July 7, 2016

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Graduate Writing Consultants | UChicagoGRAD | Graduate students from any department/division can make an appointment to meet with a writing consultant to discuss a piece of academic writing (dissertation chapter, article submission, coursework paper, dissertation proposal, MA thesis, etc.).  These appointments are 50 minutes long and can cover up to 10 pages of writing; all writing consultations are free. | More Info
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Thought Provoking

Aaron Shkuda: The Lofts of Soho: Gentrification, Art, and Industry in New York, 1950-1980 | Seminary Coop | American cities entered a new phase when, beginning in the 1950s, artists and developers looked upon a decaying industrial zone in Lower Manhattan and saw, not blight, but opportunity: cheap rents, lax regulation, and wide open spaces. Thus, SoHo was born. From 1960 to 1980, residents transformed the industrial neighborhood into an artist district, creating the conditions under which it evolved into an upper-income, gentrified area. Introducing the idea—still potent in city planning today—that art could be harnessed to drive municipal prosperity, SoHo was the forerunner of gentrified districts in cities nationwide, spawning the notion of the creative class. In The Lofts of SoHo, Aaron Shkuda studies the transition of the district from industrial space to artists’ enclave to affluent residential area, focusing on the legacy of urban renewal in and around SoHo and the growth of artist-led redevelopment. Shkuda explores conflicts between residents and property owners and analyzes the city’s embrace of the once-illegal loft conversion as an urban development strategy. As Shkuda explains, artists eventually lost control of SoHo’s development, but over several decades they nonetheless forced scholars, policymakers, and the general public to take them seriously as critical actors in the twentieth-century American city. | More Info + RSVP
Monday, July 11th @ 6pm | Seminary Coop

Art + Rap: A Conversation with Aquil “AQ” Charlton & Open Mike Eagle| CSRPC | Join us for a conversation featuring current APL/CSPRC Artist-in-Residence Aquil “AQ” Charlton and rapper Open Mike Eagle. Hosted by J Bambii and moderated by What Is a Ravot, this conversation will bring together two artists whose DIY-approach to hip-hop has generated broad conceptual practices that encompass music, activism, lyricism, and visual art, falling somewhere in between. Aquil Charlton is a teaching artist and consultant who applies his youth development experience & creative practice as a musician, writer, DJ, and visual artist toward his vision for a more just society. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the University of Chicago; one of the first class of Citizen Artist Fellows hosted by the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and a teaching artist with Urban Gateways and Chicago Public Schools. Aquil, known as “AQ,” also performs electronic music with his experimental group, Wheat Paste Viaducts, and hip hop with his band, Simpson X. Learn more about his work at mraquil.com. Open Mike Eagle is an LA-based indie rapper known for his work with local collective Project Blowed, as well as his unique style of “art rap.” He has released 4 full-length solo albums, as well as several EPs and collaborative projects, including his recent album Time and Materials, a concept album made with close friend Serengeti. Mike is currently signed to Mello Music Group, and runs two podcasts, Conversation Parade, an Adventure Time discussion show, and Secret Skin, an interview based podcast where he speaks with fellow musicians such as Nick Diamonds from Islands, and Aesop Rock. Learn more about his work at mikeeagle.net. | More Info
Friday, July 15th from 6-8pm | Arts Incubator, 301 E Garfield Blvd

Summer Nights Vintage Film Series: Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) | The Oriental Institute | Join a special gallery tour guided by Emily Teeter, PhD, Egyptologist and Special Exhibit Coordinator of the Oriental Institute Museum, followed by a screening of some of America’s favorite vintage and campy films on ancient Egypt. | More Info
Wednesday, July 20th from 6-8pm | Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall


Institute for National Strategic Studies Internships | National Defense University | INSS is a collection of Department of Defense research centers established in 1984.  The mission of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) is to conduct research in support of the academic and leader development programs at NDU, and to provide strategic support to the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Unified Combatant Commands. INSS includes the following Centers: the Center for Strategic Research (CSR), the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs (CSCMA), the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP), the Center for Complex Operations (CCO), and the National Defense University Press (NDU Press). The INSS internship program affords students from across the US to work on a variety of research topics, both regional and thematic. These include Western Hemisphere, East Asia, Middle East, National Security Reform, and Future Strategic Concepts. The Institute offers a wide range of research activities that gives interns the opportunity to participate in real-time work, assist in research for publications, and work closely with a Senior Fellow who is a subject matter expert in his field. Interns may also have the opportunity to meet government officials, attend congressional hearings, or participate in symposia hosted by the National Defense University or the Institute. | US citizenship required | Application requirements include submission of a cover letter, resume and 2-3 page writing sample.  The application deadline for the Fall Semester 2016 Internship is July 22, 2016.  All applications should be sent to INSS_Intern_Program@ndu.edu  | More Info + Apply
*Applications for Fall Semester 2016 Internship due by Friday, July 22nd

Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship | US Dept of State |. The U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program is bigger and better than ever! This year, we have over 900 vacancies at 30 U.S. Government agencies. VSFS is a way for the American public and government employees to collaborate on projects of global importance. Selected applicants will contribute up to 10 hours per week from September 2016 through May 2017 working on projects from a U.S. Mission abroad or a domestic government office. As eInterns, students will play an important role in advancing the federal government’s reach in diplomacy, development, space, journalism, trade, environment, health, agriculture, technology, housing and other essential initiatives. Together, we can create a more effective, efficient, and smarter government that takes advantage of an engaged and participatory citizenry. U.S. citizen college students can make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government through the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS). VSFS harnesses the expertise and digital excellence of U.S. citizen students to move the work of their government forward on multiple fronts. Since 2009, thousands of VSFS eInterns have expanded the efforts of the U.S. government around the world – from dorm rooms to libraries and coffee shops, to wherever the students happen to be. This year, there are more government agencies than ever participating, including. | More Info | Apply
*Apply by Friday, July 22nd to your top three projects.

REMINDER: Government Affairs (paid) | Alcoa/Arconic | Alcoa is in the process of separating into two industry-leading, FORTUNE 500 companies:  “New Alcoa” will be the mining and primary metal manufacturer; “Arconic” will pursue value-add light metal manufacturing for aerospace, automotive, construction, defense and other key industries.  This position provides in-depth exposure to international business issues with a focus on trade, political risk, legislative issues and international affairs. The intern will be integrated into the Arconic Government Affairs team under the mentorship of senior government affairs professionals. In this role, the intern will be expected to take on substantive work in research, project management, and stakeholder outreach. The intern will also be expected to manage an independent project during the course of employment. This position requires a high degree of research, analytical, written, and presentation skills. | More Info + Apply 


Phone Interviewer (part-time) | Survey Lab | The University of Chicago Survey Lab seeks interviewers for work on a phone study that focuses on faculty hiring and diversity policies at colleges and universities around the country. The Survey Lab is a data collection center in the division of Social Sciences. We conduct research in a variety of areas, including health care, hunger, sexuality, and the arts. Our research is conducted through a number of modes – field work, phone interviews, and mail and web surveys. Duties for this position include conducting survey interviews by phone, recruiting respondents, and data entry. We offer 15 – 30 hours of work per week during normal business hours. | More Info + Apply

Research Associate (multiple opportunities) | MARU/VCR&C | Do you want to help businesses make better decisions by leading them to be more empathetic to their customers? If so, you are just the type of person that MARU/VCR&C would like to meet. With deep heritage in research consulting and insights technology platforms, MARU/VCR&C has recently formed to chart the future of how businesses leverage customer insight to achieve better outcomes. MARU/VCR&C, formed in 2016 through MARU Groups acquisition of the Research & Consulting division of Vision Critical, is a professional services firm that helps its clients improve business outcomes by being more empathetic to their customers. We deliver our services through sector-specific research consultants that have technology in their DNA, specializing in the use of Insight Community technology. Our research drives decision making across all aspects of customer experience, including innovation, product, branding, commercialization and communications. We are seeking a Research Associate to join our growing Chicago-based Research & Consulting team. This Research Associate will be responsible for helping to manage all stages of the market research project cycle including proposals, research design, operational execution, analysis and reporting, as well as nurturing and developing strategic client relationships. The ideal candidate will have a university degree and a minimum of 1-2 years of experience on the supplier side of research; with consumer packaged goods experience a plus. You will have had exposure to both quantitative and qualitative methodologies including questionnaire design, analysis, and project management. You are known for your attention to detail, the ability to see the story in the numbers, and for superior communication and writing skills. You are an out-of-the box thinker that doesn’t stand for mediocrity or status quo, and possess a drive for excellence. Experience with product innovation, brand positioning, shopper insights and online communities would be key assets. | More Info + Apply
*MAPSS alumna Jessica Mull (jessicam.mull@gmail.com) available to chat about this opportunity. If you apply, mention her name in the online application.

Development Associate | Rise Up (Oakland, CA) | The Public Health Institute is seeking a full time Development Associate – Grant Writer for Rise Up. This position is located in Oakland, CA. Rise Up unifies the power of Let Girls Lead, Champions for Change and the Youth Champions Initiative, sister initiatives based at the Public Health Institute. Rise Up believes that girls, youth, and women have the right to finish school, stay healthy, be safe, and free from poverty. Since 2009, Rise Up’s model, first proven through Let Girls Lead, has contributed to the passage of 21 laws and policies that have improved the health, education, economic opportunity, and rights for more than 7 million girls, youth and women worldwide. Champions for Change leverages Let Girls Lead’s proven model to improve the health of women, newborns, and children by investing in Nigerian leaders and organizations. Rise Up’s model drives large-scale change through advocacy, leadership development, organizational strengthening, grantmaking, and storytelling. Reporting to the Senior Advisor of External Affairs, the Development Associate will work closely with other senior members of Rise Up to take a start-up into its next phase of growth and impact. We are seeking an experienced grant writing professional to play an important role in our 12-person team at an exciting moment of growth and expansion for Rise Up. The Development Associate will be responsible for institutional fundraising and grant writing. We are at an exciting place as we expand into additional focus countries with new funders and the Development Associate will have the opportunity to contribute to shaping this funding growth and direction. | More Info + Apply

Foreign Service Facility Manager | US Dept of State | FMs oversee large holdings of United States government (USG)-owned and leased properties and ensure they are maintained within accepted U.S. standards in a safe and operable condition. The FM is a member of the government’s management team who provides a wide range of building-related services, managing physical resources and asset management in a specific country. FMs may be assigned as Regional Facility Managers with responsibilities for FM program activities in several countries. FMs are the facilities and operations experts at post. FMs normally supervise one of the largest and most diverse work forces domestically or at our posts overseas. The duties of this position include: Facilities maintenance and operations strategic planning; Management of USG-owned and leased properties; Facilities operation and management; Management of facilities related services and projects, in accordance with Department of State service standards; Supervises engineers, tradesmen, maintenance staff and other facilities personnel and contractors. | More Info + Apply