International Internship Travel Grant, Summer 2014

April 4, 2014 Comments off

International Internship Travel Grant for Summer 2014!

$750 for internships abroad

$250 for U.S.-based internships with international focus

The International Internship Program has a new grant for summer 2014 to help offset the cost of travel for summer internships. Enrollment for academic credit is not required.


  • Continuing undergraduate student (returning to campus fall 2014)
  • Have an internship of at least 6 weeks duration
  • Domestic: internship must have an international focus (using language skills/regional knowledge) and require air travel to get to
  • International: internship outside the United States (or your home country)

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Find more information & apply in Scholarships@UW:

Free insurance!

We also offer free enrollment in CISI international insurance for undergraduate students interning abroad – apply at least one month before departure:


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Graduate International Travel Grants

April 4, 2014 Comments off

The Division of International Studies, with support from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and Graduate School, announces an international travel grant competition for UW-Madison graduate students.

A limited number of awards are available, with individual grants not exceeding $2000. Travel is to be completed by August 31, 2014. To apply please develop a proposal of no more than 2 pages in length.

The proposal should be sent electronically as a single PDF and contain the following:

  • Name, contact information, current status and department affiliation
  • Proposed start and end dates
  • Amount requested with a detailed, realistic budget (including air and ground travel expenses)
  • A brief narrative describing your proposed activity and explaining how your research would benefit from this grant. Whether the proposed activities are important to writing competitive research grants (securing affiliation, assessing “depth”/availability of resources), involve primarily conducting research or travel to an international conference, the applicant should be clear about objectives and why the activity should be conducted in the proposed country
  • A signed letter of support from your advisor

Deadline for submission of grant proposal is 12:00pm, April 16, 2014. Proposals should be submitted electronically to David Joiner at

A review committee, appointed by the Dean and Vice Provost of the Division of International Studies, will rank submissions and submit recommendations to the Dean. Criteria will include: potential to secure international affiliations with experts and/or institutions that may help in securing future resources (i.e. scholarships like Fulbright), and clear added value to the research program of the applicant.

For any questions pertaining to the competition, please contact:

David Joiner
Division of International Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
256A Bascom Hall

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Visiting International Student Program (VISP) Sponsored Groups Coordinator

February 17, 2014 Comments off

Application deadline March 3, 2014

Degree and area of specialization:
Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred. Internationally focused degree or international living experience required.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Minimum two years experience in program administration within higher education, involving attention to detail and data management. A background in academic and career advising, university admissions, and working with international credentials is preferred. Excellent writing, interpersonal, and verbal skills. Comfort with and enthusiasm for using technology and computing resources to provide information, communicate across a distance, manage data, and perform administrative tasks. Working independently with strong organizational and planning skills is fundamental, but within an environment of teamwork and support of colleagues. A passion for the institutional commitment of making international connections and to developing global citizens and leaders.

Principal duties:
The Adult Career and Special Student Services (ACSSS) unit of the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) serves as the admitting, advising, and academic dean’s office for University Special students, including visiting international students at all degree levels participating in the Visiting
International Student Program (VISP) (

Under the general direction of the Assistant Dean for University Special students, the VISP Sponsored Groups Coordinator position will assist in growing the overall VISP student population. In particular, the position will focus on working with campus stakeholders to facilitate the enrollment of visiting international students in selected university credit courses, institutes, and unique programs – especially those offered in the summer. The position will coordinate the advising, admission, enrollment, housing, and orientation of these visitors to UW-Madison. These students may be visiting for one semester, an academic year, or a summer term. This position will also be working very closely with the general VISP coordinator and the Assistant Dean on all matters involving the unit’s responsibility for international students at UW: formal international exchange students, English as a Second language (ESL) students, and the general VISP population.

Recruitment (40%):

  • Manage requests from institutions and individual students from outside of the US seeking an opportunity for credit study at UW-Madison on a short-term basis, as well as from UW-Madison staff requesting admission of a specific student group.
  • Work directly with faculty members and departmental coordinators across campus who seek to develop innovative credit programming for visiting international students.
  • Direct the planning for the unique needs of short-term international students in the US selected by departments to enroll in credit programs.
  • Consult with school/colleges, departments, and campus partners such as International Student Services (ISS) to assess institutional capacity for enrollment and student support, especially given a request on behalf of a large group of students.
  • Develop marketing materials (print, email, web, social media) in collaboration with DCS marketing staff and support development of the VISP website.
  • Develop communication strategies which will inform the campus of UW-Madison internationalization priorities, criteria, and opportunities for study here as a visiting special program student.

Admissions and Advising (40%):

  • Make admissions decisions in consultation with the sponsoring department or program to include the review of international transcripts, English assessment tests and financial documentation.
  • Manage the visa documentation process required for legal study in the US.
  • Serve as general academic advisor for incoming students, including supporting the enrollment process while in home country, while establishing link between the students and the associated department.
  • As a member of the academic dean’s office, act as a resource person for students, faculty, and department staff for student related and academic program matters.
  • Manage and monitor student academic progress. Advise students regarding course or program options. Maintain records of interaction with students.

Student Support (20%):

  • Provide a welcoming experience at the University of Wisconsin – Madison by providing orientation programs to incoming students and social events to support their adjustment to and maximize involvement with the campus and Madison community.
  • Work with established student and community organizations to provide peer support, mentoring, and host activities for visiting international students.
  • Work with ACSSS advising and career counseling staff to support VISP students who may need assistance with developing job or internship search strategies and preparing application materials.

Additional Information:
This position is one of a team of advisors, counselors, and student status examiners who work together in ACSSS to serve a range of people seeking access to learning at UW-Madison. As with each ACSSS staff member, the position has a distinct responsibility for a particular population, but also assists with general advising of all University Special students and assists with other services of the unit. A flexible working style and strong work ethic are essential given the collaborative, dedicated, and creative spirit of the unit.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring. A period of evaluation will be required.

For more information on specifics and how to apply, click here.

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UW-Madison Russian Flagship Program Coordinator

February 12, 2014 Comments off

Application Deadline: February 24, 2014

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

  • Two years prior experience working in an administrative capacity.
  • Experience working in higher education preferred.
  • Excellent organizational and office skills.
  • Computer proficiency, experience working with databases and spreadsheets.
  • Demonstrated communication and writing skills.

Principal duties:

Working with the Russian Flagship’s leadership team and with national partners, coordinate the Russian Flagship Program, a U.S. Department of Defense-funded program to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to reach a Superior level proficiency in Russian by graduation.

Communication (40%):

  • Design, develop and implement strategies to publicize the program at national, regional, state and campus levels, and to communicate with all program stakeholders, faculty, staff, tutors and students.
  • Develop and implement strategies to create, author and disseminate vibrant print, web and social media (includes authoring content that draws on expertise in foreign language education and/or international studies).
  • Write media releases and articles for professional newsletters and other publications. Develop collaborative partnerships with local and national communication outlets to disseminate program information.
  • Represent academic goals, assessment procedures and program learning outcomes in all communications, at academic and other professional conferences, and with university and other audiences.

Recruitment and Admissions (20%):

  • Develop and implement strategies for national, regional and campus recruitment efforts.
  • Write and give presentations about the program at national or regional academic conferences in areas such as foreign language education, international area studies, and study abroad.
  • Represent the academic goals of the program at conferences and resource fairs.
  • Coordinate admissions, conduct preliminary evaluation of academic credentials and fit with program goals, and serve on admissions committee.
  • Develop and sustain partnerships with other campus units to further program’s academic goals.

Administration (40%):

  • Oversee daily management of Russian Flagship Program to maintain compliance with terms of federal award and to meet local needs.
  • Develop external grant proposals and write grant reports.
  • Participate and represent program at the national Language Flagship annual meeting, working collaboratively throughout the year with federal funders and partner programs on all aspects of program administration.
  • Actively participate in research efforts pertaining to the assessment and further development of the Flagship model.
  • Oversee student record management, including further developing strategies for improving data management and reporting.
  • Manage student scholarship awards.
  • Oversee budget for student programming and recruitment, and assist with managing overall program budget
  • Develop and implement co-curricular activities and other student academic and cultural programming.
  • Other administrative tasks, as needed.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring. A period of evaluation will be required.

For more information on specifics and how to apply, click here.

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Travel & Financial Processing Assistant

February 12, 2014 Comments off


The UW-Madison Division of International Studies is hiring a Travel & Financial Processing Assistant to work under the supervision of the Coordinator of the UW-Nazarbayev University (NU) Project. The UW-Madison’s Division of International Studies has provided advice and services to NU since its doors opened in 2010, and the relationship has now entered its fourth phase. Under the Fourth Services Agreement, UW-Madison will collaborate with and advise NU in such areas as language instruction and support, professional staff development, librarianship training, and curriculum development and exchange with NU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Many of these services entail visits of UW and NU faculty, staff and administrators to and from Astana, Kazakhstan.

Please note that this is a full-time, classified staff appointment, and not a student appointment.

Any questions about this project should be addressed to Kristine Schutte.

Goals and Worker Activities

40% Provide administrative travel support to Project Coordination staff

  1. Using projects travel documentation and in coordination with faculty/staff in UW-Madison host units, and the Division of International Studies, create the needed spreadsheets/databases to track all visits and the costs of individual and group travel to and from Kazakhstan.
  2. Work under supervision of Project Coordinator and as appropriate with other project staff to coordinate project-related travel to Kazakhstan: communicate with NU’s Department of International Cooperation to initiate travel planning, submit travelers’ visa applications to visa service, communicate with travel agents making flight arrangements, assist with hotel reservation confirmations in Astana, etc..
  3. Provide travel assistance of NU faculty/staff to UW-Madison: communicate with NU’s Department of International Cooperation to initiate travel planning, prepare visa invitation letters, make hotel reservations in Madison, prepare visitor ‘welcome packets’, provide host units with schedule templates and information on scheduling campus tours, local opportunities, and resources such as names of translators/interpreters and student hourly helpers.
  4. Serve as project staff contact person for questions from UW project participants related to travel to Kazakhstan and logistics of hosting visits of NU faculty/staff to Madison.
  5. Schedule meetings of project management with travelers and/or visitors prior to and/or after the visits/trips.
  6. Assist project staff with scheduling the use of teleconference technology using the Division’s equipment or campus Telepresence equipment for remote travel planning meetings with NU.

40% Provide financial support to Project Coordination staff

  1. Track all expenses and travel in Agreement 4 to assure adherence to the budget and contract guidelines.
  2. Provide detailed financial data and reports as needed by Project Coordination staff and financial supervisor in order to make accurate and detailed budget projections and reports.
  3. Serve as designated ‘alternate’ to assist UW-Madison faculty/staff with e-reimbursement claims after travel or site-visits.
  4. Assist in travel planning by working with travel agent prior to booking to ensure that individual flights are following State and UW guidelines, policies and procedures.
  5. Under supervision of project coordinator, provide travelers with appropriate financial information regarding reimbursements and UW travel guidelines related to travel to Kazakhstan, including registration for insurance.

20% Other duties providing assistance to Project Coordination staff

  1. Organize activities, collect and direct information; prepare documents and keep project records, as needed.
  2. Schedule meetings and participate in meetings, when requested.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated administrative/office experience
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Advanced computer skills in Word, Excel, etc., and management tools/programs.
  • Experience with university software and financial systems, including WISPER, WISDM, GET, and e-reimbursement
  • Experience with university travel policies and procedures
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to work as part of a team to meet deadlines and achieve goals
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience working with international organizations/institutions preferred.
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Pushkin Summer Institute Residential Counselor (Summer 2014)

February 7, 2014 Comments off

Residential Counselor and Mentor

The Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia and the Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literature seek responsible hard-working, outgoing, friendly, and mature undergraduate students with a passion for Russian and an interest in working with under-represented students at the high school level to serve as residential counselors for the 2014 Pushkin Summer Institute at UW-Madison.

About the Pushkin Summer Institute
The Pushkin Summer Institute (PSI) is an intensive pre-college summer program aimed at high-school students from underrepresented communities. Our unique, six-week program combines the intensive study of Russian language, culture, and civilization with residential living in a UW-Madison dormitory in order to stimulate interest in Russian studies; build critical thinking, reading, and writing skills; and prepare students for the demands of college life. The PSI curriculum centers on Alexander Pushkin, Russia’s national poet (“Russia’s Shakespeare”), whose African heritage was instrumental in his sense of identity and in crucial aspects of his life and works. We believe that Pushkin’s life story, amazing ancestry, supreme ability to turn the adverse circumstances dealt to him by life into creative behavior and a legacy that has touched millions, can be harnessed in a way to inspire young people who may have their own difficult circumstances to overcome. PSI students participate in a rigorous program comprised of non-credit courses on Russian language and literature, as well as workshops on Russian culture, study skills, and preparing to succeed in college. Students also participate in on- and off-campus extracurricular activities and field trips.

Residential Counselors
Residential counselors play in integral role in the success of the PSI program. Counselors live with program participants in a UW-Madison residence hall, eat meals with participants in the dining halls, provide tutoring in Russian, provide mentoring and supervision for students, and assist the program director with planning and carrying out extracurricular activities.

Candidates for the position must have at least one year of Russian language, a strong academic background, and leadership experience. The 2014 PSI summer program will run from 22 June – August 2, and counselors must be available for one additional day of training in early June. Counselors must also be available for one half-day in Spring 2014 (date and time TBD) for First Aid / CPR training and certification.

Students who are enrolled in intensive Russian courses during the summer are encouraged to apply. All outside employment and summer courses must, however, be approved prior to the beginning of the program.

Job Duties

  • Live in Dejope Hall with program participants for the duration of the PSI program (22 June – 2 August 2014; counselors move in 21 June 2014).
  • Participate in job training and Red Cross certification
  • Plan and implement evening and weekend activities for program participants
  • Organize and lead evening study sessions
  • Assist students with academic and social concerns
  • Make rounds throughout the night, respond to any disturbances, and enforce Division of Housing, Pushkin Summer Institute, and University policies
  • Maintain records of students’ whereabouts
  • Chaperone students on field trips and, when needed, drive a University vehicle
  • Maintain daily communication with the PSI on-site director
  • Meet regularly with PSI administration and teaching staff
  • Create a safe, respectful, and fun experience for students

Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled UW-Madison students in good academic standing, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have completed First-Year Russian (101 & 102) or the equivalent, and have a GPA in Russian courses of at least 3.5
  • Be energetic, organized, and highly dependable
  • Possess a high level of patience and ability to provide good-natured authority
  • Possess leadership skills and an ability to work with groups, particularly youth
  • Understand the needs of students of color and first-generation college students, and be familiar with the available campus resources
  • Be eligible to be authorized to drive a UW-Madison vehicle (i.e., have a valid driver’s license and minimal infractions)
  • Be available for one mandatory training session in early June 2014

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience as a camp counselor
  • Experience working or volunteering with diverse youth groups
  • Russian major or Russian Flagship student

Residential counselors receive a stipend of $400/week for the duration of the PSI program. Counselors are also provided a single room in Dejope Hall and a meal plan (3 meals a day).

To Apply
Applications are due by Friday, 7 March 2014. Send a cover letter and resume detailing your qualifications, with the names and contact information for two references who can speak to your character, work ethic, leadership qualities, and/or academic background to: Jennifer Tishler,, or 210 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI 53706.

Electronic submissions are encouraged; please attach the cover letter and resume in .pdf, .doc or .docx format. Open Office users should be sure to format attachments accordingly.

For further details about the PSI program contact Benjamin Jens,

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Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship: Summer 2014

January 29, 2014 Comments off

The Scott Kloeck-Jenson (SKJ) Fellowship program is now accepting applications from graduate students for Summer 2014 awards.

Two different types of awards are given annually:

  • International Internship Fellowships to support graduate students interested in undertaking practitioner internships abroad
  • International Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students planning to conduct preliminary dissertation field research

The program is open to graduate students of any nationality enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The deadline to submit applications is 24 February 2014.

Complete details on the application requirements are available online at:

There have been some changes to policies and procedures from previous years — of particular note: while applications with a social justice component will receive favorable consideration it is NOT a requirement this year. Applicants should review the information thoroughly before applying.

For a full overview of the fellowship, its mission, and history, see:

Questions about the SKJ Fellowship should be directed to Mark Lilleleht, Program Coordinator @ Global Studies, by email ( or phone at 608.265.6070.

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