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Public Service Career and Internship Fair

July 14, 2010
3:00-7:00 p.m.
National Building Museum
Washington, D.C.

The Partnership for Public Service will host its eighth annual Public Service Career and Internship Fair on July 14 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the National Building Museum. Last year’s event connected 78 federal agencies with more than 6,000 students and jobseekers. After participating in this event, 97 percent of agency representatives noted that they were pleased with the number and caliber of participants.

This fair is dedicated to providing summer interns in Washington, DC, students–both graduate and undergraduate, and recent graduates with access to agency representatives, and information about their agencies’ missions and available positions. By facilitating conversations between federal workers and promising young people, we hope to encourage entry-level talent to bring their skills and experiences to the government as dynamic federal employees.

More information to be posted at http://www.ourpublicservice.org/OPS/events/

Posted by kkowatch on May 27, 2010 at 03:23 PM | Comments (0)

SI Students:

If you are participating in a federal internship this summer, consider being a Federal Service Student Ambassador. This experience is a great networking opportunity and you can get paid for promoting your internship experience!


The Federal Service Student Ambassadors program is designed to increase interest in federal service on college and university campuses through developing a group of passionate student advocates who actively promote public service following their completion of a federal internship. Having already completed a federal internship, student ambassadors are in a unique position to speak to their peers about federal service. Through planning events, networking sessions, and meetings with key faculty and staff members, ambassadors raise awareness of the incredible opportunities and benefits of federal service as well as develop creative and innovation approaches to spread the word about public service.

Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your professional skills while sharing your passion for public service? This program might just be the experience you are looking for! As a Federal Service Student Ambassador, you will have the unique opportunity to lead a major outreach effort on your campus, create an academic and professional network of contacts, write articles for newspapers and magazines, and coordinate with student organizations on campus—all of which contribute to your professional development!
Throughout your ambassadorship you will receive regular feedback and assistance from a Partnership coach as well as other ambassadors. To jumpstart your professional development, you will attend a dynamic two-day training in Washington, DC along with the other 2010-11 ambassadors. Additionally, you will receive a $2,000 stipend for your service.

• Work approximately seven hours/week;
• Conduct one introductory meeting with Career Services on your campus;
• Conduct one end of year meeting with Career Services on your campus;
• Conduct three meetings with faculty members;
• Conduct three meetings with student group leaders;
• Conduct six one-on-one or group advising sessions;
• Conduct six presentations or workshops;
• Conduct twelve general marketing activities;
• Publish two articles;
• Collect information on at least 100 leads (students interested in working or interning for federal government);
Ensure at least twenty-five of your leads apply for a federal job or internship; and
• Attend the two-day training in Washington, DC on July 21-22.

• Enrolled in an internship with a federal agency in Washington, DC for summer 2010;
• Enrolled as a student in an accredited degree granting college or university for the 2010-11 academic year;
• Demonstrated commitment to public service;
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
• Ability to manage and prioritize multiple and varied assignments; and
• Active involvement and leadership in extracurricular activities.

Go to http://apps.makingthedifference.org/studentambassadors/default.aspx for more information and to apply

Posted by kkowatch on May 25, 2010 at 02:57 PM | Comments (0)

$2000 CIC Stipend Available for Community Informatics Related Internships

2010 CIC Internship Stipend
A $2,000 stipend will be awarded to a student who has self-identified an unpaid or low paying CI/CIC-related internship opportunity.

CIC Stipend Requirements:

The Community Informatics (CI) stipend of $2,000 is offered to any SI student specializing in Community Informatics or actively involved in the Community Information Corps (CIC) who is interested in this PEP internship.
Internship MUST approved for PEP credit.
Internship MUST be a full-time spring/summer internship that is at least 360 hours.

To apply for this stipend please send a 1-3 page single spaced statement of interest to Joanna Kroll, the Senior Associate Director of Career Development, and Dan Atkins, the Kellogg Professor of Community Informatics stating:
1) Why you are interested in this internship;
2) How it fits into your academic plans at the School of Information and how it supports your goals toward gaining a Community Informatics specialization;
3) How you have been involved in the CIC or the CI specialization and how this professional experience can be beneficial to CI or the CIC upon your return;
4) How this internship matches your professional goals.

Please submit this statement of interest to Joanna Kroll at jckroll@umich.edu and Dan Atkins at atkins@umich.edu at the same time you apply for this internship. If you receive this PEP internship and the CI stipend you may be asked to write a short summary report of your experiences to the Community Informatics chair or make a short presentation to the CIC upon your return.

Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2010


Posted by kkowatch on May 21, 2010 at 09:27 AM | Comments (0)

IUE conference in Ann Arbor-Call for Student Posters!

Michigan Usability Professionals Association MI UPA
Internet User Experience 2010 Conference- Student Poster Exhibit
Sunday, July 25th
Morris Lawrence Bldg- Washtenaw Community College
4700 East Huron River Dr.

IUE 2010 planning committee invites SI students to submit posters for exhibition at the annual conference in July.
Michigan UPA members who attended the exposition this year were very impressed with what they saw, and hope to see some of those poster submissions at this event!

• Students will set up their posters between 4:00-5:00
• Students can attend the networking reception for free that day
• Students will talk about their posters, and network like crazy with industry luminaries and many prospective employers!
• Students do not need to be registered or to pay for the conference in order to participate in this Sunday event
• This is a prime networking opportunity—AND there will be free food, drink, and entertainment!

For more information about the conference go to http://www.iue2010.com
There is a page dedicated to Student Posters http://www.iue2010.com/posters.html “A variety of students will present a range of user experience projects. Their posters will be located in or near the main reception area in the Morris Lawrence Lobby. Many of the students will be on
hand for you to meet with and discuss their projects."

If you would like to submit a poster or would like more information, please contact Dave Mitropoulos-Rundus at metrorun@gmail.com by June 1st. The opening reception format will be based on the student project exhibitions—so it’s imperative that they have some sort of an idea of the number of posters that may be exhibited.

Take a look at some of the participants from last year http://www.iue2010.com/ —YES, you will see some familiar faces!

Posted by kkowatch on May 21, 2010 at 09:16 AM | Comments (0)

State of Michigan User Experience Awareness Day--Limited seating!!

As part of our mission to promote usability in the state of Michigan,
the Michigan Chapter of the Usability Professionals Association
(MiUPA) is pleased to host the State of Michigan User Experience
Awareness Day

This event is being held in conjunction with the State of Michigan
Department of Technology Management & Budget (DTMB), and is primarily
focused on supporting usability efforts throughout the state

Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Michigan State Police Training Academy Auditorium, 7426 S. Canal Rd., Lansing, MI 48917


There is limited seating available for the afternoon session, which
runs from 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Afternoon agenda:

User Centered Design methods you can use today.

• Method Discussions
• User Profiles and Personas
• User Requirements vs. Technical Requirements and the Separation
of Designer / Programmer roles
• Web Evaluation Lite
• Writing for the Web
• Open Discussion
• Next Steps

Reservations will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please send reservation requests to president@miupa.org

Posted by kkowatch on May 19, 2010 at 08:50 AM | Comments (0)

New Business Pitch Competition - Entrepreneurship Funding

EIC First Annual New Business Pitch Competition


The Eastside Innovation Campus partners are committed to fostering and supporting entrepreneurship in Eastern Washtenaw County. The EIC First Annual Pitch Competition will showcase five innovation-based entrepreneurs and will provide the winner of the pitch competition a number of gifts and services to support their venture including a one year incubator lease at SPARK East and up to $50,000 in business acceleration services. The pitch competition will be judged by a panel of noted funding and business experts. Applications to be selected to compete in the 1st annual EIC new business pitch competition are due by COB May 14th. Selected competitors will be notified by e-mail or phone by May 21st.

Date: 6/4/2010 

Time: 3:30 PM-6:30 PM

Event schedule:
3:30-4:00 pm - Registration and check-in
4:00-4:30 pm - Pitch Competition
4:30-5:00 pm - Community entrepreneur resource overview (during competition judging)
5:00-5:15 pm - Winner’s announced and pitch critique
5:15-6:30 pm - Networking reception
6:30-midnight - Crossroads Music Festival and First Friday activities in downtown Ypsilanti



215 W. Michigan Ave.

Ann Arbor MI 48104

Cost: FREE

Sponsored by:
Ann Arbor SPARK, Eastern Michigan University, MI-SBTDC, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber, PTAC, Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti CVB, Michigan Works!/etcs

To apply for consideration for the pitch competition you must complete the following:

Additional information for Pitch applicants:

* The ONLINE APPLICATION is due by COB May 14th
* Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be selected by May 21st.
* Business pitch will be up to 3 minutes in length, and will be judged on identification and articulation of market need, how the product meets the need and business model .
* Pitches will be reviewed by a panel of judges that include members of the startup and investment community.
* Pitches will be done in front of an audience, and media coverage of the event is expected.
* The following factors will be taken into consideration for selecting the competing companies:
o Innovation
o Business Model
o Understanding of customer need
o Differentiation of this product from existing solution
o The winner of this competition must register as a Michigan business and establish the SPARK East Incubator, 215 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, MI 48197, as your primary business location. Business Acceleration services will be provided in accordance with current business accelerator processes, in an amount up to $50,000 and at the sole discretion of Ann Arbor SPARK. You also agree that all photography, video and media generated as a participant of the EIC pitch competition can be used for public distribution and at SPARK’s discretion and that SPARK will be held harmless from any negative action resulting from the EIC Pitch Competition. You have been informed of SPARK's conflict of interest policies.


* Ann Arbor SPARK Business Acceleration Services up to $50,000
* One year tenancy at the SPARK East business incubator
* Additional start-up support services provided by EIC partners

Posted by kkowatch on May 03, 2010 at 04:08 PM | Comments (0)