Friday, April 18, 2014

Legislative Campaign Internship - Interviews close on Friday, April 25

Do you have a passion for politics? Do you want to get more involved in your community? Do you want to have a stand-out resume?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions you should apply to be a campaign intern for Monique Trudnowski for State Representative! We are searching for motivated individuals that want to work with an exceptional candidate and are eager to learn about state politics.

Monique Trudnowski is a candidate for State Representative in the 28th district. She is a mother of 6, self-made businesswoman, political outsider & co-owner of The Adriatic Grill with her husband Bill. Together they have grown the restaurant from 30 employees to 62 since opening in February, 2008.

"As a small business owner, I can no longer sit on the sidelines while we continue to be hamstrung by overreaching state and federal governments that are recklessly spending our future generations into debt, punishing entrepreneurship and taking away our freedoms."

"I don't want to be a professional politician, but I know that if we want to reverse the course of our state and our party, we must stand up and change the kind of people we send to Olympia, and that's why I'm running for the Legislature."

Monique Trudnowski is not your typical Republican. The Trudnowski campaign will be an example of grassroots organization and door-to-door voter contact bringing with it a message of Small Business Growth, Economic Development and Strengthening Education.

Last year Monique was by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation with the Faces of Diversity: The American Dream Award which recognizes exceptional restaurant owners who have overcome past obstacles to achieve the American dream.

Washington's 28th District is going to be the center of the 2014 election season and Monique's campaign for State Representative is looking to be one of the most exciting in the state.

Trudnowski grew up on Fort Lewis as a military dependent. She is currently the Honorary Vice Commander for the Western Air Defense Sector at JBLM, and has a son that is a wounded warrior at JBLM. To learn more please visit www.

Please send your resume to or call Courtney at (509) 389-4533 to schedule an interview. Interviews close Friday, April 25.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Great news from recent P&G grad Kavin Williams

Kavin had a tough choice to make from among several great law schools, but finally has decided that he will attend the University of Michigan School of Law beginning in the fall.  Since graduation he's been working in the tech industry and did some time as a football coach here at Puget Sound.  Now it's on to bigger things!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ted Taranovski Lecture: "Ukraine, Crimea and the U.S - A Russian Perspective" April 22

I wanted to give you notice of an upcoming talk Ted Taranovski will be giving on the topic of "Ukraine, Crimea, and the U.S.--A Russian Perspective" next Tuesday, April 22nd from 4-5pm in Wyatt 206.  Ted plans a 20-minute presentation followed by questions and discussion. I hope some of you will be able to attend.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Katherine Allen Smith
Associate Professor and Chair, History
University of Puget Sound

Council on Foreign Relations Teleconference, Thursday 4/24 @ 9am, Wyatt 326: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the final session of the Winter/Spring 2014 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Thursday, April 24, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in WY 326. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, CFR's senior fellow for women and foreign policy, will discuss global gender gaps.

Ms. Tzemach Lemmon is the New York Times best-selling author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Women and Foreign Policy program. Prior to joining CFR, she covered public policy and emerging markets for the global investment firm PIMCO, after working for nearly a decade as a journalist with the ABC News Political Unit and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Ms. Tzemach Lemmon has reported on entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict regions for the Financial Times, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, the Daily Beast, and Christian Science Monitor, along with Ms. Magazine, Bloomberg, Politico and the HuffingtonPost.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) "World Economic Forum: The Global Gender Gap Report," World Economic Forum, October 25, 2013.
2) Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, "Child Brides Robbed of their Futures,", October 11, 2013.
3) Isobel Coleman, Terra Lawsom-Remer, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Rachel B. Vogelstein, "Development Channel,"

Please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger at if you're interested in attending.

I hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger

Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Capital Semester Internships: Fall Deadline June 1st

We are accepting applications for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Capital Semester in Washington, DC. The final deadline for the Fall 2014 program is Sunday, June 1.

As a reminder, students who attend Capital Semester:
  • Intern for 25-30 hours a week in the fields of public policy, international affairs, journalism or the nonprofit sector
  • Take a full course load of 12 credits at George Mason University
  • Are matched with a professional mentor
  • Attend professional development seminars
  • Network with top DC insiders
Please forward the announcement below to students who may be interested in spending a semester in Washington, DC.
We award close to one million dollars in scholarship funding annually and awards are based on need and merit.
More information on our program may be found at Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, I may be reached at or 202.986.0384.
Dana Faught
Associate Director, Recruitment and Admissions
The Fund for American Studies


Capital Semester in Washington, DC
Fall 2014: August 27 – December 12, 2014 

*Guaranteed Internships - Courses for Credit - Housing on Capitol Hill
*Fall 2014 Final Deadline: June 1, 2014
*Spring 2015 Early Deadline: October 1, 2014
*Scholarship Funding Available
Spend a semester interning in the nation’s capital and gain that competitive edge. Taking advantage of a Washington, DC internship is a valuable investment in your future that will set you apart after college.  The comprehensive program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies includes a guaranteed internship placement, courses for transferable credit from George Mason University, and furnished housing conveniently located just steps from the Capitol building. Students also benefit from networking events, exclusive briefings, and guest speakers.
We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and guarantee all participants an internship placement. Your options are endless – we work with over 300 different federal agencies, policy groups, international affairs organizations, media outlets, public affairs firms, government relations offices, and nonprofit organizations.
Working in this powerful city will allow you to make professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths, and we work with each student’s unique goals and aspirations to match them with the most fitting internship site.
Applicants interested in Fall 2014 can apply up until the final deadline of June 1, 2014 but are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to take advantage of the rolling admissions process. The Spring 2015 early deadline is October 1, 2014.

For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit Questions may be directed to Dana Faught at or 202.986.0384.

Fund For American Studies
1621 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Summer Internships in Congressman Dave Reichert's office

To Whom It May Concern, 

The Washington, D.C. and Issaquah offices of Congressman Dave Reichert are excited to announce that we are now accepting summer internship applications. Congressional interns are an integral part of our office, working on the front lines of constituent services.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain first-hand knowledge on the inner workings of the federal government. Internship responsibilities include, but are not limited to, researching constituent requests, drafting correspondence, constituent outreach, keeping up to date on local and national issues, and data entry.  There are also opportunities for long-term research and outreach projects.

We are looking for applicants interested in government, law, public policy, or social sciences. A competitive candidate will be energetic, self-motivated, possess strong communication skills, and be familiar with Microsoft Office.

Our summer, unpaid internships can be extended into the fall. We offer flexible scheduling for students. If you are interested in applying or have any questions, please contact me at 425-677-7414 or

 Joshua Hazard
Staff Assistant
Representative Dave Reichert (WA-08)
22605 SE 56th St, Suite 130
Issaquah, WA 98029
425-677-7414 Office
425-270-3589 Fax

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Leadership Opportunity for College Women Considering Careers in International Policy

Scholarship Deadline: April 18
Registration Deadline: April 25

The Public Leadership Education Network invites college women considering careers in international policy and international relations to Washington, D.C. for a transformative career opportunity.

Seminar Dates | May 19 - 23, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Jump start your international policy career with PLEN's Women & Policy in the Global Community Seminar this spring in Washington, D.C. Students will: Connect with women leaders whose work impacts policy around the world; explore job opportunities that have a global reach; and learn the skills needed to succeed in international policy. 

Seminar scholarships are available.  Scholarship applications are due by Friday, April 18, 2014.

The seminar registration deadline is Friday, April 18, 2014.

-- Jillian Lopez
Program Coordinator
Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) Please note our new address
11 Dupont Circle NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20036
phone: 202-872-1585

Preparing Women to Lead


Transforming Ordinary: Strike Debt's Jubilee, Wednesday, April 16 at 5p

Sustainability Summer Grants accepting applications!

Sustainability Summer Grants

A call for summer grants proposals!  
As summer approaches, we know some of you are excited about summer research on campus! Back by popular demand, we have Sustainability Summer grants. Projects can either be research based, or based on increasing institutional sustainability.    

Applications are due April 15th and can be found here.

Have an idea but your not sure if it fits? Email us or send us a message on facebook!


Research and Communications Research Summer Intership in NYC

Public Opinion Research and Communications Summer Internship Program 2014

The Opportunity Agenda is dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity for all in America through communications, research, and advocacy. We are seeking a spring intern with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equal opportunity, good research skills and understanding of communications, and the initiative to take on new and innovative assignments. A sense of humor and a dose of modesty are essential. The internship is open to graduate students and professionals with a specific interest in public opinion research and media content analysis around social justice issues including poverty, criminal justice, economic opportunity, racial equality, and human rights in general. The intern will work under the supervision of the Public Opinion and Media Research Coordinator in the communications department of the organization.

The precise nature of the work varies by project and is based on the office's needs, but examples of work include:

Project management Facilitating communications with consultants and other third partiesMonitoring the public opinion research landscape for new research;Assisting in collecting and analyzing existing public opinion research;Creating visual presentations of data (charts, table, graphics);Blogging on public opinion topics;Assisting with survey development, implementation and analysis of results for feedback on workshops, presentations or events;Working with the communications team and highly acclaimed research consultants; Creating power point presentations of public opinion data; Assorted administrative duties

Qualifications: Candidates for this position should have a strong desire to work in public opinion research and public policy. The ideal candidate will have some experience working in a professional environment and therefore bring to the position analytical, organizational, and general office skills along with strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Good statistical skills and strong Microsoft Office skills, especially Excel and PowerPoint, are required. Experience with SPSS is preferred. The candidate must be comfortable taking initiative and should be detail-oriented, energetic and a quick learner with strong writing, editing, and research skills. Applicants with previous political or consumer opinion research experience will be given preference.

The intern will ideally commit to 40 hours a week for 10 weeks starting on June 2nd. School credit or a stipend are available.

About The Opportunity Agenda:

The Opportunity Agenda was founded in 2004 with the mission of building the national will to expand opportunity in America. Focused on moving hearts, minds and policy over time, the organization works with social justice groups, leaders, and movements to advance solutions that expand opportunity for everyone. Through active partnerships, The Opportunity Agenda synthesizes and translates research on barriers to opportunity and corresponding solutions; uses communications and media to understand and influence public opinion; and identifies and advocates for policies that improve people's lives. To learn more about The Opportunity Agenda, go to our website at

The Opportunity Agenda, a project of Tides Center, values a diverse workplace and encourages students with non-traditional experiences and from historically underrepresented groups to apply. To apply, please send a cover letter (necessary to be considered) and resume to with "Public Opinion Research and Communications Internship Summer 2014" as the e-mail subject. No phone calls please.

RACE POL is a discussion list sponsored by the Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics of the American Political Science Association

Monday, April 07, 2014

Ritchie Campaign Seeking Interns

Jason Ritchie is the Democrat running in Washington State's 8th Congressional District, which includes parts of King, Pierce, Kittitas and Chelan Counties.

The Jason Ritchie for Congress campaign is seeking motivated and talented people to be Campaign Interns on a rolling basis between April and the election November 4th. Course credit may be available with approval from your school, and in district living quarters may be provided.

This internship is an opportunity to learn hands-on about the many aspects of a political campaign out on the campaign trail. Schedule is flexible, some weekends required. Training will be provided. Minimum hours are 15-20 hours a week. 

There are three categories of campaign interns being sought by the campaign, though interns may move between categories as needed. Their duties include:

Finance Interns
  • Donor research
  • Database management
  • Participating in and staffing the candidate during fundraising call time
  • Assisting in the organization of fundraising events
  • Supporting the Finance Director/Finance Consultant
 Field Interns 
  • Recruiting, training, and coordinating volunteers
  • Organizing phone bank shifts and doorbell days        
  • Database management
  • Participating in phone calling/door belling and talking with voters about important issues
Political Communication Interns
  • Policy research and writing policy briefs    
  • Drafting press releases and participating in press outreach
  • Conducting social media activities and outreach  
  • Assisting in the organization of political events
  • Supporting the candidate and senior staff 
Interns should possess a strong work ethic, the ability to interact comfortably with the public, and close attention to detail. Interest in public service, politics, and community issues is a plus.
Contact Information:
If you are interested in an Internship position with Jason Ritchie’s campaign, please email résumés to Conor Bronsdon (Campaign Manager) at

Happy (and Warm) Spring Day!

Friday, April 04, 2014

Wendy Davis Campaign Opportunities

They also have opportunities for unpaid internships this summer. Interns for HQ in Ft. Worth can apply directly to They are hiring for all departments, Communications, Policy, Finance, Research, Field, Political, Operations, Compliance. There is the possibility the campaign can help interns find housing.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Sophomore Alex Plant Wins Social Sciences Writing Prize

Congratulations to Alex, who won a cash prize for her paper, "Woodrow Wilson's Place in Political Time: a Critique of Stephen Skowronek's The Politics Presidents Make."  The paper was written in the fall for Professor Sousa's P&G 310, Presidency and Congress.

Next year, when the call for submissions goes out, consider submitting your good work. No papers that weren't submitted received awards this year, or in any year!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Campaign internship in Colorado; alum connection--

The Romanoff for Congress campaign is offering opportunities to intern in the Finance Department. Candidates should be college students or recent graduates who are looking to gain political fundraising experience. This internship is perfect preparation for joining a politicalfinance operation.

Andrew Romanoff is a top tier candidate in one of the most competitive races in the nation.

Interns will work in a fast-paced environment and duties will include assisting staff with donor research, fundraising calls, database management, and event help. Strong applicants will be well organized, detail oriented, self-motivated, and have a positive attitude and willingness to learn. Excel and Word knowledge required.

We ask for a commitment of at least 10 hours per week with applicants who can commit to more being given priority. This internship is unpaid, but we are happy to work with interns to secure academic credit for their work.
If you're interested, email Make sure you mention you are a Puget Sound student!

Advice from the White House

Allen Smith (P&G, '13) is currently working as an intern in the White House Office of Scheduling and Advance. He was kind enough to share some information about his position, how he obtained it and additional advice for those seeking internships and other opportunities in the D.C. area.

What are your responsibilities as a White House intern?

I am an intern in the White House Office of Scheduling and Advance. I am responsible for categorizing and responding to scheduling correspondence that involves the President. These requests can range from invitations to birthdays to delivering commencement addresses and attending conferences. Our office tries very hard to respond to every single inquiry.
I have several other responsibilities, including tracking scheduling correspondence and providing a weekly summary tally to Scheduling staff. I give tours of the East Wing and White House as needed. 

How were you able to secure this position?

When I initially applied to the White House Internship Program, I did not select the Scheduling and Advance office as one of my preferred choices. I think I had a strong application and writing, and I gave what may well be the best interview of my life. Despite this, I was placed on the waitlist for the program, and I had fully committed to moving on and pursuing other opportunities. However, prior to the start of the program, I was contacted again and offered the internship.
There are people who are current undergraduate students. There are people who have graduated, like me. There are people with Master's degrees and JDs. There are people who have quit their paying jobs for this program. What does that mean for you? Submit the best application you can. Write multiple drafts. Edit. Proofread. Have someone else proofread. Secure your recommendations early. The application has several parts, and I spent hours on each of them. This is not like a school paper that you can start the night before.

Do you have suggestions for others who want to pursue internships in the D.C. area?

The D.C. area has many opportunities for internships in government, on the Hill with Congressional offices, and with think tanks and non-profits. But it is a privilege to get them, and competition is fierce. You will need to consider what you have to offer, and what kind of value you can bring to an organization. If you have prior experience, that will be a huge plus. The best opportunities for you to build this experience will be local groups that have a connection to D.C. Congressional district offices, either with a state or national representative, are great for this. Check your representative's office when you go home for the summer. Other groups, like nonprofits, charities, and so on, also fit this niche.

You will also want to have a strong resume. Keep it current, with the above-mentioned experience if you have it, and make sure you have as little from high school as possible. If you are a sophomore in college, you should have done enough with school groups, sports, and/or community service to replace your high school experiences. Also make sure that your resume has correct spelling and flawless grammar. Be specific about your duties and accomplishments and if you can, put a hard number or provide other specific evidence of your accomplishments.

If you spend a semester or a quarter in D.C., you need to ask yourself some key questions:
·                     Where are you going to stay?
·                     How are going to survive? D.C. has a very high cost of living. Can you afford it?
·                     Will you be working on the side? If the internship is part time this will be substantially easier, but even with a full-time position you can still work on weekends.
·                     Will your family be able to help support you?
·                     Will you take time off from school for an internship? How will that fit into your graduation plan?
·                     Does the application need recommendations? Who will recommend you? How much time do they need?
·                     Does the application require transcripts? Do you have electronic copies?
·                     If not, the Registrar’s office can send you a scan. You should have one regardless.

I can't give you the answers to these questions, but you need to consider them in order to have a successful internship experience. As for the actual internship, here are some of my hard-won tips:
·                     First, understand that you are there to work. Organizations receive a lot of interns over the years, and you should try to add as much value as you can so that they will remember you in the future.
·                     Second, get to know the staff in your office.. Ask them about their stories. If the staff like you and remember you, they will probably give you a strong recommendation in the future. This is especially important if you apply to another organization; a new organization may ask your former supervisor about you, and you want them to advocate for you.
·                     Third, see who your office staff knows. If someone has a cool job, odds are they have cool friends as well. Maybe they know someone who works in an area that you're interested in. Ask if they can connect you. Don't be shy about making your intentions known to your staff.
Lastly, reach out to your network. Friends, family, teammates, friends-of-friends, contacts from your professor, Puget Sound alumni, godparents, your cousin's roommate’s brother; all of these people represent potential opportunities for you. D.C. is very much based around who you know, and you need to be willing to adapt to this reality.