Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Campaign Opportunity for Students and Others!

From: Julia Bouchelle
Subject: Campaign Opportunity for Students and Others!
To: Patrick H O'Neil

Hi Professor O'Neil,

I am an organizer with Work for Progress, a non-profit organization committed to help activist-minded job seekers connect with progressive campaigns and organizations.  We are currently working with the Colorado Fair Share and Fair Share PAC to educate voters and re-elect President Obama.

Can you send out the description below to your students?

We are offering a terrific opportunity for students to volunteer on the Colorado Fair Share Alliance campaign. Students will have the chance to build enormous experience working on a grassroots campaign. And there are possible stipend and travel reimbursements available. Would it be possible for you to forward the description below to your students to let them know about this opportunity?


Julia Bouchelle
Work for Progress Recruitment Coordinator

Check out this campaign opportunity a group in Colorado is doing!

Are you worried about what this election could mean for our country? Then take action this semester!

Work for Progress needs volunteers who communicate well, work hard and are passionate about creating real, positive social change, to come to Colorado to mobilize hundreds of thousands of voters to re-elect President Obama.

Are we going to continue developing into a country where the rich get richer and the rest of us are left behind? From how we deal with Citizens United and corporate money in politics to how we turn around our educational system, the choice is clear: President Obama believes in giving every American a fair shot and building our country from the bottom up. Governor Romney does not.

With the Presidential election fast approaching, we are building a concentrated effort to win the battleground state of Colorado for President Obama. This purple state could decide this year’s Presidential election. Volunteers will need to take a leave of absence from their classes through November 6 in order to join our campaign and take a stand for progress.

During this campaign you will build grassroots campaign experience by identifying, persuading and mobilizing hundreds of thousands of voters to get to the polls on Election Day. Leadership opportunities are available to you on our campaign. While working in our offices across the state you will build staff management experience and learn the political organizing skills that it takes to win campaigns.

Volunteers with requisite leadership skills will receive a $91/wk stipend, plus up to $30/day for reimbursing housing and up to $30/ day for reimbursing food.

These volunteers may also quality for a travel award depending on the length of time they can be on the campaign: if they come for four weeks or more, we’ll pay for round trip; if they come for three weeks, we’ll pay for their return trip; if they come for less than three weeks, they will receive stipends and housings and food reimbursements, but will be responsible for their own travel.

For more information or to apply: Call (303)801-0580 or fill out an application at Work for Progress.

Paid for by Fair Share PAC.  Contact us at: 44 Winter St., 4th Floor, Boston, MA.  Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Global Poverty Project now hiring

The Global Poverty Project is a group committed to education and advocacy. We work in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. GPP operates a diverse series of campaigns designed to increase the number and effectiveness of people working to end extreme poverty within a generation. Two of our major campaigns are The End of Polio (www.endofpolio.com) and Live Below the Line (www.livebelowtheline.com). Live Below the Line encourages people to live on $1.50 a day for 5 days to get a better sense of extreme poverty while raising money for their favorite charity.
We are hiring four dedicated and energetic people- Road Scholars- to spread the message of extreme poverty around the United States. Road Scholars will spend some time in New York planning the tour and then will jump into our van for four months on a tour of several parts of the country. The crux of our organization and of the Spring Tour is the presentation ‘1.4 Billion Reasons’ that explains in a clear and comprehensive way the many facets of extreme poverty. As part of our team you will be actively involved in many aspects of our organization and will meet and inspire thousands of Americans.
Job Areas: Production, Presenter, Communications, and Logistics
·         Develop, produce, edit, and post film and photo content documenting the tour and the content of the presentation
·         Generate promotional clips about GPP to keep our growing audience engaged
·         Create platforms on which video and photo content will be shared
·         Assist in the planning and logistics of the tour
·         Experiment with new and creative ways to leverage media in order to engage audiences
·         Learn the presentation
·         Deliver the 60 minute presentation to groups around the United States
·         Understand and be conversant in background material pertinent to extreme poverty
·         Understand theoretical and practical elements of international development
·         Merchandising outreach
·         Manage finances on the tour
·         Assist in tour preparation including production of a tour manual
·         Develop, in conjunction with our media team, a thorough communications/social media strategic plan
·         Create the platforms on which we will communicate during the tour
·         Spearhead local media campaigns
·         Develop press releases for all stages of the tour
·         Experiment with new and creative ways to leverage social media in order to engage audiences
Logistics: [Position begins October 8]
·         Develop a strategic plan for the Spring Tour and determine which cities and states to visit
·         Lead outreach to community groups, universities, and schools to schedule presentations
·         Coordinate with GPP staff to develop relationships with former tour hosts
·         Develop a budget for the tour and determine what resources will be needed
We're looking for people that are hard-working, adventurous, and dedicated to fighting extreme poverty. Previous experience related to the position(s) for which you are applying is critical.
To apply please send a CV and cover letter to hr_us@globalpovertyproject.com.

Accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Student Experience Program

From: U.S. Department of State  
Subject: Accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Student Experience Program (formerly known as the U.S. Department of State Internship Program) 
To: Patrick H O'Neil  


Announcing the U.S. Department of State Student Experience Program (formerly known as the U.S. Department of State Internship Program). 

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency. 

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 265 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts. 

As a Student Experience intern, you may have the opportunity to: 

Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials; 

Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives; 

 Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues; 

 Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; 

and Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.

So consider spending your summer 2013 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.*

 * Applicants who are selected for a U.S. Department of State Student Experience can contact the selecting bureau, or the central Student Programs office, if they require further details about the program to support their request for academic credit.

 Please visit http://careers.state.gov/students/programs for more information about the Student Experience Program, and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is November 2, 2012. 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 careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information. U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Applications for Green Corps 2013-14 now available

To build a powerful, winning movement, environmentalists need trained and committed organizers who will combat the corporate interests that dominate the political process, mobilize Americans around core environmental values, and re-engage the volunteer constituency that will carry the movement to victory.
The mission of Green Corps is to recruit and train organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament and commitment needed to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles.
Green Corps' one-year, full-time, paid Field School for Environmental Organizing includes intensive classroom training, hands-on field experience running urgent environmental campaigns, and career placement in positions with leading environmental groups.
If you want to gain the skills to run a campaign to stop global warming, defend old growth forests from corporate logging companies, or start your own environmental group, apply to Green Corps' 2012-2013 Field School for Environmental Organizing.

Early Application Deadline September 30th, 2012 Contact Aaron Myran, Recruitment Director at Aaron@greencorps.org with questions. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Career Fair Next Thursday, Sept. 27

Regardless of their major or year in school, the Career Fair is an excellent way for students to explore career options, and practice talking to employers.

Please encourage your students to attend the Career Fair on Thursday, September 27 from 4-7:00 p.m. in WSC Marshall Hall. 

We’re excited about the group of organizations attending the Fair this fall—Nordstrom and the Seattle Mariners are high-profile organizations that may appeal to all Puget Sound students. Also, here is a sampling of organizations that may be of particular interest to P&G students:

The City of Tacoma operates under the Council-Manager form of government and employees approximately 3,700 employees.

Fuse is the largest progressive organization in the State of Washington, using technology and grassroots organizing to protect equality and progressive policies in our state.

JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Program seeks to enhance internationalization by promoting mutual understanding between Japan & other nations. The program encourages foreign language & culture exchange by inviting foreign representatives to live and work in Japan for a year.

Peace Corps: Volunteers* work in over 70 countries around the world in the fields of education, health and HIV/AIDS, business, IT, the environment, agriculture and youth development. *Peace Corps ”Volunteers” are not without financial support.

Princeton in Asia offers service-oriented posts in education, journalism, international development (NGOs), and business, with a majority of fellows working as English teachers at universities and high schools.

Surfrider, committed to promoting clean water, beach access, and other advocacy issues, is seeking Community Organizer Interns, Legislative Policy Interns, and Student Interns with science backgrounds for specific project research.

For a complete listing of organizations that are attending, visit the Career Fair Participant List.

P&G Brown Bag with Professor Erickson 9/27

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

The Elie Wiesel 2013 Prize in Ethics essay contest is accepting applications and essay submissions online now at www.ethicsprize.org for full time Juniors and Seniors. First Prize is $5,000! Submission deadline is December 3rd, 2012.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship Program invites college graduates to apply for full-time, six-to-nine month fellowships in Washington, DC. Outstanding individuals will be selected to work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues. Applications are especially encouraged from candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy.
Program and Purpose
Scoville Fellows will choose to work with one of the twenty-eight organizations participating in the program. With the assistance of the program director, Fellows will select a placement which best matches their interests and the needs of the host organization. Participating organizations provide office space and support, supervision and guidance for Fellows’ work. With the exception of Congressional lobbying, Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, and organizing that support the goals of their host organization.
The purpose of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for college graduates to gain practical knowledge and experience by contributing to the efforts of nonprofit, public-interest organizations working on peace and security issues.
Salary and Benefits
Fellows receive a salary of $2,600 per month and health insurance, plus travel expenses to Washington, DC. The program also provide $1,000 per fellow for professional development to attend relevant conferences or meetings that could cover travel, accommodations, and registration fees.
Some lenders may permit Scoville Fellows to defer college loan payments during their fellowship. Check with your individual lenders.
Issue Areas Covered by the Scoville Fellowship 
Arms Control/Disarmament, including Nuclear Test Ban, Ballistic Missile Proliferation/Defense, Conventional Arms Transfers, Weapons Proliferation–Nuclear, Biological and Chemical
Conflict Prevention/Resolution
Defense Budget
Dismantling Chemical and Nuclear Weapons in the former Soviet Union
Environmental and Energy Security, including the Nexus of Climate Change and Energy Use, Conflict, and Resource Scarcity
Environmental Impact/Cleanup of Nuclear Weapons Production Complex
Export Controls
International Security
Regional/Ethnic Conflicts, including East Asia, South Asia,  Middle East
United Nations, including UN Peacekeeping
Applicants whose area of interest falls outside of the above list are unlikely to be selected as a Scoville Fellow.
Selection Criteria
This is a highly competitive fellowship designed for people who have already demonstrated a strong interest in the field, and not intended for those who want to try a semester in Washington. Successful candidates must be good writers who are adept at working in a fast paced office environment. We are seeking people considering a career working on international peace and security issues with public-interest organizations, the Federal Government, academia, or media.
Prospective Fellows are expected to demonstrate excellent academic accomplishments and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues.
Experience with public-interest activism or advocacy such as
Organizing a campus forum and/or outreach campaign, meeting with decisionmakers, or rallies
Working with or joining a campus, local, or national organization
Active participation in conferences
Writing and publication of opinion pieces in both traditional and new media
Candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree by the time the fellowship commences. Preference is given to United States citizens, although a fellowship to a foreign national residing in the U.S. is awarded periodically. Non-U.S. citizens living outside the United States are not eligible to apply. The Scoville Fellowship is not intended for students or scholars interested in pursuing independent research in Washington, DC.
Preference will be given to individuals who have not had substantial prior public-interest or government experience in the Washington, DC area.

 For more information on how to apply go to http://scoville.org/apply/application-information/

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

P&G Brownbag this Friday

P&G Brownbag Series

Reconstructing a Nation:
Lingering Tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Friday, September 7
2 pm
Wyatt 301

Kammi Sheeler, a Politics & Government Alumna (’11) and Fulbright scholar, will discuss the current political and ethnic dynamics of Bosnia and Herzegovina based on her research and travel experience in the region.  Nearly seventeen years after the Dayton Peace Agreement ended the Bosnian War, the fundamental questions of identity, legitimacy, and allegiance that drove the war remain unanswered.  Kammi will overview the ongoing divisions and the conflicting perspectives at play in modern Bosnian politics.  She will also discuss the international community’s role in efforts to consolidate Bosnia as an independent, united state.


Organizing for America Internships

From: eekathrein@gmail.com  On Behalf Of Emily Kathrein
Subject: Political Internship Opportunity for UPS Students!


My name is Emily Kathrein and I am the Youth Vote Director at Organizing for America - Washington (OFA WA), a project of the Washington State Democrats.
OFA WA is a multi-discipline organization that uses social media, communications and grassroots strategies to organize communities throughout the state. Since the 2008 election cycle, more and more young people have shown a greater interest in civic participation, community service and electoral politics. For those students, OFA WA offers a unique opportunity to work within their interests while gaining valuable interpersonal and leadership skills – OFA WA’s 2012 Fall Fellows Internship Program..
·  2012 Fall Fellows Internship Program: Students who have a passion and commitment to learn and gain on the job campaign experience can apply to OFA’s 2012 Fall Fellows Internship Program. Over the course of the internship students will learn principles of organizing and basic campaign strategy while implementing what they learn daily. Students who complete the program walk away with lifelong skills such as time management, critical thinking, and team building. 

We look forward with working with you all during this exciting campaign season!  We ask that you share this information with your colleagues and all students who would be interested. If you have any questions regarding the specifics of our programs, please contact me at ekathrein@ofawashington.com or 206.218.4403.

Emily Kathrein

Fall Fellows Internship Application:

Emily Kathrein
Youth Vote Director 

Work: 206.218.4403
Cell: 402.699.4739

 “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” - George Eliot

Kammi Sheeler, UPS '11, talk on Bosnia and Herzegovenia

Kammi, who received a prized Fulbright to study in the Balkans, will give a talk, entitled, "Reconstructing a Nation: Lingering Tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina," on Friday, September 7, at 2 p.m. in Wyatt 301.

CFR Conference Call – Wednesday September 12: Iran: The Nuclear Challenge

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Professor Seth Weinberger invites you to participate in the first session of the Fall 2012 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, September 12, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in Wyatt 326. Robert D. Blackwill, CFR's Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy, will discuss the issues and contingencies surrounding Iran's nuclear program.

Ambassador Blackwill is the editor of the recent CFR ebook "Iran: The Nuclear Challenge." Previously, he was senior fellow at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, from 2008 to 2010, after serving from 2004 to 2008 as president of BGR International, a Washington consulting firm. As deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic planning under President George W. Bush, Ambassador Blackwill was responsible for government-wide policy planning to help develop and coordinate the mid- and long-term direction of American foreign policy. He also served as presidential envoy to Iraq, and was the administration's coordinator for U.S. policies regarding Afghanistan and Iran.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Professor Weinberger (sweinberger@pugetsound.edu) ASAP.