Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Internship Opportunities with Progressive Strategies NW

Professor O'Neil,
I hope things are going well for you as the end of term approaches.  Local campaigns are gearing up and I've attached two position descriptions for students interested in internships.  One is a competitive partisan race and the other is a judicial election which would be a great opportunity for a student considering law school.  Please feel free to put me in touch with any students you would recommend, and of course to post these on the politics blog.
Thanks and best wishes,
~Nic Van Putten

Presentation by Jake Novack, P&G Senior, on Monday, May 5

Monday, April 28, 2014

Peter Russell '12 Middle East update

Peter Russell '12 is currently working for ta3mal through the Microsoft Citizenship program; ta3mal works to provide employment opportunities and initiatives in the Middle East. Lately he's taken the task of developing a similar resource for Palestinians; here he's meeting with the Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology for the Palestinian Authority, Dr. Safa Nassereldin. Next to her is Jeffrey Avina, the Microsoft Citizenship Director for Middle East and Africa. More here about Peter's work:

Friday, April 25, 2014

Work with Match Eduation

My name is Jahfree Duncan, IT Director for Match Education ( We operate an elementary, middle, and high school in Boston for inner city students, and run an urban education tutoring program in Illinois in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and the University of Chicago.

We’re looking for seniors who either

  • want to spend a year working closely with students in Boston while training to be a teacher or 
  • want to spend a year in Boston or Chicago working closely with students before heading off to grad school or another career 

 Our teacher training program was recently recognized by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for its innovation. Program partici­pants receive training on how to become highly effective first-year teachers (there is a near 100% placement rate in high performing urban schools).

In addition, teacher residents receive housing and a living stipend while completing their Master’s. The teacher residency is only available in Boston, but we have tutoring opportunities (for folks just looking to do an urban education gap year) available in both Chicago and Boston.

Do you happen to know of any standout seniors that may be interested in speaking with someone from Match Education?

You can contact our recruiting team directly at

 Thank you so much and look forward to hearing from you,
 Jahfree Duncan
Director of Technology
(617) 935-7574

Undergrad conference on the Middle East 5/23

Interested?  Professor Landis is well regarded and would be very interesting to meet.  There might be other students going if you're looking to carpool--contact Professor O'Neil

The Portland State University Middle East Studies Center proudly hosts an annual conference on the Middle East for undergraduate students.

The conference offers a unique opportunity for students with an interest in the Middle East to meet and learn more about the region from their peers. Much of the program is devoted to student presentations.

Attendees are invited to lead a session or to listen and participate in discussion.

Conference Date: Friday, May 23, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Joshua Landis, Associate Professor in the School of International and Area Studies & Director of the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at University of Oklahoma

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Congrats to Moira Fagan!

Moira has been accepted to American University's School of National Service in DC. Congrats, Moira!

Project Vote Smart Fellowship-Internships in Montana


Internship opportunities do not get any better than this. An extraordinary group of Americans frustrated by the abusive political tactics of candidates began an unprecedented effort to build a beacon of truth to which all Americans could turn.

 Founded by Presidents Ford and Carter and over 40 other national leaders, it is what the U. S. News and World report calls a system “that would make the Founders weep with joy.” At a pristine wilderness paradise high in the Montana Rockies we need bright idealistic students to make a commitment to their country while having the experience of a lifetime.

Internships are available in:
Information Technology
Political Research
Media Relations

Working at an extraordinary place with extraordinary people, interns make friends that will last a life time. All living expenses funded through one of Vote Smart’s scholarships:
 Barry Goldwater Scholarship - one
William Proxmire Scholarship - one
William Clements Scholarship - one
Hearst Scholarships – thirty seven

 Vote Smart’s research retreat is located at its exclusive Great Divide Ranch locate high in the Montana Rockies with extraordinary recreational opportunities on its pristine lakes, streams and mountains or on our tennis/basketball/Volleyball courts and boat ramps all located right outside our door. For more information about internships or how to apply:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Legislative Campaign Internship - Interviews close on Friday, April 25

Do you have a passion for politics? Do you want to get more involved in your community? Do you want to have a stand-out resume?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions you should apply to be a campaign intern for Monique Trudnowski for State Representative! We are searching for motivated individuals that want to work with an exceptional candidate and are eager to learn about state politics.

Monique Trudnowski is a candidate for State Representative in the 28th district. She is a mother of 6, self-made businesswoman, political outsider & co-owner of The Adriatic Grill with her husband Bill. Together they have grown the restaurant from 30 employees to 62 since opening in February, 2008.

"As a small business owner, I can no longer sit on the sidelines while we continue to be hamstrung by overreaching state and federal governments that are recklessly spending our future generations into debt, punishing entrepreneurship and taking away our freedoms."

"I don't want to be a professional politician, but I know that if we want to reverse the course of our state and our party, we must stand up and change the kind of people we send to Olympia, and that's why I'm running for the Legislature."

Monique Trudnowski is not your typical Republican. The Trudnowski campaign will be an example of grassroots organization and door-to-door voter contact bringing with it a message of Small Business Growth, Economic Development and Strengthening Education.

Last year Monique was by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation with the Faces of Diversity: The American Dream Award which recognizes exceptional restaurant owners who have overcome past obstacles to achieve the American dream.

Washington's 28th District is going to be the center of the 2014 election season and Monique's campaign for State Representative is looking to be one of the most exciting in the state.

Trudnowski grew up on Fort Lewis as a military dependent. She is currently the Honorary Vice Commander for the Western Air Defense Sector at JBLM, and has a son that is a wounded warrior at JBLM. To learn more please visit www.

Please send your resume to or call Courtney at (509) 389-4533 to schedule an interview. Interviews close Friday, April 25.

Maddie Waddell at Western Political Science Association Conference

A quick pic from Maddie Waddell '14 who presented at the Western Political Science Association Conference in Seattle last week; her poster presentation was titled "Teaching Citizenship in Egypt."  We've had students present at other conferences in past and they've found it a valuable experience; if you're interested in participating in a future conference chat up department member...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Great news from recent P&G grad Kavin Williams

Kavin had a tough choice to make from among several great law schools, but finally has decided that he will attend the University of Michigan School of Law beginning in the fall.  Since graduation he's been working in the tech industry and did some time as a football coach here at Puget Sound.  Now it's on to bigger things!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Capital Semester Internships: Fall Deadline June 1st

We are accepting applications for the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Capital Semester in Washington, DC. The final deadline for the Fall 2014 program is Sunday, June 1.

As a reminder, students who attend Capital Semester:
  • Intern for 25-30 hours a week in the fields of public policy, international affairs, journalism or the nonprofit sector
  • Take a full course load of 12 credits at George Mason University
  • Are matched with a professional mentor
  • Attend professional development seminars
  • Network with top DC insiders
Please forward the announcement below to students who may be interested in spending a semester in Washington, DC.
We award close to one million dollars in scholarship funding annually and awards are based on need and merit.
More information on our program may be found at Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, I may be reached at or 202.986.0384.
Dana Faught
Associate Director, Recruitment and Admissions
The Fund for American Studies


Capital Semester in Washington, DC
Fall 2014: August 27 – December 12, 2014 

*Guaranteed Internships - Courses for Credit - Housing on Capitol Hill
*Fall 2014 Final Deadline: June 1, 2014
*Spring 2015 Early Deadline: October 1, 2014
*Scholarship Funding Available
Spend a semester interning in the nation’s capital and gain that competitive edge. Taking advantage of a Washington, DC internship is a valuable investment in your future that will set you apart after college.  The comprehensive program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies includes a guaranteed internship placement, courses for transferable credit from George Mason University, and furnished housing conveniently located just steps from the Capitol building. Students also benefit from networking events, exclusive briefings, and guest speakers.
We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and guarantee all participants an internship placement. Your options are endless – we work with over 300 different federal agencies, policy groups, international affairs organizations, media outlets, public affairs firms, government relations offices, and nonprofit organizations.
Working in this powerful city will allow you to make professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths, and we work with each student’s unique goals and aspirations to match them with the most fitting internship site.
Applicants interested in Fall 2014 can apply up until the final deadline of June 1, 2014 but are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to take advantage of the rolling admissions process. The Spring 2015 early deadline is October 1, 2014.

For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit Questions may be directed to Dana Faught at or 202.986.0384.

Fund For American Studies
1621 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Research and Communications Research Summer Intership in NYC

Public Opinion Research and Communications Summer Internship Program 2014

The Opportunity Agenda is dedicated to building the national will to expand opportunity for all in America through communications, research, and advocacy. We are seeking a spring intern with a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equal opportunity, good research skills and understanding of communications, and the initiative to take on new and innovative assignments. A sense of humor and a dose of modesty are essential. The internship is open to graduate students and professionals with a specific interest in public opinion research and media content analysis around social justice issues including poverty, criminal justice, economic opportunity, racial equality, and human rights in general. The intern will work under the supervision of the Public Opinion and Media Research Coordinator in the communications department of the organization.

The precise nature of the work varies by project and is based on the office's needs, but examples of work include:

Project management Facilitating communications with consultants and other third partiesMonitoring the public opinion research landscape for new research;Assisting in collecting and analyzing existing public opinion research;Creating visual presentations of data (charts, table, graphics);Blogging on public opinion topics;Assisting with survey development, implementation and analysis of results for feedback on workshops, presentations or events;Working with the communications team and highly acclaimed research consultants; Creating power point presentations of public opinion data; Assorted administrative duties

Qualifications: Candidates for this position should have a strong desire to work in public opinion research and public policy. The ideal candidate will have some experience working in a professional environment and therefore bring to the position analytical, organizational, and general office skills along with strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Good statistical skills and strong Microsoft Office skills, especially Excel and PowerPoint, are required. Experience with SPSS is preferred. The candidate must be comfortable taking initiative and should be detail-oriented, energetic and a quick learner with strong writing, editing, and research skills. Applicants with previous political or consumer opinion research experience will be given preference.

The intern will ideally commit to 40 hours a week for 10 weeks starting on June 2nd. School credit or a stipend are available.

About The Opportunity Agenda:

The Opportunity Agenda was founded in 2004 with the mission of building the national will to expand opportunity in America. Focused on moving hearts, minds and policy over time, the organization works with social justice groups, leaders, and movements to advance solutions that expand opportunity for everyone. Through active partnerships, The Opportunity Agenda synthesizes and translates research on barriers to opportunity and corresponding solutions; uses communications and media to understand and influence public opinion; and identifies and advocates for policies that improve people's lives. To learn more about The Opportunity Agenda, go to our website at

The Opportunity Agenda, a project of Tides Center, values a diverse workplace and encourages students with non-traditional experiences and from historically underrepresented groups to apply. To apply, please send a cover letter (necessary to be considered) and resume to with "Public Opinion Research and Communications Internship Summer 2014" as the e-mail subject. No phone calls please.

RACE POL is a discussion list sponsored by the Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics of the American Political Science Association

Summer Internships in Congressman Dave Reichert's office

To Whom It May Concern, 

The Washington, D.C. and Issaquah offices of Congressman Dave Reichert are excited to announce that we are now accepting summer internship applications. Congressional interns are an integral part of our office, working on the front lines of constituent services.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain first-hand knowledge on the inner workings of the federal government. Internship responsibilities include, but are not limited to, researching constituent requests, drafting correspondence, constituent outreach, keeping up to date on local and national issues, and data entry.  There are also opportunities for long-term research and outreach projects.

We are looking for applicants interested in government, law, public policy, or social sciences. A competitive candidate will be energetic, self-motivated, possess strong communication skills, and be familiar with Microsoft Office.

Our summer, unpaid internships can be extended into the fall. We offer flexible scheduling for students. If you are interested in applying or have any questions, please contact me at 425-677-7414 or

 Joshua Hazard
Staff Assistant
Representative Dave Reichert (WA-08)
22605 SE 56th St, Suite 130
Issaquah, WA 98029
425-677-7414 Office
425-270-3589 Fax

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Council on Foreign Relations Teleconference, Thursday 4/24 @ 9am, Wyatt 326: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the final session of the Winter/Spring 2014 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Thursday, April 24, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in WY 326. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, CFR's senior fellow for women and foreign policy, will discuss global gender gaps.

Ms. Tzemach Lemmon is the New York Times best-selling author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Women and Foreign Policy program. Prior to joining CFR, she covered public policy and emerging markets for the global investment firm PIMCO, after working for nearly a decade as a journalist with the ABC News Political Unit and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Ms. Tzemach Lemmon has reported on entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict regions for the Financial Times, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, the Daily Beast, and Christian Science Monitor, along with Ms. Magazine, Bloomberg, Politico and the HuffingtonPost.

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

1) "World Economic Forum: The Global Gender Gap Report," World Economic Forum, October 25, 2013.
2) Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, "Child Brides Robbed of their Futures,", October 11, 2013.
3) Isobel Coleman, Terra Lawsom-Remer, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Rachel B. Vogelstein, "Development Channel,"

Please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger at if you're interested in attending.

I hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger

KLAN-Destine Relationships: One Man Single-Handedly Dismantled the Klan in Maryland

For over 20 years, author, activist, and pioneer in race relations Daryl Davis has been meeting with Klan leaders and asking them face-to-face: "How can you hate me when you don't even know me?" In a one-on-one setting, Mr. Davis respectfully but firmly questions and challenges their ideas about race. Over time, countless Klansman have left the organization because they grew to respect Mr. Davis as a friend—ultimately resulting in the single-handed dismantling of the KKK in his home state of Maryland. Come join the conversation about his experiences and the techniques he has used in moving towards the eradication of racism. This event celebrates the 15th anniversary of his critically-acclaimed book, Klan-destine Relationships, which chronicles his journey in race relations. Mr. Davis will also speak about what has changed and what remains the same in the 15 years since the book's release.

The event will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 7:30pm in Commencement Hall's Tahoma Room.

Hosted by Students for Liberty and ASUPS Lectures

Ted Taranovski Lecture: "Ukraine, Crimea and the U.S - A Russian Perspective" April 22

I wanted to give you notice of an upcoming talk Ted Taranovski will be giving on the topic of "Ukraine, Crimea, and the U.S.--A Russian Perspective" next Tuesday, April 22nd from 4-5pm in Wyatt 206.  Ted plans a 20-minute presentation followed by questions and discussion. I hope some of you will be able to attend.

Please let me know if you have any questions.



Katherine Allen Smith
Associate Professor and Chair, History
University of Puget Sound

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Leadership Opportunity for College Women Considering Careers in International Policy

Scholarship Deadline: April 18
Registration Deadline: April 25

The Public Leadership Education Network invites college women considering careers in international policy and international relations to Washington, D.C. for a transformative career opportunity.

Seminar Dates | May 19 - 23, 2014

Washington, D.C.

Jump start your international policy career with PLEN's Women & Policy in the Global Community Seminar this spring in Washington, D.C. Students will: Connect with women leaders whose work impacts policy around the world; explore job opportunities that have a global reach; and learn the skills needed to succeed in international policy. 

Seminar scholarships are available.  Scholarship applications are due by Friday, April 18, 2014.

The seminar registration deadline is Friday, April 18, 2014.

-- Jillian Lopez
Program Coordinator
Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) Please note our new address
11 Dupont Circle NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20036
phone: 202-872-1585

Preparing Women to Lead


Transforming Ordinary: Strike Debt's Jubilee, Wednesday, April 16 at 5p

Sustainability Summer Grants accepting applications!

Sustainability Summer Grants

A call for summer grants proposals!  
As summer approaches, we know some of you are excited about summer research on campus! Back by popular demand, we have Sustainability Summer grants. Projects can either be research based, or based on increasing institutional sustainability.    

Applications are due April 15th and can be found here.

Have an idea but your not sure if it fits? Email us or send us a message on facebook!