Wednesday, August 20, 2014

From recent graduate John Stevens

 John is pictured here with Michael Greenblat (studying abroad  in Buenos Aires). Both were students in Don Share’s PG 380, Latin American Politics course in Fall 2013.

After graduating my friend and I decided to take a break and explore Latin America for two months before joining the work force. We started out trip in Costa Rica, then worked our way down through Panama, over to Colombia, then down to Argentina, across to Chile, and up to Peru.  Although Costa Rica and Panama were interesting and unique in their own ways, in my personal opinion I found Colombia, Argentina, Chile, and Peru to be much more fascinating, and your Latin American politics course was certainly one of the main reasons for this.

When I visited the city of Medell√≠n in Colombia the enormous buildings erected by Pablo Escobar were unbelievable.  They span all over the city and throughout the suburbs as far as you can see.  The city has certainly come a long, long way from the days of the drug cartels, and I found it to be one of the most modernized, clean, and enjoyable cities I visited in my travels.

When I arrived into Buenos Aires I met up with Michael Greenblatt, coincidentally my partner for our Argentina current event presentation assignment PG 380.  We went to one of the weekly protests for the "Asociati√≥n Madres Plaza de Mayo."  It was one of the most unreal experiences in my life seeing these women, 40 years after the coup d'etat still marching and protesting for the retrieval of their disappeared sons.  It was also interesting talking to the locals in Buenos Aires about Cristina Kirchner (most everyone I talked to didn't like her at all, but I was told that most of her support comes from the smaller cities and towns in the rest of the country.)  I also had the chance to see Evita's tombstone in the national cemetery - that was awesome!

In Chile I tried to make it out to see the national soccer stadium but unfortunately didn't have enough time to.  I did however have the opportunity of seeing Salvador Allende's tombstone

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Field Internship with Adam Smith

Field Internship on the Adam Smith for Congress Campaign

Congressman Adam Smith is a Democrat representing Washington State's 9th Congressional District that joins Bellevue, Newcastle, Mercer Island, and the Rainier Valley with portions of South King and Pierce Counties.

The Adam Smith for Congress campaign is seeking motivated and talented people to be Field Interns from early September through the November 4th election. Course credit may be available with approval from your school. This internship is an opportunity to learn hands-on about the many aspects of a political campaign out on the campaign trail. Field interns will work in conjunction with the Adam Smith for Congress Campaign Manager and Field Organizer. Schedule is flexible, some weekends required. Training will be provided.

Duties include: Knocking on doors across the 9th Congressional District and talking with voters, participating in sign-waving events, posting yard signs and conducting volunteer recruitment and coordinating volunteer activities

Qualifications: Interns should posses 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 encouraged, and foreign language speaker is a plus.

State Date: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
End Date: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Contact Information: If you are interested in a Field Internship position with Congressman Adam Smith's campaign, please email resume to Rebecca Bryant (Campaign Manager) at

Friday, August 08, 2014

Democratic Party of Oregon Field Organizer Position

Democratic Party hiring Field Organizers

Democratic Party of Oregon

Location: Statewide Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and health benefits available.

 Job Description: The Democratic Party of Oregon Coordinated Campaign is hiring top-quality Field Organizers for its campaign for nationally and state targeted races including Senator Jeff Merkley, Governor John Kitzhaber, Congressional races, legislative races and more.

Want to know more?  go here:  and contact Professor O'Neil for an alum connection.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Field Internships, Adam Smith for Congress

USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent Program

 USA TODAY’s Collegiate Correspondent Program is one of the nation’s premier journalism opportunities for college students. Those that are chosen to participate in the writing program will pitch, research and write weekly stories. Those that are chosen to participate in the visual program will receive weekly assignments, complete a semester-long project and will partner with writers to produce cohesive stories. Content produced by all correspondents will appear across all USA TODAY and Gannett platforms, including mobile and tablet.

Find out more here:

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

eInternships with the State Department

The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is an academic year-long, unpaid eInternship program. VSFS virtually connects U.S. citizen college students with State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Foreign Commercial Service, Foreign Agriculture Service, Broadcasting Board of Governors, and other US government agency domestic offices and U.S. diplomatic posts overseas to engage in digital diplomacy.  Because these eInternships are virtual, students can have a flexible virtual work schedule during the academic year, allowing both academic and eInternship goals to be met.

More here:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Congrats to Nathan Little '13, California State Assembly Fellow

Hello Prof. O'Neil,

 I recently was selected as a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow with the California State Assembly for 2014-2014. I'll be heading to Sacramento come October to work directly with an Assemblymember for 12 months.

As part of the program I'll also be taking classes at Sacramento state for which I earn graduate credit for a Master's in Public Administration or in Public Policy.

 I'm honored to be selected; the Capital Fellows Programs are rigorous and come with a lot of opportunity. I'm including the Fellows Programs website, and would be happy to help any undergraduates interested in applying for this program, especially since so many Loggers are California natives (not a requirement, but familiarity always helps).

 Nathan Little, Class of 2013

Intern in Tacoma with Congressman Derek Kilmer

People for Derek Kilmer, Congressman Kilmer's reelection campaign is seeking candidates for finance and field internships.

 The finance intern responsibilities may include:
- Conducting donor research
- Supporting and staffing events
- Processing contributions and expenses 
- Data entry and database maintenance
- Other duties as needed.

 The field intern responsibilities may include:
- Volunteer recruitment
- Data entry
- Event preparation and management
- Staffing and supporting events
- Canvassing
- Other duties as needed
- Phone-banking

 A minimum of two days and 15 hours per week is expected. Most work is in the evenings and on the weekends, though schedules are flexible based on the needs of the campaign and the intern. Interns with greater flexibility in their schedule will be given more diverse responsibilities. Interns do not necessarily have to be studying politics, and students in different courses of study are encouraged to apply.

Intern positions are unpaid, however we will work with interns and their school to earn academic credit. 

Please email a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this internship, a one page resume and a list of three references to

Monday, June 09, 2014

Congratulations to Ellie Page '13!

Ellie Page, a 2013 major, was just accepted to University of Washington law school and plans to start in the fall.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014


As many of you know, the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) established the Higher Education Alliance two years ago to increase international opportunities for our university students.  This summer we are happy to be promoting the “2014 United Nations Summer Session” at United Nations Headquarters and in Washington D.C., running from June 9th to the 13th (Monday through Friday).

We are opening up this opportunity to all universities so more students can take advantage. We are looking forward to meeting many new faces this year!

An Opportunity in Diplomacy
The week is designed for thirty highly-motivated university students pursuing careers in related fields. Students will meet senior policymakers and engage in discussions with officials from a wide range of public and private agencies involved in global affairs.

Highlights include unique access to UNICEF, UNDP, and United Nations career guidance where students will get inside information on how the UN works. Students can apply for college credits at their universities after the program. Contact me with any questions or go to this link to sign up:

Kind regards,

Adrian Tawfik
Program Director at the Higher Education Alliance of the The Humpty Dumpty Institute

Campaign Volunteer Opportunities

My name is Hope Bixby. I am Greg Baruso's (D-30th LD) campaign manager and a '12 alumna. Greg Baruso is a first-time candidate running against an incumbent to represent the 30th Legislative District in the Washington State House. 

Greg Baruso is a firefighter captain with 28 years of service, the Chair of the Federal Way Diversity Committee, the Director of the Martin Luther King Federal Way Food Drive, and is constantly looking for new ways to support his community. 

In order to promote Greg's message of improving education, government accountability, job security, and public safety, the campaign needs volunteers to participate in Get Out The Vote and campaign events running through the summer and up to the election in November.

Anyone interested in participating in a high-energy campaign should contact me at or on (360) 562 7999. 

Thank you,

Hope Bixby
Campaign Manager 
Elect Greg Baruso (D)

Monday, May 05, 2014

REACH Center: 4 Americorps Positions Available

Hi everyone,
Congrats on making it through another school year. I'm sure you're all busy so I'll keep this quick:

The REACH Center is looking to hire 4 AmeriCorps to serve 10.5 month terms starting in September. We're looking for recent grads who have an interest in social justice, human services and/or working with youth. In the past three years we've hired 7 of our AmeriCorps into regular, full-time positions after their terms have expired. These positions are a great opportunity to make connections, learn more about nonprofits, and help some great students achieve success.

I've attached job descriptions below but we always end up tailoring our positions to fit the employee's passions. If you or any of your students are interested or have questions just let me know. Thanks!

Zachary Lam
Educational Programs Coordinator
714 S. 27th St. Tacoma, WA
Direct: 253.573.6579
Fax: 253.573.6664

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Internship Opportunities with Progressive Strategies NW

Professor O'Neil,
I hope things are going well for you as the end of term approaches.  Local campaigns are gearing up and I've attached two position descriptions for students interested in internships.  One is a competitive partisan race and the other is a judicial election which would be a great opportunity for a student considering law school.  Please feel free to put me in touch with any students you would recommend, and of course to post these on the politics blog.
Thanks and best wishes,
~Nic Van Putten

Presentation by Jake Novack, P&G Senior, on Monday, May 5

Monday, April 28, 2014

Peter Russell '12 Middle East update

Peter Russell '12 is currently working for ta3mal through the Microsoft Citizenship program; ta3mal works to provide employment opportunities and initiatives in the Middle East. Lately he's taken the task of developing a similar resource for Palestinians; here he's meeting with the Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology for the Palestinian Authority, Dr. Safa Nassereldin. Next to her is Jeffrey Avina, the Microsoft Citizenship Director for Middle East and Africa. More here about Peter's work: