Graduate students are encouraged to participate in national and local professional and student associations as a way to learn more about the field and develop career options. We especially encourage you to become involved with relevant groups and departments here at Northeastern. Boston is also rich with opportunities in leadership and professional involvement with public service related programs and organizations. Of additional interest are regional and national conferences at which students can hear about current research in the field and possibly participate on a panel or present their research. Students invited to participate or present at relevant conferences are encouraged to apply for funding, following the procedures outlined in our conference funding guide.
Extracurricular Activities within the Department/ College
Political Science Graduate Association
The Political Science Graduate Student Association (PGSA) brings MA, MPA, and PhD students together to address the issues most important to our graduate student body. Our group – informally known as “Poli Tea” – organizes weekly luncheons to hear about new research being conducted by department faculty members, provide valuable learning opportunities for graduate students conducting publishing, research, teaching or building other job market skills, and exchange ideas for collaboration. In addition to providing lunch, Poli Tea allows graduate students to build a community around shared interests while encouraging professional development. All graduate students are encouraged to attend our meetings and participate in Poli Tea activities. You can find our schedule of events here. Please contact Julie Garey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Liz Moore (email@example.com) for additional information, or stop by one of our meetings listed on the events calendar for instructions for joining the list serv.
The Critical Social Theory (CST) Research Cluster
The Critical Social Theory (CST) Research Cluster meets monthly, from 5 to 7pm, in the Lounge at the Humanities Center, 4th floor, Renaissance Park (see http://www.northeastern.edu/humanities/).
Professor Natalie Bormann, who co-leads the cluster has the following to say regarding this opportunity.
“Our goal is that the Critical Social Theory Cluster (CSTC) will help nurture and expand the already existing intellectual culture in radical thinking and social critique here at Northeastern.
To do this we are offering a series of monthly sessions, the first beginning in December, that will foster discussions of the historical legacy of critical theory.
Each month we will highlight a particular journal of critical theory, broadly understood, and read a series of articles chosen from the journal that highlight its specific historical and intellectual trajectory.
In addition, the CSTC will use its funding to purchase digital subscriptions to the journals, invite speakers for our monthly sessions, and, potentially, put on a conference related to our discussions this coming spring.”
For more information regarding this research cluster please see, http://subjectguides.lib.neu.edu/socialtheory.
The Civil Unrest in the Multipolar World Research Cluster
“Civil Unrest in the Multipolar World” is a research cluster dedicated to the interdisciplinary studies of the critical world regions. It revolves around interactive panel discussions organized at the end of each month during spring semester (time and classroom to be determined).
This cluster aims to include PhD students and professors in a collaborative effort to shed light on the politics of critical regions. They are identified as regions of failed or fragile countries in which major world powers have economic and security interests. Not excluding other regions, the focus will be on the Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Caucasus, South-East Asia, North Africa, Balkans and Central Asia. PhD students of political science, sociology, economy, religion and geography are welcome to join the list of our panelists.
Our goal is to stimulate vigorous debates and increase interest among both graduate and undergraduate students for studying critical regions in the context of the cooperation and competition between the most powerful global actors. Also, our aim is to support Northeastern’s accession to the forefront of international security scholarship in the US. For that purpose, we hope to video tape our panels and make them accessible online via YouTube and other social media.
Thanks to the generous support of the Humanities Center at Northeastern University, we hope to stimulate a fun and rewarding intellectual interaction followed by a relaxed socializing with our panelists and guests enriched by some nice food and drinks.
For any further inquiries, please email Mladen Mrdalj at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Groups at Northeastern
There are over 200 student organizations at Northeastern University covering a wide range of activities and interests. Most of them welcome participation by graduate students. For a full listing and information on how to become involved, please visit www.northeastern.edu/studentactivities/.
Of these the following are especially relevant to graduate student issues on campus and in the community.
Graduate Student Government
Graduate Student Government (GSG) is the official voice for graduate students at Northeastern University. GSG addresses concerns, raises awareness, and promotes graduate student life on Huntington Avenue and abroad. Our primary goal is to enrich the graduate experience at Northeastern and we do so through funding and research support, sponsoring social & networking events, and providing a forum for graduate students to present concerns, issues, and ideas to Northeastern University administration, faculty, and staff.
GSG meets every first and third Monday of the month in 333 Curry Student Center, Senate Chambers, at 12 PM. Additional information can be accessed from the GSG website at www.northeastern.edu/gsg/.
The Minority Graduate Student Association
The Minority Graduate Student Association at Northeastern University was established in Fall 2009 with the mission to serve as a catalyst in providing retention, support, and training for minority students currently pursuing a graduate degree as well as those interested in pursuing a graduate degree. The MGSA will serve as a force of unity and support for minorities pursuing a higher level of education. For more information and questions, please visit www.northeastern.edu/mgsa/.
The following are several professional associations that might be of interest to our graduate students. Additionally, these websites link to other groups that might better match your interests. Membership dues vary from association to association but most offer special rates for students. Even if you decide full-membership is not right for you, there are many resources on these sites that are free to the public.
- American Political Science Association: www.apsanet.org
- American Society for Public Administration: www.aspanet.org
- Association for Budgeting and Financial Management: www.abfm.org
- Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning: www.acsp.org
- International Studies Association: www.isanet.org
- National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Public Administration:www.naspaa.org
- Urban Affairs Association: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/
- Young Nonprofit Professionals Network: www.ynpnboston.org
Benefits of Membership in Professional Organizations
There are a number of benefits to joining a professional association. As a member, you usually receive a variety of publications, such as:
- the official journal which includes articles as well as book reviews;
- bulletins announcing meetings (some local), panels, calls for papers, and general reports;
- newspapers containing short articles of interest particularly related to teaching political science courses.
Important services for which association members are normally eligible include:
- a personnel service with a periodic newsletter that lists positions available to political science and public administration students;
- a credential referral service, which maintains and distributes confidential credentials;
- an annual placement service meeting which is a direct clearing house for jobs.
The Department maintains a small fund to assist graduate student participation in or attendance at professional meetings. Funding is available to all graduate students, with priority given to doctoral students offering papers. Students seeking financial support must complete and submit a conference participation funding proposal.
Local Leadership and Networking Opportunities
Another way to become more involved, network, and have a positive influence on the community is to join locally based professional groups or to attend professional development training seminars. Our list below is far from exhaustive and you will find that many of these organizations have links to other opportunities that might better match your interests. We also tried to only include those programs that were free or of moderate cost. If you know of any programs that might be of use to other students please notify us and send us details so we can add it to our site.
The Commonwealth Seminar
The Commonwealth Seminar exists to open the doors of the State House to diverse leaders. They provide a program of legislative training, networking opportunities with top policymakers, and access to public service job opportunities for diverse leaders in Massachusetts.
The Environmental Leadership Fellowship Program
The Environmental Leadership Fellowship Program offers intensive leadership and skill training, regional networking opportunities, and time for personal and professional reflection. Consisting of three retreats and additional optional trainings, their curriculum helps emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategic communications, and strengthen their outreach to diverse constituencies.
The New Leaders Council
The New Leaders Council has a mission to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs – “those who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America.”
ONEin3 Boston was founded by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in 2004 to serve the one-third of Boston’s population that is between the ages of 20 and 34. The program connects Boston’s young adults with resources related to home buying, business development, professional networking, and civic engagement.
The Women’s Institute for Leadership Development
The Women’s Institute for Leadership Development works to strengthen the number, influence and diversity of women at all levels of leadership in the Massachusetts labor movement and beyond. We provide education, training and support to help women become ever more effective organizers and leaders: in their unions and the labor movement as a whole; in the political arena and within their communities.