Friday, April 30, 2010

Norm Dicks for Congress Campaign

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Norm Dicks for Congress Campaign
REPLY TO: Anna Boone, Campaign Manager,
SEEKING: Enthusiastic young people to join a congressional race

College credit may be available

Summer interns needed for congressional campaign

We are seeking ambitious, energetic interns to help re-elect Congressman Norm Dicks:
We value experience with campaigns, campus organizations, student government, academic or professional achievement, and outstanding verbal, written and communication skills.

Those seeking a fun few months of rewarding work with a seasoned congressional staff, in an atmosphere in which creative and critical thinking is promoted and listened to, are encouraged to apply (internship may count towards class credit).
Reliable transportation is preferred, as this internship may entail travel throughout the district.

Intern responsibilities

We put heavy emphasis on voter outreach and run a grassroots campaign. Our office in Downtown Tacoma will be the hub for the Democratic campaigns in the Pierce County area. Duties will include:

Furthering the goals of the Norm Dicks for Congress field team by implementing our voter contact plan. This includes door-to-door canvassing and phone banking.

Assisting with day-to-day campaign operations.

Event planning and coordination – contributing to attendance goals and arranging logistics.

Scheduling will be flexible, although interns are required to work at least 1-2 days a week.

Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program

This is interesting to consider if you've got grad school in your future--

Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP) for U.S. Grad Students

Deadline for applications for Fall 2010 Placements: May 7, 2010

The Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP) is a fellowship program sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and offers students and recent graduates of U.S. Masters programs (i.e. MA, MPA, MPP, MPH, MBA) in International Affairs, Public Health, Economics, Marketing, Engineering, Trade, Education or other Development related programs, the opportunity to gain 10 or 12 months of valuable business experience in an international setting, while receiving a grant to cover working and living expenses abroad, health insurance and round trip airfare.

IIE is seeking students and recent graduates interested in assignments available as of September 2010 worldwide. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, technical and business management assistance in the fields of Economic Development, Education, Environment, Energy, and Public Health.

For more information, please visit:

More Professor Share at Wintergrass

From the man himself:

A videographer compiled this Wintergrass video and posted it to the web—hopefully he won’t release the backstage “Spinal Tap” video. The sound isn’t too bad (he used an in-camera microphone).

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Democratic Field Organizers

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is searching for top level Field Organizers to help in our efforts to win our most competitive congressional campaigns.

I am writing to you today to let you know that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will be hosting Field Organizer Trainings in all regions of the country throughout the months of May and June. These training are for applicants who are interested in gaining the skills to organize communities for Democrats in Congressional Districts around the county.

All interested participants must complete the application at: by Friday, May 7th.

The training will cover:

• Organizing Best Practices

• Working with other departments on a campaign

• Volunteer Management

• Training on the VAN and other Field software

Field Organizers on a congressional campaign are the most important element of a successful field program. They are the prime point of contact between a campaign and prospective voters. Organizers are responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers, voter contact, and overall execution of the field program in a defined area. In addition, field organizers are responsible for recording results, cutting turf, and training volunteers on the field program. They are responsible for coaching and motivating volunteers, who are the engine of the field program. Field Organizers must have strong leadership skills plus the ability and desire to work with people. Most importantly, they have to have the desire to win and do whatever it takes!

Please remember to complete the application at: by May 7th, 2010 for consideration. The DCCC will let applications know if there is space available by Wednesday May 12th. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.

Thank you,


Jason H. Hodges
West Region Field Director

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Internships! Local political consulting firm seeks to connect interns with local campaigns

Nic Van Putten was graduated from UPS, and is doing political consulting locally. He is in a position to help place people in interns in a number of campaigns.

He writes: There are several campaigns that I'm working on this year which will have field campaigns needing interns. I'm directly involved in one judicial, one legislative (D), and two partisan (D) county races. Additionally, I know that both Julie Anderson (auditor) and Representative Steve Kirby (D-29th) need interns and I would love to put students in touch with them as well. Feel free to give me a call 253-459-4758 if you would like more information.

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy Summer School

Dear colleagues,

Let me inform you that EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy - a think-tank that undertakes program, project, publishing and training activities related to the European integration process organizes the 8th year of summer school program for university students in 2010.

In July 10 - 20, 2010 the summer school under a title "Central Europe in the EU - After the Lisbon Treaty" will take place in Prague. You can find further details on our homepage or you can see the promotion leaflet at

We would greatly appreciate if you could help us spread this information among your colleagues and friends.

Thank you in advance for your kind help.

Best regards,

Radomir Spok
Director of European Summer School 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Invisible Children Book Drive

Hello Politics Department:

My name is Sarah Webb and I am a politics major. I am also co-president of the Invisible Children club on campus. We are a human rights group aimed at raising awareness and funds to help combat the child soldier situation in northern Uganda. Our club works with the national branch of Invisible Children in order to promote the cause across the country. Currently, there is a national book drive being put on by Invisible Children in order to raise money for the children in northern Uganda. We are placing a collection box for used books in the politics department, and we would appreciate it if any of you (or students) would be willing to donate books to our cause. Once the drive is finished, we will be sending all of these books to the national organization, where they will be re-sold to gain money for the group. Thank you so much for your participation in this event. We really appreciate it!

Sarah Webb
Politics and Government Major
Co-President of Invisible Children Club

My Summit Canada Conference--Toronto, June, Paid!




MY SUMMIT 2010 is the official international youth summit to be held alongside the G8 Summit and the G20 Summit. The Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, recently invited his G8 and G20 country leaders to send youth delegations to MY SUMMIT 2010 to be hosted by the Canadian Government.

The G8 section of MY SUMMIT 2010 will be held in Muskoka, Ontario from June 23 – 25. Youth delegates will discuss, debate, and negotiate the same themes that will be considered by Leaders at the G8. The debates will culminate in the development of a Communiqué which will be presented to Leaders at the G8 Summit.

The G20 portion of MY SUMMIT 2010 will be held in Toronto, Ontario from June 25 – 27. Youth delegates from all G20 countries are invited to participate. Youth delegates will be on-site at the G20 Summit to observe elements of the Summit in process and will have the opportunity to engage in discussions on economic themes.

The Government of Canada will assume the costs of accommodation, food and in-country transportation for all youth delegates for the duration of MY SUMMIT 2010. U.S. student delegates will be responsible for their incidental expenses during MY SUMMIT 2010. Delegates should plan to arrive the morning of June 23 and to return home the afternoon of June 28. Round trip economy class transportation from the delegate's home/university city to Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, will be provided by the U.S. Embassy-Ottawa.

U.S. Student Delegate Selection Criteria:

· U.S. Citizenship;
· Currently attending a recognized university in one of the G8/G20 countries;
· Between the ages of 18 and 24 years old;
· Demonstrate an active interest in global issues; and
· Demonstrate strong presentation and communication skills.

Proposed U.S. Student Delegate must:
· Submit a resume that includes your academic experience, community service and public speaking experience.
· Submit a cover letter (500-word maximum) in which you:
o delineate how you meet the selection criteria listed above;
o explain why you should be selected as a delegate; and
o answer the question: "What is the relevance in the 21st Century for the G8 and the G20?"
· Submit a one-page reference letter from a professor or administrator at your university who will:
o verify your attendance at the university; and
o provide a recommendation of your suitability as a student delegate for the MY SUMMIT 2010.

Email your completed application packet by MAY 14, 2010 to:

For further information on MY SUMMIT 2010, please go to: and

Global Vision International Recruitment Contacts:

Ms. Amy Giroux, Director
Ms. Mona Matta, Project Manager

Wednesday, April 21, 2010



We have just added P&G 321 to our list of offerings for next fall. The course will be offered MWF at 9 a.m. by Professor Holley Hansen. We have not been able to offer the Europe course for some time, and it may not be offered again for several years. If you want the European political systems course, now is the time to take it!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Washington D.C. Study/Internship Program with the Fund for American Studies

August 28 – December 11, 2010
Georgetown University , Washington , DC
Fall 2010 Application Deadline: June 1, 2010

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, the Capital Semester program combines a substantive professional experience in public policy, international affairs or economics for 25 hours a week with a challenging academic experience at Georgetown University. This fast-paced, fifteen-week residential program provides students from around the world with the opportunities to gain an edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate school admissions, and experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.


* Aerospace Industries Association
* American Legislative Exchange Council
* Children's Rights Council
* Congressional Offices
* Eastman Kodak
* First Book
* Foreign Embassies
* Institute for World Politics
* New Leaders for New Schools
* Philanthropy Roundtable
* U.S. Department of Education
* U.S. Department of Justice
* U.S. Department of the Treasury


* Internships – Competitive placements with government agencies, congressional offices, public policy groups, international affairs organizations and nonprofit organizations
* Classes – 12 credit hours in political science and economics and from Georgetown University
* Housing – Roommate matching and f urnished Capitol Hill apartments in the heart of D.C.
* Guest Lectures – With Washington’s top policy and economics experts
* Exclusive Briefings – At the World Bank, State Department, U.S. Capitol and Federal Reserve
* Leadership & Professional Development – Leadership, mentoring and career building activities
* Networking – Interaction with seasoned professionals and student leaders from around the world
* Scholarships – Generous scholarships are awarded based on merit and financial need

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final application deadline of June 1. Students are encouraged to apply early in order to receive priority scholarship consideration and internship placement. Details about the program and an online application may be found at Questions may be directed to Mary Connell, Recruitment and Admissions Director, at or 202.986.0384.

Fund For American Studies
1706 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge

PolyU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge (GSC)

June 2011
Hong Kong

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2010

The PolyU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge (GSC) is a first-of-its-kind global business plan competition organized for able students worldwide. This global competition is staged for university and secondary students to present their creative ideas with business flair and to compete in front of successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. More importantly, this is a unique opportunity for turning sparkling ideas into real innovative products and services.

For the inaugural GSC 2010 competition, over 180 high quality submissions have been received from teams in 21 countries. A total of 60 shortlisted teams with 240 contestants from the Secondary and University divisions have been invited for the Semi-final and Final rounds, to be held on PolyU Campus in June 2010. Participants will be sponsored for their return flights to Hong Kong and on-campus accommodation will also be provided.

For more information, please visit or contact Caroline Tso at / +852 2766 4518.

June 21: Global Studies Conference

Pusan National University
Busan, South Korea
21-23 June 2010

The Global Studies Conference and the Global Studies Journal are devoted to mapping and interpreting new trends and patterns in globalization. The conference serves as an open forum for exploring globalization from many perspectives in a wide variety of locations. The Global Studies Conference was inaugurated at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2008 and the second Conference was held at Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2009.

Along with the general themes of the conference, each year it focuses on a different special topic. This year the special theme is Global Rebalancing: East Asia and 21 Century Globalization. This topic will be explored in great depth as participants immerse themselves into the setting of Busan, South Korea.

This year's conference will feature the following plenary speakers:

- Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
- Seung Kuk Kim, Pusan National University, Pusan, South Korea
- John M. Hobson, Sheffield University, South Yorkshire, UK
- Li Peilin, President of the Chinese Sociological Association, Beijing, P.R. China
- Min Gong, Deputy Director for Macroeconomic Research, Xiamen University, Fujian Provence, P.R. China
- Shantong Li, Development Research Center of the State Council, Beijing, P.R. China
- Hyun-Chin Lim, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
- Shuziro Yazawa, President of Japanese Sociological Society, Seijo University, Tokyo, Japan
- Arun Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
- Ross Buckley, University New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

As well as this impressive line-up of international plenary speakers, the conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the conference call-for-papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the Global Studies Journal. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this refereed academic journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this conference, we also encourage you to present on the conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the call-for-papers (a title and short abstract) is 13 May 2010. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the conference website - .

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Busan in June 2010.

Yours Sincerely,

Jan Nederveen Pieterse
University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
For the Advisory Board, Global Studies Conference and Global Studies Journal

Friday, April 16, 2010

4/21 Last Brownbag! Iraq: From Invasion to Surge

Wednesday April 21, from 12-1 in Wyatt 226--

Washington State Rideshare Conference

From PG major Katrina Bloemsma:

Below is information on the Washington State Rideshare Organization conference in Bellingham April 26-27. As part of my internship with the City of Tacoma I plan to attend the conference on Monday. The focus is on 'educating the educated' and the importance of alternative transportation in 24 hour communities like hospitals and universities. There will be presentations by professionals and students as well as a panel session. The normal registration fee for a day is $120 but students can register for just $10, which is a killer deal. I was hoping to find other students and educators interested in more sustainable transportation options or developing tools for effective planning who want to attend the conference, and all drive up together early Monday morning. I know it is late notice, but pleases let me know if you have students or faculty interested in attending, and I will reserve a van from ASUPS. If you want to chat in person about logistics i can stop by your office(s) this afternoon. Thanks,
Katrina Bloemsma

The Washington State Ridesharing Organization (WSRO) will be hosting the
first ever Student Forum at the upcoming Spring conference. The forum will
start with presentations from students from colleges and universities around
Washington State on the topic of Transportation and Sustainability. These
presentations will be followed by a panel discussion on "Sustainability
Literacy-Finding Ways of Incorporating Multimodal Literacy into the Higher
Education Experience". WSRO members are encouraged to attend as well as
submit questions they may have for the panel on the designated topic.

Today's classrooms are filled with tomorrow's workforce, which is why it is
critical to embrace the challenge of incorporating sustainable
transportation habits into the college experience. This will serve as
a fantastic opportunity to hear from tomorrow's leaders in TDM, today as
well as learn about how you can help change the societal mind-set from car
centric to multimodel literate.

Students can attend the forum for free by registering with Mark Melnyk using
the contact info below. If they wish to stay for the entire day, there is a
small fee of $10. In addition, a special student rate has been established
if they wish to attend the entire conference.

Contact Mark Melnyk at 425-348-2304 or by email at
for more information. Students registering for the entire conference
should contact Mark by April 16th.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

(Another) Congrats to Kammi Sheeler--US Embassy Internship, Macedonia!

Congrats to Kammi Sheeler, who was accepted for a fall internship with the US Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia. Kammi will be working inside the embassy on security and other issues. An amazing opportunity that will follow on her Summer Research Award project in Bosnia. Way to go, Kammi!

4/19: Non proliferation (and grad school) brown bag

From Professor Weinberger:

Next Monday, I’ll be hosting a brown bag talk by Dr. Nikolai Sokov and Elena Sokova of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Mrs. Sokova is Assistant Director of the Assistant Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies; Dr. Sokov is Senior Research Associate at the Center for Nonproliferation. Dr. Sokov will speak for about 20 min. on the recently signed START treaty and the future of the global nonproliferation regime. After Q&A, Mrs. Sokova will talk about the graduate studies opportunities at the Monterey Institute.

The brown bag will be in WY 226 from 12 – 1. It should be very interesting!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Are Unpaid Internships Illegal?


In 2008, the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 83 percent of graduating students had held internships, up from 9 percent in 1992. This means hundreds of thousands of students hold internships each year; some experts estimate that one-fourth to one-half are unpaid.

In California, officials have issued guidance letters advising employers whether they are breaking the law, while Oregon regulators have unearthed numerous abuses...

...Of course, many internships — paid or unpaid — serve as valuable steppingstones that help young people land future jobs. “Internships have become the gateway into the white-collar work force,” said Ross Perlin, a Stanford graduate and onetime unpaid intern who is writing a book on the subject. “Employers increasingly want experience for entry-level jobs, and many students see the only way to get that is through unpaid internships.”

Friday, April 09, 2010

4/13 Philosophy and Political Theory Film Series: The Prestige

The last film showing of the semester! So go already!

Community Service Scholarship still available!

This scholarship, for $3500, is still open! You should apply--

Hurley Community Service Endowed Scholarship
The Puget Sound Hurley Community Service Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 to provide returning students with financial support to implement innovative service-oriented programs. The purpose of the award is to encourage students to engage in planned and focused community service that will impact their lives today and after they leave Puget Sound.

Congrats to Katie Rader, 2010 Commencement Speaker

From President Thomas--

The Academic Convocation and Commencement Speaker Selection Committee selected Katie Rader ‘10 as Commencement Speaker.

Katherine “Katie” Rader hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a Politics and Government major, specializing in U.S. politics, with a minor in Philosophy. While at Puget Sound Katie has participated in the symphony and string orchestras, guided campus tours, become a member of the Political Science Association, and served as the ASUPS director of public relations and as a member of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. Katie has been active in the community through internships with a PBS station and a congressional campaign. She will deliver the student Commencement address.

Way to go! We are proud.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Full time job in Tacoma--deadline 4/9--

From PG alum Liz Kaster, who currently works for the City of Tacoma--

I learned this morning that Pierce Transit is hiring an entry level employee to work with area businesses on their transportation programs. Whoever is hired will work very closely with me and Pierce County staff on Commute Trip Reduction programs throughout the area. The full position description is available at: The application is due April 9, 2010 at 4:00 p.m, but it doesn’t look too arduous.

The position description is fairly wonky, so if interested students have any questions, they can definitely contact me.

Hope you are having a great semester!

Liz Kaster
Commute Trip Reduction Coordinator
City of Tacoma
747 Market St, Room 1036
phone: 253-573-2317 fax: 253-591-2002

Congrats to our Summer Research Awards Winners!

Congrats to Annette d'Autremont, James Merrill, Kammi Sheeler, both of who won Summer Research Awards. Annette will be researching the politics of Oregon's urban growth boundary; Kammi will be studying ethnic relations in Bosnia after their civil war, and James will be investigating the relationship between the internet and political activity in non-democratic countries such as Iran and China. Way to go!

CES talk: Becoming a Foreign Service Officer

From CES:
– we’re doing a series on our blog spotlighting different career paths, and this week’s post is on becoming a Foreign Service Officer. Also, in our “Connecting with Alumni” section on our website we interviewed Sam Armocido, a 2008 IPE alum, about his role as a Staff Assistant to the U.S. Senate Committee. He was recently featured in Life Magazine as he unpacked the 2011 budget.


Sue Dahlin
Career Advisor
Career and Employment Services

Paid campaign internship, local state legislative contest

Paid Campaign Internship Opportunities

The Friends of Troy Kelley campaign is seeking dedicated students who want experience on an energetic and highly competitive political campaign. Representative Troy Kelley (D), a two-term state representative and small business owner, is running for re-election to the state House of Representatives in one of the most hotly contested districts in Washington State.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Interns will be trained in and responsible for:

* Field Operations – recruiting, training and organizing volunteers
* Get-out-the-vote efforts, including managing phone banks
* Voter registration and voter contact efforts
* Event planning

QUALIFICATIONS: Successful applicants will be self-motivated, hard working, able to work in a face-paced, performance driven environment and possess strong communication skills.

HOURS & PAY: 10-15 hours a week at the University Place office and surrounding area (i.e. Tacoma, Lakewood, Fircrest). The campaign operates 7 days a week, so scheduling is flexible. We will work with University of Puget Sound to ensure applicants receive either one unit of departmental credit or a stipend.

TO APPLY: Please contact Jordan Rash at or call 1-800-831-8397. For more information about Rep. Troy Kelley, please visit the campaign website –

Monday, April 05, 2010

Internships: Campaign for Idaho Governor

The KEITH ALLRED FOR GOVERNOR CAMPAIGN is seeking interns. These are unpaid internships, mainly in Boise, though some will be assigned to work elsewhere in the state. The campaign will try to find free housing for interns, upon request.
Interested students should send a resume, a current transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a letter of interest setting forth their reasons for applying for the internship to:

Betty H. Richardson
Campaign Manager for Allred for Idaho
PO Box 768
Boise, ID 83701

Applications must be submitted by Saturday, May 1.

The internship supervisors will work to ensure that administrative requirements for credit will be met.

Friday, April 02, 2010

4/7: Exploring Microfinance

This just in--

Here’s a great opportunity for you to learn about Micro-finance and related issues from local professionals. It might also be a great opportunity to learn about job opportunities and to engage in some useful networking.

"Exploring Micro-Finance Panel"
Wednesday, April 7th at 6:30 in McIntyre 103

This event is for anyone interested in Micro-Finance, sustainable development, Non-profits, banking, insurance, and the list goes on. Students who have questions about micro-finance or just an interest in learning what it is all about are encouraged to come.

The event will seek to explore a variety of perspectives on problems in the industry and what the future looks like. There will be many aspects of the micro-finance industry represented including the insurance and loan sector. In addition there will be both for-profit and non-profit organizations views represented.

The speakers will include:

Brad Stave who is Manager of Marketing & Communications for VisionFund International – the micro-finance subsidiary of World Vision,
Toby Hardman who serves on Guy Carpenter & Company's Miro Risk Solutions,
Nick White who Works for Pacific Continental Bank, and
Victoria Fann who is the Business Specialist at WA CASH.

The event will be mainly Q&A and very informal, with lots of opportunities to have a discussion with the panelists. Exploring Micro-Finance Panel will be held on Wednesday, April 7th at 6:30 in McIntyre 103.

Get some campaign experience--

From PG major Lacy Peterson, who has been interning with Metro Parks in government relations--

Hello Professor O'Neil,

As part of my internship with Metro Parks Tacoma I have been working on the Parks Yes Campaign, a parks and recreation maintenance levy. We are currently looking for volunteers to help out with a variety of tasks. This is a great and easy opportunity for students to gain campaign experience. If you know of anyone who may be interested they can contact me, at, or the campaign directly at or (253)229-9373.
The campaign website is

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Jobs with Grassroots Campaigns

TO: University of Puget Sound Political Science Department

Subject: Progressive Campaign Job Opportunities – Nationwide!

History was made 1 year ago, and now is the time for the change to
really happen! Grassroots Campaigns, inc. has joined forces with the
American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Equality
California, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Sierra Club, Save the
Children, the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
and other progressive and humanitarian organizations to drive forwards
a progressive agenda and get ready for the 2010 midterm elections.

Grassroots Campaigns is looking for top student leaders to join our
teams as Assistant Canvass Directors! There is no better time or
place to get involved and help to shape the new generation that will
take this country in a more progressive direction.

Students who are interested should apply directly to:

Mickey Gruscinski


Phone: 206.329.4416 (Cell: 440.241.4555)

Assistant Canvass Director Job Responsibilities:

Ø Recruitment: Build a team of 15-40 canvassers by recruiting
from within the local community. Interview prospective staff and make
hiring decisions.

Ø 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

Ø Canvassing: Canvass in the field for four days per week, to
train new and experienced staff in the field and meet personal
fundraising requirements.

Ø 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 an orientation
towards handling a lot of responsibility. Strong self-direction and
the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications.
Previous field or canvassing experience is a plus, and may qualify
candidates for additional leadership positions.


Newly hired directors will typically spend three weeks doing field
training, working intensely alongside experienced directors and will
also attend a week-long national classroom training. 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.


Positions are through the Election of 2010, and we’re building towards
the mid-term elections. Campaign hours can run 80-100 hours per week,
including work on weekends.


Annual salary for Assistant Canvass Directors begins at $24,000. 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 beginning post-graduation, in cities
nationwide. Ask Mickey Gruscinski for details.

To Apply:

Please send a Cover Letter and Resume to Mickey Gruscinski at

Please visit our website,, for more
information about current and past campaigns.

Grassroots Campaigns past and current clients include: Democratic
National Committee, Political Action, American Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. League of Conservation Voters,
Amnesty International, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee,
American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, Working America, Center
for American Progress, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and Save the
Children (Save the Children is an independent organization and is not
religiously or politically aligned. Save the Children has no direct
affiliation with the organizations Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. partners