This semester nearly 40 of our students are currently interning at a diverse range of domestic and international organizations through our IPSS and DPMI Plus programs. They are gaining professional experience and putting their MIIS education to good use by tackling many of today’s most pressing issues at organizations such as the United Nations, the Nature Conservancy, the International Labour Organization, and the Peace Corps. Their assignments have taken them all over the world to places like Jordan, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Washington D.C., and Bangkok!
We wish them the best and can’t wait to hear about their work!
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World Renowned Political Scientist Francis Fukuyama will Offer a Guest Lecture on April 18 as part of the 2014 Spring Colloquium
Fukuyama is best known for the international sensation caused when he published an essay called “The End of History?” which later led to his book, “The End of History and the Last Man.” He ignited a global debate with his revolutionary thesis, that the Cold War marked an endpoint of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy would be the final form of human government. He later published “Trust: Social Virtues and Creation of Prosperity” which modified his earlier thesis to include that culture cannot be fully separated from economics. Fukuyama has immense global recognition for his theories on democracy, development and economics. Click here to view full bio.
Event Details: Economic Diplomacy and Global Governance in a Multi-polar World
Key Speaking Topics
- What is Governance in a G-Zero World?
- What is economic ‘hard’ power? Does it work? When and How?
- Is ‘soft power’ different in a world dominated by economic interests?
- Can cooperation emerge from economic competition?
- The growing impact of Non-State Actors
When: April 18, 6-9pm
Where: Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building
Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), resident in FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.
Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on questions concerning democratization and international political economy. His book, The End of History and the Last Man, was published by Free Press in 1992 and has appeared in over twenty foreign editions. His most recent books are America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy, and Falling Behind: Explaining the Development Gap between Latin America and the United States. His latest book, The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution was published in April 2011.
Francis Fukuyama received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Science. He was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation from 1979-1980, then again from 1983-89, and from 1995-96. In 1981-82 and in 1989 he was a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State, the first time as a regular member specializing in Middle East affairs, and then as Deputy Director for European political-military affairs. In 1981-82 he was also a member of the US delegation to the Egyptian-Israeli talks on Palestinian autonomy. From 1996-2000 he was Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, and from 2001-2010 he was Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He served as a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001-2004.
Dr. Fukuyama is chairman of the editorial board of The American Interest, which he helped to found in 2005. He holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Doane College, Doshisha University (Japan), Kansai University (Japan), and Aarhus University (Denmark). He is a non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and at the Center for Global Development. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rand Corporation, the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, and member of the advisory boards for the Journal of Democracy, the Inter-American Dialogue, and The New America Foundation. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Pacific Council for International Affairs. He is married to Laura Holmgren and has three children.
Looking to work in government? Looking for a professional overseas government internship? Do you speak German?
Émigré Memorial German Internship Program–German State Parliaments (EMGIP) through Cultural Vistas might be the perfect fit for you. Spend 1 to 3 months at a German state parliament (Landtag). Get paid and receive some excellent benefits!
This is a great opportunity (open only to U.S. and Canadian undergraduate and graduate students) to experience real-life government work abroad, while improving your German language skills. With interns starting three times a year (fall, spring and early summer) EMIGIP is looking for 18-30 year-old with a high level of German skills (written & oral) and at least 2 years of university studies in a relevant field.
Apply by March 31st for Fall 2014.
The Center for Conflict Resolution’s Peacebuilders Fellowship application is due THIS Saturday, March 15th! “The Center will be choosing eight fellows to travel to four countries (Burma, Mexico, Ethiopia, and the West Bank) for 8 to 10 weeks over the summer. Fellows will work in teams of two in each country to research water conflicts, with an emphasis on gathering the stories of stakeholders in these conflicts. Upon their return, fellows will work with CCS to share these stories over a variety of mediums, including podcasts, video interviews, and digital storytelling.” – See more at: www.miis.edu.
You can click here to apply and see the FAQ regarding the Peacebuilders Fellowship. Be prepared to fill out the short online form and upload your resume.
Our MIIS Hult Prize Team will compete in the regional round TODAY, March 7th. Taking these outstanding MIIS students one step closer to the $1,000,000 prize! A leading non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs; Hult Prize asks teams from around the world to come up with innovative ideas for sustainable start-up enterprises.
Amanda Boyek (MAIPS ’14), Natalie Cox (MPA ’14), Amitay Flores (MAIPS ’14), Maria Kovell (MPA ’14), and Amy Ross (MPA ’14) make up the MIIS team and will be taking their idea for improving youth nutrition to San Francisco this week. The MIIS team already made it into the top 300 out of 10,000 teams to put them into the regional finals where they will present in front of a jury comprised of regional CEOs, Non-profit leaders and social entrepreneurs. If our team moves forward they will join the other regional finalists from 6 global cities in what is called the Hult Accelerator. Over the months of July and August the finalists will enter a fast-paced social business immersion program that will leave the MIIS team with a fully-formed and investor ready corporation ready to compete in the Global Finals in September.
As part of the spring 2014 Colloquium, international consultant Don Lewis will speak on the importance of Emerging Power’s Economic Statecraft, especially the case of China.
Key Considerations: Emerging Powers and Economic Statecraft: China’s Economic Diplomacy
- How is China engaging the World?
- Hard power vs Soft Power à Chinese Smart Power
- How is China’s power being felt?
- Is there a “Beijing consensus?”
When: March 10, 6-8pm
Where: McGowan 102
Donald Lewis has been a Research Fellow, Lecturer in Law and Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. Prior to coming to Stanford, he was an Associate Professor of Law at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) Faculty of Law in Hong Kong, China, where he taught and conducted research on Chinese law, Chinese and international dispute resolution, and international trade and economic law for 23 years. Professor Lewis has served as a U.S. Fulbright Law Professor in China at the law schools of Nankai University (Tianjin) and Zhongshan University (Guangzhou), and has also taught or lectured at Peking University and Tsinghua University law schools (Beijing).
While at the HKU Faculty of Law, Professor Lewis acted as Director of the East Asian International Economic Law and Policy (EAIEL) Program, and China’s WTO accession. Professor Lewis acted as the first Academic Coordinator of the official World Trade Organization (WTO) Regional Trade Policy Course (RTPC) for the governments of Asia Pacific, including the Chinese government, providing technical training to trade officials on the WTO disciplines.
Professor Lewis has advised international law firms, investment banks and multinational corporations on Chinese law matters. He has served as an expert Advisor and Consultant to the United Nations for Asia Pacific governments on a range of international trade and investment issues.
His research and writing over the past decade have focused on China’s WTO reforms and dispute settlement, US-China trade issues, China trade and investment law, rule of law, the green economy, innovation and sustainable development in China, Chinese outbound direct investment, Asian regional IP/IT issues, including software protection, e-commerce and trade facilitation, the antitrust and IP intersection in China, as well as Chinese and international dispute resolution.
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Steve Pifer will visit the Institute on March 24 as part of the Spring 2014 Colloquium Speaker Series
Steve Pifer who is the director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institute will offer a guest lecture open to the public in Irvine auditorium on March 24, 5-8pm. Mr. Pifer will offer expert insights focused on the current nature of Eurasian diplomacy and statecraft.
Steve Pifer spent more than 25 years serving in the State Department with the bulk of his work focusing on U.S. relations with the former Soviet Union and Europe, as well as arms control and security issues. He has held postings in Kyiv (Kiev), London, Moscow, Geneva and Warsaw as well as on the National Security Council. Pifer is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe. He is also a non-resident senior adviser with the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Pifer has spoken on CNN, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, National Public Radio and VOA, and his articles have appeared in the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune and Boston Globe, among others. Most of his media precense has focused around Russia, Ukraine and arms control. Click here to view full bio.
Speaker Event Details: Russian Power Diplomacy and Eurasian Integration
Key lecture topics
- The shift from G-8 to G-20 and the Nature of Statecraft
- The Exercise of Economic Power in Eurasia
- Strategic Economic (Industrial) Policy and Emerging Power
- Energy Statecraft and Western and Central European Relations
When: March 24, 5-8pm
Where: Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building
This event is open to the public. Please direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Escama Studio is a social enterprise based in California and Brazil. Their mission is to create innovative on-trend fashion accessories while promoting sustainable development through trade. Their flagship product is crocheted accessories with post-consumer (recycled) pop tabs.
The fashion products are handmade in Brazil by artisan groups who are not just contract manufacturers, but an integral part of Escama Studio. Escama Studio is a green company, a fair trade company and an ongoing experiment in sustainability.
Job Descritpion: Social Media Marketing Intern
Duration: 1 Semester (February – May, 2014)
The intern will assist with the execution of a data driven social media campaign that will quantifiably raise metrics of Escama Studio website. Other objectives will be to raise awareness of the Escama Studio company as a Brazil-US based social enterprise that creates fashion accessories and generate inbound links to our website and create broad-based mainstream media and social media attention in anticipation of the World Cup and Olympics – both of which will be hosted in Brazil.
Part time intern will assist in the following areas:
* Write original content and compile ‘curated content’ for use in blog and Facebook. Topics will range from social enterprise, eco fashion, sustainable design, Brazilian design.
* Help to identify ‘influencers’ bloggers, online editors. ‘Pitch’ online influencers with press releases and other content.
* Track traffic number of inbound links and other metrics to assess the success of campaign.
Unpaid to start, but paid work a potential in the future from performance-based bonuses and/or a future position.
-Autonomy, growth and learning, and ability to help grow an exciting global social impact business.
- Working 10-20 hours per week, remote and flexible schedule. Prefer one monthly meeting in SF if possible.
Please take a look at our website and social media platforms below. See if what we are doing interests you and see if there is anything that you would want to improve!
Interested candidates, please send resume to email@example.com.
Mark your calendars: MIIS Alum Ann Rollins and Jennifer Sanford to Guest Lecture for Spring Colloquium on February 17, 6-8pm with career networking reception at 5pm.
Who: Ann Rollins and Jennifer Sanford
Lecture topic and key considerations:
Economic Diplomacy: A Private Sector Perspective
- Working in a global marketplace
- Dealing with domestic policies in an international market
- Trade agreements and the rules of the international system
- Standards, trade facilitation, and global value-chains
- Corporate values, social responsibility and sustainable development
When: February 17, 6-8pm; Reception 5pm at the Upper McCone Atrium with lecture to follow in McGowan 102
The Center for Conflict Studies is pleased to announce the launch of the Peacebuilders Fellowship – a summer fellowship program for graduate students in the United States.
This application round will be for fellowships in summer 2014.
In keeping with the mission of the Center for Conflict Studies, the goal of Peacebuilder Fellowship is to give a voice to the voiceless. Fellows will spend around two months in a conflict zone and collect stories of people who have experienced conflict. The hope is that the individual stories will give face to a “distant”conflict, will provide empirical knowledge which in turn will empower people to act. Peacebuilder Fellows are therefore, storytellers for peace. Additionally, this supports the Center’s slogan ”Knowledge as Action; Action as Change”. (more…)
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