Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Work in Southeast Asia with Journeys Within!

The company I work for, Journeys Within Tour Company, has a couple of positions open that I wanted to let UPS students and alumni know about.  Both of the positions that we are currently hiring for are located in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  This is a great experience in a developing country that is changing very quickly in a lot of ways.  The Journeys Within staff is incredibly diverse and includes local teams within each country and employees from around the world.   I have worked for this company out of our US office for a little less than two years and have had the opportunity to visit and meet our teams in Cambodia, Vietnam and took a quick side-trip to South Korea.  
About this company:
Journeys Within is a Southeast Asia tour company dedicated to delivering unforgettable, customized trips.   Journeys Within has offices in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and the U.S.  The Journeys Within director in each country is there to ensure that all goes as planned, and our amazing guides, drivers and staff all believe in the Journeys Within mission to give our guests the trip of a lifetime.  As both a tour company and a ground operator, we are able to offer unique one-of-a kind experiences that allow our clients to really interact with the local communities.  
Journeys Within specializes in what we call Active Philanthropy, the idea that when we visit a country or community, our visit has a tangible positive impact. Having been described by Conde Nast Magazine as “pioneers in philanthropic travel,” Journeys Within believes not just in empowering the local people to better their own lives, but believes in empowering travelers to help give them that chance. This is why Journeys Within started Journeys Within Our Community, or “JWOC,” in 2005.  The Journeys Within Tour Company and the JWOC non-profit work together to ensure that our impact is positive and sustainable in the local communities.  
The positions that we are looking for:
Job Description
As Operations Manager you will be responsible for overseeing all ground operations throughout Cambodia and Vietnam. Managing the day-to-day operations, you will work closely with the individual country teams to coordinate and guarantee the smooth running of Journeys Within tours. Additional key responsibilities include but are not limited to: product development, quality control, customer service and client communication, team training and development, staff management.  A 2-year contracted commitment is required, in addition to a strong background in the travel industry.  This position is based in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Essential Performance Skills
• You must be effective at leading and working as a team.  Candidates must be well-organized and skilled at managing details and be able to comprehend and plan for the ‘big picture’.
• You must be able to take initiative, multi-task, and prioritize.  In order to do this, you must be effective at decision making, problem solving, and thinking on your feet.  Diligence and persistence are also highly important characteristics for this position.
• You must have a continuous commitment to quality and take pride in your work.  Along these lines, you must be passionate about customer service and able to effectively engage a variety of clients.  You must be able to remain calm and diplomatic under pressure.   
• You must be diligent and persistent, and effective at written and verbal communications.  Please keep in mind that English is a second language for the majority of our team so clear communications are essential.  Business acumen is equally important.
• You must have a passion for travel, interest in global cultures, and understand what cultural and philanthropic travelers want to experience.
Job Description
As Booking Coordinator you will be responsible for assisting in tour bookings.  The duties for this position include, but are not limited to: quality control, customer service and client/ground operator/vendor communication, preparing and sending travel documents. We are looking for an applicant who is very detail oriented, self-motivated, has administrative experience, and has the desire to grow within the Journeys Within team. A 2-year contracted commitment is required, and fluency in English is essential.  This position is based in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Interested parties for wither position should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to
More information available at

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Graduate Funding and Fellowship Opportunities from the Mercatus Center

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is currently accepting applications for our graduate student programs for the 2015-2016 academic year. Successful fellows have gone on to obtain tenure-track positions in academia and public policy positions in federal and state governments and at prominent research institutions.
The PhD Fellowship is a three-year, competitive, full-time fellowship program for students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in economics at George Mason University. It includes full tuition support, a stipend, and experience as a research assistant working closely with Mercatus-affiliated Mason faculty. It is a total award of up to $120,000 over three years. The application deadline is February 1, 2015.
The Adam Smith Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship for graduate students attending PhD programs at any university, and in any discipline, including economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology. Smith Fellows receive a stipend and attend colloquia on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy. It is a total award of up to $10,000 for the year. The application deadline is March 15, 2015.
The MA Fellowship is a two-year, competitive, full-time fellowship program for students pursuing a master’s degree in economics at George Mason University who are interested in pursuing careers in public policy. It includes full tuition support, a stipend, and practical experience as a research assistant working with Mercatus scholars. It is a total award of up to $80,000 over two years. The application deadline is March 1, 2015.
The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is awarded to graduate students attending master’s, juris doctoral, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy. Bastiat Fellows receive a stipend and attend colloquia on public policy. It is a total award of up to $5,000 for the year. The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program Accepting Applications

Now Accepting Applications for the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

Please visit for more information about the U.S. Department of State Fall 2015 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is March 2, 2015

We highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible. 

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency. 

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts. 

As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:
  • Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
  • Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
  • Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
  • Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.
So consider spending your Fall 2015 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.* 

*Applicants who are selected for a U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid) can contact the selecting bureau, or the central Student Programs office, if they require further details about the program to support their request for academic credit. 

Visit our 
forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015-16 Capital Fellows Applications Due February 9

Prepare for a Future Career…Engage yourself in Public Service.
Apply by February 9, 2015 to the Capital Fellows Programs -
  • California Senate Fellows
  • Executive Fellowship Program
  • Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program
  • Judicial Administration Fellowship Program

The Capital Fellows Programs offer a unique opportunity to participate in policymaking and development. Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid staff members in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, California Executive Branch or the California Judiciary. Fellows actively engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while gaining firsthand experience in the governance and leadership of the most diverse, complex state in the nation.

Voted four years (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014) as one of the Top 10 internships nationwide by, the Capital Fellows Programs are ranked highly for their combination of meaningful work experience and career opportunities. Each year, Vault's editors evaluate the internship programs profiled in their annual guide and select from those the top internship programs they feel represent the best all-around opportunities.

Prospective Capital Fellows must have a bachelor’s degree (in any major) by September 1, 2015 and a demonstrated interest in public service, public policy, and California state government. Applicants may apply to one or more of the programs that meet their interests and qualifications. Recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome to apply. For the 2015-16 fellowship year, individuals must complete the online application by the deadline of February 9, 2015 at

If you have questions regarding the Capital Fellows Programs or need brochures, please contact Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906, or visit

Claire A. Bunch
Coordinator, Fellows Outreach and Special Projects
Capital Fellows Programs
Center for California Studies
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA  95819-6081
916/278-6906 - Main, 916/278-4667 - Direct

"An outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for a future career."
Learn more by visiting  

Opportunity for Puget Sound Students! Full Year Paid Training Program!

Dear Professor O'Neil,

My name is Charlotte and I'm the Recruitment Director with Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing.

I’m emailing to see if you can forward information about our program to your students at Puget Sound again this year.  Applications for our 2015-2016 program are now being accepted and our early application deadline is February 1st.

Green Corps runs a full year paid training program for college graduates that combines intensive classroom training with leaders in the environmental movement and field placement working on urgent environmental issues with organizations like the Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. Some of our alumni include Phil Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA and Sarah Hodgdon, National Program Director at Sierra Club.

Can you forward this blurb and link below to your students to let them know about the opportunity?

Don’t hesitate to email me back if you have any questions, and thank you!
Charlotte Olena
Charlotte Olena
Assistant Organizing Director
Green Corps
1543 Wazee St | Suite 300 | Denver, CO
Email ::
Cell :: 716.870.4555 
Winter Application Deadline: February 1st, 2015
Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.

In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read on or visit .

In your year with Green Corps:

Be trained by the best: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people like Adam Ruben, former political director and current board president of, and Bill McKibben, author and founder of

Gain experience across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Rainforest Action Network, Power Shift, and Environment America in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and dozens of other places in between.

Make an impact on today’s environmental challenges
: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep the Arctic safe from drilling; led to new laws to support clean, renewable energy; convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans; and much, much more.

Get paid! Green Corps organizers earn a salary of $25,000. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify.

Launch your career: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment. 

Interview weekends are happening in Boston, MA, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, and San Francisco, CA.

Local Internship Opportunity

Professor O'Neil,
It's been a while, but I hope this email finds you well.  We're gearing up for another election season and will be working with a number of candidates in the Tacoma and Seattle areas.  Anders Ibsen is the current City Councilmember for the North End of Tacoma and is looking to bring on an intern to help with campaign organization and outreach.  This is an unpaid position, probably 15 hours per week.  I've attached a short description for you to share with students and/or post to the blog.

Thanks and best wishes,
Nic Van Putten

Committee to Re-Elect Anders Ibsen, Tacoma City Council #1
Invites applications for the positions of: Intern
OPENING DATE: 01/12/15
CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

Job Description
Under the direction of the campaign team:
* Direct fundraising efforts including events and candidates call time to donors
* Oversee community outreach
* Execute the campaign plan including direct voter contact, canvassing, public relations volunteer recruiting and management
* Train volunteers and lead canvases
* Work with other campaigns if applicable to implement an overall Get-Out-The-Vote strategy

Required Skills
* Well-organized, and professional
* Function well in collaborative and team-oriented work environment
* Excited about making a difference through the political process

Application Process
Individuals interested in applying for this position should submit a current resume to

For more information, please contact Kess Smith at 253-514-0814