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SOSH AIADs

The Conflict and Human Securities Studies (CHSS) Office in the Dept. of Social Sciences offers a variety of international and domestic summer enrichment programs to cadets throughout the Academy. Our international programs place cadets abroad to work with NGOs on community development projects. These experiences increase our cadets' cross-cultural competences while also teaching them about human security issues. We 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.
 
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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.
 

Cadets, read this for good info on the application process>>>
The process in a nutshell:
1. Sign up in CIS 20-25Jan. First you select your USCC summer assignments and once you complete that portion, a link becomes available that will direct you to the AIAD page. You can pick four AIADs (1st pick should be top choice, 2nd pick second choice, etc.).
2. On 25Jan, OICs will review list of cadets who signed up in CIS, where they will also see cadets' GPAs and grad years.
3. Between 25Jan and 25Feb, OICs will reach out to top candidates for interviews/discussions before finally making their selections official in CIS between 25Feb and 6Mar.

What else can you do that will help your chances of getting selected?
1. Prepare an academic resume (sell yourself on a piece of paper)- be sure to include your cell phone number, any academic achievements, leadership positions, etc. Also add the names of faculty who could give you good recommendations (SOSH faculty preferred). Send this resume to Ms. Parisi who will keep it on file and send to OICs who she knows needs cadets.
2. If interested in an international AIAD, immediately retrieve your birth certificate from your parents to use as proof of citizenship when applying for an official (red) passport. Do NOT use your tourist (blue) passport as proof of citizenship. If you don't already have a tourist passport, you will need to apply for that as well (and pay for it yourself). Here are the instructions for applying for an official passport>>>Passport Instructions (cadet).docPassport Instructions (cadet).doc
 That's about it for now!
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

2015 SOSH AIADs:

links to websites cannot be copied and pasted into browser (just Google the program)

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*** 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 for cadets to increase their cross-cultural competency through intense cultural immersion and opportunities to Provide a "hands-on" work experience that reinforces classroom instruction.
  • Create opportunities for cadets to increase their cross-cultural competency through intense cultural immersion and opportunities to Enable cadets to enhance the quality of classroom discussion.
  • Create opportunities for cadets to increase their cross-cultural competency through intense cultural immersion and opportunities to Inspire Second and First Class cadets to complete a capstone research project in the Social Sciences.
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