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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.
 
 

 

What types of AIADs does SOSH offer?


Conflict and Human Security Studies: partner with an NGO to volunteer in a developing country, where you will increase your cross-cultural competence and learn about critical human security issues.
These opportunities are offered to all cadets, regardless of major

Although very early in the planning process for 2015, we are exploring opportunities in Mongolia, China, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, Samoa, Bolivia, Haiti, Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Romania. For these opportunities, we will partner with Cross-Cultural Solutions and Projects Abroad.
      *we aren't planning programs in Africa in 2015 because of the Ebola outbreak*

 

Other OCONUS programs (non-NGO): SOSH offers a variety of travel opportunities, ranging from internships and academic courses to cultural exchange projects.

·  Garmisch, Germany: George C. Marshall Center, Program on Terrorism and Security Studies http://www.marshallcenter.org/mcpublicweb/nav-main-wwd-res-courses-ptss-en.html

·  Hawaii: Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. This program is open to cadets with 3.5+ GPAs only.  http://www.apcss.org/

·  Prague, Czech Republic: American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (AIPES) http://www.tfasinternational.org/programs/aipes/

·  Hong Kong: Asia Institute on Political Economy (AIPE) http://www.tfasinternational.org/programs/aipe/

·  Ivy Plus Leadership Trip to Israel: partner with student leaders from Yale, Penn, and Georgetown and travel to Israel and the West Bank to meet with experts on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This trip enables the participants to develop a nuanced understanding of the conflict and then encourages them to build a network with each other to discuss a coherent strategy for achieving peace in the region.  

·  Internship at the NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium

·  Joint Research Project with the ALLIES Program at Tufts University:  travel internationally with USNA midshipmen and Tufts students (program location TBD) to learn about civilian military relations.

·  Kakehashi Cultural Exchange Program in Japan: travel throughout Japan to learn about Japanese culture

American Origins programs: travel to France and Greece to study texts and contexts focusing on the historical and philosophical traditions that influenced the American Founding.
These opportunities are offered to cadets with a Grand Strategy Minor only. If interested, please contact Dr. Benjamin Mitchell

American Politics, Policy, and Strategy (APPS): work in some of our Nation's most distinguished public offices to expand your institutional knowledge of American politics, national security, policy, and defense economics.
These opportunities are usually offered to SOSH majors only. If interested, please contact Mr. Richard Yon
Opportunities offered in 2014 (will most likely be offered again in 2015):   

·  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 Dept (CSO) Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (Washington, DC)                                        

·  State Dept Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of Economic Policy (Washington, DC)                

·  State Dept Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Office of Development Finance (Washington, DC)    

·  State Dept Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Office of Policy and Regional Affairs (Washington, DC)

·  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)

·  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)

o Senator Carper

o Senator Reid

o Senator Reed

o Senator Gillibrand

o Senator Johnson

o Representative Gibson

o Representative Maloney

 

Economics Programs: work with global industry leaders and distinguished public offices on real world issues, where you will get to practice methods and skills learned in class in a professional setting. 

These opportunities are usually only offered to Economics majors, although Economics minors are also sometimes considered. If interested, please contact CPT (P) Evan Davies.

 Tentative programs for 2015:

·  Marubeni Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan

·  JP Morgan (New York, NY)

·  Citi (New York, NY)

·  Bank of America/Merrill Lynch (New York, NY)

·  Goldman Sachs (New York, NY)

·  Deutsche Bank (New York, NY)

·  IBM (Westchester County, NY)

·  CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) Group (New York, NY)

·  Jones Lang LaSalle (Washington, DC)

·  Washington Penn Plastics (Washington, PA)

·  RAND Corp. (Washington, DC)

·  Council of Economic Advisors (Washington, DC)

·  Department of Labor // VETS (Washington, DC)

·  Cooper's Ferry Partnership (Camden, NJ)

·  Footlocker, Inc. (Junction City, KS)

·  7-Eleven, Inc. (Kent, WA)

·  A.T. Kearney, Inc. (Dallas, TX)

 
 
 

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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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