Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Internship with Congressman Smith

Good morning,

I want to make sure you have seen our recent announcement for internships open for the winter. As you know, many of our current staffers started as interns so this is a great opportunity to get started with us! Unlike when I interned, we now have one paid internship position available.

Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!

Matt Perry
District Director
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09)
101 Evergreen Building | 15 S. Grady Way | Renton, WA 98057
Mobile: 253.254.2346

Internship Opportunities for Congressman Adam Smith
Congressman Adam Smith’s District Office located in Renton, Washington, is currently seeking paid and unpaid interns for fall 2015 and winter 2016.
Qualifications and Job Responsibilities

Candidates should have an interest in the legislative process, civic service, possess excellent writing and communication skills, and work well in a team environment.

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 federal agencies, among others. Depending on interests, interns also have an opportunity to participate in community outreach, attend meetings and events with staff and/or the Congressman, and assist with town hall meetings.

Other intern duties are administrative: assisting staff with answering phones, data entry, scanning and/or copying documents, writing correspondence, etc. The position requires approximately 20 (part-time) or 30-40 (full-time) scheduled hours per week during posted business hours (8:00am to 5:00pm). 

Current students will be given preference, but recent graduates are also welcome to apply. Interns may earn college credit, depending on the requirements of their institution. Strong preference will be given to applicants with ties to the 9th Congressional District.

Application Deadlines

Sessions are very flexible and can be moved or combined:

  • Fall (September – December): accepting applications now
  • Winter (January – April): Deadline November 20, 2015*
  • Summer (May – August): Deadline  April 1, 2016*
*Applications received after these dates will be accepted, but will not be guaranteed consideration.

Applicants for both the full-time and part-time internship program in the District Office must submit an application packet including a letter of interest, resume and two letters of recommendation to the following address:

ATTN: Christine Nhan
Office of Congressman Adam Smith
The Evergreen Building
15 South Grady Way, Suite 101
Renton, WA 98057
Phone number:  425- 793-5180

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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 interns accepted to the National Internship Program receive the Barry Goldwater General Scholarship, which provides interns with full room and board for the duration of their internships.

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:


Green Corps class of 2017!

The one-year Green Corps program intersperses intensive classroom instruction with multiple campaign efforts. Trainees gain hands-on experience running field campaigns to win environmental protections and public health initiatives. Throughout the year, each trainee receives specific individualized feedback on all aspects of his or her work, as well as local mentorship from environmental organizers throughout the nation. At the end of the training, the Green Corps program facilitates trainees' placement in permanent positions with leading environmental and social change groups.

Learn more and apply here http://www.greencorps.org/job.html

The Fund for American Studies DC Internships

Since 1967, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) has been a leader in educating young people from around the world in the fundamental principles of American democracy and our free market system. TFAS has been the launching pad for over 13,000 students who have participated in our programs in Washington, DC and around the world in Asia, Europe and South America. Alumni of our program are leaders in government, business, the media and nonprofit sector.

Washington, DC Programs

  • Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems – for students wanting to pursue careers in public policy, economics and government service.
  • Institute on Economics and International Affairs – for students interested in a career in the foreign service, international affairs, or multi-national NGOs.
  • Institute on Political Journalism – for students interested in a career in journalism, communications and public relations.
  • Institute on Business and Government Affairs – for students interested in a career in lobbying, trade associations and government affairs offices.
  • Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service – for students interested in careers in the nonprofit sector, direct service and fundraising.
  • Capital Semester – for students who are interested in a spending a full semester in Washington, DC.
  • Legal Studies Institute – for first and second year law students looking to add a DC experience to their legal portfolio.

While participating in the undergraduate Washington, DC programs, students live in on-campus housing at George Washington University or in furnished apartments in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Each student takes 6-9 credit hours in courses at George Mason University in addition to interning 30-35 hours per week. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in our Mentor Program, attend site briefings, visit D.C. landmarks, sit in on professional development seminars, and meet top experts in their field.

International Programs

  • Asia – Asia Institute for Political Economy (Hong Kong)
  • Europe – American Institute on Political and Economic Systems (Czech Republic)
  • South America – Institute for Leadership in the Americas (Chile)

Our International Programs are cross-cultural academic experiences bringing together students from around the world.  More information can be found on these programs at www.TFASinternational.org.

While TFAS is headquartered in Washington, DC, additional continuing education programs are available to alumni around the country in addition to regional conferences for donors, professors and other students throughout the year.

For additional information about The Fund for American Studies, please visit www.TFAS.org.

2016 Critical Language Scholarship Program Application Is Open

We are pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the U.S. Department of State 2016 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in fourteen critical foreign languages.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

The CLS Program is pleased to announce that, for the first time, Swahili will be offered at the beginning through advanced levels.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the fourteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website: http://www.clscholarship.org/information-for/applicants

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

The application is now live and available online at: http://www.clscholarship.org
Applications will be due November 23, 2015 by 7:59 pm EST.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website: http://www.clscholarship.org/information-for/applicants.

For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!

CLS Website: http://www.clscholarship.org.
CLS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CLScholarship

For questions, please contact us at: cls@americancouncils.org

Green Fee Application, Deadline Friday 11/20

I am very pleased to announce the application for this year’s Green Fee. You may not know that the Green Fee was created in 2013 as a way for students to implement a sustainable project on campus. The money comes from the student government fee. Three dollars from every student is set aside for Green Fee projects.

To increase applications for this year, I’m reaching out to relevant departments whose students may have an interest in sustainable projects on campus.

Attached is the application; please distribute it to anyone interested.
Send Applications to asupsdsi@pugetsound.edu or submit a project though the sustainability tab of the ASUPS [asups.pugetsound.edu] website.

Brief summery of logistics:
Up to $10,000 to finance a sustainability project on campus (or several smaller projects!)
Application deadline: Nov 20th at 5pm
Applications reviewed by ASUPS Director of Student Interests, other students, and administrators
Application also available online or by emailing asupsdsi@pugetsound.edu

Austin Brittenham

A Talk by Maru Mora Villalpando THU 11/19

Wednesday 11/18 Noon Brown Bag

Law Fair WED 11/11

Cc: Brad Reich <breich@pugetsound.edu>
Subject: Law Fair 11/11 10am-2pm

See the attached flyer for a full list of the schools that will be at our law fair. We will be posting flyers around campus next week. If you have students who are interested in law school, this is a great opportunity to meet with representatives from various colleges and universities! Held in the Wheelock Student Center (Piano Lounge/in front of the Info Center)

Lecture by Professor Chris Kendall 11/11

TONIGHT at 6 !!! Republican Fourth Presidential Debate viewing

Time/Location: Tuesday, November 10th, 6:00 PM in the Rasmussen Rotunda

Description: The UPS Politics and Government Association will be hosting a viewing of the fourth GOP debate tonight in the Rasmussen Rotunda. Debate begins at 6:00 PM.

Lecture by Michael Barnett FRI 11/6

CFR Conference Call - Lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan, November 4

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Fall 2015 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, November 4, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY 326. Janine Davidson, senior fellow for defense policy at CFR, will discuss U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and offer recommendations for the future.

Dr. Janine Davidson is senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Before joining CFR, Davidson was an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University, where she taught courses on national security, civil-military relations, counterinsurgency, and public policy. From 2009 to 2012, she served in the Obama administration as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for plans, where she oversaw the development of guidance for military campaign and contingency plans. She also led policy efforts for U.S. global defense posture, including the military's rebalance to Asia, and international agreements related to U.S. forces stationed overseas.

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

1) Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, “Eyes on the Prize in Afghanistan: What the U.S. Mission Should Be,” ForeignAffairs.com, October 21, 2015. 
2) Rick Brennan, “Withdrawal Symptoms: The Bungling of the Iraq Exit,” Foreign Affairs, November/December 2014. 
3) Janine Davidson, Defense in Depth, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations. 
4) “Global Conflict Tracker,” Interactive, Center for Preventative Action, Council on Foreign Relations.

If you'd like to attend this call, please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger ASAP.

Hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger
Associate Professor
Department of Politics & Government

Students Attend for Free: Health Care Policy Luncheon in SeaTac TUES 11/3

From: Katie Bulger <kbulger@washingtonpolicy.org>
Subject: Students attend for free: WPC's Health Care Policy Luncheon in SeaTac

This is a friendly reminder that WPC’s upcoming Health Care Policy Luncheon will be held at the SeaTac Hilton hotel THIS Tuesday, November 3rd
The event will kick off at 11am with a bi-partisan review of the 2015 Legislative Session and preview of the health care policy issues that will be faced in the 2016 Session.  Our panelists include:
·           Senator Randi Becker, Senate Health Care Committee Chair
·           Representative Eileen Cody, House Health Care Committee Chair
·           Dr. Robert Crittenden, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Inslee
Following the 11am panel will be a keynote luncheon with Michael Tanner, author of the new book, Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt and the Entitlement Crisis.  Tanner leads research on a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on health care reform at The Cato Institute, one of the nation's largest think tanks.
Students are invited to attend this event for free by registering hereThis is a great opportunitycollege students to learn about health care public policy issues from Olympia’s top policymakers, as well as a respected national figure, and to network with the approximately 200 state legislators, elected officials, agency staff, business owners, health care professionals, and other students/young professionals that will be in attendance.

Washington Policy Center (WPC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, independent think tank in our state that works to improve the lives of citizens by providing accurate, high quality solutions for policymakers, the media and the public.  Our Young Professionals group engages and educates the next generation of leaders about sound policy through relationship building, events and outreach.
Thank you for your time. If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please contact me at kbulger@washingtonpolicy.orgor (206) 937-9691.  I am happy to discuss how your students’ attendance at this event will benefit them educationally and professionally.

10/28 Wednesday Noon Brown Bag Presentation by Matt Martinez

ASK Night 2015 10/29

Jump at the chance to connect with Politics & Government grads at Alumni Sharing Knowledge
Practice your networking skills, and make valuable connections with alumni at:
ASK Night 2015 (It’s the 30th Anniversary!!)

When: Thursday, Oct. 29: Drop by anytime between 7 and 8:30 p.m. 
Where: Event Lawn—Next to Commencement Hall in the BIG WHITE TENT!

ASK Night is an annual event designed to assist students in their career development. During the student-alumni reception, students and alumni share stories about career fields, classes, graduate school, internships, volunteer activities, study abroad, and other experiences during and beyond Puget Sound. Students benefit from your knowledge and get to practice their networking skills with a Logger-friendly audience. Register now! (Before 8am on 10/29)

Regardless of their major, alumni have advice to share about transitioning to life after college, the benefits of a liberal arts education, and more! Tell them what you’re interested in—they’re well-connected individuals, and may be able to refer you to someone in their network who’s a match for your interests.

See the list of Alumni that are Attending - About Ask Night - Networking tips - Pre-register to speed you entry