May 5, 2022 Newsletter

Congratulations to our graduating seniors: Reagan Amato, Sam Bachelor, Forest Balcerak, Léa Cazaudumec Lucas, Jack Chipps, Jordan Deskins, Lelia Durand, Okiemute Eyemaro, Jana Fisher, Joana Kyle, Serene Pierce, Kasey Pukys, and Nathan Ruhde.

Congratulations to numerous INTL majors for their impressive achievements! 

Baker-Nord summer grant winners include junior Shanice Gitau, who won a Cramer Fellowship to intern virtually with the U. S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador, and junior Laila Michel, who won a Feldman Grant to intern with Clarity Global Strategic Communications in Cape Town, South Africa.

Anna Cormier received a SOURCE summer grant to intern in theaters in Prague, Czech Republic.

Senior Okiemute Eyemaro won a Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellowship.  She will help the Cleveland Metropolitan School District expand its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Senior Nathan Ruhde published an article in Middle East Law and Governance, finding that more fragile states have more restrictive COVID-19 mitigation policies. Read the article abstract here.

Welcome to those new to the major this year: Kine Buie, Manny Candelo-Diaz, Aarushi Deo, Matt Ellerthorpe, Hugh Freeman, Trisha Ghosh, Margaux Johnstone, Emma Joo, Nabaa Khan, Dohwan Kim, Fred Lee, Neel McMillan, Elizabeth Miller, Ben Mullin-Vanneste, Elijah North, Anirudh Raghuvir, Gabriela Salvador Corejo, Kintan Silvany, Zachary Treseler, Helen Trujillo, and Uma Vishnuraman.

Congratulations to the newly selected Sigma Iota Rho executive board for 2022 – 2023: President Karuna Lakhiani, Vice President Shanice Gitau, Treasurer Dane Mizuno, Secretary Joey Gonzalez, and Adjunct Liaison Sophia Peterson.

Thank you to the outgoing Sigma Iota Rho officers, President Kasey Pukys, Vice President Serene Pierce, Treasurer and Secretary Lelia Durand, and Adjunct Liaison Karuna Lakhiani!

This is the last newsletter for spring semester.  The newsletter will resume with the start of fall semester. Have a restful summer!

All Majors

LinkedIn Group
Summer is an excellent time to join the CWRU International Studies Group on LinkedIn, if you have not already.  It can be done in two easy steps: link to Kelly McMann and request to join the group.

Practice Foreign Service Officer Test
The practice test simulates the questions, length, and administration of the actual FSOT.

United Nations Foundation Internships 
Applications for full- and part-time fall internships are accepted until July. Check online for the current open positions.

IRTF Volunteer Internships
IRTF offers internships in demilitarization; environmental rights; labor; fair trade; and environmental, LGBT, indigenous, and Afro-descendant rights.

The National Endowment for Democracy
The National Endowment for Democracy offers numerous internships.

Brown Immigration Law
Brown Immigration Law’s Cleveland and other offices are seeking case managers to assist attorneys in preparing legal filings. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

DOE Climate Challenges Opportunity
A full-time fellowship with the Department of Energy focuses on climate challenges. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

International Service Careers 
Explore this guide on how to pursue a career in international service, with options for underrepresented students.

Center for a New American Security Internship
A six-month internship involving policy research and writing and exposure to national policy debates and decision-makers.

The Borgen Project
This non-profit organization aims to end global poverty, and offers remote internships in journalism, political affairs, and human resources. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Rotary Peace Fellowship
Rotary awards fully-funded fellowships to study in their master’s or certificate program. Applications close May 15 for the 2023-2024 fellowship.

American Bird Conservancy
Paid fellowships in biodiversity conservation and environmental justice are available. Apply by May 15.

Intelligence Community Foundation Scholarships
A $5,000 scholarship for female undergraduate students pursuing studies related to intelligence and national security issues. The application deadline is May 20.

Critical Language Scholarship
Funded virtual opportunities for undergraduate students learning Arabic, Chinese, or Russian. Applications are due May 26.

Max Kampelman Fellowships
The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe seeks recent undergraduates as interns. Applications for fall fellowships are due June 12.

Virtual State Department Internships
Work remotely, part-time with a U.S. embassy during the school year.  Applications are due in July.

Virtual Volunteering
A wide variety of opportunities exist to engage remotely this summer.



Cleveland Asian Festival
May 21 and 22, 11:00 – 7:00 p.m., E 27th St. And Payne Ave. 
Attend or volunteer at the Cleveland Asian Festival here.

US Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange
This fully-funded program focuses on the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Korea. The deadline to apply is May 22.


Wednesday, May 11, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., Maltz Performing Arts Center
Pianist and Curtis Institute of Music Professor Jonathan Biss examines the composer’s late sonatas.

Ahed’s Knee
Online screening ends May 15, Cinematheque
An Israeli filmmaker must limit what he talks about at his film screening. Online screening fee is $12.

Witness to Democratic Fragility
Wednesday, May 18, 5:15 – 7:30 p.m., Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Auditorium
Fiona Hill, one of the country’s premier Putin experts, speaks on the fragility of democracy globally. Student registration is $5.

Tremont Greek Festival
May 28 – 30, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Experience the flavors and sounds of Greek culture in Cleveland.

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies
AICGS offers internships and seeks to promote German-American relations. Fall internship applications are due July 1.

Latin America

Connecting Agriculture in Nicaragua to NE Ohio
Thursday, May 5, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Henderson Library 
The presentation will connect farming practices and anti-imperialism in Nicaragua to NE Ohio’s local food movement.