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SOSH AIADs

We in the Conflict and Human Securities Studies (CHSS) Office of the Dept. of Social Sciences administer a variety of international and domestic summer enrichment programs for cadets throughout the Academy. Our CHSS programs place cadets around the developing world to work with NGOs on community development projects. These experiences increase our cadets' cross-cultural competences while also teaching them about human security issues.  Additionally, we provide cadets opportunities to travel OCONUS (outside continental US) to participate in academic courses, perform research, and conduct internships at some of the world's most renowned institutions. We also offer a variety of domestic internship programs that provide our cadets with unique opportunities to expand their institutional knowledge of American politics, national security, and defense economics by working with some of our Nation's most distinguished leaders in these enterprises.
 
HUNT Uganda - Louie Tobergte.jpg
 
Pictured above is CDT Louie Tobergte  teaching P6 and P7 (about 6th and 7th grade) at the Kawembe Primary School of the Church of Uganda.  While in Uganda on the HUNT program, Louie worked with CECORE (Center for Conflict Resolution) and taught children about the differences between a peaceful and a violent community and explained how they can use conflict resolution skills with their brothers and sisters.
 
 
                                           

Find us on our SOSH AIAD Facebook page for photos and updates on our trips!

Resources for Cadets

Here is a list of AIADs that we expect to offer in Summer 2016: 2016 sosh website - programs we expect to offer in 2016 (as of January).pdf2016 SOSH AIADs.pdf

If interested in an international AIAD, then you MUST obtain both a tourist (blue) passport and official (red) passport as soon as possible.
If you don't already have a tourist passport, then get your birth certificate from your parents (the original document, not a scan). If you currently hold one, please be mindful of its expiration date (should not expire in the next year).
Apply for the official passport through Ms. Renee Caldwell. Inform her you plan to travel with the SOSH department. Here are her instructions: Passport Instructions (cadet).docPassport Instructions (official).doc
Apply for the tourist passport on your own through the State Dept

**IMPORTANT ANNOUCEMENT for APPS & CTC AIADs that require TS/SCI clearances: application begins in October. Please see CPT Brandon Archuleta and Dr. Arie Perliger for more info.

General inquiries:
Ms. Parisi 845-857-8179 jennifer.parisi@usma.edu
American Politics AIAD questions: CPT Brandon Archuletta 845-938-3458 brandon.archuleta@usma.edu
Econ AIAD questions: MAJ Patrick Bell 845-938-4275 patrick.bell@usma.edu
CTC AIAD questions: Dr. Arie Perliger 845-938-0412 arie.perliger@usma.edu
Grand Strategy AIAD questions: Dr. Erica Borghard 845-938-3144 erica.borghard@usma.edu
Winant Scholar AIAD questions: MAJ Jack Morrow 845-938-3559 john.morrow@usma.edu


The 2015 Program
- 18 foreign countries
- 22 international programs
        - 75 cadets (38.7 % SOSH majors) & 
16 faculty OICs                - 29 SOSH majors (includes 8 double majors)
                - 46 non-SOSH majors (includes 11 undeclared)
        - 13 cultural immersion programs with NGOs
        - 3 joint programs with other service academies and civilian students
        - 4 programs offering academic course credit
- 47 domestic programs
        - 90 cadets
        - 32 government offices
        - 8 corporations
        - 7 other offices


Photos from Summer 2015:
Econ - Goldman Sachs cadets with Gary Giglio and CEO Lloyd Blankfein.jpg

Cadets on the Goldman Sachs AIAD are pictured above with Gary Giglio & CEO Lloyd Blankfein
Tri Academies - CDT Coutteau, AF CDTs Long and Hurtado, and MIDs Le and Howard with traditional Cambodian dancers.jpgTri Academies - Mekong Delta - CDTs Courtney Dooley and Charlene Coutteau, and MIDNs Howard and Le.jpg
USMA cadets, midshipmen, and Air Force cadets on the Tri-Academies AIAD in Vietnam & Cambodia
PLDI (Israel) - ReginaParker_MeganMcnulty_RuthBeitler_WesternWall in Jerusalem.jpg
Cadets Regina Parker and Megan McNulty with Dr. Ruth Beitler at the Western Wall in Jerusalem
 
APPS - VA - CDT Iddhikorn Hutachinda with VA Secretary Bob McDonald.jpg
CDT Iddhikorn Hutachinda with VA Secretary Bob McDonald
 
 
 
MORE TO COME - STAY TUNED!
 

In other news:
In 2014, CDT Theo Lipsky traveled to Liberia for a SOSH AIAD. His experience provided invaluable perspective, which he contributed to an article just picked up for publication by Small Wars Journal. Check it out>>
http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/preventive-medicine-ebola-and-security-sector-reform-in-liberia



 
 
 
 
 
 
 Please direct questions to Ms. Parisi or Dr. Beitler:
 
Ms. Jen Parisi                                               Dr. Ruth Beitler
Program Manager, CHSS                                Director, CHSS
jennifer.parisi@usma.edu                             Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Social Sciences
845-938-0214                                                    ruth.beitler@usma.edu                                                                     
                                                                           845-845-3999
 
About Us
 
The cadet summer intern program has been sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences since 1967. Starting as an informal, unfunded program largely run by friends of the Department, it has evolved into a regular activity which now uses limited Academy funds. The purpose of the program is to place cadets in various government and service-oriented agencies for one month periods. During this time, cadets are normally assigned a project that they can complete during the period of the internship. This represents a significant opportunity for talented and motivated cadets to apply their academic training to real world issues.
 
This trip was more than an extremely fun get-away. It was a sojourn into the past and into international relations.
— AIAD Adventurer
 
Our Purpose
 
The purpose of the program is to place cadets in various government and service-oriented agencies for one month periods. During this time, cadets are normally assigned a project that they can complete during the period of the internship. This represents a significant opportunity for talented and motivated cadets to apply their academic training to real world issues. The program exposes cadets to a wider milieu of thought and practice than available at USMA. The intellectual and social exposure to bright, ambitious professionals is a broadening experience that better prepares cadets for their careers as military officers. In addition, the Department of Social Sciences sponsors this program in the belief that this summer program is an invaluable contributor to healthy civil-military relations. The program provides an opportunity for greater mutual understanding of roles in inter-agency operations. All cadets are eligible for Sosh AIADs. Cadets majoring in the Department of Social Sciences are given placement precedence over other cadets. The department manages its AIAD programs in areas that support the AP, IR/CP and Econ majors but a cadet majoring in any stem can request any AIAD.
 
Our History
 
The cadet summer intern program has been sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences since 1967. Starting as an informal, unfunded program largely run by friends of the Department, it has evolved into a regular activity which now uses limited Academy funds. The purpose of the program is to place cadets in various government and service-oriented agencies for one month periods. During this time, cadets are normally assigned a project that they can complete during the period of the internship. This represents a significant opportunity for talented and motivated cadets to apply their academic training to real world issues. The program exposes cadets to a wider milieu of thought and practice than available at USMA. The intellectual and social exposure to bright, ambitious professionals in the policy field is a broadening experience that better prepares cadets for their careers as military officers. In addition, the Department of Social Sciences sponsors this program in the belief that this summer program is an invaluable contributor to healthy civil-military relations. The program provides an opportunity for greater mutual understanding of roles in inter-agency operations. Participants have held a variety of jobs over the past 35 years, broadly categorized into three areas - political science or government, international relations, and economics. The positions that are available in all three areas have multiplied over the life of the program due largely to the reputation of the program and the continuing support of friends of the Department of Social Sciences. The sponsoring agencies gain energetic and enthusiastic summer assistance on specific programs and at minimal or no cost, they inspire intense individual development in cadets.
 
Our Goals
  • Contribute to military professional development by placing cadets in broadening positions requiring flexibility, intellectual prowess, and leadership skills.
  • Create opportunities for cadets to increase their cross-cultural competency through intense cultural immersion and opportunities to work with non-governmental organizations across the globe.
  • Create opportunities that provide a "hands-on" work experience that reinforces classroom instruction.
  • Create unique developmental opportunities that inspire Second and First Class cadets to complete a capstone research project in the Social Sciences.
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