Friday, March 30, 2012

Long-term & Summer Campaign Director Position with Fair Share Alliance

Hello Professor O'Neil,

My name is Emily Heffling; I am the Campaign Director with Fair Share Alliance. Fair Share Alliance is a non-profit organization that works to provide every American with a fair shot at a good job, a secure future, and strong voice in our democracy.

This summer, we are launching 30 offices across the country to work on campaigns promoting clean energy and a fair economy. As an organization, we work to press local and national governments to implement policies that protect and benefit average citizens through grassroots outreach and coalition building.

Right now, we are hiring seniors, undergraduate, and even graduate students from across Washington, and specifically at Pugot Sound, to work as Campaign Directors in our offices. This is a great opportunity for students to work to solve today’s problems, build their resumes, and gain critical experience in public relations and grassroots organizing. I wanted to reach out to students at Pugot Sound prior to our arrival to make sure they knew about this opportunity!

We have found students with Liberal Arts, Environmental Science, Social Science and Humanities backgrounds, combined with a passion for policy, social justice and environmental issues, excel with our organization. However, we do strongly encourage students from all disciplinary backgrounds to contact us for more information and to schedule an interview.

We will be holding first round interviews this week for students interested in positions, and are going to be in Seattle next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for second round interviews. The email below describes our organization and this position, and has a link to a form for the students to fill who would like to hear more about our upcoming opportunities.

Can you send this email out to your students?

Thank you in advance for your help and please let me know if this is possible. If you have any questions about Fair Share Alliance or our work please reply or feel free to contact me at the number listed below.

Thanks so much Professor O'Neil, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Emily Heffling

Long-term & Summer Campaign Director Position with Fair Share Alliance
Fair Share Alliance is a citizen-based non-profit advocacy organization that works to provide every American with a fair shot at a good job, a secure future and a strong voice in our democracy.

We're facing a huge jobs crisis in this country. While too many Americans are struggling to find work, big corporations like Exxon Mobil are receiving billions in government subsidies. The good news is that we can create jobs rebuilding America's roads and bridges, and expanding clean energy. Big companies like Exxon will spend millions lobbying to stop us, but with elections coming up, grassroots support can make the difference.

We are NOW HIRING for offices around the country. We're looking for people who work hard, communicate well, and are committed to positive social change. As a Campaign Director, you’ll be part of building a Fair Share Alliance organization in your community and raising the profile of our issues to make a real impact in the lives of your friends, family and neighbors. To learn more details on particular responsibilities we encourage you to fill out our interest form so we can reach out to you directly with more information.

Fair Share Alliance is opening offices in 30 states across the country--it is also possible to apply and interview in Washington for a position in a different state office. Please email Leah Farkas at for questions or to get started in the process, or go to for more info!

Fair Share Alliance Campaign Director Job Description:

As a Campaign Director, you’ll be a part of building a Fair Share Alliance organization in your community and raising the profile of our issues to make a real impact in the lives of your friends, family and neighbors. Campaign Directors are responsible for building the grassroots movement to help everyday people have access to the American Dream. Specifically, you’ll run a local campaign office to conduct grassroots fundraising, build membership for Fair Share Alliance and support for our issues, turnout voters for the elections and keep the heat on the 1% in the media.

You’ll work on a team with other directors to run a successful campaign office. Each Director will be responsible for:

Staff Management
• Recruit and manage a 10-25 staff members to sign on thousands of members in your area to support our work and our issue campaigns.
• Train staff on effective canvassing and grassroots campaign skills.
• Develop new leaders and the next generation of political activists.

Grassroots fundraising and membership building
• Lead the effort to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and recruit thousands of members for the organization locally. Specifically, meet or exceed your office’s goals for fundraising and membership.
• Canvass three or more days a week to raise money, identify supporters, sign up members and train staff.
• Manage all day-to-day administrative tasks related to fundraising, building membership, campaign and election work and general office management.

Issue Campaigns and Election Field Work
• Work with local coalitions of like-minded organizations, elected leaders and businesses.
• Run media events to raise the profile of our issues.
• Organize grassroots lobbying events and in-district meetings with elected officials.
• Work with the Fair Share Alliance political team to devise a local strategy for reaching out to base and swing voters.
• Recruit volunteers and staff to talk face-to-face with thousands of voters.
• Target and turn out our supporters to vote.

Training is designed to give the skills and confidence needed to tackle the challenges of building a movement. In classrooms and in the field, you’ll work with experienced staff to learn all the skills of campaign directing, including recruitment, leadership development, staff management, public speaking, media, fundraising, canvassing, and administrative management.

We’re looking for smart leaders ready to launch a project in their state. Passion for the issues, strong work ethic, ability to work on a team and follow direction are a must.

We have offices in AZ, CA, CO, FL, IA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NM, NV, OH, OR, PA, TX, VA, and WI.

Campaign directors will make $23,750 in their first year and $24,250 in their second year. Benefits include college loan assistance, two weeks paid vacation, paid holidays and paid sick days. Campaign Directors are also eligible to opt into one of our state health coverage plans. Salary and benefits differ in CA and MA. We are looking for candidates for a one-year commitment, but we are open to applicants who are only available in the summer.

Send your resume and short cover letter to Leah Farkas at:

Fund for the Public Interest Recruiting Activists on Campus

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. We run campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America. This summer we will be in over 50 cities, working and lobbying to help win environmental and social justice campaigns.

Last summer our staff helped ban off-shore drilling to protect our coasts, repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and increase food safety standards to make school lunches safer- all while building valuable leadership skills.

Currently, we have paid positions open on our campaign staff in each of our locations. We require that interested candidates are hard workers and have excellent communication skills.

As a member of our staff, you will fundraise, build membership for our partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.

We will be holding information sessions and interviews at U Puget Sound on April 3&4.

To apply, please visit or call 1 800-75-EARTH (753-2784).

Planned Parenthood Votes NW Needs a Pierce County Organizer

POSITION TITLE: Regional Field Organizer
DEPARTMENT: Public Affairs
REPORTS TO: Washington Team Lead, Political Director

Job Summary:
Under the general supervision and direction of the Washington Team Lead, the Regional Field Organizer is responsible for grassroots efforts to organize empower and mobilize supporters to take action in support of Planned Parenthood's mission.

Essential Functions:
Supports the state and local public affairs team in implementing advocacy, voter identification, voter engagement and mobilization programs; directs community outreach, field work, voter contact, activist cultivation, and media relations. Responsible for recruiting and supporting activists in targeted geographic areas who will become informed on local, state and national reproductive health issues and take other actions to further the public affairs goals of Planned Parenthood. Work closely with the Washington Team Lead, the Political Director, Director of Public Policy and Communications Specialist as well as the whole PPVNW team to grow our activist and supporter base.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Guides the development of advocacy, voter contact and field programs in assigned service area and collaborates with Washington Team Lead, Political Director and PPVNW staff on goal setting. Builds capacity and grassroots partnerships to effectively advance state and federal policy initiatives.
  • Serves as a credible source of knowledge and information; develops grows and maintains media relationships. Collaborates with other communications units to ensure consistency of internal and external messages, particularly with Washington Team Lead, Political Director, Director of Public Policy and the Communications Specialist. Develops and executes pro-active media outreach strategies to support Planned Parenthood's state and national initiatives.
  • Develops, grows, and maintains influential relationships with coalition partners, elected officials and their staff, community organizations, business organizations, the general public, the voting public and other Washington affiliate and PPVNW staff.
  • Responsible for managing volunteer recruitment and achieving recruitment goals to create and grow support and activist base. Trains volunteers and interns on priority issues, strategies, tactics, Planned Parenthood policies, and state specific-specific political processes.
  • Develops, guides, and coordinates grassroots mobilization efforts, including the voter education, engagement and mobilization efforts in support of both state and federal legislative issues.
  • Manages existing activist base, including regular communication with activists via phone, in person and e-organizing efforts. Works existing lists for purposes of movement building. Responsible for meeting state and affiliate goals with regard to list building and cleanup, voter identification and voter engagement.
  • Generates new activists and volunteers through organizing, outreach and special event efforts.
  • Executes on tactics and strategies as outlined in the statewide strategic plan, and statewide campaign plan.
  • Contributes to the overall effectiveness of the agency by adhering to established agency policies and practices.
  • Attends meetings and trainings as required.
  • Works evenings and weekends as needed to provide better customer service.
  • Demonstrates trustworthy and respectful behavior.
  • Performs all duties of position.
  • Regular, reliable, and punctual attendance required.
  • Adheres to PPVNW code of conduct and all policies, procedures and protocols. Demonstrates and maintains a high degree of professionalism. Supports and acts in accordance with PPVNW customer service standards. Values continuous learning and seeks ongoing training and development. Demonstrates and models diversity awareness.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Directs the activities of interns and volunteers as needed.
  • 2+ years experience in organizing/advocacy work or related volunteer experience. Good depth of knowledge of the craft of organizing and the legislative and political system.
  • Computer proficient with Microsoft Office required, the internet and other databases as needed. Experience with e-organizing and social networking is preferred.
  • The ability to use PCs, conferencing and presentation equipment, as well as telephone equipment is essential.
  • Use of standard office equipment and ability to move within a standard office setting.
  • Ability to walk to do door-to-door canvassing, as well as ability to stand for long periods of time while doing crowd canvassing, visibility or tabling.
  • Must comfortable with "cold calling" on issues and for volunteer recruitment and/or fundraising in some cases.
  • Strong ability to organize and successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team, and meet deadlines.
  • Must possess the skills to collaborate across groups and departments, connecting with and exhibiting a solid understanding of strategic priorities.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong initiative, self-motivated, and the ability to work under pressure and produce quality work within tight time constraints.
  • Must be able to communicate a public affairs agenda to the voting public, as well as the general public.
  • Strong commitment and ability to recruit, train, manage and perform the following voter engagement tactics including but not limited to: Phonebanking, doorbelling/canvassing, crowd canvassing, visibility efforts, grassroots lobbying, rallies, media events, and tabling.
  • Strong motivational skills, work ethic, and desire to mobilize citizens to be more actively involved and engaged in order to achieve progressive political victories on the local, state, and national level.
  • Demonstrated capacity for strategic thinking to identify and develop good organizing strategies appropriate to the accomplishment of organizing goals.
  • Ability to effectively mobilize people who are committed to reproductive health and rights, defending and increasing access to family planning services and sexuality education, and ensuring that a woman’s right to choose remains secure.
  • Ability to travel both in-state and nationally as needed.
  • Must have reliable transportation.

Please send cover letters and resumes to me at

Thank you,
Olgy Diaz
Regional Office Coordinator, Data Management Specialist
2001 E. Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98122
Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest
P 206.320.7651 | F 206.328.6810| C 253.228.8567

Thursday, March 29, 2012


Wednesday, April 4, 2012
5:00-6:00 PM
University of Puget Sound (exact location TBA)

Meet Jay Inslee, Democratic candidate for Washington State Governor, for a question-and-answer session at the University of Puget Sound. This is an exciting opportunity for students to find out more about one of the top races in the nation!

Location to be announced shortly, pending final event approval from UPS. This is a nonpartisan event with assistance provided by Pierce County Young Democrats. We are also looking to host a second guest -- Stay tuned for more information!

RSVP by Facebook at

For more information contact:
Benjamin Anderstone
(c) 253-278-3167

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Philosophy Talk this Friday with Guest Lecturer

"Rule Over None: Social Equality and the Value of Democracy"
A talk by Niko Kolodny, Professor of Philosophy at UC Berkeley
Friday 3/30 at 5pm in Trimble Forum

More information about the talk can be found here:

The talk is the keynote address for the Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference taking place on Friday and Saturday. Some of the other talks by guest student speakers should also be of interest to Politics students, the full program can be found here:

Internship with Project Votesmart

Project Vote Smart is a national, non-partisan, non-profit political research library located in the Montana Rockies. The Project was founded by former US Presidents Carter and Ford, as well as 40 other prominent national leaders of both major political parties and funded by the Carnegie and Ford Foundations. The New York Times said that “Project Vote Smart is so good that even the Federal Government recommends it.”

We are currently accepting applications for our National Internship Program. This year we are excited to announce our new online application system where students can now submit their applications completely electronically, expediting the review and acceptance process! To apply online or to get more information about Project Vote Smart, please visit I hope you will look over our website and forward our information to any interested students. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks to the generous support of our members across the country, we are once again able to offer the Barry Goldwater scholarship to all accepted students. This scholarship provides room and board for the duration of the student’s 10 week internship at our headquarters, the Great Divide Ranch in Montana.

Through our internships, your students will have a unique opportunity to be involved with the political process, while enjoying one of the most spectacular places on earth. Our internship will give your students the chance to provide millions of people with factual, unbiased information, as well as the opportunity to stroll around pristine lakes and rivers, hike throughout the Rocky Mountains, or ski some of the best slopes in the country. During an internship with Project Vote Smart, students will work hard and learn a great deal, all in an environment defined by its beautiful scenery and the commitment of its staff and interns.

Our internships, as with all the other areas of the organization, focus on the end product: providing voters with pertinent, factual information on presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and state legislative candidates and elected officials. For students, this means a hands-on internship with significant opportunities for learning and growth. In fact, more than 90 percent of the information that Project Vote Smart provides is researched, entered, and checked by interns and volunteers. This system has been developed and cultivated specifically to ensure that interns are primarily responsible for the research; the few staff members are here simply to train and guide interns in what needs to be accomplished.

Please ask your students to consider this opportunity and contact me with any questions at 1-888-VOTESMART (1-888-868-3762) or via email at I look forward to working together to provide your students with an unforgettable learning experience.

Tallie Spiller
Project Vote Smart
Internship Coordinator


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 Vote Smart internship you must meet the following:
  • Set aside political beliefs and be objective and non-partisan while working.
  • Be in good standing with your university/school.
  • Commit to 10 consecutive weeks.
  • 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:
  • Completed application form.
  • Resume and cover letter.
  • Minimum of three academic or professional references. References need only be names and contact information.
Applications can be found at

Postgraduate Study at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

From: Cenisec
Date: Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 7:57 AM
Subject: Postgraduate Study at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

March 2012
Dear Colleagues,

I write to introduce the postgraduate programmes offered by the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin. I should be grateful if you would bring the attached information / literature to the attention of any students who may be interested in postgraduate opportunities in Ireland for 2012-2013 or, indeed, in the future.

All of our programmes focus on aspects of conflict, dialogue, peace and reconciliation. In addition to our research (M.Litt. and Ph.D.) degrees, we have three specialized Masters programmes:

M.Phil. in International Peace Studies – please contact: Mary Priestman, (

M.Phil. in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies – please contact: Christine Houlahan, (

M.Phil. in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation – please contact: Caroline Clarke, (

In addition we offer a Semester in Northern Ireland programme for Visiting Undergraduates: - please contact: Caroline Clarke, (

The Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD is the only cross-border university department, so students can study in either Dublin or Belfast, or can have an experience of both contexts, depending on their particular academic interests. In any one year, we have approximately 100 students following our taught Masters programmes, together with approximately 45 research students studying for the degrees of Ph.D and M.Litt. ISE is also playing a central role in Trinity’s new South Asian Initiative and is honoured to provide the academic home within Trinity for the Rotational Chair in Indic Studies. Professor Felix Wilfred of the University of Madras was the first incumbent. Provision for a second Chair-holder is currently being arranged.

Our programmes aim to combine the highest academic standards with ethical engagement on the critical issues of the day, and are of interest to those recognizing the need to develop new or additional skill sets, thereby attaining competencies, increasingly sought after in research, policy and practice spheres.

In addition to students from Ireland and the EU, we have a strong contingent of students from the USA, Canada and the developing nations, many of whom have been awarded prestigious scholarships. Profiles of our alumni and alumnae indicate that they play an increasingly important role as policy-makers, educationalists, mediators and reconcilers. They work with various organisations including the United Nations, European Union, and the World Council of Churches, and are present in many countries including Australia, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Georgia, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexico, Nepal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, St Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Turkey, USA, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Others proceed to further research in pursuance of a career in higher academic studies; others, within socially rooted education initiatives; still others in leading roles in a range of sectors in international civic society.

Apart from the attraction of Irish cultural life and the opportunity of studying in one of the world’s leading universities, these students are drawn by the international profile of staff research. Current research projects include: globalization and ethics; religion and civil society; comparative theology and interreligious dialogue; the ethics of non-violence; the work of truth and reconciliation commissions; religion and American foreign policy; the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation; and modern religious fundamentalism.

Having welcomed over the years many international students to the School, we should greatly appreciate your help in encouraging students from your University / College to explore some of the unique options of study among a truly cosmopolitan interdisciplinary cohort of scholars at ISE, Trinity College Dublin.

Thank you for giving this information your consideration. If there are appropriate persons (or venues) to whom further literature should be sent, I should be most grateful for your advice and guidance.

For information regarding all relevant closing dates or to apply on-line please refer to the following websites:
Applications will be considered after the closing dates only if places remain available.

With good wishes, I am,
Yours sincerely

Dr Geraldine Smyth
Associate Professor and
Head of Irish School of Ecumenics,
Trinity College Dublin,
at Bea House,
Milltown Park,
Dublin 6, Ireland

Congrats to Laura Lasswell, Fulbright Scholar!

Congratulations to Laura Lasswell '12, who was awarded a highly competitive Fulbright to Germany for 2012-13.  This is the department's second Fulbright in the past two years, following Kammi Sheeler '11 who is currently on a Fulbright in Bosnia.  Interested in applying for a Fulbright?  If you are currently a junior or senior, the on-campus deadline for applications will be early next September.  Seniors can also apply next fall, even though they will have graduated--Fulbright requires that have have your degree, not that you be enrolled in school.  So start now.  More information about Fulbrights--where you can go, what host countries want, and a range of other information--can be found here:

Wednesday 3/28 CFR Conference Call: Food Security

From Professor Seth Weinberger:

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you and your students to participate in the next Academic Conference Call on Wednesday, March 28, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY 326. Catherine Bertini, professor of public administration and international affairs at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will discuss food security.

Ms. Bertini currently serves as co-chair of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs' global agricultural development initiative and chair of its girls in rural economies initiative. For two years, she was senior fellow, agricultural development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Bertini was the driving force behind reform of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), where she was the chief executive for ten years. She was named the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate for her leadership at WFP in ending famine and decreasing hunger. Ms. Bertini was appointed executive director of the WFP in 1992 upon the recommendation of President George H. W. Bush and was re-appointed with the support of the administration of President William J. Clinton.

Please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger at if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, 3/28 Panel Presentation on European Debt Crisis

Greetings Economics Students and other Interested Faculty and Students

The Economics Department is sponsoring a panel presentation on the causes and consequences of the European debt crisis. The event will feature Professors Wade Hands, Garrett Milam, Pierre Ly and Matt Warning. It will be held on Wednesday, March 28 in MC 309 at 4 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Please come!

Ross (for the Economics Faculty)

Ross C. Singleton, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Economics
(253) 879-3591

Friday, March 23, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Office Management Specialist-Foreign Service

United States Department of State
An Equal Opportunity Employer
How to apply

Major Duties
Foreign Service Office Management Specialists serve at U.S. embassies, consulates and other U.S. missions abroad as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, and the Florida Regional Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Duties vary greatly depending on the size of the post and the particular position to which assigned. Assignments can vary from working in a Political or Economic Section in one mission to working in the Management or Security Section in another. A strong command of the English language, superior office management skills and in-depth knowledge of office computer software are essential for this position. Foreign Service Office Management Specialists are frequently called upon to perform a variety of special duties in addition to regular functions. Basic duties may include the following:

Supporting ambassador, senior management, or other officer - tracks and supports meetings, event invitations, courtesy calls, visitors, phone bills, preparations for meetings, arranges travel, processing expense vouchers, etc.

Supporting representational events and visitors - helps plan events, tracks event budgets, monitors cash for events, monitors event supplies, coordinates event attendance, maintains event guest lists, receives and records visitors, serves as control officer, etc.

Preparing written materials - prepares briefing materials, drafts documents, facilitates agendas and follow-up from meetings, processes meeting notes, produces weekly activity reports, reviews newsletters, processes information requests, maintains procedure manuals, facilitates required reports, etc.

Supporting management staff - edits position descriptions, trains staff, supervises staff, tracks performance reviews, participates on committees, maintains databases on office and/or management issues, maintains databases on job bidders, supports time and attendance reporting, maintains leave information, supports temporary duty staff.

Supporting information technology and records - provides computer software support, maintains tasking system, maintains diplomatic note tracking system, supports the message tracking system, supports travel systems, uses electronic cable system, supports the embassy website, maintains biographic data, maintains files, supports funding systems, and supports other electronic record systems as needed.

Managing office - supports emergency response processes, ensures security of classified information, tracks office equipment maintenance, procures supplies, answers phone, distributes mail, etc.

Integrating with local culture - learns culture, develops relationships, participates in local organizations, etc.

Assisting other offices as necessary.

More information can be found at
Congressman Adam Smith's Washington, D.C. and Tacoma, WA Offices Currently Accepting Internship Applications

The offices of Congressman Adam Smith are accepting applications for Summer 2012 internships. By assisting the Congressman’s district staff, interns have the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge about how a Congressional office provides constituent services and interacts with the community. Interns in the Washington, D.C. office will have an opportunity to learn about the legislative process and the federal government by working closely with legislative, communications and constituent services staff members. All internships are unpaid and candidates who are chosen for the Washington, D.C. office may be responsible for paying their travel and living expenses. Interns in any office can arrange to receive academic credit for their work.

Candidates should have an interest in the legislative process, possess excellent writing and communication skills, have an understanding of the American political system and work well as part of a team. Pacific Northwest ties are a plus!

Washington, D.C. Office
The Washington, D.C. office is currently seeking full-time and part-time unpaid interns. Full-time interns may be compensated for their travel, and part-time interns will be unpaid.

Job Responsibilities:
Legislative interns will be responsible for projects such as writing correspondence, providing support for daily legislative tasks, fielding constituent phone calls and other requests. Other duties include leading Capitol building tours and providing staff with general office support. During their term, interns will also have the opportunity to attend briefings and committee hearings of personal interest and complete individual and team goals.

Applicants must currently be enrolled in school. Interns may earn college credit, depending on the requirements of the institution.

Tacoma, Washington District Office:
The District Office is currently seeking full-time and part-time unpaid interns.

Job Responsibilities:
Interns in the District Office have an opportunity to work in community outreach, constituent services and drafting policy and issue updates. This includes working with caseworkers to help constituents with issues relating to immigration, military and government agencies, among others. Depending on interests, interns also have an opportunity to participate in community outreach, attending meetings and events with outreach staff and Congressman Smith and assisting with town hall meetings.

Other intern duties are administrative: assisting staff with answering phones, data entry, scanning/copying and other tasks as needed. The position requires between 10 to 40 scheduled hours per week during posted business hours (8:00am to 5:00pm).

Washington, D.C. Office: April 1, 2012
Tacoma, WA District Office: April 20, 2012

Applicants must submit an application packet including a letter of interest, resume and two letters of recommendation to the following address:

Washington, D.C. Internship
Rebecca Bryant
Office of Congressman Adam Smith
2402 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515

Tacoma, WA District Office Internship
Carrie Locken
Office of Congressman Adam Smith
2209 Pacific Ave, Suite B
Tacoma, Washington 98402
Download the Washington, D.C. Application
Download the District Office Application

Wed, 3/21 P&G Brown Bag at Noon with Prof Matthew Ingalls

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday, 3/20 Global Politics Film Series: District 9

At 6:30 pm in Wyatt 101. All are welcome!

Great Summer Jobs for Puget Sound Students

Dear Patrick,

I'm a director for the Fund for the Public Interest, a national non-profit that runs campaigns on environmental and social justice issues for groups like Environment America, U.S. PIRG and the Human Rights Campaign. Right now we're hiring students for summer jobs on our campaigns. We are holding information sessions and interviews at Puget Sound University on April 3rd and 4th and I was hoping you could help spread the word to students in your Comparative Politics class. I imagine some of them will be interested. There is a blurb below with all the information, can you send it out?

We would also love to come make a special announcement to your Comparative Politics class.

Thanks for your consideration!

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. We run campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America. This summer we will be in over 50 cities, working and lobbying to help win environmental and social justice campaigns.

Last summer our staff helped ban off-shore drilling to protect our coasts, repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and increase food safety standards to make school lunches safer- all while building valuable leadership skills.
Currently, we have paid positions open on our campaign staff in each of our locations. We require that interested candidates are hard workers and have excellent communication skills.

As a member of our staff, you will fundraise, build membership for our partner groups, and educate and activate citizens on pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.
We will be holding information sessions and interviews at Puget Sound University April 3rd and 4th at 10:30 and 4:30 on Tuesday, April 3 and at 10:00 and 4:00 on Wednesday, April 4 in the WSC room 101. Please email us to schedule a time.
To apply online, please visit or call 800-75-EARTH (753-2784).

Russell Hardwick
Citizen Outreach Director
Fund for the Public Interest

Paid Positions: Field Organizer and Campaign Manager

Professor O'Neil,

We have two more races that are looking for interns right now. Both of which will be hiring in May for full time Field Organizer and Campaign Manager roles respectively; students interested in the paid positions- particularly those without campaign experience so far- are highly encouraged to apply for the internships. These internships will be similar to the position I saw posted on the blog by the HDCC but would be working directly for the candidates instead of the caucus.

Nic Van Putten

Part-time internship
Bill Hilton for State Representative 25th LD (Democrat)
10-15 hours per week
March 20th through May 18th

Students interested in getting involved in politics and campaigns have an opportunity to earn experience and valuable skills.

In May, the campaign will be hiring for a paid position.

Responsibilities will include managing the candidate’s schedule, organizing fundraising events, doorbelling and phonebanking, organizing volunteers, and data entry.

No previous campaign experience is required, but a passion and interest in politics is a must. We are able to work with the student and university if the intern is seeking course credit for the position.

Part-time internship
Ben Lawver for State Representative 29th LD (Democrat)
10-15 hours per week
March through May 18th

Students interested in getting involved in politics and campaigns have an opportunity to earn experience and valuable skills.

The student will be working closely with state and local elected officials and leaders. In May, the campaign will be hiring for a paid position.

Responsibilities will include creating the campaign calendar, organizing fundraising events, managing public relations, organizing volunteers for doorbelling and phonebanking, and assisting in data entry.

No previous campaign experience is required, but a passion and interest in politics is a must. We are able to work with the student and university if the intern is seeking course credit for the position.

Internship Opportunity with Pierce County Council #4 - Immediate Start Date

Professor O'Neil,

I have an opportunity for an intern in Tacoma on one of my County Council campaigns that can start immediately. The information is below. Let me know if you have any questions

Thank you,
Nic Van Putten

Position Information:
Part-time unpaid internship
Sharon Benson for Pierce County Council #4 (Democrat)
10-15 hours per week
March 1st through May 18th

The intern will act as the campaign manager during the spring semester. Responsibilities will include managing the campaign calendar, organizing fundraising events, assisting the candidate with other fundraising efforts, organizing volunteers for doorbelling and phonebanking, and assisting in data entry. The work will be split between the campaign office in Tacoma and the intern’s home or dorm. No previous campaign experience is required. We are able to work with the student and university if the intern is seeking course credit for the position. To apply, please send a resume to

Monday, March 19, 2012

DC Intern Opportunity, Summer 2012

Dr. O’Neil,

My name is Drew Griffin and I am staff assistant for Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler in her DC office. I am beginning the process of looking for qualified summer interns to work in our DC office. I am actually a 2010 graduate from PLU and I know the quality students you have across town. If you would be able to inform students of this opportunity I would appreciate it. I will post the job opening in this e-mail. The internship is a great opportunity for students who are undergrads and want to get a feel of what a congressional office looks like as well as recent grads who are looking to get a foot in the door. The internship is unpaid, so interns would need to be able to afford living expenses. As a Republican office, we do ask for interns that are Republican. 3rd Congressional connections and Pacific Northwest ties in general are helpful. I appreciate any help you can provide in this matter.

Internship: The Office of Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) is seeking dedicated, enthusiastic, conservative individuals for summer internships. This internship provides ample opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. Duties include answering phones and mail, conducting tours of the U.S. Capitol, and assisting staff members and Congresswoman Herrera Beutler with achieving our legislative goals and constituent outreach. Applicants must be self-motivated and work well in a team setting. Strong writing and communication skills are also a must. Third District/Washington (State) ties are a plus.

Applicant Instructions:
All interested persons should contact Drew Griffin, Internship Coordinator for Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, at 202-225-3536 or if he/she has any questions.

Drew Griffin

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler

3rd Congressional District

(202) 225-3536

Student Internship at DEA in Tacoma

From the Chronicle of Higher Education--

Could Many Universities Follow Borders Bookstores Into Oblivion?
 March 7, 2012, 7:44 pm By Marc Parry

Atlanta — Higher education’s spin on the Silicon Valley garage. That was the vision laid out in September, when the Georgia Institute of Technology announced a new lab for disruptive ideas, the Center for 21st Century Universities. During a visit to Atlanta last week, I checked in to see how things were going, sitting down with Richard A. DeMillo, the center’s director and Georgia Tech’s former dean of computing, and Paul M.A. Baker, the center’s associate director. We talked about challenges and opportunities facing colleges at a time of economic pain and technological change—among them the chance that many universities might follow Borders Bookstores into oblivion...  

Read more at the link above.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Obama 2012 Openings

Many thanks to alum Chelsea Turnbull, who is currently serving as State Director for the Obama Campaign in Washington State, for these posts.

Employers are looking at your Facebook page...

And deciding if you're worth interviewing on that basis alone.
Facebook Can Tell You If A Person Is Worth Hiring
(Forbes Magazine)

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Fellowship to study in Indonesia!

Apply for the Darmasiswa Scholarship for Study in Indonesia

The Government of Indonesia provides funding to American students to study Indonesian language and culture at universities in Indonesia. American students may apply now to receive the Darmasiswa Scholarship, and we encourage U.S. institutions to promote this opportunity to students. Students may apply for one year, six months, or three months of study in Indonesia. The scholarship provides free tuition (including fees) at an Indonesian university as well as a monthly living stipend of 2,000,000 rupiah (roughly US$225).

More information can be found from the Darmasiswa website:

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Political Fundraising Internship

Colby Underwood
6242 2nd Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 – Fax: (206) 364-3430
Email: Website:


Colby Underwood Consulting LLC is a political consulting firm which specializes in all aspects of fundraising, from event coordination & online fundraising, to direct and mail solicitation. One part to full time intern (20 to 40 hours per week) is needed starting immediately!

 Learn how political campaigns are run
 Develop an extremely marketable skill set
 Networking & relationship building, knowledge & experience – many of our past interns have gone on to work at the upper levels of business & politics
 Learn local politics & develop relationships with candidates on a personal level
 Fun & challenging work atmosphere with professional acknowledgements

 Highly organized & very thorough
 Extraordinarily detail-oriented
 Marketing & business skills
 Self-sufficient; able to work without constant supervision
 Punctual
 Efficient with strong multi-tasking abilities
 Excellent communication skills
 Professional demeanor
 Very familiar with Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word.
 Genuine interest in fundraising & politics and learning more about how the political world works

This internship is unpaid but Colby Underwood Consulting LLC does offer college credit for completed internships

Email or fax resume and cover letter to:
Caitlin Foster, Hiring Manager
Colby Underwood Consulting LLC
Phone - (206) 364-2344
Fax- (206) 364-3430

Monday, March 05, 2012

Get Published--

From: PSA Journal ;

The Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics is the only nationally published journal for undergraduate research in political science. The deadline for submission for the Spring 2012 issue is March 31st, and we would like to encourage your students to submit high quality papers and theses. We would greatly appreciate it if you could suggest your students to submit to the Journal.
For your students to submit a piece, please email it (as a Word document) to Please have them include his or her name, university, and contact details (mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number). Submitted manuscripts must include a short abstract (roughly 150 words), and citations and references should follow the APSA Style Manual for Political Science. The maximum page length for submitted manuscripts is 35 double-spaced pages. Please refer to our website,, for more information about the journal and the publication process.

The Editors
The Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics

IHS Summer Seminars

Summer Seminars
Find out how individual liberty and economic freedom have shaped the modern world
For students interested in political science, I recommend the Summer Seminars offered by the Institute for Humane Studies. The seminars are a week of informative lectures and lively discussions where participants explore topics such as non-governmental solutions, public choice theory, and the moral justifications for individual rights.
Discover the classical liberal ideas that have helped to end slavery, inspire women’s suffrage, and give us religious freedom. What’s in store at an IHS Summer Seminar?

• Plenty of discussion about today’s toughest political and social issues
• Top-tier teaching on principles of liberty
• Fun and purposeful interaction with peers from around the globe

The Right Seminar for You: Choose from 11 Options

IHS provides programs tailored to a wide variety of backgrounds. Whether you’re a seasoned libertarian or just getting curious about individual liberty, attending an IHS Summer Seminar geared toward your interests will connect you to rich resources, engaging people, and enriching ideas.

Seminar themes range from liberty fundamentals to challenging advanced topics, to career-specific material focused on public policy, academia, or journalism. Seminar topics include peace, natural rights, individual autonomy, the morality of free enterprise, the role of a free press in society, and more.


Seminars take place on college campuses located across the United States. All participants receive a full scholarship covering housing, meals, and books. Participants are responsible for travel costs.


Undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates are eligible for most seminars (eligibility requirements vary by seminar; see specific seminar pages for details).
More info at

Keri Anderson
Student Coordinator
Institute for Humane Studies

Friday, March 02, 2012

Seniors: Jobs with USPIRG

A Message to Graduating Seniors:

You are no doubt trying to decide what you will do next year, or even for the next 5 years. I want to let you know more about opportunities in the public interest field.

U.S.PIRG is a federation of state-based public interest advocacy groups. This year we are hiring 100 graduating college students to determine where this country is going: to solve our energy problems; to reform the campaign finance system; to fight for banking reform and fix the financial crisis; to fight hunger and homelessness; and make an impact on many other public interest issues.

For more information I invite you to check out our website,

Irene Jeon
Program Associate, WashPIRG
1402 3rd Avenue, Suite 715
Seattle, WA 98101
(o) 206.568.2854 x2007
(f) 206.568.2858

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Democracy Matters Internship

Democracy Matters is accepting applications for paid internships through our Campus Internship Program. We are a non-partisan organization of students and professors working on campuses across the country to educate people about the role of private money in politics, and its impact on democracy. We call for alternatives that can reform and revitalize our political process thereby deepening democracy in the United States. Specifically, we organize around issues of campaign finance reform, full and partial funding of elections, and election reform.
We differ from other political groups on campus in that we are not linked to a political party and we do not concern ourselves with specific election campaigns. Instead, we are concerned with the process of campaigns - especially fundraising - and issues specifically related to political accountability and democracy.

Campus Leaders are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours/week.

• Build coalitions of student activists on your campus.
• Create a Democracy Matters chapter that can work with students, faculty and community activists to get private money out of politics and people back in.
• Organize at least four campaigns/events per semester (see Action Campaigns)
• Receive training and guidance from a Democracy Matter staff link who will work with you each week to develop your skills as an organizer.
• Attend the annual Democracy Matters student summit where you will meet with hundreds of other students from across the country and attend workshops to build your skills and issue awareness.
• Receive Democracy Matters materials – banner, flyers, DVD, t-shirt, stickers, and pins – to spread across your campus.
• $500 per semester
• Additional financial support for campaign/event expenses
• Service learning course credit (depends on college/university)
Applicants should have a commitment to social change and some organizing experience. No expertise in campaign finance reform is required.

For more information go to

Match Corps Teacher Residency for recent graduates

I hope you’ll indulge a short, out-of-the-blue email. I'm the Admissions Director of a great teacher prep program in Boston called MATCH Teacher Residency. Basically, we give recent college graduates one year of intense training designed to make them unusually effective rookie teachers. We then help them find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.

Our program has been training teachers for grades 6-12 from the very beginning, and we’re especially excited about our new Elementary teacher training program that launched last year.

All the info on our program can be found here:

I have a simple request that seems win-win if indeed you help one of your students find just the "right" opportunity upon graduation: Could you please take the time to forward the following blurb along to the students in your Political Science classes?

If you’d be kind enough to help, I'd be really grateful and send you all the positive karma I have.

All the best,

Colin Bottles
Director of Recruiting

To learn more, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

If this email was an unwanted intrusion, please send me a reply to that effect, and I’ll refrain from contacting you in the future.

Do you want to be an unusually effective first year teacher in a high-poverty charter school?

If so, you should consider MATCH Teacher Residency--a highly innovative, one-year teacher residency program.

Basically, we give recent college graduates one year of incredibly intense training designed to make them unusually effective rookie teachers. We then help them find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support them as they begin their careers in the classroom.

What sets MTR apart from other teacher prep programs? 1) We’re prescriptive, like a sports coach or piano teacher; you learn and practice very specific “Teacher Moves.” 2) Trainees are specifically being prepared to teach in certain charter schools with a track record of “turning around” low-performing kids. 3) We have a very particular approach, which involves building relationships 1-on-1 with kids and parents, then using those relationships to run a tight ship in class, enforcing rules consistently, and pushing/demanding a LOT from our kids.

MTR is no different from the MATCH Corps (our full-time tutoring program) from Monday to Thursday. However, unlike MATCH Corps, MTRs want to go on to become full-time teachers in high-poverty, “No Excuses” charter schools. So on Fridays and Saturdays, MTRs learn about the nuts and bolts of teaching, do tons of practice, and get a lot of coaching.

We’re especially proud of our brand new elementary school, MATCH Community Day, which specifically serves students who speak a language other than English at home. MATCH Teacher Residents have the option to serve at MATCH Community Day, or our previously established High School or Middle School. For more information on MATCH Community Day, have a look at:

Does MTR work? Yes—check out this study to see how MTR trained teachers tend to outperform other rookie (and second year) teachers:

For more information about MATCH Teacher Residency, check out this video:

Or go to our website:

Study Arabic abroad?

Students have asked at times where they might study Arabic overseas. There are programs in Cairo, and in past we've had a student go to Damascus (clearly not an option now). A couple of other options I and students have found that might be worth considering (and can be much cheaper). I can't vouch for the quality of either but they are worth investigating.

Palestine and Arabic Studies at Birzeit University, West Bank

Intensive Arabic Study, Kibbutz Barkai, Israel

Indonesia: 10 week language program

Interesting--open to seniors, $2000 for 10 weeks...

The United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) runs an intensive ten-week language and general studies program from June to August held at Gadjah Mada University for U.S. students and recent graduates selected in a competitive application process. The deadline for submitting an application is March 15, 2012.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and undergraduate college seniors, enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate degree program, or recent graduates of any tertiary educational institution (within 6 months). Applicants will be judged by the clarity of communication in their personal statements and by their demonstrated interest in Indonesia. A good academic record will be required as well as a demonstrated interest and success in learning languages. Previous foreign travel is desirable but not necessary. Stated career plans will be judged in part on the likelihood that such a career will involve communicating knowledge of Indonesia to a broader audience.

All application documentations must be submitted via email to In addition to the Application Cover Page, students are required to submit a 1-page personal statement, resume, transcripts, and one letter of recommendation.

For complete information on the program, including costs and eligibility requirements, please visit the USINDO website. Additional questions can be directed to, or call 202.232.1400.

Forbes Says: There are only three job interview questions

The only three true job interview questions are:

1. Can you do the job?
2. Will you love the job?
3. Can we tolerate working with you?

Read the whole piece here.

Career Positions with Grassroots Campaigns

From: Regan McBride
Date: Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Subject: Career Positions with Grassroots Campaigns
To: Rachel DeMotts

Hello Professor DeMotts,

My name is Regan, and I am a regional recruiter with Grassroots Campaigns. We run on the ground field campaigns for progressive causes and nonprofits. We are currently hiring graduating seniors for career positions running campaigns offices across the country after graduation. I will be on campus this week (2/28-3/1) as well as at the March 1 career fair.

Politics students tend to make some of the best candidates for our work, so please send our job announcement out to your current students. I have pasted the email below. Please BCC me when you send out this email so I know when to expect applicants from your direction.

Also, if you have any specific students that come to mind that you think would be interested in our work, please send me their name and email. I would love to get in touch with them with more detailed info, and they can set up a time to meet with me if they are interested.

People can apply by contacting me directly ( or by going online to our website ( – either way is great!

Thank you.

Regan McBride
Western Regional Organizer

TO: Interested Seniors
Subject: Progressive Campaign Job Opportunities for Graduating Seniors – Nationwide!

"The struggle for peace and social justice never ends, and one has to make a greater vow not to be discouraged from the activist path. . ."

Even though countless battles have been won over the past several years, we're still up against similar fights and identical challenges. From efforts towards equal rights for all, protecting the environment and alleviating poverty, now more than ever, we need activists to stand up for what is right.

There will always be easier paths to take, but no path will be more rewarding than the one fighting for these issues.

Grassroots Campaigns is currently hiring Assistant Canvass Directors to run field campaigns on behalf of issue based organizations like Oxfam America, ACLU and The Nature Conservancy.

Grassroots Campaigns is looking to interview top students to join our teams as Assistant Canvass Directors! There is no better time get involved and shape the next generation of activists that will take this country in a more progressive direction and see change on issues that matter now.

Students who are interested should apply directly to:

Regan McBride

Job Responsibilities:
• Recruitment: Build a team of 15-50 canvassers by recruiting from within the local community.
Interview prospective staff and make hiring decisions.
• 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.
• Canvassing: Canvass in the field for four days per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field and meet personal fundraising requirements.
• 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 experience 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 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 last through the 2012 Presidential Election. 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 (MA, NY, PA, OH, IL, IN, NM, MO, NC, CO, CA, WA, OR, TX, FL and Washington, D.C.). Ask Regan for details.

To Apply:
Contact Regan McBride at 617-922-1310 or

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

Grassroots Campaigns past and current clients include: Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, Oxfam America, the League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Equality California, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals, VoteVets, the Democratic National Committee, Political Action, Repower America, Working America, Common Cause, and the Center for American Progress 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.)