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  • Grant Supports Student Internships in East Asia

    The Freeman Foundation of Stowe, Vermont, has awarded a $100,000 grant to the University of Mississippi for an initiative to support student internships in East and Southeast Asia.

    The program, UM Experiential Learning in East Asia, will allow 18 undergraduates to complete a summer internship of at least eight weeks in summer 2018. Each recipient will receive $5,000 from the Freeman Foundation grant and an additional $2,500 provided by the university’s Office of Global Engagement and the successful applicants’ respective UM school(s).

    “The Croft Institute has been the campus leader in promoting engagement with East Asia for the last 20 years, and this generous grant by the Freeman Foundation will allow us to add another important dimension to those efforts,” said Oliver Dinius, executive director of the Croft Institute for International Studies.

    Dinius will administer the program and is working with Joshua Howard, Croft associate professor of history, Minjoo Oh, associate professor of sociology; and Blair McElroy, the university’s senior international officer, to design the application process, select award recipients and assist students as they prepare for their internships.

    The goal of the Freeman Foundation’s grant is to help students gain real-life experience while interacting regularly with local populations. Established in 1994 by the estate of AIG cofounder Mansfield Freeman, the foundation’s general mission is “to strengthen the bonds of friendship between this country and those of the Far East” and “to stimulate an exchange of ideas in economic and cultural fields which will help create mutual understanding.”

    Headed by Mansfield’s grandson, Graeme Freeman, the foundation donates approximately $50 million annually to programs such as study abroad scholarships for Asian and American students and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, which has supported the Croft Institute’s efforts to strengthen teaching about East Asia in Mississippi for more than 15 years.

    The grant will provide students with life-changing opportunities to work and experience life in East Asia, Howard said. Participating students will “be able to put their learning into practice – whether it’s in the field of engineering, accounting, language studies, just to name a few examples – and become global citizens in the process,” he said.

    This grant will allow the Croft Institute and the other participating units on the Oxford campus to deliver on the university’s commitment to greater internationalization and support for experiential learning, two core goals set by Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and Provost Noel Wilkin. Students chosen for UM Experiential Learning in East Asia will learn how a foreign culture affects the work environment and help prepare them to succeed.

    “International experiences give students the skills they need in an increasingly global workplace, such as intercultural communication skills, self-awareness, knowledge of current events and their impact upon the world, and open-mindedness,” McElroy said.

    Interested students should find their own internship and apply for the UM-administered funding with a specific proposal. The program welcomes proposals for internships in all parts of East Asia, although priority is given to sending students to countries that are at the heart of UM’s long-standing engagement with East Asia: China, Japan and South Korea.

    Oh, a native of Korea, is excited about the potential of this grant reinforcing UM’s recent commitment to Korean studies.

    “I hope that many students will take advantage of this opportunity to complete internships in Korea, deepening our engagement with one of the most culturally and economically dynamic places in the world,” she said.

    The program is open to undergraduate students from all schools and majors on the Oxford campus. The only restriction is that they must be enrolled as full-time Ole Miss undergraduate students in the semester after completing their summer internship.

    Individual awards are designed to offset costs that may otherwise discourage students from interning abroad, including airfare, accommodations and meals. The program will begin accepting applications in mid-October.

    Interested students should visit http://www.croft.olemiss.edu/home/freeman-internships-in-east-asia for details about the application process and deadlines. For more information, contact William Mahoney, Croft’s coordinator for career planning, at mahoney@olemiss.edu.

From the Institute
January 23, 2018

Call for Applications: M.A. in Middle East and Islamic Studies at George Mason University

The Middle East Studies Program and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University announce the early deadline for applications for the Fall/Spring 2018-2011 academic year: 15 February 2018.  For more information about the application, visit https://meis.gmu.edu/programs/la-ma-meis/application.

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Fellowships and Scholarships
January 23, 2018

Investigative Journalism Fellowship

Dr. Ibrahim forwarded us this announcement about a fellowship in investigative journalism fellowship with 50.5o, the section of the independent media platform openDemocracy.net covering women's rights, gender and sexuality. Fellowships will run for three months, and can begin in March or June 2018. Each fellow will be expected to work with editors on 2-3 reports, and to prepare for and attend weekly (virtual) editorial meetings. Fellows will be paid per story – up to £330 ($450) per report. They will also receive ongoing mentorship and practical training. Workshops will be arranged, where possible, on specific topics such as Freedom of Information requests, interview skills, and feature writing, depending on projects and fellows' needs.  For more information, visit https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/apply-for-5050-feminist-investigative-journalism-fellowship.

Job Opportunities
January 18, 2018

Journalism Organization Syria Direct Seeks Program Manager

Syria Direct, a non-profit journalism organization that produces timely coverage of Syria, is seeking a Project Manager to oversee grant writing, donor relations, and newsroom operations in its bureau in Amman, Jordan.

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Internship Opportunities
January 18, 2018

Congressional-Executive Commission on China Seeks Liu Xiaobo Fellows

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) is offering paid Fellowships to graduates of accredited Bachelor’s, Master’s, J.D. Programs, or current graduate-level students. Croft graduates are highly competitive for this position and have worked here in the past. The Fellowship listing was forwarded from an alumnus and is not yet posted on the CECC website—please contact William Mahoney for more information.

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Internship Opportunities
January 10, 2018

Internship Opportunity with MENA Division of Human Rights Watch

Dr. Vivian Ibrahim, Croft Associate Professor of History and International Studies, forwarded us an internship opening relevant to students studying the Middle East:

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Internship Opportunities
January 10, 2018

Multiple Internship Openings with the Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Center for Strategic and International Studies, a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization focused on defense and security, regional study, and transnational challenges, has multiple internship openings in its Washington, D.C. office.

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From the Institute
December 19, 2017

Submit to Undergraduate Journal: Mississippi Political Review

The Mississippi Political Review is currently looking for writers who are passionate about political analysis at any level, to write for the Spring 2018 edition of our undergraduate journal. As a non-partisan academic journal, we need writers from all political backgrounds to emphasize analysis over opinion and objectivity over partisanship.

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Internship Opportunities
November 17, 2017

Internship Opportunities in Public Health

Class of 2010 alumna, and fall 2017 Alumni Panel speaker, Catherine Couper Espinoza forwarded us the following opportunities for Croft students and alumni interested in public health:

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Alumni News
November 10, 2017

Video of Fall 2017 Alumni Panel

Those who missed the Croft Alumni Panel on November 10 and those who want to see it again can watch the video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/09npXdEA9Io.

Fellowships and Scholarships
October 13, 2017
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Grant Supports Student Internships in East Asia

The Freeman Foundation of Stowe, Vermont, has awarded a $100,000 grant to the University of Mississippi for an initiative to support student internships in East and Southeast Asia.

[read more]