Monday, December 17, 2012

House of Representatives Constituent Services Representative Opening

From: Representative Adam Smith []
Sent: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 5:08 PM
Congressman Adam Smith seeks a Constituent Services Representative to perform casework duties and assist constituent interactions with federal agencies including but not limited to: Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Small Business Administration, and Internal Revenue Service.  This position will also coordinate forums relating to the assigned areas and support other administrative and outreach functions for a positive office environment and proactive customer service to constituents. Exact portfolio to be determined by the needs of the Congressional District and staff expertise.

Prior experience working for Congress or performing casework is preferred. Candidates should demonstrate a professional manner; excellent oral and written communication skills; thoroughness and careful attention to detail; ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment; ability to work cooperatively and courteously with others in a fast-paced office; knowledge of federal agencies and the political process; a strong commitment to public service. Ties to and knowledge of the Ninth Congressional District are desired. A valid Washington State Driver's License is required. Proficiency in Spanish or a second language is a plus.

Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. This office is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary range is $30,000+, dependent on qualifications and experience, with Federal employee benefits.

To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume with references to no later than 5pm PST on Monday, December 31, 2012 with "CONSTITUENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE" in the subject line. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Accepting applications to six (6) Pathways Recent Graduate Program vacancies

We are now accepting applications to the Pathways Recent Graduate Program vacancy announcements for Budget Analyst, Program Analyst, Contract Specialist, Foreign Affairs Specialist, Paralegal Specialist and Human Resources Specialist. These Pathways Positions (GS-07) are available to those who graduated within the last two years (veterans have up to six years).

Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is Friday, Dec. 14, at 11:59 p.m. OR until 11:59 p.m. on the day the 150th application is received.Applicants must be U.S. Citiziens who meet all eligibility and qualification requirements stated on the vacancy announcement, and must pass all required background and security investigations,.
We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.
Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Engage on the website. You can also searrch our FAQs for more information. 

View all vacancy announcements on and start the online application process. 

Thursday, December 06, 2012

U.S. House of Representatives Community Liaison Opening

U.S. House of Representatives Community Liaison Opening

Congressman Adam Smith seeks Community Liaison (full-time) to develop and implement a strong constituency outreach program. Duties include acting as a liaison to develop and maintain relationships, participating in meetings, speaking on the Member’s behalf, corresponding with constituency groups, monitoring important community issues for the Congressman, and working with other district staff on local projects. Coverage of night and weekend meetings/events is expected.

Prior experience working for Congress or community relations is preferred. Strong writing and verbal skills, an understanding of Congress and current federal policy issues are also desired. A valid Washington State Driver’s License is required.

Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. This office is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary range is $28,000+, dependent on qualifications and experience, with Federal employee benefits.

To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume with references to<> no later than 5pm PST on Friday, December 14, 2012 with “COMMUNITY LIAISON” in the subject line. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

Alumni Matt Ferchen published in The Diplomat

 One of our graduates, Matt Ferchen ('93), is now an Associate Professor of International Relations at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University. He recently had the following article published in The Diplomat: China's Misguided Hugo Chavez Love Affair

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

CFR Conference Call on U.S. Drone Policy 12/5/12

Professor Seth Weinberger would like to invite you to participate in the final conference call of the Fall 2012 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, December 5, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in Wyatt 326. Micah Zenko, CFR's Douglas Dillon fellow in the Center for Preventive Action, will discuss U.S. drone policy.

Prior to coming to CFR, Dr. Zenko worked for five years at the Harvard Kennedy School, and in Washington, DC, at the Brookings Institution, Congressional Research Service, and State Department's Office of Policy Planning. He has published on a range of national security issues, including articles in "Foreign Affairs," the "Journal of Strategic Studies," "Defense and Security Analysis," and "Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science," and op-eds in the "Washington Post," "Los Angeles Times," "Chicago Tribune," and "New York Times." Dr. Zenko writes the blog Politics, Power, and Preventive Action, which covers U.S. national security policy, international security, and conflict prevention.

If you’re interested, please RSVP to ASAP.

Also, there are some recommended readings to prepare you for the call:

1) "Transparency and Accountability," New York Times, November 14, 2012.
2) "A Period of Persistent Conflict," Foreign Policy, November 6, 2012.
3) "Drone, Sweet Drone," Foreign Policy, June 21, 2012.
4) "Where the Drones Are," Foreign Policy, May 29, 2012.
5) Politics, Power, and Preventive Action, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

Hope to see you there…

Seth Weinberger

Monday, December 03, 2012

White House Internship Applications due 1/27/13

Greetings from the White House Internship Program,

We are writing to announce that the application for the Summer 2013 White House Internship Program is now open. As an intern alum, please consider sharing this opportunity with others in your community.

The White House Internship Program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President, and engage them in public service opportunities.

A complete application includes: short answers, two essay questions, a one-page resume, and two letters of recommendation. The deadline to apply for the summer program is January 27, 2013. 

For more information and to apply, please visit

White House Internship Program 

President Barack Obama talks with members of the 2012 Summer White House intern class before a group photo in the East Room of the White House, Aug. 7, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

College Degrees of the 1%

Want to lord your wealth over others?  Get a degree in political science and IR--

International Relations
About 6.7% of those holding an international relations degree make a top 1% income. Employment in this field varies and can include working in business, government, journalism, teaching, and international service for large multinational organizations like the United Nations or the Red Cross.

Political Science
Similar to obtaining a biology degree, political science majors traditionally are not seen as wealthy career paths. However, the opportunity to pursue law and senior management consulting exists. These professional careers could likely lead to an entrance into the 1%, and about 6.2% of political science degree holders already are in the 1%.

Article can be found here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


With Optional Arabic Study

Peace & Conflict Resolution: 9 June - 13 July 2013

Arabic Language Option: 14 July - 10 August 2013

• A Note from the Faculty: Dr. Paul Arthur and Dr. Zaid Eyadat •

Dear Colleague,
We are excited to update you on our study abroad program in London and Amman exploring the theory and practice of conflict resolution and management and its applicability to intractable conflicts like those in the Middle East and beyond. This program, co-sponsored by the Foundation for International Education and AMIDEAST, divides its time between London and Amman. In the London-based course Life Cycle of Peace and Conflict: Lessons Learned in Northern Ireland we evaluate the literature of the field and concentrate on the case study of Northern Ireland as an exemplar of the life cycle of a conflict through the phases of analysis, negotiation and implementation. We are excited to include a short study tour to Derry and Belfast, Ireland now, as part of this program.
In the Amman-based Conflict Resolution and Management: Beyond The Arab-Israeli Conflict, we explore peace and conflict resolution in the Middle East. Using the framework developed in London, we examine the role of religion and the clash of cultures; the significance of regional organisations in preventing and resolving conflict; the place of civil society and of political leadership; economic assistance as a generator in peace building; and the question (or lack thereof) of gender mainstreaming. We look beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict to other significant regional conflicts involving Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, Iran and Syria and to inter-tribal conflict. And, in the process, we conduct a critical enquiry into conflict analysis and resolution. We are very excited to offer the opportunity, to students who wish it, to stay in Amman to do an intensive course in Modern Arabic at the introductory, intermediate, or advanced level.
Grounded in collegiality, reflection and critical analysis, this program of conflict resolution and management will attempt to marry theory and practice by being temporal and spatial, comparative and challenging. Site visits, meetings with leading practitioners in conflict negotiation, meetings with local students, cultural excursions, group discussion and guest lectures will enhance the richness of the experience. We invite your students - and you - to join us in this unique academic exploration.
Our program will provide a rich experience in extracurricular activities, cultural excursions, and in depth analysis of the case studies that will impact participants' understanding of Arab life and culture, with emphasis on local approaches to conflict.
Complete Program Details


Dr. Paul Arthur
Professor of Politics and Emeritus Director of the Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Ulster

Dr. Zaid Eyadat
Associate Professor of Political Science and the Chairperson of Human Rights and Human Development Department
University of Jordan

For Further Information please contact

Joan E. Gore, PhD
Senior Academic Development Director
The Foundation for International Education
London, Dublin, Amman
Tel: 1-800-856-4358

FIE: Foundation for International Education
114 Cromwell Road
London, SW7 4ES
United Kingdom

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Georgetown Public Policy Review seeking submissions

The Georgetown Public Policy Review is the student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. The Review is currently seeking submissions for the spring 2013 edition.

The Review welcomes submissions of unsolicited manuscripts including articles, book reviews, and commentaries on a rolling basis up to December, 10 2012. More information and guidelines for submissions are available at

Please share this call for papers with academic or professional contacts who may be interested in submitting recently or nearly completed research papers. To learn more about The Georgetown Public Policy Review, visit Specific questions regarding the submission process can be sent to Editor-in-Chief, Dani Parnass, at or Executive Print Editor, Michelle Wein, at

Michelle Wein
Executive Print Editor, Georgetown Public Policy Review

Internship and Job Opportunities for Puget Sound Alums

From a PG alum; email Professor O'Neil( if you want her contact information--

 I am writing because my agency, the Government Accountability Office, is hiring for intern and entry level positions. The intern positions (which are paid) are open to anyone who is in the process of completing a graduate degree and the entry level positions are for those who have completed those degrees. While these opportunities thereby exclude any current UPS students, perhaps you have some former students that may be interested. Below is the link to the job announcements and the timeframes for the two positions. If anybody is interested in applying, they will need to create a USAJOBs profile on the website. If anyone has questions, please don't hesitate to have them contact me. I would be happy to help in any way I can. 

Recruiting & Hiring Tasks      Interns               Entry Level Staff
Open Announcements      11/26 – 12/7              12/3-12/17
Begin Interviews                      1/22                          2/18
Begin Making Offers                2/4                             3/4
Begin on-boarding                   May                          March/April

Professor Kadarkay and the Secret Police

For those of you who remember Professor Arpad Kadarkay, he recently forwarded me pictures that were taken of him by the Hungarian secret police in the 1970s when he was in that country doing research.  His pictures are part of a larger exhibition on the Czechoslovak and Hungarian secret services. You can see him on the right in the surveillance picture below.

There is an article in Hungarian on the exhibition here:
you can use Google Translate to get a very rough sense of the content.
There's also a brief summary here in English.

Pierce County Gleaning Project now hiring!

Please spread widely - we're hiring! 

The Pierce County Gleaning Project, which has been housed and supported for two years by the Emergency Food Network, is coming to the Community Garden Program.  We will be hosting the third year of Americorps funding and working closely with community partners to transition this program to local funding by 2014.  Please share this with any qualified people who would be excited about creating systems to support community resiliency and food access!;jsessionid=tl2QQjLNrdygVHTdzphKwWG7gwtyrbm2YJzmjlXSsTvDMpsVd1Tk!-1950133341?id=15332&fromSearch=true

Thursday, November 15, 2012


Dear Members of the Campus Community,

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Karl Fields has been named Washington Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  Karl will receive the award at a luncheon today in Washington, D.C., followed by an evening congressional reception.

A faculty member in politics and government and director of the Asian Studies Program, Karl was nominated by colleagues, students, and alumni working in locations around the globe (including two intrepid Pac Rim alumni writing on his behalf from the outer slopes of the Himalayas!). 

Karl’s outstanding teaching is the result of thorough preparation, honest reflection, and perceptive evolution over more than twenty years.  A teacher-scholar of East Asian political economy, Karl is widely recognized as inspiring in his mastery of content and pedagogy, infectiously curious in learning and sharing knowledge, and selfless in his support of his students.  The joy he takes in teaching radiates in his classrooms, whether here on campus or in his work abroad.

The U.S. Professors of the Year program is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.  Since the program’s inception in 1985, Puget Sound faculty members have received more Washington Professor of the Year honors than any other faculty.  Karl joins an outstanding group of other Puget Sound colleagues so honored, including Mike Veseth (2010), Jim Evans (2008), Nancy Bristow (2007), Suzanne Barnett (2002), Mott Greene (1996) and Bob Albertson (1985).

Puget Sound was recently honored as a “College That Changes Lives.”  Nowhere is this more evident than in the deep commitment to teaching embodied by our faculty.  Please join us in congratulating Karl on this significant and well-deserved honor. Additional information about Karl and the award can be found on the news section of our website

Ron Thomas

Kris Bartanen
Academic Vice President and Dean of the University

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Spring University Prague 2013

From: Petra Mateju
Subject: Call for Applications: Spring University Prague 2013

Dear Sir/Madam,
We would like to inform you about the academic programme "Spring University Prague 2013", taking place at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) during April 2013 (April 14 – 25). 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 8 ECTS. For detailed information please see our official homepage or the attached file.

We would appreciate if you could forward this message to your students and colleagues who might be interested in this programme. Application deadline is February 23, 2013

Yours sincerely,

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

Model EU Registration 2012

From: EU Center <>
Date: Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM
Subject: Model EU 2012 registration closes October, 30 2012

Dear Model EU advisers,

I just wanted to remind you that the adviser registration for Model EU 2013 closes in a week from today, on October 30, 2012. Please confirm your participation and number of teams you would like to bring by filling out the online registration form for adviser: The due date for student registration (including student names, country positions and registration fees) is December 3, 2012. You will receive an email with the link to the students registration form mid-November.

Thank you for those of you who have already signed up. We will be assigning countries early November. Please let me know if you have any questions and we are looking forward to welcome you and your students on the UW campus next February!

Best wishes from Seattle,
Eva-Maria Maggi

ICPSR Research Paper Competition due 1/31/13

ICPSR invites submissions for our 2013 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
For more information go to
Papers due January 31, 2013

South China Internship Program summer 2013 2/12/12

Under a new grant from Ford Foundation, the Hong Kong America Center – a non-profit consortium of Hong Kong universities –is announcing the South China Internship Program (SCI) a national competition for 20 American undergraduates to participate in a low-cost, high-quality “tandem internships”.

 The twenty American undergraduates will team-up with twenty same-age Chinese university students to spend eight weeks together in summer 2013 as interns in companies and NGOs in the booming Pearl River Delta of south China. The intern teams will work together in small teams on joint projects for their company hosts.

 Inspired by the 100,000 Strong Initiative, HKAC is looking for young Americans with strong academics and high motivation to explore their career potential involving China. Some knowledge of Chinese language is preferred.

 We kindly ask International Offices in American universities convey this information to eligible undergraduate students. The deadline for applications is January 14, 2013.

 Online poster, application form and full program information is at: 

Prospective applicants may contact Mr. Ray Tran of the HKAC at: Applications due no later than February 14th, 2012.

Thank you for alerting your students to this opportunity. We welcome all inquiries about the new SCI program. Sincerely, Glenn Shive Executive Director, Hong Kong America Center

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thursday 11/15 Info Session: Jobs with WashPIRG and the state PIRGs

5-6:00 p.m. in WSC Murray Boardroom

"If you are ready to dig in and start solving the problems that confront our country, consider a job with WashPIRG and the state PIRGs. We hire driven, talented, dedicated people and ask them to give their all. A job with WashPIRG offers you in-depth training on how to get things done, a ton of responsibility starting on day one, and the chance to help solve America’s problems."

Ben Bradley ’08
University of Puget Sound
Manager of Employer Relations and Job Development
Career and Employment Services
Phone: 253.879.3251

Puget Sound students work.  Connect with one today!
Alumni-to-student career connections:

Intersections: A New Housing Option Focusing on Social Justice for Juniors and Seniors.

Intersections is one of five new residential programs being offered for juniors and seniors who want to live in the new residence hall scheduled to open for Fall 2013.  Intersections is focused on exploring connections and tensions between social justice issues and students’ academic, social, and/or personal engagement with issues of spirituality, religious pluralism, and emerging spiritualties.  Our specific foci for 2013-2014 will be related to (but not limited to) issues of immigration, incarceration, and food.  Students admitted into Intersections will be able to live in a community that encourages and supports exploring these themes as both scholars and activists.  Intersections is directed by Dave Wright ’96, Director of Spirituality, Service, & Social Justice at the University of Puget Sound, in partnership with faculty colleagues Robin Jacobson (Politics and Government) and Stuart Smithers (Religion) – and other faculty and staff who will participate in this program in a variety of ways! For more information please see   or contact Professor Jacobson at

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Reminder: New deadline for Summer 2013 Student Internship Program is 11/12/12

The Summer 2013 Internship application deadline has been extended to November 12, 2012. All applications and supporting documents must be received no later than Midnight on Monday, November 12, 2012.
Click here ( to read more about the Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the Gateway to State online application process via USAJobs.
To be eligible for this program, you must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior (including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school), or graduate student;
  • Have good academic standing;
  • Successfully complete a background investigation;
  • Be able to receive either a Secret or Top Secret clearance.
Please read the entire vacancy announcement carefully for all qualifications and requirements.
Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Engage on the website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.
U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.