Friday, July 22, 2016

Introducing PG 383: Politics of Natural Resources

This course will be offered only once by Professor Riitta Koivumaeki:
Fall 2016, Tuesday/Thursday at 2pm

Interested in wars over natural resources, international cooperation on climate change, or the power of recycling? This course explores these and other pressing topics through a broad overview of the politics of natural resources. We begin the course by examining how oil and other minerals influence political and economic development, and why mineral rich countries appear more likely to engage in war and conflict. We then turn our focus to other resources, namely water, forests, and clean air, and evaluate the role that governments and international cooperation play in ensuring access to them. The course culminates in a section on politics of climate change at the local and international level.

In addition to short response papers, the course includes a policy paper on a topic of your choosing. These assignments, together with various in-class exercises, will help you develop and sharpen your research and critical thinking skills. By the end of the semester, you will be able to identify key theories of resource politics and apply them to real-world cases. You will also possess the tools necessary to continue to explore politics and governance of natural resources in an analytical and systematic manner.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Edmonds Intern Campaign Manager Position

County Council Campaign Manager
10-15 hours per week
Now-Late August

Position Description:
The Pierce County Council is held by a slim 5-4 Republican majority.  Carolyn Edmonds (D) is running to unseat a Republican incumbent and flip the balance.

The campaign manager will work directly with Carolyn while under the supervision of the campaign consultant.  The intern’s primary job is to help the candidate maximize their time spent with voters and in fundraising.  Responsibilities will include tracking and organizing fundraising, event logistics, managing volunteers, data entry, doorbelling and phonebanking.  A reliable form of transportation may be necessary depending on the campaign and intern’s location.  Some campaign related experience is preferred – volunteer experience is fine – but more importantly, we’re looking for someone with energy and a passion for getting involved in local politics.

After August, this will be a paid position.  Graduating seniors interested in paid campaign work in the fall should consider applying and will be given first preference for that position.

Ben Anderstone
Progressive Strategies NW

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Campaign Fellowship Opportunity for UPS Students

From: Alex McNeil
To: David Sousa

Hey Professor,

I'm emailing because I'm hiring fellows, and I wanted to reach out to UPS students who might be interested in diving into the campaign.

I'm going to be here through November, so I'll be looking for folks for summer, fall, or both. The fellowship is with the Iowa Democratic Party coordinated campaign. It's unpaid, but I can guarantee housing (which often comes with meals) for anyone making the trip.

Many of my co-workers started as fellows, and these positions often lead into paid gigs as organizers. The fellowship is one of the surest ways to get a foot in the door--the fast track, so to speak.

The job: A fellow would work with me to build a grass roots machine across two counties I'm supervising. This would entail meeting with locals, planning and executing phone banks, voter registration drives and canvas launches; and generally, organizing a massive get out the vote effort leading up to November. The perks: a chance to work for the good guys in an important cycle, a high degree of autonomy and responsibility in an intense and rewarding work environment, and a great opportunity for professional development, especially for those interested in a career in politics.

Those interested should reach out to me directly at with an email including a resume and short self-description.

Let me know if you have any questions!


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.