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Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. is an innovative internship program designed to equip University of Maryland undergraduate students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience necessary to become leaders in our increasingly globalized society.

The program provides an integrated combination of classroom and professional experience designed to provide a deep understanding of global leadership and policy and the ways in which they are developed, influenced and carried out.

The center of the program is a fall academic seminar on global leadership and policy related to a specific theme, for example, global development, supported by additional coursework and a spring semester internship experience.

Directed by Dr. Joan Burton and modeled after the enormously successful Federal Fellows Program, Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. aims to increase student involvement in and access to opportunities within the global arena.

The program is, in a sense, a study abroad experience right here in Washington, D.C.

The University of Maryland is ideally suited for such a program, given our proximity to the nation’s capital and our faculty and administrators’ connections to global change-makers.

The program launched fall 2013, and currently offers three Global Fellows tracks: Responses to Global Challenges, Science Diplomacy, and U.S. Diplomacy

The program represents a collaborative academic initiative between the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of International Affairs.

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A three-credit seminar, based in global leadership and policy and designed particularly for Global Fellows in Washington, DC participants.

An internship in a foreign embassy office, federal agency, international organization, or multinational corporation. The internship credits vary from 3 to 9 credits, as appropriate for each student. Students are responsible for securing their internships; that said, much assistance and support will also be provided by the Global Fellows in Washington, DC staff.

Two additional University of Maryland courses that supplement the seminar and internship by providing greater depth and context to the academic experience. At least one must be completed prior to the internship semester. Appropriate courses are offered across the university: For example, AREC 365, World Hunger; ECON 317, Global Economic Policies; ENES 472, International Business Cultures in Engineering and Technology; FMSC 110S, Families and Global Health; GEOG 130 Developing Countries; GVPT 305, Global Ecopolitics; HIST 142, Looking at America through a Global Lens. Students may count previously taken courses toward this requirement.

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The program will host a number of additional activities and workshops throughout the academic year. Round table discussions and guest speakers will give students the opportunity to learn from each other and to discuss important international issues. These meetings will also provide opportunities for alumni to share insights and suggestions with students preparing for their internships.

A final academic showcase event at the conclusion of the year will bring students together for presentations of their work and to share their experiences. This event will feature a display of student posters and fliers describing and reflecting on their internship and program experiences . In addition to current and prospective students in the program, instructors, internship supervisors, University of Maryland administrators, and program alumni will be invited to attend.

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Joan Burton, Director of Federal/Global Fellows Joan B. Burton, Ph.D., Director, Federal Fellows and Global Fellows in Washington, DC
Joan Burton is Director of the Federal Fellows Program and Founding Director of Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. at the University of Maryland. Achievements at UMD include transforming a small federal internship program serving 12 students per year into a high-powered set of learning communities serving over 150 students per year. Focusing on some of the biggest policy issues of the day, these year-long programs integrate academic and experiential learning to prepare a talented, diverse corps of students for careers related to public service and global leadership. Dr. Burton has given invited presentations at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Partnership for Public Service, and currently serves on a Pathways Implementation Team for the Office of Personnel Management. She also gave the keynote address at the Embassy of Bangladesh in D.C. for their 2015 celebration of International Mother Language Day. Related service at UMD includes sponsoring and hosting a White House Roundtable on the State of Education (2011) and cosponsoring, with the School of Public Policy, a White House Roundtable on the Economy (2012). She is also Director of the Individual Studies Program and serves on the Administrative Council for the Office of Undergraduate Studies. In 2012 and 2016, she was named a Philip Merrill Presidential Faculty Mentor, and in 2012 she was inducted into ODK. Prior to moving to Maryland, Dr. Burton was Chair and Professor of Classical Studies at Trinity University, San Antonio, where she also served as Co-founder and Director of Comparative Literature. She has also held teaching appointments at Howard University and at the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Burton has a passion for interdisciplinary studies and empowering students. She is also a strong advocate for public service and global citizenship education.

Jay Arasan, Assistant Director Jay Arasan, Assistant Director
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Jay Arasan was a Training Manager at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Diplomatic Sales Consultant for the ONE UN New York before joining the Federal and Global Fellows Program in November of 2014. He has a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) and a Master in Science (Information Technology), both from University Utara Malaysia (UUM). He has extensive experience working with the U.S. Pacific Command, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), Department of State, and other Department of Defense agencies. He is passionate on International Affairs, Security Assistance and Security Cooperation related issues.

Naz BeyranvandNaz Beyranvand, Program Coordinator
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Naz Beyranvand is the outreach and finance coordinator for the Federal and Global Fellows in D.C. Programs. She launched the new Alumni Mentorship Program in spring 2016 in collaboration with the Alumni Board President. This mentor program paired professional, talented alumni with students in both our programs. In addition, she created the successful Ambassador Program. Before joining the Federal and Global Fellows Programs in September 2015, Naz was the project manager for the Roshan Initiative in Persian Digital Humanities (PersDig@UMD), administrative coordinator for the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland and executive assistant to the Director of Roshan for three years. She earned her Masters of Professional Studies in Persian at the University of Maryland in 2012, the same institution in which she had earned her Bachelors of Arts degree as a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Persian Studies. She is fluent in English, Persian and Spanish.

Mirish Shah, Graduate Assistant Mirish Shah, Graduate Assistant
Mirish Shah is a graduate assistant for the Federal and Global Fellows Programs. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a degree in Government and Politics. Mirish is currently a graduate student, pursuing a Master's in Public Policy with a dual specialization in International Security and Economic Policy and International Development Policy. He has interned at the Department of Children and Families of New Jersey and the League of Women Voters of New Jersey. After graduate school, Mirish plans to go to law school with hopes of pursing a career in the international development realm. Mirish is a die hard Brooklyn Nets fan and loves watching and playing sports.

 Nai Le, Graduate Assistant Nai Le, Graduate Assistant
Nai Le is a graduate assistant for the Federal and Global Fellows Programs, and the Individual Studies Program. She is an alumna of the Federal Fellows Program in the Homeland Security concentration; she was a member of the 2015 cohort and then rejoined the program as a Teaching Assistant for the 2016 cohort. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a B.A. in Government and Politics and was given early admission to the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy through the five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Policy Program. Nai is now pursuing a Public Policy degree, specializing in International Security and Economics. Since joining the Federal Fellows Program, she has interned with the Department of Homeland Security at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Office of the Chief Counsel, at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) on the Unconventional Weapons Trafficking project, and with the Congressional Research Service in the Asia Section of the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division. Nai is interested in crime, narcotics, and unconventional weaponry, and hopes to pursue a career in the public sector.