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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.
 
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.
 
 
Important Announcements:
 
1.    Each AIAD has an officer in charge (OIC) who has already received the list of cadets who applied for his/her 
       AIAD(s) in CIS. Included with the list of names, are the cadets' GPAs, graduation years, and fields of study. OICs are
       currently reviewing this information and contacting cadets who appear to be good candidates for their respective 
       program(s).
      > If for some reason you missed sign-ups in CIS, you are not totally out of the running, you just have some catching
        up to do. Recommendation: scroll down to view all our programs, where you will see the respective OIC. Send an
        e-mail out to the OICs of each program you want and include your grad year, GPA, and field of study. Some of the
        competitive ones may already be filled, so you may want to e-mail Ms. Parisi and ask to be put on a waiting list.
      > hint: If you are a rising firstie who needs an AIAD to satisfy a graduation requirement, then you may have an edge,
        so be sure to mention that as well

2.   If you're in the running for an international AIAD, then you must posess a TOURIST PASSPORT and apply
       for an OFFICIAL PASSPORT
through Ms. Renee Caldwell
ASAP!!!!

       > Open & read these instructions ----------> Cadet Passport Instructions.docCadet Passport Instructions.doc <----------------
       > For an official passport, bring all items listed in these instructions ^ to Ms. Caldwell, temporarily located in

        Building 654 on Eichelberger Rd. You should first write her an e-mail with the program/country you're traveling to
        and "SOSH AIAD" in the subject line. In the body, tell her when you plan to come by to apply. Do not use your  
        tourist passport as your proof of citizenship. Use your birth certificate.
       > For a tourist passport,
you have to apply through the post office. You can use Ms. Caldwell's instructions to find
        the application, but make sure
you know to list your own mailing address. Mail and Distribution have issues when
        mail is  addressed to
a cadet, but has a non-cadet West Point address. You do need to pay for these on your own as
        well.  The tourist passports are
good for 10 years, so the money is well spent. If you already have a tourist passport,
        but it
expires
within the next year, then you need to renew it.

 
3.  Click here for important information: Guidance for Cadets Interested in SOSH AIADs in Summer 2014.pdfGuidance for Cadets Interested in SOSH AIADs in Summer 2014.pdf

4.   OICs can put their official cadet selections into CIS/AMS  only after the USCC Cadet Summer Assignments process is
       complete. Unfortunately, we were just informed that the USCC assignments process has been delayed until further
       notice. Nothing can be 100% confirmed until a cadet is selected by the OIC in CIS/AMS and his/her worksheet is
       approved (a worksheet is created automatically upon selection by OIC; no cadet action required; worksheet will be
       approved as long as there are no date conflicts, travel restrictions, or IAD cap limits exceeded).
        > Your OIC may inform you that he or she plans to select you, but again, nothing is
confirmed until after USCC is
        done with summer assignments and the selection process is complete. Because of this, you are advised not to make
        any financial plans prematurely, as you will be liable for lost flights or travel arrangements.  

5.   A State Dept. Internship Information Session was held on Friday, January 10th. If you missed it, here are the
       slides>>>>>>>> DOS Overview Briefing 10JAN.pdfDOS Overview Briefing 10JAN.pdf  
            **State Dept. Internships in Summer 2014 will be 5-6 weeks long. Cadet summer schedules must allow for availability


2014 Programs:

International Programs:        dates listed are tentative
  • Cross Cultural Solutions  http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/
    • Volta Region, Ghana - OIC is Mr. Brian Dodwell      11Jul-3Aug
    • Rabat, Morocco - OIC is Dr. Susan Carter           27Jun-20Jul
    • Cartago, Costa Rica - OIC is Dr. Scott Silverstone 13Jul-4Aug
  • Projects Abroad http://www.projects-abroad.org/
    • Ulaanbataar, Mongolia - OIC is Mr. Don Rassler     Date is TBD
    • Phnom Penh, Cambodia - OIC is MAJ Dave Mun   Date is TBD
  • Operation Crossroads Africa http://operationcrossroadsafrica.org    - OIC is LTC Charley Faint
    • Country TBD (one of these: Ghana, Gambia, Uganda, Togo, or Cameroon) 15Jun-10Aug, 8 weeks**
  • HUNT Alternatives > Institute for Inclusive Security > The Women Waging Peace Network OIC is LTC Charley Faint
  • U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia Internship - - OIC is LTC Charley Faint     June, flexible, 3 weeks duration
  • Grand Strategy/American Origins *XH397- 3 credits -    Late June/early July, flexible
    • American Origins/Grand Strategy  Britain and the Modern Constitutional Tradition - OIC is CPT Jack Morrow
    • American Origins/Grand Strategy Rome and the Atlantic Republican Tradition - OIC is MAJ Liesl Himmelberger         
  • Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC)  http://www.kaiptc.org/ - OIC is LTC Charley Faint
    • Ghana   Date is TBD, flexible
  • Economic Development Project in Ethiopia -- OIC: MAJ Riley Post   6-27Jun
  • Internship with the Marubeni Corporation in Japan - OIC is LTC Charley Faint  Date is TBD
  • Tufts ALLIES trip to Indonesia -- OIC is Mr. Gabe Koehler-Derrick   Date is TBD
  • NATO HQ in Belgium --  OIC is Mr. Richard Yon  Date is TBD
  • George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany -- OIC is COL Jeff Peterson   29Jun-25Jul
  • The Ivy Plus Leadership Trip to Israel - OIC is LTC Charlie Faint      Date is TBD
  • The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) - OIC is LTC Charley Faint  *SS399- 3 credits

Domestic Programs:

Economics -- OIC is MAJ Jessica Grassetti
  • JP Morgan (New York, NY)
  • Jones Lang LaSalle (Washington, DC)
  • Washington Penn Plastics (Washington, PA)
  • RAND Corp. (Washington, DC)
  • Council of Economic Advisors (Washington, DC)
  • IBM (Westchester County, NY)
  • Cooper's Ferry Partnership (Camden, NJ)
  • Footlocker, Inc. HQ (New York, NY)
  • CME Group (New York, NY)
  • Department of Labor // VETS (Washington, DC)
  • 7-Eleven, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
American Politics -- OIC is Mr. Richard Yon    all dates are flexible, duration 3+ weeks
  • Department of Homeland Security (Washington, DC)
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington, DC)
  • State Department INR: Bureau of Intelligence and Research (Washington, DC)
  • State Department (ERA) Office of European Union and Regional Affairs (Washington, DC)
  • State Dept (ENR) Bureau of Energy Resources (Washington, DC)
  • State Dept (OES/OPA) Arctic Area of the Office of Oceans and Polar Affairs  (Washington, DC)
  • State Department (CSO) Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (Washington, DC)                                          -TBC
  • State Department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of Economic Policy (Washington, DC)                     -TBC
  • State Department Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Office of Development Finance (Washington, DC)            -TBC
  • State Department Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Office of Policy and Regional Affairs (Washington, DC)    -TBC
  • Pentagon: J-5 Middle East (Washington, DC)
  • Pentagon: J-5 Asia (Washington, DC)
  • Pentagon- Strategy Concepts, and Doctrine Division in the U.S. Army Staff Office (Washington, DC)
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness (Washington, DC)
  • White House National Security Staff (Washington, DC)
  • Bush Institute (Dallas, TX)
  • Wall Street Journal Internship (New York, NY)
  • Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Library (Hyde Park, NY)
  • FBI Chicago Field Office (Chicago, IL)
  • FBI Counterterrorism Division (Washington, DC)
  • (BENS) Business Executives for National Security Internship (Washington, DC)
  • (IDA) Institute for Defense Analysis  (Washington, DC)
  • Congressional Summer Internships - (Washington, DC)
    • Senator Carper
    • Senator Reid
    • Senator Reed
    • Senator Gillibrand
    • Senator Johnson
    • Representative Gibson
    • Representative Maloney

Other Domestic Programs 

  • National Counter-Terrorism Center  (CTC)
  • Cyberterrorism (CTC)
  • Joint Special Operations Command (CTC)
  • Joint IED Defeat Organization (CTC)
  • DIA Defense Combatting Terrorism Center (CTC)
  • State Department Bureau of Counterterrorism (CTC)
  • Arizona Debate Institute
 
 
 

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 AIAD Photos 2013

 

 

 
 
 
*** 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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