International Honor Society in Social Sciences
The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service.



Washington, D. C.
June 10 – August 4, 2012
Courses Accredited by Georgetown University

Sponsored by the Fund for American Studies with courses accredited by Georgetown University, the Summer Institutes combine substantive internships, courses for academic credit, career-development activities, site briefings and lectures led by prominent policy experts. These fast-paced, eight-week residential programs provide students from around the world with opportunities to gain the edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate-school admissions, as well as experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.


Public Policy, Economics and International Affairs

  • Congressional offices.
  • Educational initiative for Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Federal agencies.
  • Foreign embassies.
  • International Foundation for Election Systems.
  • Southern Governors’ Association.

Journalism, Communications and Public Relations

  • Crosby Volmer Public Relations.
  • Gannett News Service.
  • Politics Magazine.
  • NBC Nightly News.
  • The Washington Examiner.
  • WTOP News Radio.

Corporate Business and Government Affairs

  • AT&T.
  • Healthcare Leadership Council.
  • Security Industries Association.
  • Siemens, Corp.
  • Visa USA, Inc.

Nonprofit and Community Service

  • Bread for the City.
  • Doorways for Women and Families.
  • Latin American Youth Center.
  • First Book.
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • Student Conservation Association.


  • Internships – Competitive placements with top sites in D. C.
  • Classes – Up to 9 transferable credits from Georgetown University.
  • Housing – Roommate matching and furnished on-campus apartments in the heart of Washington, D. C.
  • Guest lectures – With Washington’s top policy and industry experts.
  • Site briefings – At the State Department, Capitol Hill and World Bank.
  • Leadership and professional development – Leadership, mentoring, and career-building activities.
  • Networking – Interaction with seasoned professionals and hundreds of other student leaders from around the world.
  • Scholarships – Approximately 70 percent of students receive generous awards based on merit and financial need.


Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 7, 2012.

For more information and an online application, please visit our Web site or contact Alexander Jue, recruitment and admissions assistant, at [email protected] or (202) 986-0384.

Please click on this link to request an informational brochure:


Also available is the James Madison Fellowship, which is a national program offering graduate fellowships in every state. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2012.  The Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have recently completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. Junior fellows have two years to complete their degree.

Senior Fellowships are awarded to teachers who wish to undertake work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes.  Senior fellows have up to five years to complete their degree.

The fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to a master’s degree.  James Madison Fellows can attend any accredited institution of higher education in the United States.  Each individual entering the program will be expected to pursue and complete a master’s degree in one of the following:

  • Master of arts degree in American history or political science (government and politics).
  • Master of arts in teaching degree concentrating on either American Constitutional history (in a history department) or American government, political institutions and political theory.
  • Master of education degree or a master of arts or master of science in education, with a concentration in American history or American government, political institutions, and political theory.

The fellow’s proposed plan of graduate study should contain substantial constitutional course work.  Fellows are encouraged to choose institutions which offer courses that closely examine the origins and development of the U.S. Constitution, the evolution of political theory and constitutional law, the effects of the Constitution on society and culture in the United States, or other such topics directly related to the Constitution.

Whatever institution and whichever degree a fellow selects, at least 12 semester credits (or 18 quarter credits) of constitutional study must be part of the fellow’s program.  The institution should accept the six credits earned at Georgetown University by the fellow at the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation’s Summer Institute on the Constitution.  For more information, check out its Web site:


The Summer Research Initiative (SRI) was created in 1999 by the Office of the Dean in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) and is supported by the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College. In addition, the SRI is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Science Foundation (AC-SBE AGEP). The program has a special emphasis on population groups underrepresented in the behavioral, social and economic science fields (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders). The goals of the initiative are to:

  • Increase the knowledge of, and interest in, doctoral-level training in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.
  • Provide rising juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn about graduate studies and the range of research and scholarship in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences at the University of Maryland.
  • Provide a laboratory experience that enhances basic research knowledge and skills.
  • Provide lectures, workshops, didactic exchanges, etc., to enhance students' knowledge of the graduate-application process, negotiating the academic rigors and professional and personal challenges encountered in graduate school, and developing career paths in social, behavioral, and economic science.
  • Provide mentoring and networking opportunities for students to advance their training in the social, behavior, and economic sciences.

The SRI is part of the college's longstanding commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities who pursue graduate degrees in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. According to data from the National Science Foundation, the university ranks eighth in the country in the number of doctoral degrees awarded and 13th in the number of bachelor of arts degrees awarded to underrepresented minority students in those fields. The Summer Research Initiative is an integral part of our efforts.

In 2012 the program will bring 10 to 12 students to the University of Maryland at College Park campus for an eight-week program. Events and activities will showcase five main programmatic themes including lab and research experiences, didactic science lectures, professional development, mentoring, and networking. Participants will work side-by-side with a faculty mentor on a guided research project, attend weekly seminars and visit local research institutions in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area (e.g., the National Institutes of Health). Finally, students will present their work at a poster session at the end of the program.

Summer Research Initiative 2012

The upcoming eight-week program will be held on the University of Maryland at College Park campus from June 2 through July 27, 2012. All departments and centers within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences have been invited to participate. See announcement.

Application material will be posted to the SRI website by December 15, 2011, and the deadline date for submission of application forms and all associated documentation is February 17, 2012. 

Please visit these links for more information:


*Attention applicants requesting mentors from the Hearing and Speech Sciences Department (HESP): The SRI program in HESP gives highest priority to summer applicants who intend to pursue a research doctorate in addition to/rather than the clinical master of arts or doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) programs in graduate school. Please indicate the relevance of research to your eventual career goals in your personal statement.

Programs and Centers

For additional information, see or contact:  [email protected] 


City Hall Fellows is a Teach For America-style leadership training program that simultaneously serves as a mini-think tank for our partner local governments.  Our primary initiative is a 12-month-long, post-college, pre-graduate-school Fellowship program that integrates hands-on, full-time experience inside local government with intensive training in how cities work and the people, issues, and organizations that influence local policy.  Our fellows spend their service year working on high-need government-run initiatives in cities where they have personal ties.

Hands-On Work Experience Inside Local Government

City Hall Fellows groups fellows in cohorts within a partner city or metropolitan region.  During the service year, each fellow works full-time as a special project assistant for a senior local-government administrator or official.  Fellows are matched to work placements based on the host government's immediate needs and the fellow's skills.  Our placement process ensures that new talent is spread throughout government agencies, not concentrated solely in high-profile political offices. Check out the fellows' pages to see the types of placements our Fellows have and the work they do.

Intensive Civic Leadership Training

The year-long Fellowship starts with a 3-week orientation designed and run by City Hall Fellows that grounds fellows in the cultural, social, and political history of their host community and prepares them for the fellowship year.  Thereafter, fellows gather weekly for a half-day to participate in our intensive, proprietary Civic Leadership Development Program (CLDP).  Facilitated by a City Hall Fellows employee, the CLDP takes Fellows on a structured exploration through the context and operations of local government.  Fellows learn about the structure of their host government (including budgets, civil service, labor and unions, and the governmental, quasi-governmental and non-governmental organizations that regulate, impact or provide public services to or within that community), the services the host government provides, the hosts government's policy-making process, and the relationship and interactions between both local and state and local and federal government.  Networking and engaged reflection are built into this curriculum.  Through guided discussions with policy-makers, policy-influencers and subject-matter experts, behind-the-scenes site tours, reading assignments, and hands-on practice with policy-making (in the form of service projects), fellows develop the knowledge, skills, and network necessary to become effective local civic leaders.

An application is available here:

The Fellowship is open to students of all majors.  A detailed overview of the Fellowship opportunity, as well as application materials and instructions, are on the Web site at For more information, contact Bethany Henderson, founder and executive director, City Hall Fellows, [email protected] or



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