Monday, November 20, 2017

Dear Professor,

I wanted to reach out to tell you about the national civic engagement award that PIRG Campus Action recently won!

The student PIRGs, a project of PIRG Campus, Action, was nominated for a national “Civvy” award for our work supporting voter registration and creating space for dialogue between student swith diverse perspectives.

The Civvys (The American Civic Collaboration Awards) are the first national awards program designed to highlight organizations and individuals hat leverage collaboration as a key strength in building initiatives that improve communities. You can learn more about this on their website.

PIRG Campus Action is hiring campus organizers to empower student leaders and win concrete results on public interest campaigns ranging from getting our campuses to 100% renewable energy, to saving students money on textbooks by promoting open educational resources.

If you have anyone in your department who you think would be a good fit for our positions , please let me know!

Megan Anderson

PIRG Campus Action Recruitment Director

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Engage Zine Submissions 11/17

“Engage” is a social justice Zine run through the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement. This semester they are focusing on history in Tacoma, specifically the relationship of the Puyallup Tribe with the City, Japanese Internment in the Seattle/Tacoma area, the Tacoma Method in 1885, and the Northwest Detention Center and the effect it had on Tacoma.

They are looking for submissions from students, faculty, and staff that somehow relate to any of these topics. Submissions can be anything from prose, poetry, visual arts, photographs, or anything else you may want to submit. Submissions are due by Friday, November 17th and should be sent to

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the CICE representative Larissa Lief or Lucy Soderstrom.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

State Supreme Court Visits: Mon 11/13 and Tue 11/14

The Washington Supreme Court will visit our campus this coming Monday and Tuesday for its Traveling Court civic outreach initiative. The panel discussions planned for Monday on Freedom of Speech (2:00 pm) and Young People and the Law (3:30 pm), as well as the court cases on Tuesday.  These sessions are open to all.

Professor Seth Weinberger will moderate the panel discussions.

Here, as a reminder, is President Crawford’s recent message: 

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

On November 13 and 14 University of Puget Sound will host the Washington Supreme Court in support of the Court’s and Puget Sound’s mutual interest in fostering civic engagement and interest in our state's legal system. We are honored to have the justices here and I hope you will be able to participate in one or more of the sessions that comprise the visit.

On Monday, November 13, members of the court will participate in classroom sessions and then engage in two panel discussions at Schneebeck Concert Hall:

·         2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Free Speech and Activism, moderated by Seth Weinberger, professor of politics and government
·         3:30–4:30 p.m. Young People and the Law, moderated by Tiffany Davis, associate director of diversity and inclusion

These panel discussions are open to the public. Seating at Schneebeck Concert Hall will be on a first-come basis. 

On Monday, November 13, 5 – 6:30 p.m., in the Wheelock Student Center Rotunda, Puget Sound will host a reception for the justices, members of the Tacoma–Pierce County Bar Association and the Pierce County Minority Bar Association. Everyone is invited and I hope you will attend. Please let us know in advance whether you will attend the reception via this link. The favor of a reply by Nov. 7 is requested.

On Tuesday, November 14, in Schneebeck Concert Hall, the justices will hear oral arguments  in three cases and engage with members of the Puget Sound campus and the Tacoma community between sessions. Members of the community are invited to attend any or all of the sessions below: 
·         9:00 a.m. Kenneth Wright v. Lyft, Inc.
·         9:55 a.m. State of Washington v. Michael David Murray
·         10:35 a.m. Q&A
·         1:30 p.m. State of Washington v. Hollis Blockman
·         2:10 p.m. Q&A

The arguments will be carried statewide by public cable television TVW.  No registration is required.

The visit is a valuable opportunity to see justice in action, and I hope that you will be able to participate.


Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D. | President

ASUPS Payton Head Lecture 11/16

ASUPS Lectures is incredibly honored to have Payton Head give a lecture in Killworth Chapel on Thursday November 16th at 8pm! The lecture is entitled, Moving America Forward in the Age of Trump. Payton is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri where he represented nearly 28,000 students as President of the student government. In the aftermath of Ferguson, he spearheaded conversations about improving race relations in Missouri. Head’s viral Facebook post detailing his experience with racism at Mizzou ignited the student body to fight for a more inclusive campus and shook up the world of higher education. This led to the #ConcernedStudent1950 movement, where campus protests resulted in the resignation of the chancellor and UM-System president in the historic fall of 2015. 

With the election of America’s newest president, divisions along the lines of politics and American identity as it relates to social justice have become more apparent now more than ever. Colleges and universities have a unique responsibility to foster a marketplace of different ideas and opinions. This lecture will provide student leaders who are passionate about social justice with proactive strategies in which to facilitate difficult dialogue with their communities on the importance of coming together to move America forward!

Make sure to check out more on the FaceBook Event here

Admission is free and open to the public. Thank you for your time! We hope to see you there! 

Monday, November 06, 2017

Professor Kessel participates in Civic Cocktail: City Hall in Motion & #MeToo

Alisa Kessel, politics and government, was a panelist for "Civic Cocktail: City Hall in Motion," which included a discussion addressing the significance of the #MeToo movement and navigating sexual harassment in the workplace and on campus. Other panelists included Seattle mayor Tim Burgess and former first lady of Washington Monica Locke. 

Watch the discussion on the Seattle Channel website

Friday, November 03, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

FEPPS Student Event 11/03/17

NARAL Reproductive Freedom Fellow and Communications Intern

Reproductive Freedom Fellow

NARAL Pro-Choice Washington seeks a reproductive freedom fellow to assist with all aspects of our electoral work during the 2017 campaign cycle.

NARAL Pro-Choice Washington is a grassroots, political advocacy organization that works across the state to advance reproductive freedom. With our 40,000 members, we work to elect pro-choice champions, pass pro-choice legislation, and mobilize our base to effect meaningful change. Our work seeks to advance the full spectrum of reproductive freedom which includes abortion, affordable contraception, safe and health pregnancies, and paid parental leave. Right now, key races are happening across the state at every level of government. From mayoral races, to county council, to the state Senate, we have the opportunity to support true champions running for office and demand a future that includes reproductive freedom for all people. We need Reproductive Freedom Fellows to join our team and get out the vote!

Position Description: Fellows will gain hands on campaign field experience through helping to run phone banks and canvasses, discussing Get Out the Vote strategies, creating scripts, managing data in NGP and VAN, training activists, and performing voter education and volunteer recruitment. This is a great position for anyone looking for experience in politics or campaigns. 
We are looking for individuals who can commit to 10 hours per week from October – December. The schedule can be flexible, including evenings and weekends. 

Responsibilities include:
  • Attending campaign phone banks and canvass days
  • Creating training and educational support for campaign efforts
  • Drafting scripts
  • Assisting with volunteers recruitment for phone banks, doorbelling and other election related activities
  • Maintaining an up to date volunteer and member database
Qualifications: Candidates should pssess strong oral and written communication skills, solid organizational skills and attention to detail, and sound political instincts. They must also have the ability to work independently, meet tight deadliens, and balance multiple projects at once. Some technical savvy/patience is preferred.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Lillian Lanier.

Apply here

Communications Intern

NARAL Pro-Choice Washington is the state’s leading pro-choice advocacy organization. With Members all over the state, we are able to act fast to effect legislation. NARAL is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, and go-getting Communications Intern for the fall quarter. This internship is available exclusively to current students.
Description: This internship is an opportunity to work on a small but robust team of activists at a nonprofit based in Pioneer Square. Ten hours a week will be used to experience the many aspects of communications and marketing while working in a fast paced environment.
  • Assist in developing social media content (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Drafting action alerts, newsletters, and other forms of outreach
  • Prepare reports on engagement
  • Assist with special events promotions
  • Reports to Communications Coordinator
  • 8-10 hours a week
  • Attendance at Program Meeting Tuesday 10:30AM
Qualified Candidates will have:
  • A commitment to NARAL’s Pro-Choice mission
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, strong editing skills
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented
  • Excellent computer skills with experience in social media & Microsoft Office
  • The ability to work independently and with others
  • Dependability, flexibility, and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • The ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign preferred
  • Openness to learning and growing within the internship experience
This is intended to describe the general nature and level of work, not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills. Interns may be asked to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities.
Location: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, 811 First Ave, Suite 675, Seattle, WA, 98104

Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Apply here

AfterCollege Scholarship Recipients and New Deadlines

Congratulations to Our Latest
Scholarship Recipients!

Kristen A., BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Rhode Island
AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship
Benjamin F., Assoc, Radiologic Technology, Bakersfield College
AfterCollege Vocational & Trade Study Scholarship

Next Deadline: December 31st

AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship:

$500 - Open to currently enrolled students in an accredited program, working toward a degree (AA, AS, BA, BS, MA, MS, MFA, PhD, MD, JD, etc.) in any discipline. Minimum 2.5 GPA.

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AfterCollege Vocational & Trade Study Scholarship:

$500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a certificate, diploma, associate's or bachelor's degree provided by a post-secondary institution such as a community college, career, vocational, or trade school. Fields of study may include (but are not limited to): IT, Web Development Programming, Business Management, Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Nurse Assistant, Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Mechanic, Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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About Aftercollege:

We have a lofty vision: to help every college student and recent graduate discover their career path. In our 16 year history, AfterCollege has become the largest career network for college students and recent graduates. Our patented job-matching algorithm pairs new job seekers with opportunities that fit their degree, school, skills and interests making the job search and the candidate search more efficient for everyone.

University of Puget Sound Department of Politics and Government Career Network:

Relevant entry-level job, internship and scholarship opportunities curated for students of University of Puget Sound Department of Politics and Government:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PIRG Campus Action is Hiring!

The PIRG Campus Action early application deadline for full-time career opportunities is coming up this Sunday October, 22nd.

As the nation’s premier student action group, PIRG Campus Action is hiring campus organizers to empower student leaders and win concrete results on public interest campaigns ranging from getting our campuses to 100% renewable energy, to saving students money on textbooks by promoting open educational resources.


PIRG Campus Action is a project of the PIRG student chapters. Our organizers work with students on college campuses across the country, giving them the resources they need to unlock their full power to build a brighter future. We know college students have the power to make a difference. From the Freedom Riders of the ‘60s to the voter registration drives of today, from the anti-apartheid movement of the ‘80s to the drive for fossil fuel divestment now, students — past, present and future — are always pushing our communities, our country and our world forward.


With PIRG Campus Action, you’ll work with students who, like you, believe it’s our right and responsibility to shape the future we all want. You’ll work with students to decide the strategies and tactics they’ll use to run campaigns that promote clean energy, public health, a stronger democracy and more. As an organizer on campus, you’ll:
  • Engage and mobilize hundreds of students on issues ranging from tackling climate change and getting big money out of politics, to organizing voter registration drives and increasing recycling on campus
  • Recruit and train students to plan and run effective campaigns on and off campus, using skills like organizing news conferences, building strong coalitions, generating grassroots support and direct advocacy
  • Build a strong, sustainable, student-funded, student-run organization on campus
  • Build relationships with other student groups, faculty and administrators
  • Run a citizen outreach office during the summer, where you’ll recruit and lead a team of canvassers to fundraise for important issues


The target annual compensation for this position is $26,500 in the first year. Each of the groups that partner with PIRG Campus Action offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement. To learn more visit


We’re hiring organizers to work on college campuses in California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, North Carolina, and a few other states. Immediate openings also available.

For more information, visit

Monday, October 16, 2017

Office of Congressman Adam Smith Winter Internship Opportunities- Deadline 11/01/17

My office is always accepting resumes from college students interested in interning for academic credit. By assisting the Renton district office staff, interns have the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge about how a Congressional office provides constituent services and interacts with the community. Interns in the Washington, D.C. office will have an opportunity to learn about the legislative process and the federal government by working closely with legislative, communications and constituent services staff members. Candidates who are chosen for the Washington, D.C. office are responsible for paying their travel and living expenses. Interns in any office can arrange to receive academic credit for their work.

We are currently accepting applications for the Winter session (January - April). Deadline to apply is November 1, 2017.

Washington, D.C. Office:
Qualifications and Job Responsibilities-
Candidates should have an interest in the legislative process, possess excellent writing and communication skills, and have an understanding of the American political system. Pacific Northwest ties are a plus!

Interns 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, conducting research, aiding constituents in finding information, and providing other office support services. Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to attend briefings and committee hearings of personal interest and complete individual and team goals.

Current college students will be given preference, but recent college 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.
Internships can be part-time or full-time. The position requires a minimum of 20 (part-time) or 40 (full-time) scheduled hours per week during posted business hours (9:00am to 6:00pm). 

Interested students should send a resume, writing sample stating why you are interested in the internship, and two letters of recommendation to:

ATTN: Savannah Romero 
Office of Congressman Adam Smith
2264 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone Number:

Renton, Washington District Office:

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 and constituent services. 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.

Internships can be part-time or full-time. The position requires a minimum of 20 (part-time) or 40 (full-time) scheduled hours per week during posted business hours (
8:00am to 5:00pm). 

Current college students pursuing higher education will be given preference, but recent college 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.

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

Chamber Internship

From: David Schroedel <>
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 3:56 PM
To: Alisa Kessel <>
My great UPS intern recently left to have a busy senior year and I’m looking for a new one. 
If you know of anyone interested in the way government, business, and downtown Tacoma all intersect, please have them send a resume & cover letter my way.  Description is attached.

It is a paid internship that has a minimum of 10hrs per week up to full time. Job description below.

David Schroedel, AICP
VP, Policy & Entrepreneurship
Business Improvement Area Manager

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber
950 Pacific Avenue, #300
PO Box 1933
Tacoma, WA 98401-1933

P. 253.682.1723
F. 253.597.7305

Internship Opportunity - Starting Immediately Upon Hire

The position is a Communications, Grants Research, and Event Planning Internship for an international development nonprofit. It is paid a small stipend and includes an Orca card for covering transportation costs. This is strongly recommend for any P&G student especially if they are interested in working in non-profits after graduation. 

Feel free to contact Claire Huber, if you have any questions or need more information.

Interested in Congressional Elections? Here’s a cool podcast with a UPS connection!

Check out House Talk with Ali and Liesl, a podcast available at

UPS alum Ali Lapp '96, a leading Democratic campaign strategist and the president of House Majority PAC has teamed with Liesl Hickey, a leading Republican strategist and former Executive Director of the National Republican Campaign Committee (the arm of the Republican Party focused on House races) for conversations about the struggle for control of the House of Representatives in 2018 and the broader dynamics of campaigns for the House of Representatives. Here's a chance to hear and learn from two expert practitioners in the world of campaign politics at the national level.

David Sousa
Department of Politics and Government
University of Puget Sound