Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Internship, Transportation Choices Coalition

Position Announcement
Transportation Choices Coalition
TCC is seeking a Community Outreach Intern

Accepting applications until June 15th 2011

TCC is hiring a new intern for the summer to assist with membership recruitment for our new Tacoma Transportation Incentive Program, which aims to increase the use of public transit, walking and biking in Tacoma. The intern will work directly with Field Director Andrew Austin. S/he will be involved in all aspects of publicizing the program to the community and running the logistics of the program.

We ideally prefer a college or high school aged intern who has lived in or otherwise has great familiarity with the Tacoma area. The time commitment is 12-18 hrs/wk between June 1, 2011 and Sept. 1, 2011, with some flexibility on the start and end dates.

Transportation Choices Coalition is a statewide non-profit advocacy organization working to expand transportation choices for everyone. Based in Seattle, we promote improving the quality of life for all Washingtonians by providing the state's residents with a better mix of transportation choices including bus and rail transit, intercity trains, carpools, vanpools, ferries, bicycle and pedestrian investments and commute trip reduction strategies.

• Assist in outreach in Tacoma through community meetings, blogs, newspapers, and email lists.
• Assist in working with community leaders, business organizations and the Chamber of Commerce to establish partnerships.
• Assist with the sign up process, welcome package, and various in-person and online training programs for recruits.
• Provide technical support and incentive delivery during the program.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

• Superior written and oral communication skills
• Enthusiastic attitude and strong problem solving approach
• Ability to work under deadlines and be task-oriented; be organized and manage assigned workload
• Ability to work independently and in a team
• Ability to communicate with a broad spectrum of organizations and people
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially spreadsheets and word processing

• Proficiency in multiple languages and/or understanding of multiple cultures
• Ability to manage databases and online content
• Experience in community outreach, especially with communities of color and low-middle income communities

The intern will be paid a small stipend. Women, people of color, and individuals from under-represented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Employment at TCC is based upon individual qualifications without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, national origin, physical, or mental disability, marital or veteran status, political ideology, gender identity, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. This policy applies to all areas of employment including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, and social/recreational programs.

Submit cover letter, resume, and optional writing sample by email to Field Director Andrew Austin at andrew@transportationchoices.org; indicate “Community Outreach Intern Application” in the subject line. TCC would like to fill this position as soon as possible and will be assessing and interviewing candidates as applications arrive.

For more information about TCC, visit www.transportationchoices.org

Paid Internship, Tacoma, deadline June 7---

From alum Liz Kaster:

I hope the school year finished up well for you both. I’m writing to send along an internship opportunity I thought your students might be interested in. The City of Tacoma Office of Sustainability is hiring a paid intern for a part-time 6 month position. Applications are due June 7th.

Here’s the link.

I hope you have a great holiday weekend!

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

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Model UN Conference, LA

ear Delegates,

It is my great pleasure to invite and announce to you the 7th annual Los Angeles Model United Nations conference (LAMUN)! This conference is scheduled to take place April 19-22, 2012 in what promises to be another incredible weekend of crisis, resolve, diplomacy, and friendship.

There are few things comparable to southern California in the spring. Sharing committee time with the warm weather, sea breeze and sunshine of our hospitable location are assured to make this experience an unforgettable one. If the picturesque landscape and weather weren’t enough, add the excitement of cities that never sleep, warm beaches, numerous activities to engage in, and famous sights to see to get an idea of all this conference has to offer. Southern California also hosts a unique blend of cultural and regional experiences to choose from, enhancing its accessibility to the various areas of interest of our visitors.

LAMUN is a unique and one of a kind conference, in that it is entirely crisis-based. We anticipate the participation of highly skilled delegates domestically and internationally to engage in crisis committees which are sure to keep delegates at the edge of their seats and ready to take action. This conference will be hosted and staffed by UCLA’s finest Model United Nations students who are exceedingly trained and qualified to ensure this conference provides the best experience to each and every delegate in attendance. LAMUN provides a perfect balance between the serious debate of legitimate issues with fast paced problem solving technique and strategy. It is truly like no other conference, and it is my sincere hope that you will join us this year.

Please e-mail us your updated contact information (name, school, email address and phone number) so that we may keep you updated on deadlines, registration, and committee assignments for LAMUN. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions, comments, or concerns you may have at emsavastano@gmail.com or at LAMUN@gmail.com


Emily Savastano
Director, External Relations | LAMUN 2012

Chris Janney
Secretary General | LAMUN 2012

Emily Savastano
Director of External Relations
Model United Nations at UCLA
University of California, Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Local political internships!

P&G alum Nic Van Putten runs a local political consulting firm. He is seeking part-time interns for a city council campaign (paid!) and a local organization that does fieldwork in Pierce County. Here is his message and contact information:


Thank you for posting my previous message on the Politics Blog site; I received a few good responses and look forward to working with your students.

I currently have two part-time internship position still available. I have a Tacoma City Council candidate who is looking to hire a paid intern part-time through November, and a left-leaning Political Action Committee that focuses on field work in Pierce County looking for an intern with the potential for a full-time paid position down the road. We're looking to fill these spots as soon as possible and would love to have a recent graduate or current UPS student able to work through the fall. There may be other paid and intern opportunities as the election season progresses, so I hope to stay in touch.

Thank you,
~Nic Van Putten

Monday, May 16, 2011

Summer University Prague 2011

Dear Sir/Madam,
we would like to inform you about the academic programme "Summer University Prague 2011", taking place at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) during September 2011 (September 3 – 18). Its topic is „East goes west – West goes east?: Searching for a new European order after 1990”. This study programme is internationally acknowledged and recognized, successful participants will be given 12 ECTS. For detailed information please see our official homepage http://summer-university.fsv.cuni.cz.

We would appreciate if you could forward this message to your students and colleagues who might be interested in this programme.
Yours sincerely,

Petra Mateju
Summer University Coordinator
Faculty of Social Sciences
Charles University Prague

Friday, May 13, 2011

Congratulations P&G Grads! See you at the reception!

State Department Internship--Application Due July 1


This is an incredible opportunity and we'd have students do it before.

From: U.S. Department of State <careers@state.gov>

We are now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State's 2012 Spring Student Internship Program.

Click here (http://careers.state.gov/students/programs and choose either Graduate/Post-Graduate or Undergraduate) for more information and to start the online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 01, 2011.

You must be a U.S. Citizen and a student (a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student - including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school) to be eligible.Please read the program description and vacancy announcement for more information and for all requirements and qualifications.

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

U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Project Vote Smart National Internship Program

Taken from: http://www.votesmart.org/program_internships.php

The Project Vote Smart National Internship Program provides a unique lesson in the study of American politics. Students from across the nation and around the world come to our high tech research center in the Montana Rockies for ten weeks to help American citizens educate themselves about elected officials and candidates. By providing this information in an easy and accessible manner, Project Vote Smart believes that citizens can better defend themselves from the political hype and misrepresentation characteristic of present day political campaigns.

Interns play a crucial role at Project Vote Smart and make up the vast majority of our staff. The individual talents, ideas and hard work of our interns have been instrumental in the success of many of our most important programs.

Since the Project researches thousands of elected officials and candidates' backgrounds, the work is often tedious. However, if you are interested in making a genuine contribution to your Nation, in an idealistic and positive environment -- located in the middle of a natural wonderland -- we would love to have you join our team. There is plenty of room to learn and grow with the organization. Interns often return as staff members after they have finished their college careers.

College students and recent graduates typically participate in our National Internship Program. Interns must commit to ten consecutive weeks, but may intern anytime during the year. We accept applications on a rolling basis and have no deadline, but interns are encouraged to submit their applications early because space does fill up quickly. Interns live on-site at the Project's Great Divide Ranch and scholarships pay for all living costs, including room and board.


The Project's Great Divide Ranch Research Center is located 100 miles south of Missoula and 65 miles west of Butte, Montana. Nestled in the high peaks, lakes and streams of the Continental Divide the Great Divide Ranch is teaming with moose, elk, beaver and fish.

There are a myriad of outdoor activities available to interns year-round. Whether it's hiking, fishing or horseback riding in the summer or skiing, ice fishing or snowmobiling in the winter, there is always something fun to do. We also have tennis, basketball and horseshoe facilities, as well as a small library and game room.

The housing facilities consist of lodges divided into rooms that sleep between two and six people. Students should expect to have two to four roommates. We have a full-time lodge manager, as well as a full-time cook, who prepares all meals. As part of living in a group, interns are required to help with weekly cleaning and maintenance chores assigned by the lodge manager.

To get a glimpse of the spectacular environment that we work in, check out our 10 minute presentation on the Project or visit our blog.

Job Descriptions

National interns work full-time as temporary staff members. They may be assigned to one of the following departments, or may work on special projects in several departments, as needed.

Political Courage Test Assistant (primarily offered during election years) - 1. Administer Political Courage Tests to candidates through mailings and phone calls. 2. Enter candidate issue responses into our database program.

Research and Hotline Assistant - 1. Training on our database; answer our Voter's Research Hotline; research special requests made by callers; 2. Maintain and update, as needed, evaluations by the special interest groups that we currently cover as well as research new ratings; update Congressional speeches databases, and research and update biographical information for candidates and elected officials.

Key Votes and Hotline Assistant - 1. Answer our Voter's Research Hotline; research special requests made by callers; 2. Assist with writing and editing of state and Congressional key vote summaries; 3. Enter and check vote breakdowns for votes selected as key.

News Assistant (primarily offered during election years) - Publicize PVS through news releases; contact national and local news organizations about our Political Courage Test and our Public Service Announcement programs.

Publications Assistant - Assist with the designing and editing of our publications and marketing materials. Graphic design experience required.

Membership Assistant - Work in all aspects of the membership department. Data entry, bulk mailing, research and statistical analysis, contact members and vendors and process special requests.

Information Technology Assistant - Assist the IT department in maintaining the office workstations, servers and network, as well as take part in continued development of the Project's website and application. Responsibilities will include: technical support, website development in PHP, HTML, CSS and XML, application development in Java and JSP, network and system administration. Web and graphical design experience a plus. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a Unix environment, experienced with website development, and have some familiarity with Java and JSP.

Facilities and Recreation Assistant - Repair and enhance the living facilities and grounds (minor repairs, painting, fencing, landscaping, etc).

Lodge Assistant - Assist with day-to-day operations of non-profit student housing and commercial kitchen (facilities management, meal preparation and planning).

Note: The majority of our National Interns work in our Research, Key Votes, and Political Courage Test departments. However, we have a limited number of positions available in Membership, Information Technology, and occasionally in News and Publications. The Internship Coordinator will make all position assignments based on an individual applicant's skills, departmental priority, and projects available. If you have a position preference, please indicate the preferred position in your cover letter stating the reasons for the preference. Interns may not be assigned to the position requested. In addition to their assigned programs, interns at Project Vote Smart may also be asked on occasion to perform special projects including painting, yard maintenance, minor repairs, etc.


Project Vote Smart's National Internship Program provides students with unique practical and educational experiences. We seek interns who are genuinely interested in working to accomplish our goal of making factual, unbiased political information easily and freely accessible to all. The overriding qualification for securing an internship position is your willingness to commit 100% to the Project's goals and mission.

To qualify for a PVS internship you must meet the following:

  1. Set aside political beliefs and be objective and non-partisan while working.

  2. Be in good standing with your university/school.

  3. Commit to 10 consecutive weeks.

  4. Remember that our research facility is located in an extraordinarily beautiful but remote area. You will be expected to maintain the facility.


National Intern applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form.

  2. Resume and cover letter.

  3. Minimum of three academic or professional references. References need only be names and contact information.

Application should be completed online - National Internship Application.

For more information about internship opportunities or alternate application submission options please contact the Internship Coordinator.

National Internship Frequently Asked Questions

Financial Assistance

All interns accepted to our National Internship Program receive the Barry Goldwater General Scholarship, which provides interns with full room and board for the duration of their internships.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or would like to receive additional information, please contact the Internship Coordinator:

Internship Coordinator
One Common Ground
Philipsburg, MT 59858
Phone: 406-859-8683
Fax: 406-859-8680