Monday, September 30, 2013

WA State Legislative Internships Info Session, Oct 3rd!

Thursday, October 3rd
Wyatt 101

Spend the spring semester working in Olympia as staff for members of the Washington State House of Representatives or Senate with other undergraduates from all over the state. As part of this program you will also participate in seminars and workshops simulating and learning about the legislative process and state politics. You will also have the opportunity to job shadow state officials, visit the Supreme Court or take a trip to British Columbia. 

Learn more about this full-time, paid internship program Thursday evening at 5:30.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Robin Jacobson

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Congrats to Leah Kennebeck

Leah Kennebeck '13 writes from DC that she has been hired as a Staff Assistant for Congressman Derek Kilmer.  Congrats, Leah!  We have numerous alums working in and around Congress, so students interested in that career path should drop by the department and chat up Professor Sousa or O'Neil.

PLU Talk - Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

     I am writing to inform you of Dr. Zachary Kaufman¹s upcoming talk at Pacific Lutheran University, entitled Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities, on October 8 at 7 PM. The event will take place in the Anderson University Center, Chris Knutzen Hall, and is generously supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative.

      Dr. Kaufman will explore the idea of social entrepreneurship and its potential to transform societies in the aftermath of great atrocities. Based on his most recent book, Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing our World, Dr. Kaufman¹s work is especially pertinent as we approach the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide (April 2014) and debate humanitarian and military intervention in Syria.

     Dr. Kaufman is a Fellow at Yale Law School (at both the Orville H.Schell, Jr. Center for Human Rights and the Information Society Project), at Yale University's Genocide Studies Program, and at the Yale School of Management's Program on Social Enterprise. He is also a lecturer in Yale's Department of Political Science and has recently earned affiliation with Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy.

More information on Dr. Kaufman can be found at:

The talk is free and open to the public; a reception will follow. 

$1,000 AfterCollege Scholarship-Deadline Sept. 30th

From: AfterCollege, Bri Kapellas []
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:39 AM

Please share the below scholarship reminder with students so they can apply before the upcoming September 30th deadline.

Kind regards,

Bri Kapellas
AfterCollege University Relations

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Available to currently enrolled students of all disciplines

You may be eligible for additional scholarships. See a full list of AfterCollege scholarships here.

How to apply? Submit the brief online application(s) and complete your AfterCollege profile with a concise, but impactful, résumé-style personal statement and your skills, accomplishments, etc. 

What is AfterCollege? See for yourself! Check out Explore, AfterCollege's job and internship discovery tool. Opportunities are presented based on your school, major and graduation date. Use the smileys to tell us which jobs you are, or aren't, interested in to get more relevant recommendations. Think Pandora or Netflix, but for internships and jobs.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hannah Arendt Screening in Tacoma

The critically-acclaimed film HANNAH ARENDT will be playing at The Grand Cinema in Tacoma next week.  The docudrama focuses on Arendt's experiences covering the Adolf Eichmann trial for THE NEW YORKER magazine and the subsequent public outcry about her claim that Eichmann's evil was characterized more by "thoughtlessness" and "banality" rather than an overtly malicious will.  Showing Sunday (9/29) and Tuesday (10/1).  

More information available here:

Internship Opportunity - The World Affairs Council

The World Affairs Council has a few remaining internship positions available in our Global Classroom department. Our Fall internship program begins next week and we are hoping to fill the remaining spots quickly.

All applicants should apply here:

Jesse Foster Operations Director World Affairs Council
2200 Alaskan Way, Ste 450
Seattle, WA 98121
p: 206.441.5910 ext. 315

Monday, September 23, 2013

Career Fair September 26th

Regardless of their major or year in school, the Career Fair is an excellent way for students to explore career options, and practice presenting themselves in a professional manner.

 Please encourage your students to attend the Career Fair this Thursday, September 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in WSC Marshall Hall.
 While most organizations seek staff with excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills, here are a few with that may particularly appeal to students with an interest in cultural, political, or international issues:

 “Global Washington is a broad-based membership association that promotes and supports the global development sector in the state of Washington. The global development sector clusters around four issue areas: Economic Development & Poverty Alleviation, Global Health, Education; Global Engagement and Climate, Environment; Agriculture.

 “The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program seeks to enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. It aims to improve foreign language education in Japan and to encourage international exchange at the local level by fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth. Participants serve as either Coordinators for International Relations or as Assistant Language Teachers.

 “Lutheran Volunteer Corps Volunteers work in such areas as AIDS/HIV, addiction and recovery, anti-racism, children and youth, community development, education, employment, the environment, food and hunger, LGBTQ rights, health care, housing and homelessness, immigration and refugees, international solidarity, legal assistance, peace, and more.”

 “Peace Corps volunteers live, learn, and work with a community in one of more than 70 countries overseas. The Peace Corps is a 27-month commitment during which volunteers provide technical assistance in six program areas: education, agriculture, environment, health, youth and community development, business and information and communications technology.”

Washington State Legislature Policy Interns will spend spring semester working in Olympia as staff for members of the Washington State House of Representatives or Senate. You’ll have the opportunity to shadow state officials, participate in workshops that simulate Legislative processes, and learn to write for the Legislature. Read the full job description in LoggerJobs on Cascade.

 World Trade Center Tacoma: As part of a worldwide network of World Trade Centers, we help local businesses succeed in the global market. As a trade association for exporters, importers and service providers, we offer a variety of programs and resources to stimulate international trade.

 Additionally, a few organizations with broad appeal include: Coca-Cola, Nordstrom, and Target. These, and most other Career Fair employers, want to hire talented Puget Sound students regardless of their major. 

· For a complete listing of organizations that are attending, visit the Career Fair Participant List.
· To request a pre-printed nametag, students should sign up before the 26th.
· To develop a Career Fair strategy, students are invited to attend the Tuesday, Sept 24th Prep Session.
· For quick resume reviews and last-minute questions, students can take advantage of CES’ special all-day Drop-in schedule on Wednesday, Sept 25.

Thank you for helping to spread the word. We hope to see you and your students at the Fair on Thursday! Kris Hay
Communications Coordinator UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND
Career and Employment Services 253.879.3249

Professor Sousa's book report....

American Environmental Policy: Beyond Gridlock, co-authored by Christopher McGrory Klyza of Middlebury College and P&G's own David Sousa,  has just been published by MIT Press. This is an updated and expanded version of the book first published in 2008, including a new preface and a new chapter analyzing environmental politics and policy in the Obama years.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Application for the Critical Language Scholarship is now available what are you waiting for?

Study Abroad Fair and more

Study Abroad Fair – Tuesday, September 24th, 10:00 -2:00 @ Wheelock Rotunda

Brown Bag Lunch Series

  • Puget Sound Spanish Study Abroad Programs: Wednesday October 2nd, 12:00-1:00 @ WSC BoardRoom (108).
  • Study Abroad in the United Kingdom: Thursday, October 17th, 12:30 - 1:30 @ WSC BoardRoom (108).

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bentley University Graduate School of Business Visit - Monday, September 23

Bentley University, located outside of Boston, MA, will have a representative in the Wheelock Student Center on Monday, September 23, 11:30a-1:30p.  Bentley has been here a few times before and finds our students particularly suited to their range of graduate business programs – three varieties of MBAs, and MS degrees in Accountancy, Business Analytics, Finance, Financial Planning, Human Factors in Information Design, Information Technology, Marketing Analytics, and Taxation.

Please share with your students and faculty colleagues (to share with their students!).  As always, please let me know if you need additional information or have suggestions.  Thanks for your work with our students.

Landon Wade
Director, Academic Advising
University of Puget Sound

US State Department Internships!

Hello: We are now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State 2014 Summer Student Internship Program (unpaid).

 Click here ( to go directly to USAJobs to start the Gateway to State online application.

Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is November 1, 2013.

 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 an unpaid 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 2014 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 Internship Program (unpaid) 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 for more information about the Summer 2014 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is November 1, 2013. 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 search our FAQs for more information.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Competition 2014

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Competition 2014 is now accepting essays. Prizes are up to $5,000. This year's suggested topic:

Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have
encountered and analyze what it has taught you
about ethics and yourself.

 Application deadline is December 2, 2013. Learn more at

Apply to be a Department of State Intern

Announcing the U.S. Department of State 2014 Summer Student Unpaid Internship.  The program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in unpaid internships that provide professional experience and personal growth and learning within a foreign affairs environment.

The U.S. Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency responsible for advancing freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community. The Department’s employees, Foreign Service Officers and Specialists, Civil Service professionals and Foreign Service Nationals work at over 265 locations overseas, and throughout the United States. Together, they help to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship is an unpaid, intensive internship offering U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students a chance to participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with representatives of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign and Civil Services.  The program is both professionally and academically beneficial, providing participants with hands-on experience and insight into the substance and daily operations of U.S. foreign policy.

More Information in the brochure

Apply online now! Deadline is November 1, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Tacoma Film Festival

OCTOBER 7, 2013 – 

First Session – 2:00pm – Community and Health Care in Rural America
Directed by Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman
Documentary (83 min) USA
Documents the annual three-day “pop-up” medical clinic and a proud Appalachian community banding together to try and provide relief for friends and neighbors.

Second Session – 4:00pm – Autism, Gender, Family, and Diversity
Six Letter Word (
Directed by Lisanne Sartor
Drama (17 min) USA
An unlikely mother is forced to confront her son's autism after an unexpected encounter with one of her johns.

Stand Clear of the Closing Door (
Directed by Sam Fleischner
Drama (103 min) Czech Republic
When a young, autistic Mexican boy runs away from his undocumented family on the outskirts of New York City, he embarks on an 11 day odyssey in the city’s subway system, forcing his splintered family to reconcile their differences in order to bring him home.

Third Session – 6:00pm – Culture, Environment, and Modernity in Cambodia
A River Changes Course (
Directed by Kalyanee Mam
Documentary (83 min) Cambodia
Three young Cambodians struggle to maintain their traditional way of life amid rapid development and environmental degradation.

Dave Wright | University Chaplain | Director for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice

Monday, September 16, 2013

High School Students: Learn Foreign Languages on the Government's Dime

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. 
NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. Now more than ever, it is important that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad. NSLI-Y aims to provide opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in language learning. 
Previous language study is not required, and language learners of all levels are encouraged to apply. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Monday, September 09, 2013

Critical Language Scholarship

When: Application will be released this month.  Deadline is November.
Where: Language study all over the world.
You: Crazy not to at least think about applying.


The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 2006, its inaugural year, the CLS Program offered intensive overseas study in the critical need foreign languages of Arabic, Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.
CLS is an overseas, group-based program that takes place each summer. Program sites, dates, and overseas institutional partners may vary from year to year. Information for the most recent program year can be found in the institute profiles under the Languages tab.

Program Structure

The CLS Program institutes cover approximately one academic year of university-level language coursework during a seven- to ten-week program, and are designed to meet the needs of students from a variety of language levels and backgrounds. Some CLS institutes require one to two years of prior language study (or the equivalent), while others accept students with no prior knowledge of the language.
Formal classroom language instruction is provided for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Extracurricular activities are designed to supplement the formal curriculum, including regular one-on-one meetings with native speaker language partners for conversational practice, as well as cultural activities and excursions designed to expand students’ understanding of the history, politics, culture and daily life of their host country. Individual institute profiles under the Languages tab provide more information on program structure.

Program Benefits

Program costs – airfare, tuition, room and board, cultural program expenses, overseas health benefits, and applicable visa fees – are fully covered for all participants. Participants receive a small stipend to cover incidental expenses and meals not provided by the program. The CLS Program provides undergraduate academic credit through Bryn Mawr College. Upon completion of the program, participants also receive a certified American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score.

Where to go if you need a job?

Thank to an alum for the hat tip on this article:

The Best U.S. Metros for Recent College Grads Looking for Work

...It's September, which for many of us is synonymous with heading back to school or back to work. And for many newly minted college graduates, it means revving up their job search. For grads who weren't fortunate enough to have a job waiting for them immediately after getting their diplomas, the first post-college summer might consist of completing an internship, or for the even more fortunate, a time to rest and relax or maybe travel a bit before entering the real world. 

This year, the number of young and educated Millennials looking for jobs could swell even further — fewer 22 year-olds are turning to grad school as a way to wait out the weak job market. Joining them in the feverish job hunt will be the slightly older and now even more qualified cohort who entered grad school in 2009 and 2010. 

So now is a good time to ask: What are the best places for recent grads looking to enter the job market?...

Friday, September 06, 2013

Where are our alumni?

Brian Ernst, PG alum, 2013, is now working as an Admission Counselor at Haverford College, in Merion PA.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Public Policy and International Affairs Program

Fellowships for Undergraduate Juniors - Public Policy and International Affairs

Calling college juniors: the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA) is accepting applications for its 2014 Junior Summer Institutes at Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, & the University of Michigan! Interested candidates can visit to learn more & apply by November 1st. 

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for over 30 years. PPIA believes that our society is best served by public managers, policy makers, and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To achieve this goal, PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. Furthermore, international affairs are increasingly mixed with local concerns. Addressing such global issues make diversity a critical goal in professional public service.

Fellowships for Undergraduates

 The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

Once a student has successfully completed their JSI, they join an alumni network of nearly 4,000 leaders. In addition to the opportunities that this network provides for mentoring and career development, our alumni network has the opportunity to receive financial support for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in our Graduate School Consortium.

About the Graduate School Consortium

PPIA’s Graduate School Consortium is comprised of over 30 public policy and international affairs programs from across the county. These institutions share PPIA’s commitment to increasing inclusion in public service and are committed to supporting our fellows in their pursuit of a graduate education. Fellows who apply to receive a graduate degree at these schools are able to waive the application fees and, if accepted, are guaranteed a minimum, one-time financial award of $5,000 from the school, although most programs are able to provide financial assistant well above this level.

PPIA Fellows are encouraged to gain work experience before applying to graduate school. Our Graduate School Consortium members guarantee benefits for at least five years after fellows complete their undergraduate degree.

Gabriel R. Sanchez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Interim Executive Director
RWJF Center for Health Policy
University of New Mexico

Volunteer Opportunities with the Pierce County Republican Party

Would you like to work PCRP booths at Fairs and Events? Help with web programming, web design, or web editing? If you are interested in these and additional volunteer opportunities, please visit us at

6th District Congressman Derek Kilmer on campus for Q&A with students, this Friday, September 6 at 10 a.m.

Congressman Kilmer, who is serving his first term, will be available for questions on matters ranging from Syria to student loans to the looming budget fights in Congress, and any other issues of concern to students.  Please come to the Murray Boardroom in the Wheelock Student Center at 10 a.m..  Refreshments will be available.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

You're Invited to a DCCC Resume Drop

From: Rebecca Bryant <>
Date: August 30, 2013 4:44:25 PM CDT
To: David J Sousa <>
Subject: Fwd: DCCC Resume Drop on September 13th!
Hello! I hope this email finds you well! Particularly for those recently graduated seniors who may find themselves in DC still looking for a job, I wanted to be sure to pass along this opportunity.

From: Colin Craib <>
Date: Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM
Subject: DCCC Resume Drop on September 13th!
To: Claire Wall <>
Cc: Colin Craib <>

To RSVP, please e-mail Claire Wall at  Please forward on to anyone who may be interested. 

CFR Conference Call - U.S. Immigration Reform

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the first session of the Fall 2013 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, September 11, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in Wyatt 326. Edward Alden, CFR's Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow, will discuss U.S. immigration reform.

Mr. Alden is coauthor of the recent CFR report "Managing Illegal Immigration to the United States: How Effective Is Enforcement?" Prior to joining CFR, he was the Washington bureau chief for the "Financial Times." At CFR, Mr. Alden's work focuses on immigration and visa policy, and U.S. trade and international economic policy. He is the director of the CFR "Renewing America" publication series and also served as the codirector of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on "U.S. Trade and Investment Policy." Mr. Alden is the author of the book "The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration, and Security Since 9/11," and frequently appears on television and radio as an analyst on political and economic issues.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) Edward Alden, Bryan Roberts, and John Whitley, "Managing Illegal Immigration to the United States: How Effective Is Enforcement?," Council on Foreign Relations Press, May 2013.
2) Brianna Lee, "The U.S. Immigration Debate," Backgrounder,, April 19, 2013.
3) "Immigration," Renewing America, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

Please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger at if you would like to attend.

Hope to see you there…

Seth Weinberger