Thursday, May 05, 2016

Carbon Washington Fellowship Opportunity for the Yes on 732 campaign

Fellowship Program NEW application deadline: 6/1

Monday, May 02, 2016

$500 AfterCollege Scholarship! Deadline 6/30

$500 AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship

Available to currently enrolled students of all disciplines

You may be eligible for additional scholarships. See a full list of AfterCollege scholarships here.
How to apply? Submit the brief online application(s) and complete your AfterCollege profile with a concise, but impactful, résumé-style personal statement and your skills, accomplishments, etc.

What is AfterCollege? See for yourself! Check out Explore, AfterCollege's job and internship discovery tool. Opportunities are presented based on your school, major and graduation date. Use the smileys to tell us which jobs you are, or aren't, interested in to get more relevant recommendations. Think Pandora or Netflix, but for internships and jobs.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Harbor WildWatch Marine/Environmental Education Internship

Harbor WildWatch's vision is to be a catalyst for environmental education in our community. One way we can accomplish this vision is by training the future environmental educators of the world through our Internship position.

This part-time, unpaid internship provides current or recently graduated students with experience they will need to enter the environmental education field. Interns will have the opportunity to deliver interactive educational workshops in the field, classroom, and professional setting. Individuals who complete the internship experience will gain valuable skills and confidence in educating the public about the Puget Sound marine environment and help spread our message of stewardship.

The ideal candidate is pursuing a degree (or is a recent graduate of) biology/marine science/environmental studies and is passionate about the marine environment. The individual should be skilled in organization, possess strong interpersonal skills, and thrive in a collaborative working environment. This person will works under close supervision of paid Harbor WildWatch staff.

The Intern will provide the public and students with information about the Puget Sound marine environment through unique educational opportunities. This includes outdoor science programs, classroom workshops, junior naturalist training programs, and outreach events. The goal of each HWW intern is to gain professional experience in environmental education and valuable skills that will improve future employment opportunities.

Intern Objectives:
A. Train a minimum of 15 hours per week with HWW staff
B. Increase personal knowledge and understanding of Puget Sound marine environment
C. Learn to deliver clear and concise environmental education messages to a wide audience
D. Complete a culminating project over the course of the internship (may be applied for school credit)

Learning Opportunities:
- Assist in delivering outdoor programs at local docks, beaches & parks
- Assist in delivering classroom workshops in the South Puget Sound
- Learn to conduct/analyze student pre/post tests
- Assist with delivering Youth Naturalist Training Program
- Learn to execute a successful beach monitoring program
- Contribute to volunteer training and development
- Learn to work in a collaborative and dynamic environment
- Learn effective method of inventory management
- Learn basic grant writing techniques
- Learn basic office skills through various administrative projects
- Learn basic marketing strategies, including print/online advertising and social media

 Interested students can find the application at

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Internship Opportunities: Washington State Democrats

Field Organizing Jobs for Students

I am the current Campaign Manager for Denny Heck For Congress, here in the 10th Congressional District. We are currently looking to hire several recent, local, college graduates for our Field Organizer positions. These positions, while a lot of work, are incredibly exciting and can be a great start to a political career. I would be very grateful if you could pass the below job description along to any students that you think may be interested.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hiring students to get out the vote

We are still looking to fill positions for next year’s class of PIRG organizers, and I’m hoping you can help spread the word about our application one last time. Please forward this to any interested seniors!

We’re looking for students who want to organize to get out the youth vote in the 2016 presidential election.

As you know, the people elected this November will make decisions about issues we care about -- like jobs, the economy, college affordability and the environment. We are hiring organizers to make sure that students turn out to the polls in a big way on Election Day and make their voices heard.

We know a better future isn't going to happen if we just sit around waiting for it. We can't expect our elected leaders to pay attention to the issues we care about, or for things to start moving in the right direction, if we don't make ourselves heard. It’s pretty basic: if young people are going to be heard, they need to work together, raise their voices together and vote together.

Our Future. Our Voice. Our Vote.

The New Voters Project is looking for smart, motivated, full-time organizers to get out the youth vote next fall. Apply today.

What’s in store for our future? Will we be able to get jobs, and pay off our bills and our student loans? Will the big issues of our day, like protecting our environment, student debt, or big money in politics get dealt with, or will they keep getting kicked down the road, only to get bigger and harder to solve?

One thing is for sure, we know a better future isn’t going to happen if we just sit around waiting for it. We can't expect our elected leaders to pay attention to the issues we care about, or for things to start moving in the right direction if we don't make ourselves heard.

That’s why we are hiring organizers to run non-partisan voter registration and turnout campaigns on college campuses across the country this Fall.

What is the New Voters Project?
For forty years, we’ve built a legacy of recruiting, training, and inspiring young people to engage in democracy. We believe that for our democracy to work, young people need to be engaged. And the first step to engaging young people is exercising their voice at the polls. The New Voters Project is the largest non-partisan, on-the-ground young voter mobilization effort in the nation. Since 1984, we have helped to register more than 1.7 million young voters and made over one million personalized get-out-the-vote contacts. The New Voters Project is a project of PIRG Campus Action.

The New Voters Project Campus Organizers will:
• Run a non-partisan voter registration and turnout campaign in a campus community. Campus Organizers recruit and train a cadre of volunteers to register 18- to 29-year-olds, collect pledges to vote from 18- to 29-year-olds who are already registered to vote, and contact all of these young people to turn out to vote on Election Day.
• Educate students and train new leaders. Campus Organizers teach citizenship and organizing skills. Campus Organizers also oversee an internship program, through which students can earn academic course credit for their work to boost youth voter engagement.
• Build a coalition. Campus Organizers work with student volunteers and interns to build a diverse, invested coalition of organizations and people, such as the student government, college president, College Republicans, College Democrats and others, to boost youth voter turnout.


Friday, April 01, 2016

WISH You Could Live on Capitol Hill? You Can!

For over 20 years, WISH has been housing interns working for the U.S. Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House and all Federal Agencies, as well as the Smithsonian Museums, the Pentagon, newspapers and media networks, law and lobbying firms, embassies, associations, non-profit organizations, university programs and more.

Move in with a suitcase! WISH provides fully furnished intern townhouses and apart-
ments in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, near all the government buildings,
museums, shops, restaurants, theaters, and easy Metro access.

Hosting students from across the country and around the world, we are the community
behind the internship. You'll stay with other interns who are studying and working in
Washington, exploring the Nation's Capital and furthering their careers.

Now accepting applications for Spring and Summer Semesters!

For more information click here

Career Position with Grassroots Campaigns

Grassroots Campaigns is a progressive organization that specializes in running face-to-face campaigns for political parties, candidates, and advocacy groups. By running campaigns on behalf of groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Democratic National Committee, the Nature Conservancy and Oxfam America we can focus on building up their membership and base of support. Also, through running field campaigns for candidates and other political organizations we can mobilize citizens to be more actively engaged and involved in politics.

Since 2003, Grassroots Campaigns has worked with many of the most progressive organizations and political candidates to date.  Our campaigns have been on the front line of a variety of social change movements and historic elections.  Our goal is to grow the progressive movement through face-to-face outreach.

Canvass Directors and Assistant Canvass Directors manage one of our 30 grassroots fundraising field offices across the country, with bottom-line responsibility for all local operations.

Job Responsibilities:
    Recruitment:  Build a team of 15-50 canvassers by recruiting from within the local community.  Interview prospective staff and make hiring decisions.
    Staff Management:  Teach canvassing/fundraising skills.  Work with your staff in individual and group settings, with a particular eye towards developing leaders.  Cultivate a welcoming and motivating atmosphere.
    Canvassing:  Canvass in the field for four days per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field and meet personal fundraising requirements.
    Administration:  Carefully track income and expenses.  Manage the budget for your office.  Process staff payroll.  Maintain records for future organizing efforts.

Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and desire for political change are essential.  Candidates must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability and experience handling a lot of responsibility. Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications for Assistant Canvass Directors. Previous field or canvassing experience is a plus, and may qualify candidates for positions as lead Canvass Directors.

Newly hired directors will typically spend three weeks doing field training, working intensely alongside experienced directors.  Additionally, directors receive support from regional management staff throughout their time on staff.  After one year in the position, staff will have learned the basics of running a successful grassroots campaign, including, but not limited to, fundraising and donor recruitment, hiring and supervising staff and/or volunteers, and turf management.

Campaign hours can run 60-80 hours per week, including work on weekends.

Annual salary for Canvass Directors and Assistant Canvass Directors is commensurate with experience.
Staff may opt into our health care plan (PPO).  Paid training, vacation, and sick days are included; student loan assistance is available.

Timing and Location:
Positions are available immediately in cities nationwide.  Currently hiring in MA, NY, PA, IL, LA, MO, NC, CO, CA, WA, OR, TX,  and Washington, D.C.  In order to make the largest impact possible, directors will have a chance to organize in a city, and expand the progressive movement by opening and developing campaigns in politically important regions.

For more information click here
For the application click here.  Cover letters and references are not required but will help to expedite the recruitment process.

House Democratic Campaign Opportunity

Are you interested in working in politics and making a difference? There is no better place to start than a campaign. The House Democratic Campaign Committee (HDCC) is looking for energetic, detailed oriented people to work on Democratic State Legislative campaigns as Campaign Managers. No campaign/political experience required. Our elections take place every two years so we are beginning the search for managers for the 2016 election cycle.

Campaign Manager Job Description 
Coordinate and oversee all aspects of the campaign. Work with the candidate, campaign consultant and HDCC to:
• Create and manage candidate’s daily schedule and community outreach
• Execute the campaign plan including direct voter contact, canvassing, public relations and volunteer management
• Establish and implement a fundraising plan and manage campaign budgets
• Work with other campaigns to implement an overall Get Out The Vote strategy

Job Requirements 
College degree is preferred but not required. Energy, organization and writing skills are a must. No campaign or political experience necessary.

Job Location 
Campaigns are located throughout the state including the greater Seattle area, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, Spokane, Clark, Thurston, and other locations.

To Apply 
Please email a cover letter, resume and list of references to Mina Mercer at No calls please.

Summer University Prague 2016

For detailed information click here

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Teach in Boston with MATCH. Deadline 4/30

MATCH Teacher Residency is an innovative, one-year teacher residency program.

We give recent college graduates one year of intense training. We then help them find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.

What sets MTR apart from other teacher prep programs? 1) We’re prescriptive, like a sports coach or piano teacher; you learn and practice very specific “Teacher Moves.” 2) Trainees are specifically being prepared to teach in certain charter schools with a track record of “turning around” low-performing kids. 3) We have a very particular approach, which involves building relationships 1-on-1 with kids and parents, then using those relationships to run a tight ship in class, enforcing rules consistently, and pushing/demanding a LOT from our kids.

MTR is no different from the MATCH Corps (our full-time tutoring program) from Monday to Thursday. However, unlike MATCH Corps, MTRs want to go on to become full-time teachers in high-poverty, “No Excuses” charter schools. So on Fridays and Saturdays, MTRs learn about the nuts and bolts of teaching, do tons of practice, and get a lot of coaching.

We are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year!
Spring Deadline is on April 30th, 2016.

For more information click here

Who Will Win the White House? 6 free Lectures at Puget Sound. Next Lecture: How Accurate Are the Polls? Thursday 4/28

Visiting political scientist Michael Artime, in the Department of Communication Studies, and independent presidential historian Mike Purdy ’76, M.B.A.’79 will provide a vigorous analysis of the 2016 campaign and some historical insights to put today’s news into perspective. They will lay out the hot-button issues in the current contest, and share some of the colorful and surprising stories that lay behind two centuries of presidential elections—ever since George Washington was unanimously elected in 1789.

Time: 7 p.m.
Room: McIntyre Hall, Room 103

January 21: The Long Road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
February 18: Who Wants to be President?
March 10: What do the Candidates Believe?
March 24: What Voters and States Will Elect the Next President?
April 14: How Accurate are the Polls?
April 28: Media Marketing and the Making of the President

Click here for details.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Legislative Politics in the Better Washington! P&G Brown Bag, Wed 4/27

Islamophobia film screening, talk and discussion at PLU - 4/26

Earth Week Brown Bag Lecture - TUES 4/19

As part of Puget Sound's Earth Week 2016 celebration, we're announcing an exciting Brown Bag Lecture: Open Space Conservation with Jordan Rash.
Come hear about the importance of maintaining open spaces for both human and ecological use in this lunch-time lecture and conversation! Learn more about the significance of conservation and ecological restoration efforts in the Puget Sound area from a renowned environmental politician.

Jordan Rash is the Conservation Director at Forterra. A graduate of Willamette University in Salem, OR, he spent summers working on family farms in Oregon and also served as a U.S. Forest Service firefighter in the high desert. He brings nearly a decade of political experience working for legislatures and elected officials in Oregon and Washington.
When: Tuesday, April 19th from 12-1pm
Where: Thompson 310

Wechsler Films - TUES 4/12 and WED 4/13

P&G Brown Bag at Noon - Wednesday, 4/6

Friday, March 25, 2016

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Breysse

June 23, 1995 - December 31, 2015

From Professor Seth Weinberger

Normally, when I get up to speak before a lot of people I’m excited, because I’m about to talk about something fascinating and awesome…like war, or terrorism, or targeted killing. But never have I wanted less to talk about something and never have I been less prepared to talk about something than at this moment. No one ever teaches you—nothing ever prepares you—to talk about the death of a student.

I’ve been lucky in my life. I haven’t experienced much loss. The closest I’ve come to experiencing true grief has been losing my dog Sierra, my faithful and loving companion of 14 years. I was holding her when she died, and I remember the moment that the life went out of her body. One moment I was holding my dog, the next I was holding something that was no longer my dog. It was her physical form—her body, her eyes, her fur—but it wasn’t her anymore. Her soul had left and what remained was no longer Sierra. Because it wasn’t her physical form that defined her being, but rather her soul and her spirit.
Liz’s body may no longer be with us, but her soul and her spirit remain. These are the things that make a person. That make Liz Liz.

I use the present tense because, as Plato argued in The Republic, the soul is immortal. Liz’s soul and spirit were the things that made Liz so beloved by so many in the Puget Sound community and elsewhere. We experience the souls of other in two ways: Through our interactions with them and through our memories of those interactions. While we may no longer be able to interact with Liz, we have our memories of those interactions. And as long as we do, her soul and her spirit live on.

I knew Liz as her professor and as her academic adviser. When asked to describe Puget Sound students, I often say that they come here as naïve optimists who want to change the world, and leave as critical optimists, who still want to change the world but now understand how difficult that will be. I can think of few students who better fit this description than Liz Breysse. I first met Liz on her second day on campus in my role as her academic adviser; I was immediately struck by her confidence and her smile and her energy and her enthusiasm. Her soul and her spirit were almost literally bursting forth from her at all times.

When we met to discuss her first semester classes, I asked her why she signed up for Introduction to International Relations as her advising seminar. She responded by saying “Because I want to help bring world peace.” I hear that a lot from students, most of whom have no idea what “bringing peace” involved, how complicated the world is, or why war occurs in the first place. After all, that’s what I’m here to teach them.  But something in her voice made me believe that she meant it in a way that few students do.

Still, I responded as I generally do, by smiling and nodding and telling her that I looked forward to helping her come to understand the world better. But, I warned her, I expected her views to change as she learned and grew as a student of international relations.

I’ll never forget her response. “Maybe,” she said, “but I’ll never stop trying to bring peace.”

Over the course of our classes together, Liz learned how difficult it is to end conflict between states or even between people. But that never diminished her desire to work towards peace. Just last semester, Liz was in Global Security with me and I remember her growing dismay as she came to realize that she was a realist: Someone who believes in the inevitability of conflict and in the folly of acting according to “good intentions” instead of according to the realities of power. Liz’s soul didn’t want to be a realist, but her brain told her that she was.

Her final paper for Global Security argued that the United Nations was ill-suited to manage the security problems of the modern era. As she discussed her argument with me, it clearly bothered her that a global, idealistic institution like the UN wasn’t the appropriate vehicle for pursuing peace. But that didn’t dim her enthusiasm…she just needed to find a different way to pursue peace.

Unfortunately, Liz won’t get that chance to find other, better ways to make the world a better place…to bring peace.

A quote on a remembrance of Liz handed out at an earlier memorial read: “Use your smile to change the world but don’t let the world change your smile.” Liz learned that a smile won’t be enough to change the world, but she never let herself become cynical and jaded (as I am!). She never stopped smiling. Even as we discussed problems of war, genocide, and other miseries that torment people all over the world, Liz always remained optimistic that we—that SHE!—could and would eventually fix those problems. Liz would have been a powerful force in the world and it breaks my heart that we won’t have the benefit of her soul and her spirit working for the good of all of us.

Like all of the professors at the University of Puget Sound, I came here because I love teaching…because I love my students. Liz was the kind of student who made me love teaching. She had a passion and excitement for learning that I wish every student had.

But don’t just take my word on it. Here’s David Sousa, who teaches American politics and had Liz in two classes: "Liz was a wonderful student in class, thoughtful, prepared, and eager to share her ideas and to listen to others. But she was an even better student before class, always there early, chatting people up as they came in, making my class feel like a community." And here's Chris Kendall, who teaches international law and taught Liz in his first semester here." "Liz was one of six students in my class on international law. She was always enthusiastic in class. But while working on a draft of her seminar paper on International Criminal Court prosecution for war crimes committed during the Syrian civil war, Liz came to office hours to discuss revisions. As we worked through arcane legal questions of mens rea and criminal jurisdiction, Liz would punctuate the conversation with an occasional "That's so cool!" or "Awesome!"—not the type of response you usually get from a student when talking about jurisdiction, and definitely not what I expect when giving them paper revisions. Liz's enthusiasm absolutely colored my introduction to Puget Sound that first semester.”

The tragedy of this life cut short is that we never got to see what Liz would go on to do, what she would have become. But I have no doubt about what she would have become. She would have been a powerful force for peace…for good in this world. I hope that her spirit will continue to do just that. I can promise that I will draw inspiration from my memories of Liz for the rest of my career and I hope that those that knew Live Like Liz.

The physical body may decay and disintegrate—after all, as they say, ashes to ashes, dust to dust—but so long as we remember what makes Liz Liz and what Liz means to us, her soul is indeed immortal.

Jews have a saying to comfort those who are in mourning: May her memory be a blessing. To me, this reflects this very belief in the immortality of the soul. Our memories of Liz can serve to comfort us, to inspire us, to make us laugh, to make us celebrate life. We are indeed blessed for having known her.

And so to Liz's parents, Sheila and Matt, to her sister, to her family, friends, and loved ones... to her sisters in Pi Beta Phi, to her professors, to her colleagues in the politics and government department, and to those with whom she worked in the Cellar and during Orientation the entire Puget Sound community, may Liz's memory be a blessing to us all.

Monday, February 22, 2016

European Summer School in Prague

The 2016 European Summer School in Prague is an intensive 10 day learning programme focused on European integration. It is organized by one of the leading think-tanks in Prague, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, in co-operation with Prague College and the Charles University Faculty of Social Sciences.

This year’s European Summer School is titled “Europe in Motion”. How are current challenges changing the dynamics of the European integration? Facing the consequences of the debt crisis, current migration wave and security situation in the neighbourhood, is the EU moving towards more or less Europe? Find out in Prague, at the 14th annual European Summer School!

For more information:

Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities. Writing Workshop - Tuesday, 4/12

Washington State Legislature Information Session - Tuesday, 4/12

Logger Talks: Election Issues Panel - TUE 4/12

Lecture by Joseph A. Fry: Vietnam War Student Protests - 4/11

Black Ice Literary Magazine Call 2016

From: Nora R Katz <>
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Subject: Black Ice Literary Magazine Call 2016

We would like to extend an invitation to the faculty and students of the P&G department to submit their works to the Black Student Union's Literary Magazine Black Ice. Our literary magazine focuses on issues and experiences related to race. Broadly this includes (but is not limited too) discussions of racism, ethnicity, intersecting oppressions, etc. in the form of art pieces, prose, essays, plays, and poetry. Please note, submissions do not have to be submitted by people of color. Our mission is to offer a platform for voices, stories, and social critique that would not be otherwise heard or invited. Submissions are due by April 10th.

Government Affairs Summer Internship Opportunity. Deadline Friday, 4/8

Visit the website here

Talk by Kjell Vaage on Pensions and Disability Policy in Norway - Thursday, 4/7

TNT article by David Droge, professor emeritus

David Droge performs an election worker duty: persuading the Anderson Island ferry crew to wait for ballots to be picked up.

Read "Being an election worker has a side benefit" by David Droge here

Read more here:

Future Women In Government Program coming to Seattle! Deadline Monday, 4/4

My name is Rachael Munkacsi and I work with Women In Government (WIG), a non-profit, non-partisan organization of women state legislators based in Washington, DC. I am contacting you about an opportunity for your students to participate in our Future Women In Government program, a leadership event that will take place at our 19th Annual Western Conference on May 20th in Seattle, WA!

Inspired by the “Teach a Girl to Lead” initiative, this program provides participants an opportunity for networking and mentorship with state legislators and private sector leaders from across the country to facilitate a deeper discussion around women in leadership. Participants will join us for conference programming and professional development all day Friday, May 20th. Participants’ conference costs will be covered, though we recommend that students reside near the Seattle/Tacoma area as WIG will not provide overnight hotel accommodations.

For more information and the application click here.
Please send completed applications to myself at: []

We must receive all applications by 11:59 pm EST on April 4, 2016.

We look forward to providing women students at Puget Sound an exciting opportunity to network with strong women leaders!