high demand for summer online courses for MPA courses, Nonprofit Budgeting has been moved online. Please email your adviser if you would like to take this course. 
Fall 2017 Registration
Registration for fall 2017 began on March 26th. Online MPA students will have two week priority registration for online MPA courses from March 26 to April 9. Any on-campus MPA student looking to take online courses in the fall semester should email their preferences to Wendy Green at wg166@rutgers.edu . Special permission numbers for online Fall 2017 courses will be available on Thursdays . Those who receive an SPN will be notified.  
Become a Braven Fellow in Fall 2017

Do you want to get one step closer to your dream job? Sign up for The Braven Accelerator , an exclusive leadership and career fellowship that will equip you with the skills, networks, and experiences you need to graduate from RU-N with a strong job or acceptance into graduate school.
 
In Fall 2017, Braven will be a two credit course open to all students across all majors.
 
Braven Fellows were more than twice as likely to secure quality summer internships. Join the more than 150 RU-N Braven Fellows who are taking their newfound confidence and skills to internships at companies like:
  • Fidelity
  • Golden Sachs
  • J.P.Morgan
  • Johnson&Johnson
  • Rutgers
  • New Classrooms
  • Mass Mutal
If your interested: 
Dear SPAA students you are or will be a proud alumni of the 
School of Public Affairs and Administration
 
The time has come to celebrate your achievements during the Rutgers University - Newark Commencement Ceremony  on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 9:00 am  at the Prudential Center - http://www.prucenter.com/
 
In preparation for the ceremony, we will host two (2) graduation workshops on:
  •          Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm - CPS 104 or 105
  •          Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am - CPS 104 or 105
 
You do not have to attend both sessions, whichever fits your schedule.
 
CAP & GOWNS
In order to participate in the ceremony, you must pre-order your cap and gown by Monday, March
20, 2017 - www.oakhalli.com/rutgersnewark.  You must pay for the cap and gown at the time of the order.  
 
You will pick up your Cap & Gown at the Rutgers Newark Bookstore the week of April 24, 2017.
  •          Monday through Thursday  10am - 8pm
  •          Friday 10am - 6pm
  •          Saturday 10am - 5pm
  •          Sunday 10am - 4pm
 
SALUTE WEEK
We will continue to celebrate our students during Salute Week, a week of activities to celebrate all of our graduates leading up to graduate.  During the week of May 8 - May 13, 2017, we will host activities (i.e. Color Run, BBQ, Paint & Sip).  The dates and details are still being finalized, therefore please look forward to email notification, updates on the website, and the excitement of your peers, classmates, and colleagues.
 
PI ALPHA ALPHA
If you are eligible for induction into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, you will receive an official invitation.  The induction ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 15, 2017 - 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the Paul Robeson Campus Center.  The eligibility requirements are based on your cumulative gpa as of the fall 2016 semester or winter 2017 semester.  For
  •          Undergraduates Students - 3.500 cum gpa
  •          Graduate Students - 3.850 cum gpa
 
On behalf of the dean, faculty, and staff, we look forward to celebrating this awesome accomplishment with you, your family, and friends. Looking forward to seeing you within the next 6 - 8 weeks.

Social Justice & Leadership Retreat
 
Looking for first and second year students as well as first year transfer students
who are motivated to participate in dialogue between diverse communities on campus.
 
RETREAT IN THE
CATSKILL MOUNTAINS
DATE: APRIL 7-9, 2017
 
If you want to attend the Social Justice and Leadership Retreat Click Here.
Scholarships, Fellowships and Academic Opportunities
EWNJ (Executive Women of New Jery) Scholarship

Since inception, EWNJ's unique Graduate Merit Award Program has awarded over $1.2 million in scholarship assistance to non-traditional graduate school students attending New Jersey colleges and universities. EWNJ funds these exceptional women's scholarships to ensure new generations of women leaders.

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Graduate Merit Award application process is now open. The deadline for all online submissions is April 30, 2017.

Click here to access the online application.

The WBGO Media Fellowship Program
 
Founded in 1979 and located in Newark, New Jersey, WBGO 88.3 FM is the largest music presenter in the state and the largest jazz-formatted station in the United States, with an audience of over 350,000 listeners. WBGO also has the most decorated radio news and public affairs broadcast operation in New Jersey, providing an unrivaled depth of coverage of Newark and Essex County. 
 
The WBGO Media Fellowship Program was developed to honor the late Cephas Bowles who served as president of WBGO for 20 years. His devotion to public broadcasting and his birthplace, Newark, New Jersey informed his desire to ensure that opportunities exist to nurture and train our next generation of local leaders in his chosen field. It is with this mission in mind that we present this fellowship program.
 
The WBGO Media Fellowship Program will offer two paid summer fellowships annually. Working alongside top professionals at WBGO, Fellows will be engaged in a variety of aspects of public media production and business while serving as an ambassador to the community, inspiring an interest in public broadcasting for the next generation. Fellows will have the opportunity to explore not only how a diverse station like WBGO produces hours of programming-arts and culture and news-but also to interact with other Newark organizations and national public broadcasting cohorts. WBGO interns have gone on to senior positions both at WBGO and at stations across the country.
 
The WBGO Media Fellows will work directly with our News Department or Senior Producers to learn how stories are developed and produced. This will involve writing, research and an understanding of the technical aspects of radio production. Each Fellow will be responsible for a major project that may be presented on the air or our website. Media Fellows will be active members of the WBGO producing team which is responsible for the creative and business needs of public broadcasting such as live events and community activities including donor events. The ideal candidate will be curious about the possibilities to reach audiences through public media. He or she will embrace the opportunity to learn and explore the power of public media and its transformative qualities not only for its audience but those who make it. Community service is an integral part of public broadcasting, and our Fellows will play a role in integrating what we do at WBGO into the greater Newark community.
 
WBGO is a jazz station with a global reputation; an interest in the music and attendance at jazz concerts and events will become an important part of this experience. Music broadcasting brings its own set of unique challenges both creative and business-oriented and working with our producers in all areas-membership, marketing, and special events-to be involved in the business aspects of media will also be a part of the summer's activities.
 
We look forward to reading your application and welcoming the next generation of broadcasters. Please see the Fellowship Guidelines for specific requirements. 

To find out more about The WBGO Media Fellowship please go to to http://wbgo.org/wbgo-media-fellowship-program

SPAA Graduate Student Conference Travel Fund
 
Limited funds are available from the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) to support graduate student travel to conferences. The maximum amount available for each student is up to $500.
 
In order to be considered for this travel fund, please provide documentation of acceptance for the conference and an abstract of the presentation. If awarded, funds will be used to reimburse expenses after the conference has occurred. Reimbursements for travel must follow School and university policies and procedures.
 
Send your request for consideration to Melissa Rivera, PhD, Associate Dean for Finance, Technology and Administration, at melar@rutgers.edu. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Newark Student Success Scholarship

There's an exciting scholarship opportunity for Rutgers University Newark students who are residents of the City of Newark!  We invite applicants to apply for Mission Graduation - Newark Student Success Scholarship. This scholarship is supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of New Jersey/Newark Celebration 350 Fund. Newark Celebration 350 has partnered with the Newark City of Learning Collaborative to offer Newark students mini-grants of up to $1000. The goal of this program is to keep students from dropping out of college and increasing the number of Newark residents with post-secondary degrees.  We all know the best advertising is the one that is passed along by a trusted friend or advisor. If you know of a student who may meet the eligibility guidelines, please pass this opportunity on to them, the scholarship details are outlined below.  If you have questions, please let me know. Thanks in advance for your support.
 
Eligibility
  • The Office of Financial Aid must have a completed FAFSA on file for the semester that you are requesting the scholarship. Need help in completing the FAFSA, no problem - FAFSA assisting is available at the Office of Financial Aid.  
  • Be a Rutgers University-Newark student who is a resident of the City of Newark.
  • Be in your junior or senior year or have acquired 60+ credits.
  • Scholarship cannot be awarded to cover direct tuition and/or school fees. Applicants must have no open RU-N school account balance   
  • This scholarship can be award to assist students with indirect educational expenses only: books, health insurance, transportation, childcare, food, tutoring, medical expenses, utility bills, minor care repairs, field trips, conferences, and internships expenses.
Deadline :
                      December 1, 2017. Funding will be awarded in the manner applications are received and                                reviewed while funding is available.
Award :        Scholarship amount: $500 to $1,000 (amount will be determined by the Office of Financial Aid).  
 
All interested students should complete the scholarship application and return it to the Office of Financial (by email, in-person, or mail)

Email: Director, Natalia Morisseau at Natalia.morisseau@ofa.rutgers.edu
In-Person: 249 University Ave, Newark NJ - Blumenthal Hall 3rd Floor, Office of Financial Aid
Mail: Rutgers University- Newark - 249 University Ave Newark NJ 07102 - Blumenthal Hall 3rd Floor -Attn:            Office of Financial Aid
Recent Job Opportunities from Rutgers SPAA's job board:
The Global Vanguard Program

The Global Explorer Program - Vanguard edition is most popular with current students and recent graduates looking to explore and discover their career path outside of the traditional summer vacation period.
Graduates of the program leave with the professional skills, experience and connections necessary to find and launch a rewarding career

For seniors and recent graduates, we offer the Global Vanguard
Program. This semester-long fall, winter and spring program is now
open to applications in the following cities:

New York,  London,  Los Angeles,  Washington D.C.,  Miami (closing
soon)

We are seeing a record number of applications to the summer-based
Global Explorer Program this year. Please note that we expect to
close applications to our programs earlier than the scheduled
late-April deadline.

Interested students may apply via: www.city-internships.com/apply

Interested students and graduates can learn more and apply online:
Director of the Annual Fund

The Spence School, founded in 1892, is an independent school for girls and young women with an enrollment of 740 students in Grades K - 12. The School seeks a Director of the Annual Fund, a senior member of the Advancement team, to build upon an established and successful program that raises annual unrestricted funds from the School's constituencies, including parents, alumnae, past parents, grandparents and friends. The Spence Advancement Office consists of 11 full-time employees who are responsible for advancing Spence's mission through fundraising, alumnae relations, school-wide communications and key school events. This full- time position reports to the Director of Advancement and supervises the Database Manager/Assistant to the Director of the Annual Fund.
 
Qualifications
  • Five (5) years of professional experience in Annual Fund or related fundraising programs
  • Proven track record of developing and sustaining successful fundraising operations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; an ability to develop strong relationships and motivate and cultivate volunteers and donors in a dynamic peer-to-peer fundraising culture
  • Capacity to design and implement new and innovative strategic directions
  • Strong analytical skills in tracking and evaluating short- and long-term annual giving trends
  • Strong and clear communication skills, written and verbal
  • Ability to multitask, organize and prioritize in order to meet deadlines and goals
  • Excellent command of office technology tools, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Raiser's Edge database
  • A collaborative spirit and strong team ethic; sense of professionalism and humor in dealing with donors, volunteers and colleagues
  • Bachelor's degree required
Spence is committed to an equitable and inclusive program and a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

For more information and job resposibilities please click here 
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to  AnnualFundDirector@spenceschool.org


The Honors Living Learning Community at Rutgers University-Newark will be offering 20 graduate fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year.  HLLC Graduate Fellowships will fall into two distinct categories: HLLC Teaching Fellows and HLLC Recitation Facilitators.  

HLLC Teach Fellow Job Description
Hours per week: 3-5
Term commitment: Fall & Spring
Pay: $3,000 Stipend ($1,500 per term)

Central to the HLLC curriculum are two core courses that all HLLC students will take during their first year in the program.  These courses are credit-bearing and help us to realize our goals related to community engagement and responsible citizenship. Team taught by graduate students, these course are entitled HLLC 301 and HLLC 302. Building upon the themes related to "local citizenship within a global world," these two courses follow a developmental progression which allows HLLC scholars to explore their roles as RU-N community members and change agents within their own lives and communities. Through participation in these courses, students will gain insight into themselves, others, and their relationship to the communities around them. Furthermore,they will be active participants in the design and implementation of projects that contribute to the greater good of the campus community and help them to enact change based on shared passions and interests. We are currently soliciting applications for HLLC teaching fellows.
  • Eight teaching fellows will teach HLLC 301 during the fall 2017 semester, and eight teaching fellows will teach HLLC 302 during the spring 2017 semester.  Each course will be team taught by two instructors.  Each class will meet for 1 hour and 20 minutes once a week and will have twenty HLLC students enrolled.
  • Teaching fellows will be trained in a curriculum that has been been created specifically for each course. All teaching fellows will be expected to attend a three-day training session on the curriculum prior to the beginning of the semester in which they are teaching.
  • Teaching fellows will be required to attend a one-hour weekly meeting with HLLC staff and other teaching fellows to debrief weekly classes and prepare for the following week's class.  Teaching fellows will also be expected to keep a weekly journal detailing their learning.
  • Teaching fellows should have some facilitation experience, knowledge of group dynamics, and the ability to guide students through conversations about identity and issues related to social inequity. 
  • Please submit applications here.

HLLC Recitation Facilitator Job Description:
Hours per week: 5-7
Term commitment: Fall
Pay: $2,000 Stipend
 
Recitation Facilitators will support faculty instructors in the implementation and administration of the HLLC core course entitled, "Local Citizenship in a Global World". 
  • Recitation facilitators are expected to attend a three-hour weekly course taught by faculty instructors.
  • Recitation facilitators will lead a one-hour recitation section with 20 students weekly.
  • Recitation facilitators will be resppnsible for leading discussions with students about course material and grading written assignments for students in their recitation sections.
  • Recitation facilitators will meet with faculty instructors and others graduate fellows for one hour on a weekly basis to discuss course content, student needs, and pedagogy.
  • Recitation facilitators should have strong written and verbal communication skills.
Course Description:
All 80 incoming HLLC students will take this foundational 4-credit course during their first semester on campus.  This course will serve as springboard for the 18 credit HLLC minor which allows students to examine how themes of local citizenship in a global world have emerged within various fields and participate in community engaged scholarship.  Through this course, students will explore the role that local citizens have played in social movements within Newark and throughout the world over time.  They will learn about the experiences, strategies and interaction among individuals and organizations that are noted, "change agents" in Newark, and the nation. They will examine the history of important non-violent movements for change and civil unrest in the city, and use this history to examine contemporary issues facing young people in Newark, the state, nation and world today, to come up with an understanding of their own leadership potential.
 
Please submit applications here.
 
 

The internship program is an opportunity that offers undergraduates, graduates or post-doctorate students throughout the country an exciting insider's view of the district office operations of a Member of Congress.

While I am unable to to offer  paid internships, at the discretion of your academic advisor, you may be eligible to obtain college credits.  Interning in my office can be a great learning experience and often proves to be quite helpful in future academic and career opportunities. 

My internship program is flexible and, if selected, my staff and I will do our best to accomodate your schedule.  Once I receive your resume, cover letter, and writing sample, an interview will be conducted.

If you are interested in interning in my Newark office, some of your duties may include:
  • Assisting with research and writing of constituent correspondence
  • Answering phone calls 
  • Greeting constituents and guest visiting our office
  • Assisting with mobile office tours and listening sessions
  • Researching issues or agency polocies
  • Grant research
  • Distributing mail and informational materials from agencies
  • Assisting with mailing projects
  • Possible casework (with proper training)
  • Other projects assigned
If you are interested please contact my Staff Assistant, Samantha Salome Washington at 973-645-3213 and submit your materials by email to samantha.washington@mail.house.gov.  I apprecaite your interest in learning more about the political process, and I look forward to receiving your resume and cover letter.

National Academy of Public Administration, Washington, D.C.
 
This internship provides the opportunity to work directly with the Director of Fellow Relations, on a variety of tasks related to the Fellows and Board members such as: researching specific information, writing and editing requested materials, and attending project panel meetings as well as "shadow" a staff member on other projects.   This internship will assist with staffing the Academy's five Standing Panels, and assist on a number of Fellow initiatives.  Other tasks may surface during the internship and your assistance will be utilized in many ways that will be rewarding.
 
National Academy of Public Administration, Washington, D.C.
 
This internship provides the opportunity to work directly with the Academy's Chief Financial Officer and Director of Development.  As an intern with this team, you will be involved in an array of financial projects such as: developing networking information on Academy Fellows and other contacts to improve the Academy's outreach and services to members; assisting in the development of an electronic filing system for bills received by the Academy and invoices issued by the Academy; and supporting the Academy's financial operations.  The work will involve internet-based research, development of office automation procedures, and support for important financial activities of the Academy.  Other tasks may surface that will allow you to assist in many other ways.  Some prior exposure to accounting is useful, but not required.  Overall you will find the work to be rewarding. Internships are available in the summer, fall and spring.
 
United Way Worldwide, Washington, D.C.
 
As the Stakeholder Communications Intern, you will be an integral member of the Marketing Department's Communications Team. You'll get real-life, substantive and meaningful communications experience at the world's largest privately-funded nonprofit.  
 
You'll be researching and writing content to illustrate the community-building work United Way does around the world with our 85 global corporate partners. Success in this role is defined by your ability to help our team create & push out stories that tell the story of United Way Worldwide.

Paid Summer Internship
MDRC, New York, NY

MDRC is seeking paid undergraduate summer Interns of diverse backgrounds for our New York City office to be part of multidisciplinary teams developing evaluation research on current social policy issues.
 
This internship targets rising undergraduate seniors who are seeking to develop their knowledge and work experience in the field of social policy. Each intern will have the opportunity to support a range of projects within MDRC's five policy areas: Family Well-Being and Children's Development, K-12 Education, Young Adults and Postsecondary Education, Low-Wage Workers and Communities, and Health and Barriers to Employment.
 
Interns will participate in diverse activities for projects at various stages of development. Potential tasks include: assisting with proposals or project report writing/editing, conducting background research, supporting teams and service providers as they implement program models being tested, and/or contributing to qualitative and quantitative research activities. Interns will also learn about various departments at MDRC and participate in trainings, presentations and other professional development activities. The internship will last for 8 weeks (June - August) and will take place at MDRC's New York City office. For more details on additional qualificationsand to apply,  Click Here.

INTERN AT GALLERY AFERRO: Curatorial Internship
Newark, NJ

Gallery Aferro is currently looking to fill 2 part-time Curatorial internship positions for Spring 2017.

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate students or recent grads.
To Apply:  Email resume and cover letter to Jacob Mandel at jmandel@aferro.org with the
                   subject line: Curatorial Intern

Gallery Aferro interns have the unique opportunity to work closely with staff and the larger arts community in learning all aspects of a nonprofit organization. Because Gallery Aferro is both a presenting and a workspace organization with strong connections to cultural professionals, the internship position can build excellent professional skills/contacts and a breadth of knowledge that goes well beyond the work involved. Internships at Gallery Aferro are particularly beneficial to motivated and enthusiastic individuals who are interested in cultivating curatorial, operational, and arts administration experience in order to gain work experience and fulfill career goals in the art world.

The Curatorial Intern will get special access to the Gallery Aferro staff's continuing engagement with curatorial practices and can work on the many different arts initiatives that Gallery Aferro engages in regularly. Curatorial Interns will work closely with and liaise between curators and exhibiting artists as well as collaborate with Gallery Aferro staffers. Gallery Aferro is a Newark, NJ-based nonprofit alternative arts organization founded in 2003. Gallery Aferro currently operates out of a 20,000 sq ft building in downtown
Newark. We offer exhibitions and events featuring local, national and international artists, an year-round workspace residency program, and a publication line consisting of artist's books, essays, experimental music compilations, and exhibition catalogs. Gallery Aferro also offers educational resources including school tours and a community book room.

The Curatorial Intern will report directly to the Artistic Director, will work closely with the Gallery Manager and Exhibition Designer, and must be available at least 12 hours a week. Candidates should possess good phone and email manners, the ability to be punctual, have a basic working knowledge of Macintosh computers, have a basic working knowledge of Excel and Google docs, but most of all have an interest in contemporary art and an enthusiasm for working with the public. Other valuable skills would be experience with Adobe Creative Suite products and experience with digital photography.




Visit pacareer.newark.rutgers.edu/job-board for more opportunities. For inquiries, contact the Writing and Career Development Center at writenow@rutgers.edu or 973-353-2571.
New Opportunities
Sail and Study on the Peace Boat in Latin America this summer!
 
Thinking about how to make the most of your summer this year? Then consider traveling abroad with Peace Boat while gaining experience working with an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations to become part of an "international floating village."
 
Peace Boat has been organizing global and regional voyages for more than 30 years with the aim of fostering peace, human rights, and equal and sustainable development. Peace Boat seeks to create awareness and action based on effecting positive social and political change in the world.
 
Peace Boat US, its sister organization in New York, is organizing a special summer study program this year called " PEACE EDUCATION AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN LATIN AMERICA" that will give participants the chance to travel to Panama, Nicaragua and El Salvador from June 20-July 3rd and help promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
 
If you are interested in international cooperation and sustainability, this program is for you. If you want to travel and gain direct experience with other cultures, worldviews, and realities,  this program is for you. If you are eager to mingle and collaborate with other students, community leaders, and UN and government representatives, this experience is for you.
 
To see the full program itinerary and find out how to register, visit: 

For additional questions, feel free to contact me at:
 
Sommer B. Flood
Rutgers SPAA Student/ Peace Boat Intern