Friday, October 31, 2014

Peace Corps Info Session 11/4, State Dept Info Session 11/5

CFR Conference Call: The role of NAFTA and recommendations for the future -11/6/14

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Fall 2014 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Thursday, November 6, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in Commencement Hall 381. Shannon K. O'Neil, CFR's senior fellow for Latin America studies, will discuss the role of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the region and policy recommendations for the future.

Dr. O'Neil directed CFR's Independent Task Force on North America (2014), and one on U.S.-Latin America Relations (2008). She is the author of "Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead" (Oxford University Press, 2013). Dr. O'Neil has testified before Congress on U.S. policy toward Mexico and she is a frequent commentator on major television and radio programs. Her work has been published in "Foreign Affairs," "Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica," "Americas Quarterly," "Política Exterior," "Foreign Policy," "Washington Post," "Los Angeles Times," and "USA Today," among others. Previously, Dr. O'Neil was a Fulbright scholar; a justice, welfare, and economics fellow at Harvard University; and taught Latin American politics at Columbia University.

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

Please RSVP to me at ASAP if you're interested in attending.

Hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger

Mock Jurors needed for Washington Trial Advocacy! - Nov 8

November 8th in Seattle
Food and Drinks
Exposure to the Legal System

Thursday, October 30, 2014

GAO Internships--great opportunity...!

From an alum--

I hope this email finds you well. I just wanted to reach out and say hello and let you know that GAO is planning to post an unpaid internship announcement for undergraduate students in January. These internships would be available both in DC or in any of our field offices, including Seattle. Students are welcome to intern during the school year (not sure if UPS lets students do this), or during the summer and can be very flexible about hours and start dates. If any students are interested, I'd suggest that they set up a USAJobs account ( and upload a resume, and then keep an eye out on USAJobs or the GAO website ( for the specific announcement. The announcement that UPS students would be eligible for will be for a 'Student Volunteer' position (our "intern" positions are specifically for graduate students and are paid). I'd also be happy to answer any questions anyone has about GAO. They can reach out to me--

Professor O'Neil has the phone and email contact for any interested student.   

DC Internship wih Congressman Adam Smith

Internship Opportunity in Congressman Adam Smith’s
Washington, DC Office

Congressman Smith Currently Seeking Applicants for Internship Positions in his Washington, DC Office

Candidates should have an interest in the legislative process and civic service, possess excellent writing and communication skills, and work well as part of a team. Interns in the DC Office 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.

Internships can be part-time or full-time requiring approximately 10-20 (part-time) or 30-40 (full-time) scheduled hours per week during posted business hours (9:00am to 6:00pm). Part-time interns are welcome to work more than 20 hours a week. Full-time interns will receive a monthly stipend, transit benefits, and vacation and sick days. Current students will be given preference, but recent graduates are also welcome to apply. Interns may earn college credit, depending on the requirements of the institution. Strong preference will be given to applicants from the Puget Sound region.

Applicants must submit an internship application packet, including a letter of interest, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation via email ( or to the following address:

Madison Strader
Office of Congressman Adam Smith
2264 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact Madison Strader by phone at (202) 225-8901 or by email at

Application forms can be found here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Match Corps in the News!

Dear Friends of Match Corps,

We hope that your 2014-15 academic year has gotten off to a strong start!  Here at Match, we are already deep into the swing of the college application process for our graduating class, gathering data on our students' first six weeks of learning, and of course, recruiting your soon-to-be-graduates to work with our students next year through the Match Corps.

We're writing to ask that you could forward the article below to any senior you know who may be interested in spending a year in Boston working with inner-city students in a high-performing, high-poverty school.

The article is from Detroit's Bridge Magazine.  It features current high school Corps member and Match Teacher Resident Lindsey Holmes.  Ms. Holmes grew up in Detroit, and graduated from Spelman College in the spring of 2014.  She is training to be high school English teacher, and hopes to open her own school, in Detroit, someday.  You can go directly to the article here.

We are accepting applications for the 2015-16 programs, so we'd really appreciate if you can spread the word to your students who are graduating soon!  The article might be a way to spark their interest. Students can apply here.

If you're not very familiar with the Match Corps and our Teacher Residency option, you can learn more at

Sara Colón & the Match Recruiting Team

Interesting Opportunity for Puget Sound Students

Hello Professor O'Neil,

You may remember me from Methods & Analysis a few years back. I graduated from Puget Sound in 2012 with a degree with Politics, emphasis in Political Theory.  I am now living & working in Ecuador with an organization called Community Enterprise Solutions, which uses microfinance to empower women economically, while simultaneously providing needed technologies (mainly public health related) to rural villages. 

During the summer, we also help coordinate Social Entrepreneur Corps (SE Corps), the social enterprise that we partner with. SE Corps is a summer internship opportunity for college aged students to do on the ground work with the MicroConsignment Model that we use. 

The students that do SE Corps go out in the field with us to do campaigns for Community Enterprise Solutions, propose business ideas, and help evaluate the effectiveness & reach of our programming. The program is about 8 weeks long, includes intensive Spanish classes at the beginning, and various home stays and projects throughout. 

I thought that SE Corps sounded like the perfect opportunity for UPS students, especially those interested in politics/Latin America. I just wanted to pass this along to you!

 Please let me know if you have any questions about the program!

Here's a link to the program website & overview about what the program includes:

DC Internships - Capital Semester

It's not too late to apply for a semester in the capital!

Visit DC Internships to learn more!

Application deadline is November 5

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, the Capital Semester program combines a substantive professional experience in public policy, international affairs or economics for 25 hours a week with a challenging academic experience at Georgetown University. This fast-paced, fifteen-week residential program provides students from around the world with opportunities to gain an edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate school admissions, and experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.

  • Aerospace Industries Association
  • American Legislative Exchange Council
  • Children’s Rights Council
  • Congressional Offices
  • Eastman Kodak
  • First Book
  • Foreign Embassies
  • Institute for World Politics
  • New Leaders for New Schools
  • Philanthropy Roundtable
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury

State Department Internship 

DUTIES: Collects relevant foreign affairs intelligence data and applies established evaluative methods to identify trends and draw conclusions for further analysis by higher-graded staff.

Performs preliminary research, analysis, and evaluation of raw intelligence data based upon such factors as regency and authenticity of technical detail and coverage.

Prepares organized presentations of studies which are necessarily brief due to the uncomplicated nature of the specific intelligence, portions of larger studies as assistance to other specialists, or summaries of larger studies.

Dwight Clark Fellowship in Asia


Friday, October 24, 2014

Collegiate Correspondent Program

Volunteer in Asia. Deadlines 11/30/14 and 1/15/15

Volunteer in Asia (VIA) offers an exciting opportunity to travel to Asia and join local communities in the spirit of cross-cultural exchange and understanding.  VIA is a private, non-profit, non-religious organization dedicated to increasing understanding between the United States and Asia through service and education.  A Service Fellowship with VIA will shape your career and create lasting impact in the lives of others, leading to lifetime connections in Asia.

Past Puget Sound graduates have chosen VIA because of the unique partnerships Service Fellows have access to.  VIA partners with NGOs and schools located in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Service Fellows work in a variety of sectors including education, women’s rights and anti-trafficking, the environment, community development, and other areas meeting local needs. VIA Service Fellows help build local capacity in English or offer resource training to local NGO organizations, while also learning about the local culture and building new friendships.

VIA is currently seeking recent college graduates and adults of all ages who are interested in exploring new opportunities and adventures in Asia. The deadlines to apply for next year are November 30, 2014 (primary) and January 15, 2015 (secondary). More details are at

The Ultimate DC Experience! Early Deadline 12/10/14

Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems – the Ultimate DC Experience!

June & July 2015

Early Application Deadline: December 10, 2014 - 5% early discount

Spend your summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! The 8 week program allows students to intern in the field of public policy while earning academic credit in economics and government.

Washington, DC attracts as many as 40,000 interns a year to live in a city that allows them to gain real-world experience, build their resumes and sharpen their professional skills.

You will live just blocks from the national monuments, State Department and White House on the campus of George Washington University. Fully furnished housing and roommate matching is provided as part of our comprehensive program.

Earn course credit while you intern! You can earn 3 to 9 academic credits this summer. Our unique curriculum is designed to complement your DC experience with upper level government, foreign policy and economics courses. Academic courses are accredited by George Mason University and taught by top rated faculty from GMU and other prestigious universities.

An internship is one of the most important investments you can make in your future. As part of our program, you are guaranteed an internship placement. We have been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and work with over 300 top organizations in DC.

Internship placements include:
• Federal agencies
• Congressional offices
• Policy groups and think tanks
• Government relations offices
• Non-governmental organizations

Who you know does matter - especially when it comes to your future job search. Our comprehensive program is designed so you can make valuable professional connections and practice your networking skills in a real-world setting.

We offer a number of networking opportunities to enhance your internship experience and maximize your time in DC:
• Mentor Program with DC professionals
• Professional Development Seminars
• Roundtable Discussions & Networking Receptions
• Site Briefings at Key Washington Institutions including the State Department and World Bank.

It’s not too early to make plans for the summer! Visit to begin an online application today. Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of December 10 in order to receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration as well as a 5% tuition discount.

We award more scholarship funding than any other DC program and strive to make the programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarships are awarded based on need and merit with over 70% of students receiving full or partial funding.

Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384. Fund For American Studies
1621 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Washington Center Internship and Seminar Opportunities

The Washington Center is the largest independent, nonprofit academic internship program in the country. It brings together exceptional and dedicated college students and civic, governmental and business leaders, hundreds of colleges and universities, scores of public and private host organizations (or internship sites), and over 40,000 alumni. Founded 35 years ago, TWC is a unique educational center based on a fully integrated mix of professional experience, academic coursework and real-life challenges.
TWC’s Mission is Building Future Leaders
Leaders are built from the inside out. They are made, not born. The Washington Center’s program advisors and internship site supervisors work tirelessly to ensure that students get the most out of their internship experience.
The Washington Center believes it is a fundamental civic duty to instill in all program participants the need to be well-informed, public-spirited and socially engaged leaders. TWC’s alumni hold leadership positions in virtually every career field, including law, education, social work, medicine, journalism, diplomacy, business and politics. Several even serve on TWC’s Board of Directors.


Two Core Programs

The Washington Center offers two types of programs:

Semester or summer-long integrated academic and work experiences in government, corporations and nonprofit organizations. Each internship is tailored to provide meaningful work experiences that will enhance students’ resumes and help launch their careers. Most internships are in Washington, D.C., but there are also opportunities abroad in London, England and Sydney, Australia. Additionally, students take academic courses and attend special programming during their time at The Washington Center.

These intensive learning experiences focused on specific topics, such as National Security, the Presidency and the Middle East Peace Process. Past seminars have included visits to such locations as Capitol Hill, CNN, the Newseum, embassies and many others. Seminar events have featured such speakers as Ted Koppel, Discovery Channel; Andrea Mitchell, NBC News; Governor Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee; and others.

More info at

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Career fair opportunities for PG students - 10/30/14

The Career Fair is Thursday, Oct. 30, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in WSC Marshall Hall.

While most Career Fair organizations recruit talented students from a wide range of majors (Amazon, Survey Monkey, Peace Corps, etc.) here are a couple that may particularly appeal to students studying Politics and Government:

Whether you’re actively job seeking or just browsing for ideas and practicing your professional demeanor—the Career Fair provides a key career development opportunity.

Make the most of your Career Fair experience!
·         Familiarize yourself with the organizations that are attending: Career Fair Participant List
·         Sign up for a pre-printed nametag to speed your entry into the Fair.
·         Use CES’ special all-day Drop-in schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 29 for quick resume reviews and last-minute questions.
·         Don’t miss the CES LinkedIn Photo Booth at the Fair to have a professional-looking headshot taken for your LinkedIn profile.

See you at the Fair!


The Southwest Semester - Find out more on November 3



5 PM

The SOUTHWEST SEMESTER is a geological and environmental policy tour of the American West, and will consist of a unique, integrated 4-unit program. We will start on campus, and then explore a wide range of environmental issues while “on site” as we travel throughout the western United States. 

The Program will be taught for the first time in August-November, 2015, followed by  Fall 2017

      Geo 310:  Water Resources
      Geol 315: Energy Resources

      Geo 330: Regional Field Geology
      P&G 309:   Applied Environmental Politics and Agenda Setting



COSTS:    1 semester tuition, room, board, student fees

PLUS: $3,000 (est) trip fee      
AND: Personal expenses


August 3-August 19, 2015: on campus (dorms)

August 20: Departure date; travel by vans (camping  on “tour” legs):

          Tour, Leg 1: Grand Coulee, Yellowstone, Wind  Rivers, Dinosaur

          Base Camp 1: Crested Butte (CO)       

          Tour, Leg 2: Canyonlands, Arches, Natural Bridges, Glen Canyon, Monument Valley, Mesa Verde

          Base Camp 2, Ghost Ranch (NM): Los Alamos and  Sandia National Labs, Valle Grande, Bandelier, Santa Fe, Rio Grande

          Tour, Leg 3: Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Glen Canyon Dam, Grand Canyon (south rim), Hoover Dam, Salton Sea, San Andreas Fault

          Base Camp 3 (SF area)- finish before Thanksgiving

Late November-Finals week: Complete PG 309, Geo 315 projects  (on campus/remote)


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