Saturday, October 08, 2016

Presidential Management Fellows Program - Deadline THUR 12/1

As you already know, the US Government is our nation's largest employer. If graduating in 2017, the Presidential Management Fellows program is a great way to access a leadership track role as a career civil servant. Please know PMFs do amazing work across all executive branch agencies. An excellent opportunity that transcends administration politics.

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Office of Congressman Adam Smith recruiting for Winter District Office Interns - Deadline THUR 12/1

Application Deadlines
Sessions are very flexible and can be moved or combined:

District Office (Renton, WA) Winter (January – April): Deadline December 1st*
     *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:

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

More information regarding qualifications and job responsibilities can be found here

Got questions? Contact Kristen Johnsen

Friday, October 07, 2016

Congressional internship opportunity with Denny Heck's District Office

Join the Foresight Project

Want the opportunity to win money while sharpening your analytical and political knowledge?

Want to distinguish yourself from other college students when applying for government and private sector jobs?

Then join us at “The Foresight Project” as we conduct a political forecasting tournament, starting on October 25th and lasting for about 8 months. To sign up, go to

The rewards... Each year:

  • The top 2% of participants will each be awarded a $500 Amazon gift card 
  • The top 2% of participants will be featured in The Washington Post, Monkey Cage.
  • 100 other people will have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card (with more accurate forecasters having better chances of winning).
  • 200 other people will have a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card (with more accurate forecasters having better chances of winning).
  • The top 10% of forecasters will be featured on the Foresight Leaderboard

Participants will be asked to:

  • Complete a 45-minute battery of political and psychological tests to predict forecasting accuracy.
  • Take a 10 min training module about forecasting accuracy.
  • Make predictions about questions throughout the year whenever you wish! We will post a few questions online each week, for example, "Will Donald Trump win the 2016 US Presidential Election?" Select at least 30 questions and update them until the question closes.
  • After each question closes, you will receive feedback to improve the accuracy of your forecasts.
If you are interested, please go to to sign up.

Please don’t join if you have already participated in GJP or GJ Open.

Do you have questions? Feel free to email us at

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP): Open Now

We are accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP).

Visit USAJOBS to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers.

Please note the cutoff number for each position; These vacancy announcements will be open from 11/14/2016 to 11/18/2016 or when 100 applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

Vacancy Announcement Number
Appt. Type
Link to Vacancy on USAJOBS
Seasonal Student Trainee (Office Automation)
Seasonal Student Trainee (Office Automation)

The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions.

This program allows for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Veteran’s preference applies. So consider a Pathways internship 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 Service professionals who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives.

Should you have any questions, please contact

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Leadership and the American Presidency - Spring 2017

I am excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our immersive leadership program this spring - Leadership and the American Presidency. This program is being sponsored in partnership with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. Leadership simulations from the American Presidency will be a key focus for students.

As part of this exciting program, undergraduate students can:
· Spend the spring semester in Washington, DC
· Intern in an engaging setting aligned with their career and academic interests
· Participate in academic courses with up to 12 credits provided through George Mason University

The final deadline is coming up on November 10th, 2016 so please share the announcement below with any interested students and encourage them to visit to learn more about the program and begin an online application.

Questions may be directed to me at 202-986-0384 or

Dana Faught
Associate Director, Recruitment and Admissions
The Fund for American Studies



EARLY DEADLINE: October 5, 2016
FINAL DEADLINE: November 10, 2016

You have the chance to put your leadership skills to the test – and what better classroom than Washington, D.C. this spring?

You will have the opportunity to have a front row seat to the historic 2017 presidential inauguration and the first few months of a new presidential administration. The White House, the U.S. Capitol, and monuments all present unique learning opportunities and a once in a lifetime backdrop for your classes and internship.

This program will allow you to examine of some of the greatest leadership challenges in the history of our country from the viewpoint of the President of the United States. George Washington and the Revolutionary War. Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. Teddy Roosevelt and the Panama Canal. Franklin Roosevelt and Pearl Harbor. JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ronald Reagan urging Secretary Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”

What does it mean to lead successfully? How do leaders learn to communicate effectively? How do great leaders respond in times of crisis? How can leaders make the world a better place? This program will connect you with some of the most thoughtful, well-regarded, and recognizable leaders of today. Public servants, journalists, entrepreneurs, and other leaders from across sectors will share their stories of leadership with each cohort. Previous speakers have included:
· Congressman Ed Royce
· Stewart McLaurin, The White House Historical Association
· Mark Greene, former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania
· Judge Douglas Ginsburg, U.S. Court of Appeals

Leadership cannot be learned only in a classroom. Leadership and the American Presidency challenges you through a series of interactive simulations and discussions at key presidential sites including Mount Vernon, Monticello and the White House Historical Association. Case studies, and real-world scenarios will test and improve your ability as a leader.

The program includes housing, internship placement and support, as well as a rigorous and accredited full time academic course load.
LIVE: Housing in fully furnished apartments on Capitol Hill, just steps from the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court.
LEARN: 12 academic credits in economics and government with credit through George Mason University.
INTERN: Internships with government agencies, Congressional offices, public policy think tanks, international affairs groups, media outlets, nonprofit organizations, and law firms throughout the Washington area. Each site is accessible to public transportation, making it easy to get from home to work to class and back again.
CONNECT: Guest lectures featuring influential and thoughtful leaders, networking events and site briefings at historic Washington institutions including:
o Ford’s Theater
o Lincoln’s Cottage
o Mount Vernon
o The State Department

Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of October 5, 2016 to receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration, as well as a 5% discount on their tuition balance. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of November 10, 2016.

Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and merit. To learn more about the program and to begin an online application please visit

Questions may be directed to 202-509-8948 or

Free Public Lecture by Don Share, Professor Emeritus of Politics and Government - THUR 11/17

On Thursday November 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m, Professor Don Share will give a free public lecture about what can happen when a prosperous, tolerant democracy, plagued by growing inequality, and weakened by a discredited two-party system, elects a demagogue. The lecture is entitled: “From Ch├ívez to Maduro: Understanding Venezuela’s Growing Crisis.” The event is sponsored by the Olympia World Affairs Council, and will be held at the Thurston Economic Development Council, 4220 6th Avenue SE, Lacey, WA 98503. For more information contact Don Share

Canvassers needed for the Donald J. Trump Campaign

We are hiring canvassers at $15.00 an hour from now until election day. You can help us
make a difference in this 2016 historical election.

For an interview, email

Pierce County Donald J. Trump Campaign

Brown Bag hosted by Professor David Sousa - WED 10/26

Full house for the first presidential debate!

Election Viewing Gathering - TUE 11/8

Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society will be hosting a drop-in style viewing of the election results. Refreshments provided.

Date: November 8, 2016
Time: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Location: Wheelock Student Center, Rasmussen Rotunda

Lecture by Noel J. Francisco - MON 10/24

Monday, October 03, 2016

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program - Summer 2017

How far could a student internship at the U.S. Department of State take you? Just for starters, it would give you a coveted inside look at diplomacy in action, and the range of careers and responsibilities found in the Foreign Service and Civil Service. Think of it as test-driving a career before you decide what you're going to do with your life. You'll gain valuable work experience that you can apply to virtually every endeavor — whether you work in government or the private sector. Most of all, you will feel good about doing something worthwhile for your nation.

At the U.S. Department of State, we like to say that we represent America to the world. As an intern here or abroad, you will, too. The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment.

For internship program details such as duties of an intern, participating offices and bureaus, types of internships, and housing information, please view and download the Student Internship Program Brochure.

Application Deadline (including all supporting documents): October 14, 2016

For more information about the internship program and the application click here

U.S. Department of State Summer 2017 Student Internship Program

We are now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Summer 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

Please visit for more information about the U.S. Department of State Summer 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is October 14, 2016. U.S. citizenship is required.

Visit to view the announcement: U.S. Department of State Summer 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

We highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit our forums or FAQs at

Washington Legislative Internship Program

Work, Learn and Lead in Olympia.
One of the country's most highly regarded legislative internships, our program offers Washington students the opportunity to gain paid work experience and study the state legislative process up close.
Apply now for the 2017 Internship! 

Priority Deadline: October 10, 2016, 11:59pm  
Final Deadline: October 18, 2016, 8:00pm

During the internship, which takes place in winter quarter or spring semester, interns work for members of the Washington State House of Representatives or Senate. Interns work alongside legislative staff to learn first-hand about public policy, build real-world professional skills, and serve the citizens of Washington State. 

Interns are placed with legislators' offices and work in Olympia as full-time staff while the Legislature is in session (January through March or April every year).

The Legislative Internship is a paid, full time (40 hours per week) commitment.  The internship must be taken for undergraduate academic credit at a four-year college or university. Credit amounts and other academic requirements are determined by the school. Washington college juniors and seniors of any age and any major are eligible to apply.

Intern Duties
Interns are matched with the offices of legislators or caucus staff based on their skills and interests.  All interns share these basic responsibilities and may take on a variety of special projects.
  • Conduct legislative research and summarize issues in short policy memos
  • Attend committee hearings and legislative meetings
  • Correspond with constituents, lobbyists, and state agencies via phone, email, and meetings
  • Track legislation
  • Draft letters, resolutions, talking points, press releases, and newsletters
  • Assist with daily office tasks
  • Participate in intern classes, workshops, and policy exercises
  • Maintain professional, non-partisan conduct