Thursday, February 24, 2011

Internship: Institute for Women's Policy Research

Apply by March 1 for IWPR's
2011 Summer Internships and Fellowship
The Institute for Women's Policy Research is currently accepting applications for the 2011 Summer Internship program and the 2011-12 Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women and Public Policy.
Summer 2011 Internships
IWPR conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR is committed to assisting the professional development of students and graduates interested in economic justice for women. IWPR's internship program is designed to provide participants with challenging work experiences under the guidance and supervision of researchers with extensive knowledge of women's policy issues and social science research.
The Institute will offer internships in three areas for the Summer of 2011: research (8 positions available), communications and outreach (1 position available), and development (1 position available).
Please visit our website for full position descriptions and eligibility requirements.
All IWPR interns must have good computer skills, excellent writing and communication skills, and an interest in women's issues. Prior office experience is desirable, as interns are responsible for a certain amount of general office work, such as photocopying, answering phones, filing, and maintaining the library.
IWPR is committed to diversity and encourages people of all ethnic, cultural, economic, and sexual orientations to apply.
Summer internships run for a period of 10 weeks, beginning in May or June and ending in July or August. Starting and ending dates are flexible. Interns receive a stipend of $150 per week.
Persons interested in applying should submit a cover letter specifying the internship for which they are applying, a resume, one confidential (sealed) letter of recommendation, and a writing sample of 3-5 pages to:
Internship Coordinator
Institute for Women's Policy Research
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 301
Washington , DC 20036
Applicants may email the above materials to However, letters of recommendation must be sent by mail or e-mail to the Internship Coordinator directly by the recommender.
Applications for Summer 2011 Internships are due by March 1, 2011. Please note that only complete applications will be considered. Applicants will be contacted only if selected for an interview. Questions may be addressed to the Internship Coordinator via e-mail at No phone calls, please.
The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women & Public Policy
The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow works as a general research assistant on a variety of research projects and reports. Research tasks may include reviewing literature; collecting, checking and analyzing data; gathering information; and preparing reports and report graphics. Attending relevant Congressional briefings, policy seminars and meetings is also an integral part of the fellowship program. Applicants should have at least a bachelor's degree in a social science discipline, statistics, or women's studies. Graduate work is not required. Applicants should have strong quantitative and library research skills and knowledge of women's issues; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Knowledge of STATA, SPSS, SAS, and graphics software a plus. Qualitative research skills also a plus.
Research areas for 2011-2012 include:
  • The quality of women's jobs, including wages, access to health insurance, paid sick leave, and workplace flexibility.
  • Increasing access to higher education and non-traditional jobs for low-income women.
  • Expanding access to income supports for women such as Unemployment Insurance and Family Leave.
  • Strategies for improving child care access, affordability, and quality.
  • Older women's economic issues, including social security and pensions.
  • The economic status of women and girls, women of color, and immigrant women across the United States.
All Fellows are also responsible for a certain amount of general office work, including such tasks as responding to information requests, photocopying, assisting in maintaining the library, and answering telephones.
Compensation for the fellowship is $23,088 over the 9-month period, plus health insurance and a public transportation stipend. The positions are full-time and generally span the academic year (September-May), but starting and ending dates are somewhat flexible. IWPR is committed to diversity and encourages people of all ethnic, cultural, economic, and sexual orientations to apply.
Persons interested in applying should submit a cover letter, a resume, a list of relevant classes taken (this list can be included with the resume), a 3-7 page writing sample, and two confidential (sealed) letters of recommendation to the address below.
Fellowship Coordinator
Institute for Women's Policy Research
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 301
Washington , DC 20036
Applicants may email the above materials to However, letters of recommendation must be sent by mail or e-mail to the Fellowship Coordinator directly by the recommender.
Applications for the 2011-2012 Fellowships are due by March 1, 2011. Please note that only complete applications will be considered. Applicants will be contacted only if selected for an interview. Questions may be addressed to the Fellowship Coordinator via e-mail at No phone calls, please.


The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long - and you have burned so very, very brightly.
Rauch Auditorium, Tuesday, March 1, 7 pm

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

U of Idaho Summer Session in Spain

San Sebastián, Spain
Summer Session I 2011
Study with visiting professor
Dr. Donald Crowley, University of Idaho

Rights and Politics (PSC, 300-level, 3 credits, taught in English)
This course will examine the interaction of law and politics in the development of human rights. We will analyze the issue of rights from a cross-cultural perspective with a particular inl uence on U.S and Europe while paying attention to questions of how political actors respond to rights claims and to what extent rights decisions get implemented by government.

San Sebastián Program Highlights:
• Enjoy activities such as surfing and hiking,cultural events, and conversation partner program with local students
• Live in a stunning location on Spain’s beautiful northern coast, twenty minutes from the border of France—with easy connections to Madrid, Bilbao, and major European cities
• Beneift from San Sebastián’s exceptional cuisine and beautiful beaches, for which it is well known in Europe
• Join excursions in Spain and the French Basque Country to prehistoric caves,
mountains, and fishing villages
• Combine with History, Art or Anthropology courses during Session I, or Political
Corruption and Ethics (PSC, 300-level, 3 credits, in English) during Session II
Host University: University of the Basque Country

Maximum program enrollment: 65 students
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Language of instruction: English/Spanish
Application deadline: April 1
For more information:

BROWN BAG THURSDAY! An Alum Insider's Look at Development in Afghanistan

An Insider's Look at Development Programs in Afghanistan

Michael Haines
USAID (Afghanistan)

Haines, a Politics & Government Alumnus (¹90), will give a talk on his
experiences working in the areas of international development, including his
recent work in Afghanistan with the US Agency for International Development

Thursday, February 24, 2011
12:00-1:00 pm
Wyatt 311

Full bio:
Michael Haines (UPS ¹90, P&G), a native of Gig Harbor Washington, recently
joined USAID as a Foreign Service Officer following eighteen years of
private, public, and non-profit experience. Prior to USAID, Michael served
as Deputy Country Representative with The Asia Foundation in Kabul
overseeing initiatives addressing education, gender issues, Islamic affairs,
and good governance. Michael also directed The Asia Foundation¹s diagnostic
research activities including the 2009 Survey of the Afghan People. A past
Peace Corps Volunteer, Michael¹s previous international development
assignments include Ukraine, Iraq, and Azerbaijan with The Peace Corps,
International Republican Institute and Eurasia Foundation, respectively.

In addition to his undergraduate degree from The University of Puget Sound,
Michael earned a Master¹s Degree in International Relations and European
Studies from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and
professional certificates from the London School of Economics, Peking
University in Beijing, China and Lebanese American University in Beirut,

Internship, OR and DC--

From Professor Share:

I just spoke with Scott Maguire ( , the State Office Manager for Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. He wanted students to know that there are internships in Merkley’s office available in Oregon, and in Washington D.C. More information can be found at:

This could be a great opportunity for our students.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Brown Bag: State Department Interships--and so much more...

Interning in DC and Abroad
Kammi Sheeler will give a brown bag talk on her recent internships in DC and with the US Embassy in Macedonia. A must-attend event! Friday from 12-1 in Wyatt 226

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Indonesia Internship Program!

Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program

Summer application deadline: March 1, 2011

The Freeman Indonesia Nonprofit Internship Program (FINIP), funded by the Freeman Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), aims to develop student leaders and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Indonesia. IIE will select and pair 10 Indonesian students pursuing U.S. degrees with 10 U.S. undergraduates and arrange internships for them to work together in an Indonesian nonprofit organization.

The 9-week experience, from June 15 to August 13, 2011, arranged by IIE's partner organization, the Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF), will take place in three cities: Bandung, Malang, and Yogyakarta. All program-related costs will be covered.

Upon returning to the U.S., students will be expected to share their experiences with peers on their home campuses and to explore ways to incorporate what they learned over the summer into their academic and professional careers.

Interested American and Indonesian sophomores and juniors enrolled in U.S. institutions are encouraged to apply, using the online application at

PolitiCorps: Summer 10-week Fellowship

From alum Kerry Burgott:

Hi Professor O'Neil-

The Bus Project puts on a yearly summer program for young people interested in political leadership development. I think it is something that UPS P&G students would be interested in and qualified for. Better yet, many PolitiCorps fellows graduate the program with job offers! It would be great if you could put up this blurb on the P&G blog. If students have any questions they can contact me or Dani at the Bus. Thanks!

Kerry Burgott
work: 503-233-3018
cell: 541-913-7024

Announcing PolitiCorps Summer 2011

PolitiCorps Summer is a 10-week fellowship consisting of hands-on campaign skills training, innovative public policy intensives, and real-world applications of leadership skills and campaign savvy. Fellows are college seniors or recent graduates (20-24 years old) who have demonstrated a commitment to progressive values, a deep interest in forward-thinking public policy and the political process, and are ready to launch their careers in public service. PolitiCorps strives to create the next generation of progressive leaders. The 2011 program will run from June 13th to August 20th in sunny Portland, Oregon.

Start your application or nominate a Fellow online now at
For more information: or call 503-233-3018
Upcoming Rolling Admissions Deadline: March 20, 2011

Dani Bernstein
PolitiCorps Associate Director
Oregon Bus Project
Work: 503.233.3018 | Cell: 503.489.8564 |

Jobs: Grassroots Campaigns

Political Science Department,

I have some exciting career opportunities for your graduating students. Last year, I spent a lot of your time discussing the positions over the phone with you and/or your colleagues. I understand that most professors and students prefer email. This year, I will be sending the updated information so that you can discuss it with students who might be looking for work post-graduation. If you do have any questions, of course you can call me. Thank you so much in advance for taking a few minutes to think of students. We are really excited to have the opportunity to hire so many great recent graduates to work with us as we are working with some amazing organizations right now and are already starting to gear up for the 2012 elections.

If you think of any students who may be interested, or any classes you teach that might have interested students, you can send them the below information. I will be on campus Thursday, February 10th, for the career fair. Students can apply by contacting me directly (at or by going online to our website ( – either way is great!

Also, if there are any particular students that you can think of who might be interested in these positions, I would love to send them a personal e-mail with more detailed information. Please let me know if this is the case.

Thank you.


Mickey Gruscinski
Assistant Canvass Director

cell: 440.241.4555

office: 206.329.4416

TO: Political Science Listserv

Subject: Progressive Campaign Job Opportunities – Nationwide!

History was made 2 years 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, and other progressive and humanitarian organizations to drive forwards a progressive agenda and get ready for the 2012 elections.

Grassroots Campaigns is coming to Puget Sound to interview 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 continue to take this country in a more progressive direction.

Students who are interested should apply directly to:

Mickey Gruscinski
440.241.4555 (cell)
206.329.4416 (office)

Mickey will be attending the Career Fair on Thursday, February 10th. This is an excellent way for you to learn more about the opportunities before your interview and hear about the positions available first-hand. Mickey encourages all to attend, and bring a friend!

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 atmosphere.

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 November 2012, as we’re building towards the 2012 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 for details.

To Apply:

Contact Mickey at 440.241.4555 or

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

Grassroots Campaigns past and current clients include: Democratic National Committee, Political Action, League of Conservation Voters, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, American Civil Liberties Union, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Common Cause, Working America, Amnesty International, 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 with.).

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Thursday: Career Fair

Please encourage your students to attend the Career Fair this Thursday, February 10 from 4-7:00 p.m. in WSC Marshall Hall. Even first-year students can benefit from walking through and checking it out.

Many employers offer a wide range of jobs and internships (well beyond what initially comes to mind when you hear the name of the organization). Students who keep their options open and investigate all available opportunities might be pleasantly surprised by what they learn about how these organizations hire talent. Career Fair employers say it best:

“We are seeking service-minded young adults passionate about serving vulnerable and marginalized populations.” NW Leadership Foundation
“Our ideal candidate is driven, enthusiastic and able to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced atmosphere” Enterprise Rent-A-Car

“We employ innovative leaders who have the experience, energy, passion and professionalism that our clients expect.” CRG Events

Capacities that students develop at Puget Sound—for critical thinking and problem solving, communication, teamwork and leadership—are the same as those sought by employers. Below is a sampling of organizations who want to hire talented Puget Sound students, regardless of major.

For a complete list of organizations planning to attend, visit the List of Career Fair Employers.

Wondering what to expect? Read the CESblog: Calling all Loggers! Come to the Career Fair!

Avue Technologies Corporation

In business since 1983, Avue provides technology solutions to the Federal government so they can manage and carry out human resources management activities. “We hire people that we believe will help make Avue successful. In turn, we share that success with our employees. And along the way, we're willing to invest in them, to support their growth and individuality, and to push them toward greater excellence. We provide our employees with the tools they need to succeed in their positions. As leaders in the technology marketplace, we endeavor to use the best technology and equipment available. We thrive on innovation, and reward it when we see it.”

Hiring for Human Resources positions
Not interested in HR? Stop by the Avue table anyway to learn about their organization or inquire about hiring practices for other opportunities.

CRG Events

Offering a unique blend of industry experience, innovation and an extraordinary team of professionals, CRG provides event planning and event registration management. “CRG Events recognizes that the key to our success is customer service and that our greatest asset in achieving this success is our employees. The CRG Staff seeks to provide an environment where employees can excel professionally and work to meet their personal and professional goals. We have created a dynamic, fun and exciting environment that is community-minded and fiscally responsible. We employ innovative leaders who have the experience, energy, passion and professionalism that our clients expect.”

Hiring for a variety of full-time event positions

Ask Career Fair representatives about CRG’s blog, green policy, and community involvement.

City Year Seattle

Gain the skills and opportunity to change the world with City Year, a national nonprofit service organization, that unites 17-24 year olds from all backgrounds for a year of full-time community service. “During their year of service, City Year corps members provide direct service to elementary, middle, and high school students. They serve as tutors and mentors to youth, helping them stay in school. They also implement afterschool programs, teach literacy and math, and provide environmental service to communities.”

Hiring for full-time positions nation-wide

Never heard of City Year? Their enthusiastic reps will be available to talk with you about what they do and what they seek in candidates—great for those of you interested in serving now or down the line.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

“Named #5 on BusinessWeek's "Top 50 Places To Launch A Career" for the 4th year in a row, Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers a Management Trainee position that develops individuals who will successfully run our business. This entrepreneurial opportunity is for those who desire a leadership role—who enjoy making decisions, solving problems and meeting goals. Our management program will enhance sales skills and provide an introduction to marketing, personnel management, financial analysis and all the other business skills necessary to successfully run a branch. We are a promote-from-within company, so when we look to fill the Management Trainee position we are looking for our next manager.”

Hiring for local full-time Management Trainee positions and summer internships

Think you know what working for a car rental company involves? You might be surprised. Ask the representatives about their typical day and what they like about working for Enterprise.


Involved in emergency medical care for more than 55 years, Physio-Control leads the industry in developing products that monitor or treat patients in emergency medical situations. “For more than 50 years Physio-Control, Inc., maker of renowned LIFEPAK® defibrillators, has been developing technologies and designing devices that are legendary among first response professionals, clinical care providers and citizens everywhere. Our defibrillators set the standard upon which an entire industry was built.

Hiring for a wide variety of internship positions

Interested in learning more about how you can contribute to an organization where the vision is to create “A world in which no person dies suddenly as a result of a cardiorespiratory event?” Stop by the Physio-Control table to learn more.


Target is an upscale discounter focusing on trend-right merchandise and everyday basics at affordable prices. “Great design, products, in-store experiences, and community partnerships put us above the rest. From or in one of over 1,600 stores, guests can expect a fun and friendly shopping experience. Our team members bring more than their great energy to work every day. They bring their unique perspectives, experiences and differences to work, too. They give us the strength to dare ourselves to be the best and the power to achieve it.”

Hiring for local and national full-time employment and internships.

Are you aware that Target donates more than $2 million each week and thousands of volunteer hours annually to nonprofit organizations? Stop by and learn more about employment opportunities and ways Target gives back to the local communities.

YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties

“As a leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y offers more than just a job we offer you a career with a future and the chance to make a lasting difference in your community. We provide a supportive work environment where employees are encouraged to grow and contribute.”

Hiring for full-time and part-time positions along with summer internships.

Did you know that over half of their current full-time staff started as part-time employees? Visit with the YMCA representatives to learn about how to build a career with an organization where employees are encouraged to grow and contribute.

For more interesting factoids about Career Fair organizations, check out the CESblog: Guess Who’s Coming to the Career Fair

Kris Hay
Communications Coordinator
Career and Employment Services
University of Puget Sound

Friday, February 04, 2011

The Onion and Political Scientists!

"If efforts to destroy the asteroid are successfully overturned, then there will be major ramifications for both Obama and his Republican opposition, as well as the American populace at large. This could have a huge impact come 2012."

So said political scientist Alan Abramowitz in this important story from The Onion. As the Monkey Cage observed, this provides "evidence that political science could not be more relevant to fake news."

Local Man Makes Good!

Logan Dancey, a 2004 graduate with a major in Politics and Government, recently earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Logan's dissertation was entitled, "Restoring Congressional Integrity: How Members of Congress Respond to Congressional Disapproval." He has some articles in major journals to his credit, and is now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, pushing ahead with his research and teaching an undergraduate course on polarization in American politics. Congratulations, Logan!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

World Affairs Council Internship

FYI--We have had good feedback from students on this internship--

Greetings from the World Affairs Council!

We thought some of your students or advisees may be interested in an internship opportunity with the World Affairs Council. We have quarterly unpaid internships for up to 19 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, Membership and Development, Communications, 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 Margaret Tyson at The deadline for the Spring Quarter internship is March 10, 2011. I have attached our flyer to this email with the information as well.

Thank you!

Margaret Tyson
Operations Manager - World Affairs Council
2200 Alaskan Way, Ste. 450, Seattle, WA
206.441.5910 | 206.441.5908 fax
206.484.2808 mobile
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