Monday, July 14, 2014

Election Worker Jobs

USA TODAY Collegiate Correspondent Program

 USA TODAY’s Collegiate Correspondent Program is one of the nation’s premier journalism opportunities for college students. Those that are chosen to participate in the writing program will pitch, research and write weekly stories. Those that are chosen to participate in the visual program will receive weekly assignments, complete a semester-long project and will partner with writers to produce cohesive stories. Content produced by all correspondents will appear across all USA TODAY and Gannett platforms, including mobile and tablet.

Find out more here:

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

eInternships with the State Department

The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is an academic year-long, unpaid eInternship program. VSFS virtually connects U.S. citizen college students with State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Foreign Commercial Service, Foreign Agriculture Service, Broadcasting Board of Governors, and other US government agency domestic offices and U.S. diplomatic posts overseas to engage in digital diplomacy.  Because these eInternships are virtual, students can have a flexible virtual work schedule during the academic year, allowing both academic and eInternship goals to be met.

More here:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Congrats to Nathan Little '13, California State Assembly Fellow

Hello Prof. O'Neil,

 I recently was selected as a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow with the California State Assembly for 2014-2014. I'll be heading to Sacramento come October to work directly with an Assemblymember for 12 months.

As part of the program I'll also be taking classes at Sacramento state for which I earn graduate credit for a Master's in Public Administration or in Public Policy.

 I'm honored to be selected; the Capital Fellows Programs are rigorous and come with a lot of opportunity. I'm including the Fellows Programs website, and would be happy to help any undergraduates interested in applying for this program, especially since so many Loggers are California natives (not a requirement, but familiarity always helps).

 Nathan Little, Class of 2013

Intern in Tacoma with Congressman Derek Kilmer

People for Derek Kilmer, Congressman Kilmer's reelection campaign is seeking candidates for finance and field internships.

 The finance intern responsibilities may include:
- Conducting donor research
- Supporting and staffing events
- Processing contributions and expenses 
- Data entry and database maintenance
- Other duties as needed.

 The field intern responsibilities may include:
- Volunteer recruitment
- Data entry
- Event preparation and management
- Staffing and supporting events
- Canvassing
- Other duties as needed
- Phone-banking

 A minimum of two days and 15 hours per week is expected. Most work is in the evenings and on the weekends, though schedules are flexible based on the needs of the campaign and the intern. Interns with greater flexibility in their schedule will be given more diverse responsibilities. Interns do not necessarily have to be studying politics, and students in different courses of study are encouraged to apply.

Intern positions are unpaid, however we will work with interns and their school to earn academic credit. 

Please email a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this internship, a one page resume and a list of three references to

Monday, June 09, 2014

Congratulations to Ellie Page '13!

Ellie Page, a 2013 major, was just accepted to University of Washington law school and plans to start in the fall.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014


As many of you know, the Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) established the Higher Education Alliance two years ago to increase international opportunities for our university students.  This summer we are happy to be promoting the “2014 United Nations Summer Session” at United Nations Headquarters and in Washington D.C., running from June 9th to the 13th (Monday through Friday).

We are opening up this opportunity to all universities so more students can take advantage. We are looking forward to meeting many new faces this year!

An Opportunity in Diplomacy
The week is designed for thirty highly-motivated university students pursuing careers in related fields. Students will meet senior policymakers and engage in discussions with officials from a wide range of public and private agencies involved in global affairs.

Highlights include unique access to UNICEF, UNDP, and United Nations career guidance where students will get inside information on how the UN works. Students can apply for college credits at their universities after the program. Contact me with any questions or go to this link to sign up:

Kind regards,

Adrian Tawfik
Program Director at the Higher Education Alliance of the The Humpty Dumpty Institute

Campaign Volunteer Opportunities

My name is Hope Bixby. I am Greg Baruso's (D-30th LD) campaign manager and a '12 alumna. Greg Baruso is a first-time candidate running against an incumbent to represent the 30th Legislative District in the Washington State House. 

Greg Baruso is a firefighter captain with 28 years of service, the Chair of the Federal Way Diversity Committee, the Director of the Martin Luther King Federal Way Food Drive, and is constantly looking for new ways to support his community. 

In order to promote Greg's message of improving education, government accountability, job security, and public safety, the campaign needs volunteers to participate in Get Out The Vote and campaign events running through the summer and up to the election in November.

Anyone interested in participating in a high-energy campaign should contact me at or on (360) 562 7999. 

Thank you,

Hope Bixby
Campaign Manager 
Elect Greg Baruso (D)

Monday, May 05, 2014

REACH Center: 4 Americorps Positions Available

Hi everyone,
Congrats on making it through another school year. I'm sure you're all busy so I'll keep this quick:

The REACH Center is looking to hire 4 AmeriCorps to serve 10.5 month terms starting in September. We're looking for recent grads who have an interest in social justice, human services and/or working with youth. In the past three years we've hired 7 of our AmeriCorps into regular, full-time positions after their terms have expired. These positions are a great opportunity to make connections, learn more about nonprofits, and help some great students achieve success.

I've attached job descriptions below but we always end up tailoring our positions to fit the employee's passions. If you or any of your students are interested or have questions just let me know. Thanks!

Zachary Lam
Educational Programs Coordinator
714 S. 27th St. Tacoma, WA
Direct: 253.573.6579
Fax: 253.573.6664

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Internship Opportunities with Progressive Strategies NW

Professor O'Neil,
I hope things are going well for you as the end of term approaches.  Local campaigns are gearing up and I've attached two position descriptions for students interested in internships.  One is a competitive partisan race and the other is a judicial election which would be a great opportunity for a student considering law school.  Please feel free to put me in touch with any students you would recommend, and of course to post these on the politics blog.
Thanks and best wishes,
~Nic Van Putten

Presentation by Jake Novack, P&G Senior, on Monday, May 5

Monday, April 28, 2014

Peter Russell '12 Middle East update

Peter Russell '12 is currently working for ta3mal through the Microsoft Citizenship program; ta3mal works to provide employment opportunities and initiatives in the Middle East. Lately he's taken the task of developing a similar resource for Palestinians; here he's meeting with the Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology for the Palestinian Authority, Dr. Safa Nassereldin. Next to her is Jeffrey Avina, the Microsoft Citizenship Director for Middle East and Africa. More here about Peter's work:

Friday, April 25, 2014

Work with Match Eduation

My name is Jahfree Duncan, IT Director for Match Education ( We operate an elementary, middle, and high school in Boston for inner city students, and run an urban education tutoring program in Illinois in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and the University of Chicago.

We’re looking for seniors who either

  • want to spend a year working closely with students in Boston while training to be a teacher or 
  • want to spend a year in Boston or Chicago working closely with students before heading off to grad school or another career 

 Our teacher training program was recently recognized by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for its innovation. Program partici­pants receive training on how to become highly effective first-year teachers (there is a near 100% placement rate in high performing urban schools).

In addition, teacher residents receive housing and a living stipend while completing their Master’s. The teacher residency is only available in Boston, but we have tutoring opportunities (for folks just looking to do an urban education gap year) available in both Chicago and Boston.

Do you happen to know of any standout seniors that may be interested in speaking with someone from Match Education?

You can contact our recruiting team directly at

 Thank you so much and look forward to hearing from you,
 Jahfree Duncan
Director of Technology
(617) 935-7574

Undergrad conference on the Middle East 5/23

Interested?  Professor Landis is well regarded and would be very interesting to meet.  There might be other students going if you're looking to carpool--contact Professor O'Neil

The Portland State University Middle East Studies Center proudly hosts an annual conference on the Middle East for undergraduate students.

The conference offers a unique opportunity for students with an interest in the Middle East to meet and learn more about the region from their peers. Much of the program is devoted to student presentations.

Attendees are invited to lead a session or to listen and participate in discussion.

Conference Date: Friday, May 23, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Joshua Landis, Associate Professor in the School of International and Area Studies & Director of the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at University of Oklahoma

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Congrats to Moira Fagan!

Moira has been accepted to American University's School of National Service in DC. Congrats, Moira!

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 living expenses funded through one of Vote Smart’s scholarships:
 Barry Goldwater Scholarship - one
William Proxmire Scholarship - one
William Clements Scholarship - one
Hearst Scholarships – thirty seven

 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:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Legislative Campaign Internship - Interviews close on Friday, April 25

Do you have a passion for politics? Do you want to get more involved in your community? Do you want to have a stand-out resume?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions you should apply to be a campaign intern for Monique Trudnowski for State Representative! We are searching for motivated individuals that want to work with an exceptional candidate and are eager to learn about state politics.

Monique Trudnowski is a candidate for State Representative in the 28th district. She is a mother of 6, self-made businesswoman, political outsider & co-owner of The Adriatic Grill with her husband Bill. Together they have grown the restaurant from 30 employees to 62 since opening in February, 2008.

"As a small business owner, I can no longer sit on the sidelines while we continue to be hamstrung by overreaching state and federal governments that are recklessly spending our future generations into debt, punishing entrepreneurship and taking away our freedoms."

"I don't want to be a professional politician, but I know that if we want to reverse the course of our state and our party, we must stand up and change the kind of people we send to Olympia, and that's why I'm running for the Legislature."

Monique Trudnowski is not your typical Republican. The Trudnowski campaign will be an example of grassroots organization and door-to-door voter contact bringing with it a message of Small Business Growth, Economic Development and Strengthening Education.

Last year Monique was by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation with the Faces of Diversity: The American Dream Award which recognizes exceptional restaurant owners who have overcome past obstacles to achieve the American dream.

Washington's 28th District is going to be the center of the 2014 election season and Monique's campaign for State Representative is looking to be one of the most exciting in the state.

Trudnowski grew up on Fort Lewis as a military dependent. She is currently the Honorary Vice Commander for the Western Air Defense Sector at JBLM, and has a son that is a wounded warrior at JBLM. To learn more please visit www.

Please send your resume to or call Courtney at (509) 389-4533 to schedule an interview. Interviews close Friday, April 25.

Maddie Waddell at Western Political Science Association Conference

A quick pic from Maddie Waddell '14 who presented at the Western Political Science Association Conference in Seattle last week; her poster presentation was titled "Teaching Citizenship in Egypt."  We've had students present at other conferences in past and they've found it a valuable experience; if you're interested in participating in a future conference chat up department member...