Posts from "December, 2010"

Internship Available with French Cultural Services


The internship at the Visual Arts department of the French Cultural Services offers the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary visual arts contemporary projects, in collaboration with both America and French institutions and galleries.

Position is available immediately
3, 6 or 9 months
Internship unpaid



- Mostly participate in the follow-up and process of the French-American grant program for contemporary art, along with the curatorial program – – by helping in processing applications for the grant deadlines before they are submitted to a selection committee of professionals.

- Keep the weekly art events calendar up-to-date

- Write newsletters or blasts if needed


- Detail-orientated and ability to multi-task

- Good communication skills (the work requires substantial 
communication, written and otherwise) 
- Computer proficiency

- Interest in French and Francophone art in general

- French Language a plus

- Internships are non-paid positions, although school credit can be arranged. Candidates are required to commit to a minimum of 10 weeks for a minimum of 20 hours per week (maximum duration: 6 months).

Please send a cover letter, resume and short writing sample as well as contact information for two references by e-mail with the subject line “French Embassy 2010 Internship” and

All documents should be sent in Word or PDF file format.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are only able to contact those candidates selected for an interview.

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CIA Director Urges Language and Cultural Study


“For the United States to get to where it needs to be will require a national commitment to strengthening America’s foreign language proficiency,” Director Panetta said. “A significant cultural change needs to occur. And that requires a transformation in attitude from everyone involved: individuals, government, schools and universities, and the private sector.”

He urged schools and universities to reach beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic to “the fourth R”: the reality of the world we live in. Language skills are vital to success in an interconnected world, he said, and they are fundamental to US competitiveness and security.

“Language is the window through which we come to know other peoples and cultures,” Director Panetta said. “Mastery of a second language allows you to capture the nuances that are essential to true understanding…This is not about learning something that is helpful or simply nice to have. It is crucial to CIA’s mission.”

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Think Your Major is Important? Think Again….

For many employers what counts are the skills your derive from your university and internships experiences, not the major. Before you spend a lot of time pondering the advantages and disadvantages of the majors you are considering, you should read this:

An Excellent Defense of the Humanities by Yale’s Howard Bloch

This is the most eloquent and convincing case for the study of the humanities I’ve read. Although the humanities have been displaced from their former role of prominence, Bloch reminds us that the wisdom, insights and applications they provide will never become obsolete.
One notices it might have been beneficial had more of the players in our irrational markets read their Homer, Dante, Dickens, or Balzac. There are no guarantees, of course, but greed and appetite have been exposed in literature and moral philosophy since the ancient Greeks. Nor has modern thought neglected this important subject. More education via Locke, Rousseau, Hobbes, or John Stuart Mill, or a serious course of Gibbon, Marx, or Tocqueville, could have helped some particular individuals and their institutions gain some purchase upon the consequences–or at least the feasibility–of their actions. It is doubtful whether the greediest would have taken the time to read great works of literature, philosophy, or history, but that is another question. For they might have learned from the philosophers about our obligations to each other or the necessity for external regulation of limitless human appetite. From the litany of lost fortunes and illusions to be found in fiction, they might have discovered the tools necessary for assessing one’s own motivations and character along with the motivations and character of others. From historians, they might have recognized the unlikely chances of beating certain historical cycles and odds.

Looking for a Job with a BA in the Humanities?

smartmoves.jpgAs you know, it’s tough finding a job at the moment. But not impossible. If you’re still in school, give yourself a leg up on the competition by planning ahead and developing a strategy. 

The book Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grad by Sheila Curran is probably the best book out there for helping you proceed. It provides a number of case scenarios of liberal arts majors who landed in great jobs. The key for all of them was patience and a series of increasingly interesting internship experiences.
Don’t put your head in the sand and wait till it’s too late. Start planning now.

Internships Available at Dissent Magazine in NY

Internships are available fall, spring and summer for students with these skills: 

Ideally, the intern should have excellent communications skills and be able to proofread. Computer skills are necessary and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office is highly desirable. Knowledge of HTML and Web site production is also helpful. We are looking for independent self-starters who are also able to work with a small team in a variety of tasks.