Friday, October 28, 2011

Teach for India!

I just got an email from a PG alum who has started work for this organization, based in Mumbai. This is open to individuals from Indian background only, even if you are not an Indian citizen.

Teach For India is a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professionals who will commit two-years to teach full-time in under resourced schools and who will become lifelong leaders working from within various sectors toward the pursuit of equity in education.

Teach For India is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Fellowship. Apply now and join the movement to end educational inequity in India.

Teach For India recently won the award for the best non-profit to work for in the Economic Times Great Places to Work survey 2011. Read more



http://www.teachforindia.org/index.php

Film: Tuesday, November 1 @ 7pm in Rausch Auditorium

US State Department Summer 2012 Internship Application Extended to November 7th

From: U.S. Department of State <careers@state.gov>
Date: Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM
Subject: Summer 2012 Internship Application Extended to November 7th
To: Patrick H O'Neil <poneil@pugetsound.edu>

Hello,

The application for the Summer 2012 Department of State Internship Program has been extended to November 7th. Interested qualified students are encouraged to submit their application by the new deadline of Monday, November 7th. Individuals who have already submitted an application will be able to update, edit, and resubmit their application until the new closing date.

All applicants are encouraged to submit their application in advance of the closing date to avoid any complications which may be experienced due to heavy application volume in the final days and hours prior to the announcement closing.

For more details on the internship application process, please download the Student Internship Information Brochure (updated 10/27/2011, 998kb, PDF).

Questions? Contact Us

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

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pictures from DC

Hi Prof. O'Neil,

Thought I'd send you these two pictures from my DC experience. The first is a picture from the Washington Post of alum Rebecca Bryant and myself. We participated in a Red Cross Event teaching staffers how to perform basic first aid services in the aftermath of Rep. Gabby Giffords being shot. Rep. Adam Smith and Nancy Pelosi were also at the event.



The second is a screen shot of me sitting next to Sec. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen (former Sec of Defense and Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs respectively) during a congressional hearing after the Libyan airstrikes. I swear I wasn't angry, it was just very early in the AM and I hadn't had my breakfast yet.



You can now say UPS grads and students have appeared on CSPAN, CNN, and the Washington Post.

Chad Harper

Information Session: Teach English or Work for Non-Profits Abroad


The Graduate Fellowships Committee is holding an information session next Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 pm in Wyatt 109 on fellowships through Princeton-in-Asia, Princeton-in-Africa, and Princeton-in-Latin America. These fellowships involve either working in development in Latin America or Africa, or else teaching English in Asia, with the possibility of spending a second year working for an NGO in Asia.

Background on the programs:

Puget Sound has sent four students to Princeton-in-Asia in the last three years. http://www.princeton.edu/~pia/

Princeton-in-Asia is looking for students who are flexible, intellectually curious, and ambitious. They do not need to be at the top of their class, although they should have a gpa at least above a 3.0. Two Puget Sound graduates are currently teaching English with PiA, one in Cambodia and one in Singapore. Their names are Griffin Hotchkiss and Micah Stanovsky, and their blogs are online at http://www.pugetsound.edu/voices

I would also like to encourage academically strong students with a strong interest in development and NGOs to apply to Princeton-in-Latin America http://www.princeton.edu/~pila/and Princeton-in-Africa (http://www.princeton.edu/~piaf/). We have not sent anyone to those relatively small programs yet, but a Whitman student is working for PiAfrica.

Deadlines are Nov. 21 (PiAfrica) and Dec. 1 (PiLA and PiA).

Could you encourage students to attend the information session?

Griffin and TaReva Warrick-Stone ’09 will be phoning in to talk about their experience and to offer advice about the application process.

Interested students may also contact me for more information.

Please forward this to any faculty or students who might be interested.

Thanks so much for your help!

Greta Austin
Associate Professor, History of Christianity
University of Puget Sound
1-253-879-3752
http://www.pugetsound.edu/faculty-pages/ggaustin

Job opening for alum with experience

Via alum Andrea Tull. She notes that they are NOT entry level, but "someone with with 2-5+ years experience in state or federal policy would be a great candidate. Masters degrees are not a requirement, but certainly help. Law degrees and/or clinical degrees also not required, but helpful if a candidate does have it."

If you want to know more email me (Professor O'Neil) and I will put you in contract with Ms. Tull. FYI, anyone thinking about careers, note the pay in this area (71-100k).

From: Cassie Sauer [mailto:CassieS@wsha.org]
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2011 9:31 PM

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Please help us spread the word about two new policy development/policy analysis/advocacy positions at the Washington State Hospital Association.

We are looking for motivated, independent, enthusiastic people to join our team. Please circulate to your networks - we encourage you or others you might know who are interested to apply!

For both positions, we are seeking someone with knowledge of state legislative and regulatory processes, familiarity working in a political environment, ability to serve a diverse constituency of hospitals, excellent project development and management skills, and strong communication skills. Data collection, research and analysis skills are required. A bachelor’s degree or related work experience is required. Master’s degree in health services administration, public health, business, or similar degree is preferred. Knowledge or background in health care is preferred. Background in mobilizing people to be engaged in public policy advocacy is preferred. The jobs are full-time, with excellent benefits, and a competitive salary ($72,000-$103,000). The Washington State Hospital Association is a good workplace with a strong policy/advocacy team.

The first position is Policy Director, Access. The core work in this position is providing public policy analysis and advocacy on behalf of hospitals on issues related to access to health care, state coverage for subsidized care, and insurance benefits. A legal degree is a plus for this job.

The second position is Policy Director, Clinical Issues. The core work in this position is providing public policy analysis and advocacy on behalf of hospitals on issues related to clinical care and work force. A clinical degree is a plus for this job.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and employment application to HR@wsha.org or fax to 206-577-1939. Candidates can apply for one or both positions. We encourage diverse candidates to apply. Full job descriptions and employment applications are available at http://www.wsha.org/jobOpenings.cfm

Thank you!

Cassie Sauer
Vice President, Public Affairs
Washington State Hospital Association
206/216-2538

Fellowships: Princeton in Asia, Africa, and Latin American

The Graduate Fellowships Committee is holding an information session next Tuesday, Nov. 1., at 7 pm in Wyatt 109 on fellowships through Princeton-in-Asia, Princeton-in-Africa, and Princeton-in-Latin America. These fellowships involve either working in development in Latin America or Africa, or else teaching English in Asia, with the possibility of spending a second year working for an NGO in Asia.

Background on the programs:

Puget Sound has sent four students to Princeton-in-Asia in the last three years. http://www.princeton.edu/~pia/

Princeton-in-Asia is looking for students who are flexible, intellectually curious, and ambitious. They do not need to be at the top of their class, although they should have a gpa at least above a 3.0. Two Puget Sound graduates are currently teaching English with PiA, one in Cambodia and one in Singapore. Their names are Griffin Hotchkiss and Micah Stanovsky, and their blogs are online at http://www.pugetsound.edu/voices

I would also like to encourage academically strong students with a strong interest in development and NGOs to apply to Princeton-in-Latin America http://www.princeton.edu/~pila/and Princeton-in-Africa (http://www.princeton.edu/~piaf/). We have not sent anyone to those relatively small programs yet, but a Whitman student is working for PiAfrica.

Deadlines are Nov. 21 (PiAfrica) and Dec. 1 (PiLA and PiA).

Could you encourage students to attend the information session? Griffin and TaReva Warrick-Stone ’09 will be phoning in to talk about their experience and to offer advice about the application process.

Interested students may also contact me for more information.

Please forward this to any faculty or students who might be interested.

Thanks so much for your help!

Greta



Greta Austin

Associate Professor, History of Christianity

New Course for Spring! PG 352 Political Psychology

Taught by visiting professor Andrew Cockrell

PG 352 Political Psychology and Deterrence

This course explores how political psychologists explain war and peace in international relations. It begins with an examination of deterrence theory and nuclear strategy. Students then investigate cognitive and motivated biases and their effects on perceptions, beliefs, and decision-making. Finally, students build on these themes in the second half of the course by looking at a handful of key psychological theories that claim to explain foreign policy decision-making. These include analogies, prospect theory, attribution theory, and social identity theory. The learning goals of this course are: to introduce students to central theories in political psychology, use these to explain questions in international relations, and help students evaluate developments in international politics from the news.

Prerequisite: PG 103.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wed 10/26 Conference Call: The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square

Speaker: Steven A. Cook, CFR's Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies

On Wednesday, October 26, Professor Seth Weinberger will be hosting a Council on Foreign Relations’ conference call from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in WY 226. The call will be conducted by Steven A. Cook, CFR's Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, who will discuss his new book, "The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square."

Dr. Cook has published widely in a variety of foreign policy journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers, including "Foreign Affairs," "Foreign Policy," "Wall Street Journal," "Journal of Democracy," "Weekly Standard," "Slate," "New Republic Online," "New York Times," "Washington Post," "Financial Times," "International Herald Tribune," and "Survival." He is also a frequent commentator on radio and television and maintains "From the Potomac to the Euphrates," a CFR blog. Prior to joining CFR, Dr. Cook was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution from 2001 to 2002 and a Soref research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy from 1995 to 1996. He holds a BA in international studies from Vassar College, an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and both an MA and a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Please RSVP to Professor Weinberger (sweinberger@pugetsound.edu) as soon as possible if you would like to participate.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The PacRim Blog is up and running!

See all the cool things the PacRim students are up to--cool stuff on Mongolia--
http://www.upspacrhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifim.org/blog/

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Live Learn Intern in DC

We are now accepting applications for the 2012 LIVE. LEARN. INTERN. programs sponsored by The Fund for American Studies with courses accredited by Georgetown University. These academic internship programs provide undergraduates with the opportunity to gain substantive professional experience in the fields of public policy, international affairs and economics, while experiencing the excitement of Washington, DC first-hand.

You will soon be receiving a brochure in the mail with details on our programs. In the meantime, please forward the announcement below to students who may be interested in applying and encourage them to apply by the early deadline of December 2 to receive a 5% discount on their tuition balance.

I also invite you to nominate outstanding students by clicking on this link www.DCinternships.org/Nominate . We award close to one million dollars in scholarship funding annually and preference is given to nominated students.

Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, please contact me at hheieck@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

Sincerely,

Haley Heieck
Coordinator, Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems
& Institute on Economics and International Affairs
U.S. Programs
The Fund for American Studies

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ANNOUNCEMENT

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INSTITUTE ON COMPARATIVE POLITICAL & ECONOMIC SYSTEMS
INSTITUTE ON ECONOMICS & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Washington, DC
June 10 – August 4, 2012
Courses Accredited by Georgetown University
www.DCinternships.org
Early Deadline for a 5% Tuition Discount: December 2, 2011

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies with courses accredited by Georgetown University, the Institute combines substantive internships , courses for academic credit, career development activities, site briefings and lectures led by prominent policy and economics experts. This fast-paced, eight-week residential program provides students from around the world with opportunities to gain the edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate school admissions, as well as experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.

SAMPLE PAST INTERNSHIP SITES

* American Islamic Congress
* American Family Business Institute
* American Red Cross
* Atlas Economic Research Foundation
* Congressional Offices
* DC Mayor’s Office
* Educational Initiative for Central and Eastern Europe
* Federal Agencies
* Foreign Embassies
* Institute of World Politics
* Peace Corps
* Potomac Institute
* Southern Governors’ Association
* Tax Foundation
* World Learning

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

* Internships – Competitive public policy, economics and international affairs placements
* Classes – Up to 9 credit hours from Georgetown University
* Housing – Roommate matching and furnished on-campus apartments in the heart of D.C.
* Guest Lectures – With Washington’s top foreign policy and economics experts
* Exclusive Briefings – At the CIA, State Department, World Bank, Federal Reserve and Capitol Hill
* Leadership & Professional Development – Leadership, mentoring and career building activities
* Networking – Interaction with seasoned professionals and student leaders from around the world
* Scholarships – Approximately 70% of students receive generous awards based on merit and financial need

APPLICATION INFORMATION
Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the Final Deadline of March 7, 2012. Students applying by the Early Deadline of December 2, 2011 will be given preference in admissions and scholarship decisions and will receive a 5% discount on their tuition balance.

For more information and an online application, please visit our website www.DCinternships.org or contact Haley Heieck, Program Coordinator, at hheieck@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

Please click on this link to request an informational brochure: https://www.DCinternships.org/tfas/brochure/index.asp

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

ICPSR Research Paper Competition

ICPSR invites submissions for our 2012 Research Paper Competition from undergraduates and master’s students at member institutions. The purpose of the competitions is to highlight exemplary research papers based on quantitative analysis. We are holding three contests this year:

All competitions are open to students currently pursuing or who recently received undergraduate or master’s degrees.

The awards are $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place in each category.

Entry Requirements

All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Author is an undergraduate or graduate student or recent grad
  • Only one paper entered by author
  • Only one competition entered by author
  • Only student authored papers are eligible
  • Paper is original and author’s work
  • Paper includes analysis of ICPSR data
  • Paper is work completed toward degree
  • Paper adheres to preparation requirements
  • Entry form is completed
  • Paper and entry form are received by deadline (1/31/2012)

See http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/ICPSR/prize/index.html for more details

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Boren: African Languages Initiative

We are pleased to announce that the African Languages Initiative will continue in 2012-13 and has expanded to include additional languages. Boren Scholarship and Fellowship applicants have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of, and proficiency in, African languages and cultures. Through the initiative, funding is available for Boren Scholars and Fellows to study one of the following languages at the University of Florida's summer 2012 program prior to commencing their overseas Boren funded program.

* Akan/Twi
* Swahili
* Wolof
* Yoruba
* Zulu
In addition, African Languages Initiative overseas programs are available for intensive language and cultural study during fall semester 2012 in the following countries:

* Tanzania (Swahili)
* Mozambique (Portuguese)
* Nigeria (Yoruba)
* South Africa (Zulu)
For a full explanation of the African Languages Initiative, including information on the domestic and overseas programs, please go to http://www.borenawards.org/. Please also note that we are holding two webinars about this initiative, on November 1 and December 14. We hope that you will share information about this program with students who are interested in sub-Saharan Africa.
Sincerely,
Boren Awards Staff
Institute of International Education
1400 K Street NW Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
800-618-NSEP
boren@iie.org
www.borenawards.org

WashPIRG Internships

Hi Prof. O'Neil,

Thanks for forwarding our internship information to students and people in your department. To give you the quick update, so far this fall 70 students have gone through our training program. Interns across the country have organized events on their campuses from canned food drives to support local food banks to collecting hundreds of petitions to get National Geographic to clean up its paper mill to participating in a health care panel with the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services.

We're doing one more session of our fall civic engagement internships where students go through a 5-week training program to learn how to organize a campaign on campus and engage their peers on issues that matter to them. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 28.

We're also doing interviews for spring internships to begin in January. The deadline for early spring applications is Nov. 18.

Could you make a quick announcement to your students again about our program? Feel free to forward the info below.

Thanks again,

Marites Velasquez
Field Organizer
WashPIRG

WashPIRG Activism Internships

If you want to make a difference and learn valuable skills, join our team of interns and volunteers. We've got plans to take on the problems our country faces - and with your help, we can win.

2011-2012 Campaigns:

Energy Service Corps
Defend the Environment
Save Student Aid
New Voters Project
No Hunger, No Homelessness

Find out more and apply for a WashPIRG internship at http://www.washpirgstudents.org/internships

Deadline for fall internship applications: Oct. 28; Deadline for early spring applications: Nov. 18

Monday, October 17, 2011

Critical Language Scholarship for intensive summer language study--Deadline soon--

Dear Colleagues,

The 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program application deadline is about a month away - November 15, 2011!

CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S.
citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection. Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Advisors are encouraged to host their own CLS information session! A PowerPoint presentation and handout can be found on the CLS website:
http://www.clscholarship.org/advisors.htm. For more information about the CLS Program and to access the on-line application, please visit the CLS website:
http://www.clscholarship.org.

Best,
Malaika Marable Serrano
Outreach and Alumni Officer
Critical Language Scholarship Program
Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) PO Box 37012, MRC 178 | Washington, DC 20013-7012
Tel: 202.633.8792 | Fax: 202.786.2430 | serrano.malaika@caorc.org
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