Monday, September 28, 2009

Reminder: US-Canada conference, Seattle


North American Economic Competitiveness; Energy Security; the Arctic;
Environmental Sustainability; Cross-Border Trade & Transportation;
Smart & Secure Borders; Emergency Planning & Management; Global Health;
Demographics; Canada-US Security & Defence

Canada and the United States have a unique relationship. Since 2001 over 100 academics from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington have participated in the 'International Canadian Studies Institute' alternating between Alberta and British Columbia / Yukon. Join more than 50 of these Fellows on Friday 16 October at the University of Washington to hear and discuss the results of their research and work addressing many of the important issues in the Canada-US relationship - and how ICSI has impacted them, their students, universities and communities. Program attached.

Friday, October 16, 2009

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walker Ames Room (Room 225), Kane Hall
University of Washington, Seattle
7:00 pm
Women's University Club Ballroom
1105 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2009

For more information, please call 206-221-6374 or 206-770-4065.

Good jobs at Career Fair

Please encourage your students to attend the Career Fair Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 4-7:00 p.m. in WSC Marshall Hall. Even first-year students can benefit from walking through and checking it out.

Spotlight on organizations that may be of particular interest to your students:

Federal Bureau of Investigation

The FBI is a law enforcement and domestic intelligence agency charged with protecting and defending the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats. Full-time opportunities available with various positions for both the Special Agent applicants and Professional Support applicants that cover investigative, administrative, intelligence, communications, and language skills.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

The Japanese Government invites young college graduates to live and work in Japan for a one-year cultural exchange program. Airfare, housing assistance and remuneration provided. Full-time, international opportunities available as Assistant Language (English) Teachers (ALTs). ALTs are primarily engaged in language instruction and carry out their duties under the guidance of Language Teachers' Consultants or Japanese Teachers of English.

Peace Corps

Peace Corps is an independent agency of the federal government working to promote world peace and friendship by training interested people overseas and fostering cross-cultural exchange. Full-time, international opportunities available where Peace Corps Volunteers work in the fields of the environment, education, health, agriculture, business, at-risk youth, and community development.

World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Full-time, part-time, and summer opportunities available for the following: 1. Writer/Researcher Media Relations 2. Event Planning and Production, Experiential Engagement Team 3. Social Networking/Marketing. 4. Grant Researcher, International Programs Group 5. Carbon Footprint Analyst 6. Curriculum Development, Youth Empowerment Program 7. Writing Interns, Media Relations and Special Projects 8. Audit and Risk Management Intern 9. Accounting Intern, Finance Department 10. Database Programmer

For a complete listing of organizations that are attending, visit the Fall 2009 List of Career Fair Employers.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Global Brigade to Latin America

Professor Share passed along to me the information that PG major Hally Roberts and several other students are planning to go to Latin America (possibly Honduras) this spring or summer to be part of a Global Brigade focused on medical work:

If you're interested in joining, contact Hally at

9/30 Brownbag talk on Iran

Upcoming talks include:
Professor Sousa on health care reform
Professor Fields on Japan/China (TBD)
Professor Jacobson on immigration reform

For questions about this event, or to recommend a discussion topic for the
future, email Professor Kessel at

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Resolve 2009 Conference on Hunger/Poverty

My name is Will Petrik, and I am with the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. Our organization is dedicated to ending poverty by engaging the upcoming generation of leaders in fighting poverty in their communities.

I am emailing you, because this fall we have a great opportunity for students at your campus to improve their leadership skills and knowledge on the issue of poverty—Resolve 2009. This conference will get them engaged in a variety of ways they can have an impact in their communities. It will also teach them more about poverty issues, allow them network with other leaders, and develop their skills.

Hundreds of students from across the country will be coming together in Chicago, Illinois on November 5-8 for the Resolve 2009 conference. They will be joined by representatives from leading non profit organizations working to combat poverty domestically and abroad. We're excited to have students from your college attend.

Could you forward the following message to students on your campus? Thank you for your assistance. I look forward to seeing students from your school at our conference in November.

If you would like to learn more about our organization and the Resolve 2009 conference, check out our website:

Green Corps for recent graduates

This just came in via Ashley Lauth '06, who works as an organizer with Green Corps and is the contact person listed below:

Applications due Oct. 18, 2009 – apply online today at **
Green Corps 2010-2011 Field School for Environmental Organizing

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.

In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll 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 and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Greenpeace. 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 below or visit our web site:

In your year with Green Corps:
You’ll get great training with some of the most experienced organizers in the field: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people such as Adam Ruben, political director of, and Bill McKibben, author and organizer of the “Step It Up” rallies for climate action.

You’ll get amazing experience working on environmental issues across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, Greenpeace and Environment America in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and dozens of other places in between.

You’ll have a real impact on some of the biggest environmental problems we’re facing today: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep the Arctic safe from drilling, that led to new laws that support clean, renewable energy, that convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans and much, much more.

You’ll even get paid: Green Corps Organizers earn a salary of $23,750. 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.

And when you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready for what comes next: 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.

In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2010-2011. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

If you think you’re one of those people, visit to submit your application to join the 2010-2011 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing.

Green Corps’ year-long program begins in August 2010 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

For more information, visit or contact

Ashley Lauth, Green Corps Organizer, at or 847.340.4570.

Scoville Fellowship for recent graduates

Deadline is October 15 for spring; February for fall 09. Get all the details here.

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program invites college graduates to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month Fellowships in Washington, DC. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy.

Program and Purpose

Scoville Fellows will choose to work with one of the twenty-five organizations participating in the Program. With the assistance of the Program Director, Fellows will select a placement which best matches their interests and the needs of the host organization. Participating organizations provide office space and support, supervision and guidance for Fellows' work. With the exception of Congressional lobbying, Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, and organizing that support the goals of their host organization.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide an opportunity for college graduates to gain practical knowledge and experience by contributing to the efforts of nonprofit, public-interest organizations working on peace and security issues.
Stipend and Benefits

The Fellows receive a stipend of $2,100 per month and health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC.

Issue Areas Covered by the Scoville Fellowship include the following:

* Arms Control/Disarmament, including Nuclear Test Ban, Ballistic Missile Proliferation/Defense, Conventional Arms Transfers, Weapons Proliferation--Nuclear, Biological and Chemical
* Conflict Prevention/Resolution
* Defense Budget
* Dismantling Chemical and Nuclear Weapons in the former Soviet Union
* Economic Conversion
* Environmental Security, including Environmental Impact/Cleanup of Nuclear Weapons Production Complex
* Export Controls
* International Security
* Regional/Ethnic Conflicts, including East Asia, South Asia, Former Yugoslavia, Middle East, Newly Independent States
* United Nations, including UN Peacekeeping

Selection Criteria

Prospective Fellows are expected to demonstrate excellent academic accomplishments and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues.

Experience with public-interest activism or advocacy can include the following:

* Organizing a campus forum, letter-writing campaign, meeting with decisionmakers, or rallies
* Working with or joining a campus, local, or national organization
* Active participation in conferences
* Writing and publication of opinion pieces

Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the Fellowship commences. Preference is given to United States citizens, although a Fellowship to a foreign national residing in the U.S. is awarded periodically based on availability of funding. The Scoville Fellowship is not intended for students or scholars interested in pursuing independent research in Washington, DC.

Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Luce Fellowship Reminder--no one applies? Why?

This year Puget Sound was invited to compete for the Luce Fellowship in Asia, which provides a fellowship for recent graduates:

The Luce Scholars Program has invited Puget Sound to participate in their program of international and cultural exchange. Aimed at a highly qualified group of young Americans in a variety of professional fields, it is unique among Asian-American exchange programs in placing emphasis on leaders who have had little prior experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity during the course of their careers to come to know Asia or their Asian colleagues. The program consists of a paid internship in an East Asian or Southeast Asian country, not academic study. The basic stipend is sufficient to meet all of the scholars’ normal expenses in Asia, and all costs for travel required by the program also are covered.

The deadline is October 5, and there have been virtually no applications on campus.
I don't understand.

Public Policy and International Affairs Summer Insitutes

Deadline: November 1

Junior Summer Institutes

UC Berkeley | Michigan | Carnegie Mellon | Maryland | Princeton

The PPIA Junior Summer Institutes (JSI) have been the hallmark of the PPIA Fellowship Program for over 20 years. JSI is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students' quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are also included. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs. The successful completion of a summer institute is a requirement for PPIA Fellows.

As a PPIA Fellow you are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.
  • Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.
  • Minimum of $1,000 stipend.
  • University housing with a meal plan.
  • Books and related course materials.
  • GRE prep.
The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a national program that prepares young adults for an advanced degree and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. This focus stems from a core belief that our citizens are best served by public managers, policy makers and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Furthermore, international affairs are increasingly mixed with local concerns. Addressing such global issues make diversity a critical goal in professional public service. For over 20 years PPIA has been at the forefront of promoting diversity in public service and nurturing the full potential of students as active citizens, public servants and agents of change.

So what is PPIA?

* A fellowship program that provides student training and financial support for graduate school and facilitates ongoing professional development.
* A consortium of the top public and international affairs graduate programs in the nation.
* An outreach program that seeks to educate and inspire young people of all ages and from all backgrounds about public service.
* An alumni association of approximately 3,000 PPIA Fellows from all across the nation.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Paid Internship in Olympia for Spring!

ICW Legislative Internship
January 12 – mid-April 2009
Be on the front lines of policy making and gain unique job experience. The 2009 session is a critical session for student aid funding. We’re looking for students who want to be part of the process and make a difference for students.

Who may apply:
Juniors and Seniors in any discipline
Apply by November 15
Students may work out course credit with a faculty member if allowed by the college.

Job Requirements:
We’re looking for students with an interest in student aid policy, strong writing and speaking skills. Students who are Washington residents and/or receive some from of state or federal aid a plus. Strong candidates must be flexible and ability to respond to changing circumstances with composure. Desire to learn and make a difference for students is important. Ability to get to Olympia on a regular basis will be critical.

Job Description
Work 10 – 12 hours per week for a minimum of three weeks in Olympia with staff from
Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW) to urge increases in student aid funding. ($12 -$15 / hour). (Monday mornings and Friday afternoons are not good work days)
Assignments will include research, bill tracking, meeting with legislators, attending and testifying in committees.

Interns will receive a capitol campus and process orientation from ICW staff, lessons on the legislature’s bill tracking data base, etc.

Writing assignments will include writing materials to prepare for meetings with legislators and before testimony, and may include opinions pieces for newspapers.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, faculty reference letter and essay to Essay topic should help the selection committee understand why
you’re interested in this position.

Elie Wiesel Foundation Essay Contest

Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2009

What would education be without its ethical dimension? The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity and its corporate partner LRN believe them to be inseparable.

* Do you know an ethical leader who endeavors to make our world better?
* Do you know of a student that can raise questions, single out issues and build rational arguments?
* Do you know of any students who could benefit from the contest's $10,000 in prizes?

Submission deadline is January 8th, 2010

Since 1989, The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity has sponsored the Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. This annual competition is designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today’s complex world.

Encourage full-time juniors and seniors at your institution to submit an essay. Winning students receive $10,000 in cash prizes, an internship, and a chance for their essay to be published in a nationally recognized publication.

To learn more read the Prize in Ethics FAQ.

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is made possible through the generous support of Dov Seidman and LRN. LRN is the exclusive corporate partner of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Intern/webmaster think tank DC

COHA seeking Volunteer Webmaster

The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) is seeking a volunteer webmaster to manage our WordPress website and improve our online presence. We are looking for someone who can make an ongoing commitment of a few hours a week to maintain the website and respond to specific issues as they arise. The position is available immediately.
Please visit our website at and send a resume to:

Internships Available

The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) is looking for qualified interns to join our team in Washington, D.C. for the fall term. Founded in 1975, COHA is a major tax-exempt, nonprofit and nonpartisan national research and information organization established to encourage the formulation of rational and constructive U.S. policies towards Latin America. These internships provide valuable entry level practical experience in dealing with a variety of hemispheric political, economic, diplomatic and trade issues. They also provide young scholars with an excellent opportunity to be exposed to the policymaking process. COHA is seeking highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students, and those who already have earned degrees. Intern candidates should have some knowledge and/or interest in U.S.-Latin American affairs or international relations, and should display impressive research and writing skills. Preference will be given to full-time applicants and to those skilled with computer technology and web design. The position is available immediately.

For more information on COHA and the application process, visit our intern page here:

The Stranger pegs our local colleges

From the Seattle weekly paper The Stranger, always known for its, er, "cheeky" tone:

If you attend the University of Washington, people will think you're dumb, unless you're studying science, in which case people will think you're smart but dorky.

If you're attending the University of Puget Sound, people will assume you're smart, but not smart enough for a fancy East Coast school.

If you're attending Seattle Central Community College, people will assume you have drug and/or achievement issues.

If you're attending Seattle Pacific University, people will assume you're either celibate or a closet case or both.

If you're attending Seattle University, people will think you're relatively intelligent and maybe Catholic but nothing special.

If you're attending Cornish College of the Arts, people who know their local art history will associate you with John Cage and Merce Cunningham. People who don't will think you couldn't—or wouldn't—hack it at a normal college.

If you're attending Pacific Lutheran University, nobody will know what to think of it because nobody's ever met anybody from Pacific Lutheran University. Best to not admit you're from a college at all.

Ow. Read more here, from their "How to be a Person" pullout.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Kammi Sheeler--from Bosnia to Morocco

For some time one of our majors, Kammi Sheeler, has talked about wanting to study the Balkans--a place where we have no study abroad. Settling on Morocco instead, I suggested that she swing through the region on her way to North Africa. And that's just what she did. By way of full disclosure, I think the educational future belongs more to shorter independent trips like this than the traditional study abroad. Anyway, enough of me, here's what Kammi report:

Mostar, Bosnia

Thanks to a LOT of help Professor O'Neil and support from the PG department (for which I am extremely grateful) I just recently finished an amazing three week trip to the Western Balkans. Since Puget Sound does not offer any study abroad options in Eastern Europe I picked another program of interest in Morocco, but I still wanted to spend some time in the Balkans learning as much as I could in order to apply the experience to future opportunities for research, study, internships, etc. so Prof O'Neil helped me with planning and making conacts in the region, and in August I left the US for what ended up being an incredibly educational, fun, and rewarding experience.

I spent about 5 days each in Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, and Serbia (plus a couple days in Hungary) visiting monuments and museums and meeting with local students, families, and university professors to learn more about the region. The meetings with professors were especially valuable in helping me find resources and frame research questions, so I would definitely recommend that students traveling to places of academic interest seek out those kinds of opportunities as well. Personally I got very positive responses and a lot of useful insight.

Overall it was a great experience for me to be traveling independently and learning from first hand experience and the various perspectives of locals. I definitely got more information out of those three weeks than I did out of any of the books I read for research papers before. I also got a lot of ideas for future research and paper topics and plan on pursuing opportunities to return to the Balkans for a longer time next summer.

So thank you again to the PG department and especially Professor O'Neil for helping me get the most out of this opportunity and experience. Again, I'd strongly encourage anyone with a specific geographic area of interest to find a way to spend some time there, even if it is not an option for study abroad. If anyone is interested in the Balkans please feel free to contact me--I'd love to share stories and experiences.

Hope all is well back at Puget Sound!

Kammi Sheeler

Student Campaigners--new campus group to help those interested in working in practical politics!

Nathan Moorman and Chris Sande have been active as interns and workers in local campaigns, and have founded a student group, Student Campaigners, to help students plug into local opportunities and to gain the experience necessary to move up the chain into jobs with more responsibility. Both have made local contacts that will be helpful to interested students. The idea is that Puget Sound students interested in campaign politics can gain vital experience and add to the web of connections that has been built over the years. You can contact Nathan at

Alum's got a paid internship in DC

This in from Brian Sponsler '97--he's got a great internship opportunity in DC--

Dr. O'Neil:

I write to offer you information on a Washington, DC based internship opportunity that may be worth while for a posting on the UPS Politics blog. As a Puget Sound alum ('97), I would be thrilled to have a chance to provide a current student the chance to work in Washington, D.C. As part of my duties as a research analyst here at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, I serve as the internship coordinator. Please see the attached announcement for additional information on the internship opportunities at IHEP, and let me know if you have any questions.

Institute for Higher Education Policy Colleen T. O’Brien Internship Program

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (Institute) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to foster access and success in postsecondary education through public policy research and other activities that inform and influence the policymaking process. Named for one of the co-founders of the Institute, our internship program strives to provide an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to develop skills in research, higher education policy and programs, communications, and non-profit management.


Each research internship lasts for approximately 14 weeks, requires 20-25 hours per week, and offers a stipend of $2000-$2500 depending on work hours. Interns are considered members of the regular staff, providing research assistance, coordination and execution of meetings and/or interviews, and general office support.

All prospective candidates should possess strong writing and communication skills, be familiar with the process of public policy development, and possess an interest in higher education and related issues. Prior interns have performed a variety of research tasks, including: in-depth literature reviews, interviews with state and federal policymakers, survey coordination, data analysis, and writing assistance on policy briefs and research reports.

Quantitative and qualitative research skills employed and valued at the Institute. Prior experience with SPSS, STATA, Atlis.Ti and other data analysis and management software is a plus, but not a requirement.

Internships are offered for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Applicants are evaluated on a rolling basis.

Candidates are encouraged to submit a resume, a brief cover letter summarizing their interest and experiences, and a short writing sample of 3-7 pages via email to

For more information on the Institute or questions relating to internship opportunities, please contact Brian Sponsler, Research Analyst via email at:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

$20,000 to study abroad--no lie--

In past we've had students get this money to study in places far flung, including Egypt

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce the opening of the 2010-11 academic year competition for the National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships.

Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to become more proficient in the cultures and languages of world regions critical to the future security of our nation, such as in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Boren Scholarships, for undergraduate students, provide up to $20,000 for up to an academic year's study abroad.

Deadline: February 10, 2010

Boren Fellowships, for graduate students, provide up to $30,000 for language study and international research, and can include both overseas and domestic funding.

Deadline: January 28, 2010

Applications and detailed information on the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at If you have any questions or comments please contact us at or 1-800-618-NSEP.

Best regards,

Christopher Powers
Education Abroad Programs
NSEP Boren Scholarships & Fellowships
Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
tel: 202-326-7773
fax: 202-326-7672

RonThom sees China, but (maybe?) not our future

In keeping with some of our recent posts about higher education and its future comes a piece by President Thomas in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Like it or not, education has become a principal economic player in a highly competitive, knowledge-based economy. This is evident in emerging economic giants like India and China, which are making large investments in higher education and threatening the historic global dominance of American colleges and universities. A powerful lesson on the subject was offered on a recent trip I took to China to learn how that country is tackling the demands of an ever-expanding technological world.

It was also a lesson in just what we have to lose if we act without caution.

I visited a city of several million people, where in a single year a four-square-mile University City has risen out of the farmlands (and outside the city) in the shadow of a new superhighway. Ten huge new university campuses, one after another, each housing tens of thousands of students, reach out as far as the eye can see: one campus for engineering; another, just steps away, for tourism; others for business, aeronautics, technology, agriculture, education, and so on....

As I compare this futuristic vision of efficiency and state planning with the jumbled patchwork of American higher education—from community colleges and technical schools to Ivy League and liberal-arts colleges, and land-grant state universities and research institutions—I cannot help but wonder if University City represents the efficient and affordable future of higher education, and we represent its quaint past.

And if that's true, I wonder about the cost to the Chinese—about the quality and value of the education those students will receive...

Read the whole piece here.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Present a paper at an undergraduate conference?

Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia is sponsoring the T.R.U. Undergraduate Conference: Philosophy, History, Politics to be held January 14-16, 2010. Interested students must submit an abstract of the paper to be presented at the conference by November 20. Students whose papers are accepted will make 20 minute presentations of their work to assembled, interested students and others.

Submission and registration forms can be found here. For more information, you can contact Dr. Tina Block at

Our '89 Commencement speaker reconsiders

I don't know this individual other than his statement that he gave the commencement address in 1989. That said, here are his reflections since then. Not something I think any students would want to hear at graduation...

In 1989 I gave my first Commencement Speech at the University of Puget Sound. Even though I wasn’t asked to speak to graduates this year, I decided to not let that hold me back...

Dear Graduates—after wandering the halls of academe for 16, or more years, congratulations. The good news, no more homework. The bad news, say goodbye to summer, your ten-month year is about to come to an end....

...I did learn a few things along the way. Unfortunately none immediately leap to mind. (Lest I seem like a total slacker, Dear Reader, what information do you remember from your college years?)

Which is exactly my point. I think that all graduates deserve congratulations. But this is not about you. I’m concerned that far too many corporations hold the lack of a college education against employees who want to get into management.

Just last week I talked to a woman who had run an office for two U.S. Senators, been a successful entrepreneur and was currently thriving in an entirely new career. She accomplished all of this without a college degree. Yet, there are many jobs that she cannot apply for.

This isn’t coming from a place of envy. I not only have a B.S. degree (a perfect description of my undergraduate years). But I also have a Masters of Business Administration (and isn’t that what the business world needs today, more administrators?). And I’ve served as an Adjunct Professor to MBA students on four separate occasions (in case you are wondering, “Adjunct” is Latin for “poorly paid”).

So my criticism comes from a person who has “paid his dues.” I’ve got the degrees. And I think college is a totally B.S. test for how you’ll perform in today’s workplace. There is nothing wrong with a college education. To use a dessert analogy, the degree is the icing, the cake is the person’s other experiences, expertise and insight...

Read the whole thing here.

International Association for Political Science Students

Check it out; pretty interesting.
and their Facebook page:

Friday, September 11, 2009

Seniors: Fulbright: Deadline: NEXT FRIDAY

The US Student Fulbright program funds study, research, and teaching abroad for American citizens. The Fulbright program is sponsored by the US Department of State, and administered by the IIE (Institute of International Education).

"The US student Fulbright program is designed to give recent graduates with strong academic records opportunities for personal development and international experience. Grantees plan their own programs. Projects may include independent coursework, library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination.

International Student Social Science Conference... Turkey. The university provides funds for student travel to present papers.

Empirical Studies in Social Sciences
Izmir University of Economics kindly invites undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world to submit proposals for research presentations at the 6th International Student Conference in Izmir. This year’s conference, to be held at the Izmir University of Economics between 14-15 April 2010, is entitled “Empirical Studies in Social Sciences”. The main objective of this conference is to offer a platform for discussion and the exchange of ideas among students from different fields of social sciences worldwide.

All papers accepted will be published in the Proceedings of the Conference. As in previous years, the conference will have a “Best Paper Award” chosen by the scientific committee for a contribution outstanding in scientific quality.

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 12, 2009
Notification of Acceptance (for abstracts): November 23, 2009
Full Paper Submission Deadline: February 15, 2010
Notification for Final Acceptance: March 1, 2010
Conference: April 14-15, 2010

NYC 9/10 WTC

The world before: a gallery of images of NYC-WTC.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Another job with Congress


Freshman Democratic member seeks Legislative Assistant to serve in his congressional office. Position will develop and implement legislative initiatives, monitor legislative developments within committees and on the House floor; write floor speeches, and handle meetings with constituents and interest groups on behalf of the member. A background in healthcare is preferred. Primary issue responsibilities: Healthcare, Education, & Veterans

Candidate must be a self-starter and a creative thinker, have excellent writing skills, and experience with the legislative process. Most importantly the candidate must be able to work well in a team atmosphere and must have a sense of humor!!

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume with “LA Healthcare” in the subject line to:

Who graduates?

More from the NYT on graduation rates, and how widely/wildly they vary from school to school:
As a point of reference, Puget Sound's graduation rate.
I suspect that some of this has to do with the fact that our smaller endowment means fewer merit scholarships. In other words, fewer students come here on financial aid we have been awarded solely on the basis of their GPA or SAT scores--students who are much more likely to graduate, and graduate early. That doesn't mean that we can't do better in getting them through and out the door.

How come college is--and gets--more expensive?

A good question, and one that the New York Times put to one college professor. A good read, especially the 300 comments that follow.

Get rid of sabbaticals?
Get rid of upper administration?
Bigger classes and/or more faculty teaching?
3-year degrees?

What would bring costs down the most?

Koch Foundation Associate Program


Just last week the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation began accepting applications for our 2010-11 Koch Associate Program, a year-long job opportunity for those passionate about free-market ideas and who have a desire to become more effective at advancing liberty throughout their careers. Some of our best candidates learn about the program through their professors, so I hope that you will pass this information along to any interested young professionals.

Great candidates for the program, first and foremost, are those with an understanding of and commitment to limited government and individual liberty. Here is a brief description of what else a good candidate should possess:


· Solid academic record

· 0-10 years of work experience

· Minimum of a bachelor’s degree

· Strong interest in learning effective management in the non-profit setting


· Intellectual curiosity

· Willingness to learn and be challenged

· Desire to become a better and more equipped professional

· Humility, integrity, and motivation

· Demonstration of entrepreneurial thinking


Thomas Russell
Associate, Marketing and Recruiting
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation
Ph: 703.875.1655

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Washington Monthly's College Ratings

The Washington Monthly, a noted public affairs magazine, ranks colleges based on the colleges' contributions to the public good in three areas: contributions to social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing scholarship and having students move onto PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). You can see all of the rankings and the indicators that the Monthly used in producing its rankings here.

Puget Sound is ranked 72nd of 250 liberal arts colleges on the list.

Davies-Jackson Scholarship for Graduate Study at Cambridge

The Davies-Jackson Scholarship is open to students who are the first from their families to graduate from college. It offers the opportunity to study in the United Kingdom at St. John's College at Cambridge University. This is a two-year scholarship covering tuition, fees, and room-and-board during the term, living expenses while on summer break, and travel to and from England. The scholarship is open to students who want to pursue graduate study in the social and political sciences as well as other fields.

Applications are due by November 2. Obtain application materials at the Davies-Jackson website here.

Political Science Student Group Meets Thursday Night

The Political Science Association will meet in Wyatt 101 at 7:30. In the past, the PSA has sponsored faculty and student research presentations, current events discussions and debates, and social events for students and faculty alike. The group will discuss plans for the coming year, so it's a good time to get in and shape the agenda. The meeting is open to all students.

Job opening, DC

LC Job Description:

California Democrat seeks a Legislative Correspondent for the Washington, D.C. office. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, researching and drafting correspondence, supporting the legislative staff, administrative duties (answering phones and greeting constituents), driving, and some legislative issues. Qualified candidates will have excellent research and communication skills, as well as knowledge of correspondence management systems. Applicants will have a flexible schedule including long hours and must work well under pressure. Salary is commensurate with experience. Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to .

Upcoming Talk: Crude World

"Crude World: A Journey Into the Violent Twilight of Oil"

A lecture by Peter Maass

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Trimble Forum

Contact: Don Share, Politics and Government (

Peter Maass is a journalist for the New York Times Magazine. He will talk about his book by the same name. His book is a stunning and revealing examination of oil’s indelible impact on the countries that produce it and the people who possess it

“Peter Maass takes a fascinating, nightmarish journey to the far end of the pipeline. If you want to know the true cost of America's oil addiction—and if even you don't—you should read this book.” —Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe

“The meek shall inherit the earth, but not the mineral rights.” So said J. Paul Getty—a name synonymous with big oil and the big money that often follows—and it’s an apt summary of how things work when it comes to the slippery substance that runs the world. In CRUDE WORLD: The Violent Twilight of Oil (Knopf, 9/22), acclaimed journalist Peter Maass examines the “resource curse”—why the countries that possess oil are often the worst off—and how our oil addiction fuels poverty and unrest around the world.

Oil is everywhere. Virtually no aspect of our lives is untouched by it, from our daily commute to our daily bread, but we rarely see the actual product. CRUDE WORLD paints the picture of oil with people, not polemics. Maass reports from the trenches, employing a boots-on-the-ground approach that takes him from Texas, Russia, Iraq and Saudi Arabia to Nigeria, Venezuela, and Equatorial Guinea (where Maass was expelled as an accused spy). In each place, Maass traces the horrors wrought by corrupt and ineffective governments in conjunction with Big Oil. What emerges is a picture of oil with a price tag of both environmental devastation and humanitarian woe, filled with unspeakable wealth, lives lost and devastated landscapes.

Maass’ explosive investigation is already garnering praise. Robert Redford calls CRUDE WORLD “an illuminating narrative of the true impact of the global dependence on oil.” Robert Reich says, “with the clarity of a hard-boiled investigator and the grace of a fine writer, Peter Maass reveals how oil has cursed the countries that possess it, corrupted those who want it, and wrought havoc on a world addicted to it. Brilliant and compelling.”

Monday, September 07, 2009

Work in Singapore

Thanks to alum Megan Serenco for passing this along--

Singapore Work Holiday Program
The Work Holiday Programme (WHP) is a scheme that allows university students and recent graduates, between 17 and 30 years old, to come to Singapore for a limited period. Successful applicants can live and work in Singapore for up to six months.

The programme is positioned to attract well-qualified youths who are increasingly travelling abroad to gain exposure and experience foreign cultures. This programme allows participants to discover the spectrum of career opportunities available in Singapore and enhance Singapore's reputation as a talent destination, valued for its working and living experiences.

Canadian Consulate Internship: Feedback

I asked Josh Cole '09 to provide some feedback on his past internship with the Canadian Consulate in Seattle. Here's what he writes:

The Canadian Consulate is located in Seattle at 4th and Pike. The Seattle mission is to protect and advance Canadian interests in the Pacific Northwest (as well as Alaska). The mission is divided into three departments--the Political, Economic, and Press Relations Agency; the Trade and Commerce section and Immigration. While PERPA usually runs the internship program, I got to work with all three departments. The day-to-day work was what you would expect for a government internship: updating contact lists, making and taking phone calls and sending mail. Lots and lots and lots of mail. LOTS. Anyone with paper or ink allergies probably shouldn't take this job.

There were a lot of cool things about the internship though. PERPA runs a lot of meet and greet programs at the consulate, as well as around the region. Due to budget constraints, I wasn't able to go the Canada Days confrence in Boise, but it sounded like a lot of fun. Many of the people in the consulate were glad to explain what they were doing. Many of the security precautions at the consulate were amazing to hear about even though Seattle was considered a "relatively safe" territory. It wasn't all just mailings and key codes however. The Consulate tries to give out a large project or two to all the interns. My project was revising the booklet for the 2009-2010 Grants and Fellowships Booklet. Thanks to technical complications I literally wrote (well...transcibed) the pamphlet on Canadian grants and fellowships for Americans. One of the other interns had a slightly more interesting project; she got to set up a cultural site that keeps track of various Canadian artists that are touring through Seattle.

Couple of caveats for this positon; the communte gets to be annoying and there are sometimes when I was asked to work later hours, usually for events. There wasn't an excessive pressure to do this, but it came up a couple of times.

I'd highly recommend this internship for anyone who is interested in the inner workings of government, international relations, trade relations or immigration issues. The mission works way differently than local and state organizations and this internship is incredibly unique in what it offers interns.

--Josh Cole

Friday, September 04, 2009

World Affairs Council wants you

Seattle is a hike, but the opportunities for international internships are obviously much better. Just one example; if you are interested in something along these lines, come see me (Professor O'Neil)

Greetings from the World Affairs Council!

This is to remind you of our internship opportunities that some of your students or advisees may be interested in:
Here at the World Affairs Council in Seattle, we have quarterly unpaid internships for up to 16 internationally-minded students in the Puget Sound Community.

Our interns commit 12-15 hours per week during our office business hours, which are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday for 10-12 weeks (3 - 6 months). Our interns gain valuable hands on skills and perform basic office tasks plus special projects, which vary depending on the department. In the past, special projects have included accompanying high-level international delegates to their meetings in Seattle, writing grants, and co-creating international curriculum for local schools. Whether your interest is in applying what you have learned in your international affairs class, tweaking your office skills and resume, or finding out about the inner workings of a not-for-profit, there are lots of opportunities for you at the World Affairs Council! And what’s more, after you complete your internship, you will receive a complementary one year membership plus receive monthly newsletters with job, intern, and volunteer opportunities.

The World Affairs Council in Seattle has six departments which include Administration, Development, Membership, International Visitor Program, Community Programs, and Global Classroom. If you are interested in applying, please take some time to review the website at and take a closer look each department. You may submit your resume and cover letter to Ms. Alyse Cato at The deadline for the Fall Quarter internship is September 11, 2009. I have attached our flyer to this email with the information as well.

We regret that we are only to able to contact candidates selected for interviews.

Please look forward to 2009-2010 work-study opportunities posted soon at


Mina O’Brien

Administrative Assistant
World Affairs Council
2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 450
Seattle, WA 98121
(ph) 206.441.5910
(fax) 206.441.5908

Opportunity in Asia for recent grads

Luce Scholars Program
An Experience of a Lifetime

The Luce Scholars Program has invited Puget Sound to participate in their program of international and cultural exchange. Aimed at a highly qualified group of young Americans in a variety of professional fields, it is unique among Asian-American exchange programs in placing emphasis on leaders who have had little prior experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity during the course of their careers to come to know Asia or their Asian colleagues. The program consists of a paid internship in an East Asian or Southeast Asian country, not academic study. The basic stipend is sufficient to meet all of the scholars’ normal expenses in Asia, and all costs for travel required by the program also are covered.

Criteria for Selection:

A candidate must be a U.S. citizen who has earned at least a bachelor’s degree (or who will receive this degree before taking part in the Luce Scholars Program) and must not have reached their 30th birthday by September 1 of the year he or she would enter the program. Candidates should have a record of the highest academic achievement combined with evidence of outstanding leadership ability. The most important single criterion is a mature and clearly defined career interest in a specific field and evidence of potential for professional accomplishment within that field. Students focusing on international relations are eligible for consideration.

Candidates are ineligible if they have already had significant exposure to Asia or if they have a specific career interest in Asian affairs.

Application materials are available in the Fellowships office (Howarth 114).
Liaison: Sharon Chambers-Gordon, Fellowships Director
Campus Deadline: October 5, 2009 (noon)
National Deadline: November 2, 2009
For more information visit their website at

Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships 253-879-3329

Fellowship and Scholarships--come on big money

Events Calendar & Important Dates
Fall 2009

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Wyatt 107

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Wyatt 107
5 p.m.

(bring your essays)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Howarth 109 (CWLT)

Tuesday, October 14, 2009
5 p.m.
Murray Boardroom (WSC 108)
Information about fellowships and scholarships will be available.
Contact our office for more information

Tacoma City Council Candidate Internship

Tacoma City Council Candidate seeks interns to assist on campaign.

Duties include working directly with the candidate, field work and various office duties. Applicants should be motivated, professional, able to multi-task and have a good attitude. Although the internship is unpaid, working on this campaign will provide firsthand experience in local politics, networking with current and future elected officials, general campaign and field work. This exciting campaign would be a great opportunity for someone who is looking to start a career in politics or for someone wanting to learn about Tacoma politics in a very short period of time. You will have the opportunity to work with an experienced and successful political team. The internship would start ASAP and would run through the General Election (November 3rd).

If you would like to learn more about Marty Campbell you can visit his website or his Facebook page.

If you are interested or would like to learn more please contact Lindsay at 253-273-5208 or e-mail

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Professor Weinberger's book is out--

Professor Weinberger's new book, Restoring the Balance: War Powers in an Age of Terror, is now out, and with some heavy-hitters providing reviews:

"In reminding us that Madison wanted `ambition to counteract ambition' as the basis of our separation of powers, Seth Weinberger has done a signal service by navigating between the twin shoals of faction on the one hand and appeals to a spurious `unity' on the other."

--Christopher Hitchens, author of Thomas Jefferson: Author of America

"Seth Weinberger points the way to a sensible middle ground on the issue of war powers, arguing that while Presidents do have substantial authority to deploy force, Congress has not delegated powers of domestic surveillance and other potential abridgements of rights through its post-September 11 authorizations to use military force. In doing so, he adds clarity to a tortured debate."

--Francis Fukuyama, Professor of International Political Economy Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Congratulations, Professor Weinberger!

Washington Semester Program

We've had a few students do this program, and the feedback is good. This most recent report comes from Andara Frasier; read an earlier report from Caitlin McGrane here.

I spent my summer living, working and studying in Washington DC, through the Washington Semester Program put on by American University. The summer semester program is shorter than fall or spring but I was still taking a class and working 4 days a week. The program I was in was called Foreign Policy and International Affairs and I had a non-residential internship at Hudson Institute. The class was one day a week and we traveled all over the city to meet with guest speakers, from neo-conservatives to non-interventionist idealists. The other 4 days I spent researching certain topics that my internship advisor gave me.

The Hudson Institute also hosts seminars on a variety of topics. I attended those frequently. The highlight of the seminars was when the Foreign Minister of Mongolia came and spoke about Mongolia's foreign policy regarding Korea, China and Europe the night before he met with the Secretary of State.

I spent my weekends touring the city and I even got to spend a weekend on the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland.

The Washington Semester Program is a great opportunity and I recommend it to anyone who wants to live and work in DC.

-Andara Frasier

Kagan Riedel in Korea

An email update from a recent grad, sent to Professors Share and Ferrari:

Hello from Korea!

I wanted to let you both know that (thanks to you) I'm currently in Daegu, South Korea teaching English. I'm working for a private kindergarten-middle school and started teaching this last Tuesday on the 1st. It has been a whirlwind so far getting settled into a new country and a new job. I would recommend it to any of your students who are thinking about teaching abroad. Feel free to send me any questions or pass on my email to anyone who has some questions. Thank you both for the help you gave me applying for jobs and also for the great education I received at UPS that you were a part of. I hope all is well in the North West. Keep in touch!


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

US Canada Student Conference, Seattle

Discounted rate for students; this could be fun.
More info here.

North American Economic Competitiveness; Energy Security; the Arctic;
Environmental Sustainability; Cross-Border Trade & Transportation;
Smart & Secure Borders; Emergency Planning & Management; Global Health;
Demographics; Canada-US Security & Defence

Canada and the United States have a unique relationship. Since 2001 over 100 academics from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington have participated in the 'International Canadian Studies Institute' alternating between Alberta and British Columbia / Yukon. Join more than 50 of these Fellows on Friday 16 October at the University of Washington to hear and discuss the results of their research and work addressing many of the important issues in the Canada-US relationship - and how ICSI has impacted them, their students, universities and communities.

Friday, October 16, 2009

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Walker Ames Room (Room 225), Kane Hall
University of Washington, Seattle
7:00 pm
Women's University Club Ballroom
1105 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA


15-17 October 2009
Seattle, Washington


Fr Michael Treleaven / Director / PNW Canadian Studies Consortium
Representative TBC / University of Washington





Dr Dick Winchell, Washington State University



Dr Amy Lauren Lovecraft, University of Alaska Fairbanks




Dr Mary Ehrlander, University of Alaska Fairbanks



Dr James Loucky, Western Washington University


Fr Tom Murphy, Seattle University


Dr Teresa Carlo, Pierce College



Dr Ross Burkhart, Boise State University


Dr Deben Das, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Dr Greg Shelton, University of Washington

Chris Greenshields, Director, International Education (confirmed)

Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade



1. Building Connections: Reclaiming Lost Narratives of the ALCAN Highway

2. Illicit Exchanges: Canada, the US and Cross-Border Crime

3. Promise of Plenty: Immigration & the allure of North America

Dr Robert Wells, Pacific Lutheran University

Melissa Campbell and Kelsey Liddle, PLU MediaLab students


Dr Patricia Dewey, University of Oregon


Dr Sammy Basu, Willamette University

Dr Ann Fulton, Portland State University


Dr Michael Robinson-Dorn, University of Washington

Dr Becky James, University of Alaska Anchorage

Dr Robert Young, University of Oregon

Dr Dean Panttaja, University of Idaho

Dr Gavin Keulks, Western Oregon University

Dr Christina Keppie, Western Washington University

Dr Veronica Dujon, Portland State University



Dr Marc Arnal, Dean, Faculte St Jean, University of Alberta

Dr James Anglin, Vice President International, University of Victoria (invited)

Marv Schneider, Executive Director, US Relations, Alberta International


Kim Butler, Director General, North America General Relations (invited)

Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade




Public Premiere / Pacific Lutheran University

Dr Robert Wells, Professor of Communication / 2006 ICSI

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Critical Language Fellowships: Deadline in fall


Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers(CAORC), the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in eleven critical need foreign languages for summer 2009. The CLS Program was launched in 2006 to offer intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. In 2007, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian institutes were added along with increased student capacity in the inaugural language institutes.

The CLS Program provides fully-funded seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences held overseas at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels (beginning not offered for Azerbaijani, Chinese, Persian or Russian) for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. student.

Intern for Tacoma City Council race

Professor O’Neil,

I contacted you some time ago in early May of this year about internship and volunteer opportunities for your students with our campaign. With classes starting back up today I thought I would once again send a request for internship and volunteer opportunities for your students at the University of Puget Sound. Currently, Keven Rojecki, a candidate for Tacoma City Council is running a non-partisan race as the at-large candidate. After this week their will be but 8 full weeks left before the November 3 election. Students interested in interning or volunteering with our campaign can expect to be highly involved during the week and on weekends, though we would gladly work around class schedules. Activities include grassroots field campaigning, fundraising, public affairs, and media relations. Interns would be expected to be free in the late afternoon, evenings, or on weekends as this is when most of our events occur. Volunteers would be asked to attend events at similar hours. This is an excellent opportunity for students to become involved and familiar with local politics and campaigning. Students that are interested should either call our campaign at 253.292.3676 or e-mail me directly at

Thank you for your time and please feel free to contact me anytime.

Zach Shelton
Campaign Manager
Keven Rojecki for Tacoma City Council

Film, Faith and Justice Conference, October 15-17

The 2009, fourth annual Film, Faith, and Justice Conference will be held this October 15-17 at Seattle First Presbyterian Church. This event pairs the movies of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival with keynote lectures from leading theologians and discussion panels that explore the relationship between faith commitments and current issues of social justice. This year’s films, lectures, and panel discussions will be focusing on issues of poverty, reconciliation after genocide, human trafficking, business as mission, and understanding human rights theologically. We invite you, your colleagues and students to participate in this unique event, which is both informative and challenging.

Some of the films to be showcased are:

My Neighbor, My Killer is a film that documents the journey of the people of Rwanda to peacefully coexist after the brutal genocide that occurred between the Rwandan Hutu and minority Tutsi in their country. In 1994, the Rwandan government established Gacaca, open-air hearings with citizen judges, and released confessed genocide killers and sent them back to their villages to face the survivors of their brutality. The film bears witness to the fear and anger, the frustration and forgiveness, the sadness and hope that comes through these hearings, all in the hopes of reconciliation.

Crude is film that takes a look into one of the largest and most controversial legal cases, deemed the $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” case. It explores the real life drama and devastation to the lives of indigenous people in Ecuador and their fight for their health, their land, the environment, and their basic human rights against a huge corporate giant. It is a David and Goliath story that is explored in its complexity while bringing an important story and message regarding environmental peril and human suffering into focus.

Our list of keynote speakers include:

Dr. Emmanuel Katongole is a Catholic priest of the Kampala archdiocese in Uganda and co-director of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School—a center whose mission is to inspire, form, and support leaders, communities and congregations to think, feel, and live as ambassadors of reconciliation in a broken world. Dr. Katongole’s research interests cover a wide range of issues related to theology and violence especially in Africa. He examines the role of stories in the formation of political identity, the dynamics of social memory and the nature and role of Christian imagination.

His published works include: Beyond Universal Reason; The Relation Between Religion and Ethics in the Work of Stanley Hauerwas (Notre Dame Press, 2000), African Theology Today (Scranton Press, 2002), and more recently, A Future for Africa (University of Scranton Press, 2005). Dr. Katongole serves on the board of the International Academic Advisory Council of St. Augustine’s College of South Africa.

Kelly Johnson is Associate Professor at the University of Dayton, as well as an author and speaker. After earning a B.A. in theology and an M.A. in liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame (1986, 1987), Kelly Johnson spent several years working with the Catholic Worker in Connecticut and the Peace People in Belfast, as well as teaching in Poland and Tennessee. While writing for her Ph.D. (Duke University) and teaching at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, she helped to start a Catholic Worker house of hospitality. Although teaching at the University of Dayton now occupies the bulk of her time, Dr. Johnson continues to maintain ties to the Catholic Worker and to the Ekklesia Project, an ecumenical association of scholars, pastors, and lay people encouraging Christians to remember their vocation as a historical community whose primary allegiance is to the Body of Christ.

Rob Morris is the president of LOVE146, an organization committed to combating child sex slavery & exploitation with the unexpected and to restoring survivors with excellence. Love146 works toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through Prevention and Aftercare. To read more about this organization go to their website at

For more information about the event schedule, a complete list of speakers and films and to buy tickets, go to:

Also, please feel free to contact me at with any additional questions.

Sarah McCrum

NSA Summer Program for Juniors

Intelligence Analysis Summer Program

NSA's Intelligence Analysis Summer Program offers rising college seniors the opportunity to receive training in a multi-faceted cryptologic discipline that involves research, analysis, and the presentation of findings that enable us to provide the fullest possible Signals Intelligence picture to U.S. policymakers, military commanders, and other Intelligence Community members.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted August 1st - October 31st of each year.

About the Program

The Intelligence Analysis Summer Program is an intensive 12-week program intended for students entering their final year of an undergraduate degree program. The program consists of formal classroom instruction, workshops, and on- and off- site facilities tours, which are designed to build knowledge and skills about NSA, the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) process, and the U.S. Intelligence Community. This training is combined with an apprenticeship with senior NSA analysts for intensive, in-depth development work on exploiting communications for vital strategic intelligence targets and preparing intelligence reports.
Training is received in the latest analytic techniques and methodologies, conducting extensive independent research through numerous databases, organizing results into reports and spreadsheets, and preparing and delivering a final project report to the relevant SIGINT organization.

Specific skills gained include:
  • Understanding modern digital communications
  • Administering and analyzing networks
  • Developing background on targets
  • Operating both Windows NT and SUN Solaris (UNIX) computer systems
  • Extensive query language experience (e.g. Boolean logic) with various classified and unclassified databases
  • Understanding the structure and processes of NSA and the U.S. Intelligence Community
  • Conducting independent research and coordinating results with numerous Intelligence Analysts and Linguists across NSA's product line organizations
  • Preparing intelligence reports responding to national level customer requirements

Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate their education level.

  • Receive annual and sick leave, federal holidays
  • Participation in Agency-wide extracurricular programs
  • Those who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from Fort Meade, MD, are eligible for a round trip airline ticket to and from school or mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government issued airline ticket.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred
  • Must be majoring in one of the following areas:
    • Political Science
    • International Affairs
    • Intelligence/Security Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Regional Studies
  • Minor in Computer Science, Computer Networks, or telecommunications is helpful but not required
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
  • Applicant must be available for the entire length of the program (May 26 - August 14, 2009)
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online on or before October 31st during the fall of the applicant's junior year. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packets, will not be considered.

To submit a resume online during open season, click any "Apply Online" link. Under "Basic Job Search", type in keywords "Intelligence Analysis Summer Program" and click on "search." Select Intelligence Analysis Summer Program and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.
To be considered for the Intelligence Analysis Summer Program, you must submit a complete application packet that includes:
  • A resume
  • Official transcripts*
IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may only submit your resume. Please e-mail unofficial transcripts to
* Grades must be submitted for at least the first three semesters before a final decision can be made. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for application purposes to verify GPA. Official transcripts will be required prior to an official employment offer and should be mailed to:

National Security Agency
Office of Recruitment and Hiring
P.O. Box 1661
Attn: MB3 Summer, Suite 6779
Fort Meade, MD 20755-6779
For additional information, please e-mail or call (410) 854-4726.