Monday, January 23, 2017

Intern with a Puget Sound Alumna in the Department of State!

Hopefully, you've already read the post from January 17 announcing that the US Department of State is now taking applications for Fall 2017 internships. A recent Puget Sound and P&G alumna, Alexandra Scott, currently works for the Office of Public Diplomacy in the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Xandra has this to say about what an internship in her office would look like:

The Department of State's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of Public Diplomacy (EAP/PD) coordinates America's cultural and digital media communications strategy abroad. I like to say that in a nutshell, our job is to make folks abroad like us more. We support over 30 Posts across the region in implementing their public diplomacy programs, everything from movie nights, to English corners, to art exhibits.We also sponsor a wide variety of cultural exchange programs, including the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI), which has been enormously successful, and the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). 

There is no typical day in EAP/PD, simply because our portfolio is so broad. One day, you might help our IVLP coordinator with a delegation of 15 young Malaysians who are in DC to learn how to design sustainable cities. The next day you might help the Digital Media Coordinator with crisis communication plans for posts across the region, ensuring they can keep in contact with American citizens abroad during an emergency. Another day you might get to sit in on a strategy meeting where policymakers are discussing how to combat propaganda. We are a busy office, with lots of opportunities for somebody who is proactive and willing to roll up their sleeves. 
 You can specify what office and bureau you would like to intern with when you get to it! Go to DC and work with one of our awesome alums!!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

The REAL Change Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship to Fight Poverty

Are you feeling a call to action? We are looking for the next generation of activists and leaders in fighting poverty at home and abroad. The REAL Change Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship is a hands-on training program for young people between the ages of 18–30. During the yearlong program, fellows learn how to work with the media, their communities, and policymakers to create change.

REAL Change participants receive a crash course in advocacy at the RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC. After three days of coaching and inspiration, fellows spend the final day of the conference on Capitol Hill and speak directly with members of Congress and their staff. Throughout the rest of the year, fellows receive ongoing training on biweekly calls. They hone their advocacy skills by taking actions ranging from writing letters to the editor to hosting events to meeting with their members of Congress in-district.

RESULTS is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people. Together they use their voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty. Volunteers receive training, support, and inspiration to become skilled advocates. In time, volunteers learn to effectively advise policy makers, guiding them towards decisions that improve access to education, health, and economic opportunity. Backed by the in-depth research and legislative expertise of staff, RESULTS advocates realize the incredible power they possess to use their voices to change the world.

As a REAL Change Fellow you will:
Receive training and support over 12 months to become a powerful advocate for the end of poverty.
Learn how to lobby your member of Congress on everything from tax policies that can lift millions of low-income Americans out of poverty to global health initiatives like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Become a skilled organizer who mobilizes your community to fight poverty.
Write pieces that get published in the media.
Start your own RESULTS chapter or help a local RESULTS chapter grow and thrive.
Attend the RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC. Past speakers include Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Tavis Smiley, Marian Wright Edelman, and Muhammad Yunus, and more.
Attend the REAL Change Mid-Year Training in March of 2018 to learn about RESULTS priority issues in depth and the federal budget process, then head back to Capitol Hill.

Find more information and the application here

Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship Program

What is the Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship Program?
Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program provides outstanding students pursuing an IT-related degree with a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy.

The program awards five Fellows (three graduates and two undergraduates) with tuition assistance, mentorship, and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Fellows who successfully complete the program and the Foreign Affairs IT Specialist entry requirements will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).

What is a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS)?
Foreign Service Information Management Specialists support and maintain hundreds of applications and provide IT services domestically and abroad at over 275 overseas posts in nearly 200 countries. Information Management Specialists serve their country by maintaining secure, reliable IT tools and resources to ensure that Foreign Service Officers, federal agencies and non-government partners can promote diplomacy while serving overseas. Information Management Specialists gain experiences that few other IT professions offer, including the reward of living in a foreign country while experiencing different cultures and helping to protect U.S. interests abroad.

IT Fellowship Program Benefits
  • Undergraduate Fellows (those beginning their junior year in fall 2017): Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for junior and senior years of undergraduate studies related to an Information Technology field.
  • Graduate Fellows (those beginning a graduate program in fall 2017): Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in an IT-related field.
  • Two summer internships, one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The program provides stipends, transportation and housing for these internships.
  • Orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at the Department of State.
  • Mentoring from a Foreign Service IMS throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Employment in the Department of State Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service IMS entry requirements.
More information available here
Find the application here

Talking Points Memo Internships

TPM Polling Internship
TPM is seeking a Polling Intern to help manage it's award winning app, PollTracker. This is a paid internship program in which interns get a crash course in polling and in how a digital media news organization works from the ground up. We’re taking applications for a polling internship to begin immediately. Former TPM interns and fellows have gone on to jobs at The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The New York Sun, The Verge, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and more.

Talking Points Memo (TPM) polling interns are involved in every aspect of PollTracker and have a hand in everything we do. They work alongside our PollTracker team to monitor new polling, enter data, detect trends, break news, and write stories.

The polling intern will receive a stipend. The position is based in TPM’s New York City office.
Rising seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students, as well as relevant course of study, preferred. Qualified applicants can receive academic credit.

To apply, send an email to jobs at with a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two references. Include the subject line: “Job App: Polling Internship.”
Editorial Internships (NYC)
Description: The TPM Internship is a paid internship program in which interns get a crash course in how a digital media news organization works from the ground up. We’re taking applications for our summer cycle TPM internship

TPM interns are involved in every aspect of our operation and have a hand in everything we do. They work alongside our reporters to write and break stories, help our editors keep a finger on the pulse of the news day, and produce all kinds of digital media from youtube clips to mash-up photographs. The fellows also attend weekly brown bag lunches with reporters, editors and publishing staff to learn the ins and outs of the new media business.

Our fellows and interns have moved on to jobs in new and old media alike, working for us, as well as The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The New York Sun, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and more.

Fellows receive a stipend for the summer. The internship program is ongoing and we are always accepting applications. The position is based in TPM’s New York City office.
Rising seniors, recent graduates, and graduate students, as well as relevant course of study, preferred. Qualified applicants can receive academic credit.

To apply for any of our internships, send an email to internship at with a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two written references. Include the subject line: “Job App: Editorial Internship.”

Talking Points Memo Website 

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Find out more about summer internships and research opportunities, Wed 2/8 at Noon in Wyatt 305

A conversation with Bobby Seale - WED 4/5

Race and Pedagogy Institute presents "A Conversation With Bobby Seale," founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party, moderated by Professor Dexter Gordon, African American studies and communication studies.

This important leader in the effort to advance the cause of justice in the nation since the 1960s will be in Tacoma and the Race and Pedagogy Institute and African American Studies is embracing an opportunity to host him on campus April 5, 2017, thus providing opportunities for students and our broader Puget Sound community to engage with him in conversations about his life and his considerable and distinctive history of critical political engagement.

Semester In Development - Study, Intern, Travel

 The Semester in Development is a term-long program that is open to undergraduate students of all disciplines. The program is based entirely overseas in Kampala, Uganda, and is unique as it combines studying and interning. While abroad, participants enroll as part-time visiting students at Makerere University, studying one day a week and earning transferable credits. The remaining four days a week have participants interning with a locally run organization in a field directly related to the student’s academic field.

Further details of the Semester in Development can be found here
Got Questions? Need more information?
Thursday, March 9th
5:00pm PST - 6:00pm MT - 7:00pm CST - 8:00pm EST
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Earn transferable credits and fulfill your international requirements while learning from engaging, local professors. More info...

Gain meaningful career-relevant, real-world experience, working with a local organization.
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Experience a vibrant city, full of culture and history, and explore the diversity of East-Africa. More info...

A Conversation With Representative Derek Kilmer - 1/26

Today you can join a campus conversation with Derek Kilmer, Washington’s 6th District representative to the U.S. Congress, with an introduction by President Crawford. Rep. Kilmer will offer brief remarks, followed by an interactive Q&A on topics including:

  • What is before the country relative to health care, higher education, immigration reform, and environmental protection
  • Prospects for bipartisan cooperation in the House
  • How state-level policy-makers and activists can work to support their causes
  • Maintaining vigilance and optimism in the face of fears across the political spectrum

This is a unique opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to discuss issues important to the Puget Sound community directly with Rep. Kilmer. All members of the campus community are invited to participate.

A Conversation With Rep. Derek Kilmer
Jan. 26, 2017
4–5:30 p.m.
Tahoma Room, Thomas Hall

Constitution Out Loud - MON 3/6

"Whiteness & Islamophobia" with Amer Ahmed - WED 2/1

"Secularism, liberalism, Islamophobia and the reproduction of whiteness" by Dr. Amer Ahmed

Post-9/11 United States has been has unveiled Islamophobia as an increasingly prevalent phenomenon. An issue of both religion and racism, Islamophobia has not only been a phenomenon of the religious right wing in the United States, but also of so-called "liberal secular humanists" including Bill Maher and Sam Harris. Such individuals not only demonize all religions, but hold particular disdain for Islam. This session will examine how whiteness in relationship to secular humanism helps foment Islamophobia in the United States.

When: Wednesday, Feb 1 at 7:30pm
Where: Thomas Hall, Tahoma Room

The National Council on US Arab Relations Summer Internship Program--Deadline FRI 2/24

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the Nation's Capital. The program features an energizing and demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounter designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.
Professional work experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours/week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.
Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations.
Site visits: Interns are offered a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.

Sponsorship: The program is administered by National Council professionals and staff, together with more than two dozen of America's foremost scholars and leading foreign affairs practitioners. The programs, activities, and functions represented by the organizations and corporations that provide the professional work experience component of the program are varied. Included among placements in recent years have been educational development and exchange organizations, bimonthly and quarterly publications, humanitarian relief groups, broadcasting networks, area studies centers, international transportation companies, foreign trade associations, peace and justice advocacy groups, and a variety of non-governmental organizations.

Program Dates: May 30 – August 4, 2017.
Application Deadline: All materials must be postmarked by Friday, February 24, 2017.
Cost & Fellowship Stipend: A $125 non-refundable program fee must be submitted with the application. Internships are unpaid. Internship program participants, upon successful fulfillment of the program’s academic and internship requirements, receive a $1,000 fellowship stipend.

Find more information here

Brown Bag hosted by Professors Robin Jacobson and Seth Weinberger - WED 2/1

Japanese Internment Commemoration - MON 2/20

Center for Economic and Policy Research Summer 2017 International Program Intern

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. It is an independent nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, DC. CEPR is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options.

CEPR is an ideal place to learn about current economic and global justice issues in a friendly, relaxed and fun environment. Work schedules are flexible.

Job Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research is currently looking for a full-time International Program Intern for Summer 2017 (early June through August).
Responsibilities include assisting staff with research on upcoming papers and opinion pieces; organizing events with Latin American delegations, CEPR staff, and visiting academics; assisting in tracking and logging press mentions; as well as working on outreach to press, advocacy organizations, and Congress.
The responsibilities vary based on their interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will be able to attend relevant events around Washington, DC.

Qualifications: We are looking for applicants with a general understanding of economics, international relations, and democracy issues, and an interest in economic justice. Previous research, data and/or outreach experience is extremely helpful; interns with strong economics or foreign policy experience (including Master’s degrees) will have the opportunity to engage in serious research, and those with strong organizing or outreach experience will have event management opportunities. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred. The intern will need to be able to work in a fast-paced environment with limited management and be a self-starter and independent learner. Should have excellent writing and communications skills.

Stipend: Starting at $1,956.32 per month, plus up to $255.67 for health insurance reimbursement per month.
Closing Date of Position: March 20, 2017.
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and a brief (2 page) answer to one of the following prompts via email to internationalintern[at] No calls or faxes please.

How can the US improve its foreign policy toward Latin America?
Briefly describe how macroeconomic policy has helped or hurt the economy of (1) the eurozone or (2) the Latin American region since the world financial crisis and recession (2008–09)

Fridays in February with P&G

Lecture by Patricia Wright - MON 3/6

Patricia Wright, distinguished service professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University, New York, will give a free public lecture telling the story of creating a national park in Madagascar to protect threatened lemurs and scarce forest. “Back from the Brink of Extinction: Saving Lemurs in Madagascar” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, in Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center. Wright, who received a MacArthur “genius” award for her work, will talk about the 30-year project with the local community to create Madagascar’s “conservation hub,” which today includes a national park, research station, ecotourism, conservation education, improved local health, reforestation, environmental arts, biodiversity science, and new local businesses.

Professor Wright will also speak to the Stacey Weiss’s Biology 472 Animal Behavior class on the topic “Female Dominance in Lemurs.” The class will run from 11–11:50 a.m. Monday, March 6, in Wyatt Hall, Room 101 and is open to all Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff.

Students who would like to have lunch with Professor Wright on Monday, March 6 at noon should email Peter Wimberger ( ) . There are limited spots for lunch, so email soon!

The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change lecture at PLU - TUES 3/8

The Rachel Carson Science, Technology & Society Annual Lecture was designed to bring leading experts in the fields of science and technology to campus to address the PLU community. This year’s distinguished speaker is Dr. Jim Anderson, Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at Harvard University. His lecture is titled “The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change.”
When: Wednesday, March 8th at 7:30.
Where: Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University

Green Corps training program is taking applications - Deadline FRI 1/20

Green Corps combines classroom training on advocacy and organizing skills with real-world experience. We partner with established groups like Environment America and the Wilderness Society to build and mobilize public support for their campaigns.

We’re the Field School for Environmental Organizing
Are you passionate about the environment? Are you ready to learn how to run campaigns to help solve the climate crisis or save our last wild places? We offer a year-long, paid training program that will prepare you for a career in environmental organizing. Here’s how it works:

Part One: Classroom Training
You’ll participate in eight weeks of intensive classroom training conducted by representatives from a wide range of organizations and campaigns.

Our staff and trainers present overviews on the biggest issues facing our environment as well as teaching our organizers a variety of valuable skills such as volunteer recruitment, campaign planning, public speaking and much more.

Part Two: Field Training on Real Campaigns
As a Green Corps organizer, you’ll receive the bulk of your training through hands-on experience working on behalf of organizations such as the Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society and Food & Water Watch. Job responsibilities include recruiting, training and supervising volunteers; organizing visibility events; securing media coverage; and building strong coalitions.

You’ll lead three to five different campaigns in communities across the country. By working with several different campaign partners, you’ll gain experience tackling a diversity of issues and working with a variety of individuals.

For example, a team of organizers recently helped run a campaign that persuaded Kellogg’s, the cereal company, to pressure its supplier of palm oil to stop destroying tropical forests. Other Green Corps organizers have played critical roles in the retirement of over a dozen coal-fired power plants on the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.

Part Three: Launch Your Career
After completing the training program, Green Corps connects graduates to groups looking to hire full-time staff. Our alumni now work with organizations such as Environment America, Greenpeace, Corporate Accountability International, Rainforest Action Network, National Wildlife Federation, and NRDC, among others.

Location And Compensation
The target annual compensation for this position is $26,000. Green Corps offers a competitive bene ts package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Green Corps organizers go where the fight is and wherever they can make the biggest impact. They could work on campaigns almost anywhere in the country and while location preferences are considered for placements, we require all organizers to be geographically flexible.

Apply today at! 

Apply to be a Capital Fellow in California - deadline MON 2/13

I am writing to share with you the news that one of your graduates from University of Puget Sound was selected last spring to be part of the 2016-2017 class of Capital Fellows and should be applauded for being part of the current class.

Abigail Gore (Politics and Government and Molecular and Cellular Biology majors) is now a fellow in the California Senate Fellows

2016-2017 Class of Capital Fellows
The Capital Fellows Programs are administered by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, and are an outstanding opportunity for college graduates to engage in public service and prepare for future careers. Fellows work 10-11 months as full-time staff members in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, California Executive Branch or the California Judiciary. They participate in policymaking, program development, and program implementation. Fellows gain first-hand experience in the governance and leadership of the most diverse, complex state in the nation.

The upcoming deadline for the 2017-2018 fellowship year is February 13, 2017 and applications and information can be found online at

Summer Immersion Internship Program - deadline to apply 2/20

Students are required to attend an information session prior to application:
Information sessions will be held on:

Mon Feb 6 at 4pm
Application deadline is 8 a.m. on February 20, 2017.

Information about specific positions and how to apply is available at apply to summer immersion internship programs.

Match Teacher Residency 2017-2018 school year applications

Want to be a game-changing rookie teacher in a high-performing urban school? We think teaching is the hardest and most important job in the world – a job that demands highly focused and intensive preparation. Start your career off right by becoming a Match Teacher Resident and graduate student in the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education. We’re actively hiring our next cohort of aspiring elementary, middle and high school teachers.

How does it work?
Year 1:
Match Teacher Residents (MTRs) spend full days in the nationally acclaimed Match Charter Public School, which operates a pre-K-12 school for low-income students from Boston.
MTRs serve a regular workweek as tutors in Match Corps, an AmeriCorps program, and also spend time daily in classrooms where they observe, assist, and ultimately assume full-time teaching responsibilities.
Two nights per week, plus Saturdays, MTRs attend graduate classes, complete assignments (e.g. practicing lesson planning and analyzing video of effective teachers), and participate in teaching simulations through the Sposato Graduate School of Education (SGSE).
SGSE coaches and faculty provide frequent personalized feedback to MTRs as they ramp up in their teaching responsibilities.
By the end of the year at Match, successful MTRs get a Massachusetts “Initial” teaching license, and obtain a full-time teaching position in a high-performing urban school in the city of their choice.

Year 2:
MTR graduates work as a full-time teacher at an urban charter or turnaround school.
As Sposato students, they participate in a year-long distance-learning course that’s supported by individualized coaching. Their classroom practice is evaluated using a battery of assessments to determine conferment of a Master’s in Effective Teaching (MET) degree.

What is the Sposato Graduate School of Education?

The Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education was approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education in 2012. The school’s mission is to prepare rookie teachers with the necessary tools to be effective teachers in high-poverty urban schools across the US. Those who successfully complete this two-year program, will earn their Master’s in Effective Teaching (MET). As one of the only graduate programs in the country that’s based in a K-12 school setting, SGSE offers highly practical, hands-on training in classroom management techniques, lesson planning protocols, and strategies to build strong relationships with students and families. Graduates of this program are highly sought after by top charter and turnaround schools across the US and have a 100% job placement rate. Visit our web site to learn more about MTR and SGSE.

How do I apply?
Apply for our February 28th early deadline for your chance to secure an interview.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We still have slots to fill in our next cohort. .
Positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier you apply, the better your chances of being selected.
Some campuses have more positions available than others; if you apply early, you have a higher chance of being placed in your top-choice age group.
You will know within 4-6 weeks whether we are in your plans are for next year.
 Apply today

How can I learn more about Sposato?
Learn more about the Match Corps experience
Find out more about the Sposato Graduate School of Education
Read the reflections of recent graduate Chloe Davis-Carden, Match Corps 9 and 9th grade Math Teacher at Match High School

Public Policy Summer Internships in DC

Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems
Washington, DC
June 3 – July 28, 2017

Priority Deadline for Scholarships: February 8
Final Deadline: March 16

**Scholarship Funding Available**

Do you sit in class daydreaming about working on Capitol Hill or in a federal agency? Or perhaps sitting around the table at a think tank reviewing policies of the new administration? When you read the news and see the many challenges that confront our nation do you ever ask yourself, do I have what it takes to help resolve today’s most pressing challenges?

If you answered yes, we invite you to apply to the 2017 Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems and be counted among the next generation of professionals to shape tomorrow’s public policy decisions.

Program Components:

• Public Policy Internship: Intern 30-35 hours a week on Capitol Hill, at a think tank, NGO, or government agency. You will gain insight and practical experience in public policy and economics career tracks. Issue areas that you could be working on this summer include:

o Economic and trade policies
o Energy solutions
o National defense and homeland security
o U.S. education system
o Challenges facing inner-cities and urban areas
o Congressional hearings and legislative action
o Environmental policies
o Tax reform
o Human rights
o Emerging political leaders for state and federal office
o 2nd Amendment Rights or Reform

• Economics and Government Coursework: Combine theory and practice and take courses on public policy economics and government for 3 to 9 credit hours through George Mason University. Click here to view the course catalog.

• Exclusive Lectures and Site Briefings: Engage in debate and discussion on salient issues of U.S. policy with prominent scholar-practitioners, and attend exclusive briefings at key Washington institutions including the State Department, Federal Reserve, Capitol Hill, and various federal agencies.

• Small Group Networking: Meet with seasoned practitioners including congressional staff members, think tank experts, lobbyists, and other professionals to learn about career paths in public policy.

• Mentor Program: Connect with a practitioner in your field of interest who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program. He or she will provide tips for living in Washington as well as career advice and networking contacts.

• Housing: Students will live in furnished apartments on campus at George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other program participants as roommates. The apartments are located steps from the White House, State Department and National Monuments, and provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.

• Scholarships: More than 70% of students receive partial scholarship awards based on financial need and merit.

This Could be You:
"Interning with the Consumer Protection Branch of the Department of Justice has been unbelievably rewarding and fulfilling work. As a legal intern, I have supported the trial attorneys at the branch with various preparation activities and support services. I have been able to get an inside look at the workings of the federal prosecution process, which has led me to work toward a similar career in the future."
Thomas Fiegener, Oklahoma State University
Intern, Department of Justice

"Whether it be sitting in on a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing or shaking hands and discussing the future of unmanned aircraft with the executives of Raytheon and Boeing, this internship has put me in the middle of the policy making process."
Michael Giordano, United States Air Force Academy
Intern, Aerospace Industries Association

Application Instructions:
Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 14, but applicants are encouraged to apply by the February 8 priority deadline for Scholarships in order to receive special consideration.

Application requirements include a topical essay, statement or purpose, resume, official transcript, letter of recommendation and $25 application fee. An application checklist is available here

Please visit for more program details and to begin an application. Questions may be directed to Laura Cusack, Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems Manager, at or 202.986.0384.

Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP): Open Now - Deadline 4/3

We are accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) in our Washington D.C. location.

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

Please note the cutoff point for these positions: These vacancy announcements will be open from March 28 to April 3, 2017 or when the cutoff limit for applications has been reached for each position. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions is 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 USAJOBS Links Cutoff
Office Automation (Student Trainee)
Grade 03: HRSC/PATH-2017-0021 150
Foreign Affairs (Student Trainee)
Grade 03: HRSC/PATH-2017-0022 100
Foreign Affairs (Student Trainee)
Grade 05: HRSC/PATH-2017-0023 150
Economist (Student Trainee)
Grade 09: HRSC/PATH-2017-0024 100

Student Trainees work closely with the U.S. diplomats and Civil Service professionals who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. To witness and participate in U.S. foreign policy formulation and implementation, consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State.

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.

U.S. citizenship is required for all positions. If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please contact or visit our forums or FAQs at

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Want to start getting involved? Come to the Civic Engagement Volunteer Fair! - 3/25

 Dear Friends,

After the 2016 election, I have been getting a lot of calls from people wanting to get involved, but not being sure where to start.

To help people get started, I'm holding a Civic Engagement Volunteer Fair where people like you can connect with some of our region's most active organizations. Whether you're interested in volunteering to help your community, to mentor students, or to stand up for your rights--this Civic Engagement Volunteer Fair will help you get connected with organizations that share your values.

Here are the details:
Civic Engagement Volunteer Fair
Saturday, March 25
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rainier Beach Community Center Gym, 8825 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118

Right now, we have the opportunity to create real and lasting change in our communities and in our country--but only if we get involved and engaged. I want to help people connect with the organizations that are doing the important on-the-ground work that needs to be done, and I hope you will join us on March 25th.

There is no need to RSVP to this event, and please help me spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends! If you have questions, please reach out to my Political Director, Maria Leininger at 253-345-1530 or

Thank you for your support.


Meridian Institute Fellowship Program - Deadline 2/3

About Meridian Institute 
The Meridian Institute Fellowship provides the next generation of public policy leaders the skills they need to encourage collaboration on complex and controversial public policy problems. The Fellowship is a two-year, full-time Project Assistant position and selected Fellows will begin work in summer 2017.

At Meridian, we design collaborative approaches that bring together people who understand the issues and have a stake in their resolution. Our processes regularly involve government officials, business leaders, scientists, foundation executives, and nongovernmental organization representatives—people who would not typically have the opportunity to learn from each other, build mutual understanding, and reach agreement were it not for carefully designed processes and skillfully mediated interactions. Meridian facilitates processes that range from local, site-specific disputes to national policy dialogues to international negotiations. Some of the areas we work on include agriculture and food security, climate change, ocean policy, forest and land use management, freshwater resources, and community resilience.

Effective collaborative decision-making requires inclusion of different perspectives and involves bringing together participants with diverse backgrounds. As an organization, we seek a staff that reflects and values that same diversity and have experience working in multicultural settings.

For more information about Meridian and specific projects, please visit

Structure of the Fellowship
The Fellowship will begin summer 2017. Meridian hires Fellows for the following positions:

Generalists - Washington, D.C. or Dillon, CO: Work in support of projects on a variety of substantive topic areas. Past Fellows have been involved in work with global and domestic agriculture and food security, climate change, and community and global resilience, among other topics.

Oceans Program - Washington, DC: Work in support of a suite of ocean and coastal policy projects including the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, a bipartisan effort to catalyze action and monitor progress toward meaningful ocean policy reform. This work focuses on improving the management of ocean and coastal resources at the regional and national level.

The Fellowship is a two-year position, contingent upon performance and needs of the organization. Meridian leadership and the Fellow will periodically review the Fellow’s performance and professional goals throughout the Fellowship. Fellows are encouraged to explore a variety of post-Fellowship career choices, including graduate school and employment with other organizations.

First year Fellows are offered a minimum salary of $34,000 per year in a non-exempt position. An excellent benefits package is included.

Completed applications are due by 10 pm EST on Friday, February 3, 2017