Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Do you speak Spanish? Wondering what you should do after graduation?

I graduated from UPS last May and spent the past six months teaching English in Ecuador.  I volunteered through a small non-profit organization called Sustainable Roots, which provides free English classes to all children in Cosanga, Ecuador and encourages sustainability through community projects.  Cosanga is a town of 250 people located on the edge of the Amazon, tucked between hills in a stunningly green countryside.  My co-volunteer and I taught English to almost every grade level, constructing our own curriculum and planning all of our own classes.  In exchange, we received food, housing, and the experience of a lifetime.  Volunteering in Cosanga is an opportunity to challenge yourself, your perspectives, and your comfort zone, and to connect with a community on a deeper level.  Volunteering there for six months was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Check out the website for Sustainable Roots at http://sustainable-roots.org/, find it on Facebook, or contact me at hfindling@hotmail.com.  I’d love to tell you more about it or answer any questions you may have!
Hannah Findling
University of Puget Sound, Class of 2014

Monday, March 02, 2015

Congratulations to Michellie Hess!

PG Major Michellie Hess, Europe has been selected for an internship in the European Parliament, shadowing a yet to be determined Member of Parliament in Brussels.  Congratulations Michellie!  We look forward to hearing about your experience.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Information Session for PG/LAS 399

Fall semester PG course followed by
a trip to Cuba in January 2016. 

All prospective applicants to this course should attend this session.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Stephen M. Rivers Memorial Fellowship

CDA is offering a paid, full-time, year-long position in Washington, D.C. for a uniquely qualified undergraduate, recent graduate, or Master's student with a special interest in Cuba, a thirst for activism, and an interest in pursuing a professional career in the foreign policy NGO community. The Rivers Fellow will work side-by-side with CDA staff on projects that advance our goal of forging a new policy toward Cuba and the region. The fellow will be paid a monthly stipend. 

Please see this posting for more information.

Friday, February 20, 2015

CFR Conference Call: Nigeria's Election Postponed

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Winter/Spring 2015 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Thursday, February 26, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY 226. John Campbell, CFR's Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies, will discuss the political and security implications of Nigeria's Independent National Elections Commission's decision to postpone the February 14, 2015 presidential elections until March 28, 2015.
Prior to joining CFR, Ambassador Campbell was a U.S. Department of State foreign service officer serving twice in Nigeria, first as political counselor from 1988 to 1990, and then as ambassador from 2004 to 2007. His other overseas postings include Lyon, Paris, Geneva, and Pretoria. Past assignments include deputy assistant secretary for the bureau for human resources, dean of the Foreign Service Institute's School of Language Studies, and director of the Office of UN Political Affairs. Ambassador Campbell was a visiting professor of international relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a U.S. Department of State mid-career fellow at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to his career in the foreign service, he taught British and French history at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. Ambassador Campbell published his book, "Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink," in 2010. He writes the blog "Africa in Transition," and edits the Nigeria Security Tracker.
As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:
1) John Campbell, "Why Were Nigeria's Presidential Elections Postponed?" Africa in Transition, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations, February 9, 2015.
2) Seth Kaplan, "How Inequality Fuels Boko Haram," ForeignAffairs.com, February 5, 2015.
3) John Campbell, Nigeria's 2015 Presidential Election, Contingency Planning Memorandum Update, Council on Foreign Relations Press, February 2015.
4) John Campbell, "Good Luck, Jonathan," ForeignAffairs.com, January 27, 2015.
5) John Campbell, U.S. Policy to Counter Nigeria's Boko Haram, Council Special Report No. 70, Council on Foreign Relations Press, November 2014.
6) "Nigeria Security Tracker," Interactive, Council on Foreign Relations.
Please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger at sweinberger@pugetsound.edu ASAP if you'd like to attend.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Internship Opportunity with Congressman Adam Smith!

Internship Opportunity in Congressman Adam Smith’s
Washington, DC Office

Congressman Smith Currently Seeking Applicants for Internship Positions in his Washington, DC Office

Candidates should have an interest in the legislative process and civic service, possess excellent writing and communication skills, and work well as part of a team. Interns in the DC Office 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 and providing staff with general office support. During their term, interns will also have the opportunity to attend briefings and committee hearings of personal interest and complete individual and team goals.

Internships can be part-time or full-time requiring approximately 10-20 (part-time) or 30-40 (full-time) scheduled hours per week during posted business hours (9:00am to 6:00pm). Part-time interns are welcome to work more than 20 hours a week. Full-time interns will receive a monthly stipend, transit benefits, and vacation and sick days. Current students will be given preference, but recent 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. 

Applicants must submit an internship application packet, including a letter of interest, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation via email (madison.strader@mail.house.gov) or to the following address:

Madison Strader
Office of Congressman Adam Smith
2264 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact Madison Strader by phone at (202)
225-8901 or by email at madison.strader@mail.house.gov.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Campaign Jobs available with Impact

Hi Professor O'Neil, My name is Sofie and I’m a Campaign Organizer working on the Democracy Campaign with Impact. Impact is a campaign team that works in states where we can win positive change for our environment, our democracy, and our future. We work on behalf of Environment America, PIRG, and Fair Share. We are hiring graduating seniors for Campaign Organizer positions and current students for internships.  Could you forward the below announcement about our campaign organizer and internship positions to your students? Also, if you can think of any particularly driven students who have shown an interest in activism, I would be happy to contact them directly.  As a current organizer with Impact, I am working with WashPIRG on a campaign to support small donors engaging in the political process. Through Impact, I have gained valuable organizing skills while getting to make a lasting impact on critical issues. Sofie Madden
Impact Campaign Organizer


 ext. 103
Jobs that make an Impact  
2 years of action for our environment, our democracy, our future 
 Impact runs action campaigns on issues that matter, like global warming, clean water and big money’s influence over our democracy, and we’re hiring! This isn’t a study program or a travel program; it’s an action program. Our mission is to create the grassroots action, energy and power it takes to make an impact on important issues. If you’re serious about making an impact on these issues and you’re willing to get out and work in the real world, where issue campaigns like these are won and lost, then we’re the group for you. To learn more, visit our website at www.weareimpact.org.

Monday, February 16, 2015

U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program Accepting Applications

Now Accepting Applications for the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program

Please visit 
http://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships for more information about the U.S. Department of State Fall 2015 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is March 2, 2015

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

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency. 

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts. 

As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:
  • Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
  • Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
  • Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
  • Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.
So consider spending your Fall 2015 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 servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.* 

*Applicants who are selected for a U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid) can contact the selecting bureau, or the central Student Programs office, if they require further details about the program to support their request for academic credit. 

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

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

Friday, February 13, 2015

Governor's Leadership Academy 2015. Apply as soon as possible.

Graduate Funding and Fellowship Opportunities from the Mercatus Center

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is currently accepting applications for our graduate student programs for the 2015-2016 academic year. Successful fellows have gone on to obtain tenure-track positions in academia and public policy positions in federal and state governments and at prominent research institutions.
The PhD Fellowship is a three-year, competitive, full-time fellowship program for students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in economics at George Mason University. It includes full tuition support, a stipend, and experience as a research assistant working closely with Mercatus-affiliated Mason faculty. It is a total award of up to $120,000 over three years. The application deadline is February 1, 2015.
The Adam Smith Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship for graduate students attending PhD programs at any university, and in any discipline, including economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology. Smith Fellows receive a stipend and attend colloquia on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy. It is a total award of up to $10,000 for the year. The application deadline is March 15, 2015.
The MA Fellowship is a two-year, competitive, full-time fellowship program for students pursuing a master’s degree in economics at George Mason University who are interested in pursuing careers in public policy. It includes full tuition support, a stipend, and practical experience as a research assistant working with Mercatus scholars. It is a total award of up to $80,000 over two years. The application deadline is March 1, 2015.
The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is awarded to graduate students attending master’s, juris doctoral, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy. Bastiat Fellows receive a stipend and attend colloquia on public policy. It is a total award of up to $5,000 for the year. The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

Local Internship Opportunity

Professor O'Neil,

It's been a while, but I hope this email finds you well.  We're gearing up for another election season and will be working with a number of candidates in the Tacoma and Seattle areas.  Anders Ibsen is the current City Councilmember for the North End of Tacoma and is looking to bring on an intern to help with campaign organization and outreach.  This is an unpaid position, probably 15 hours per week.  I've attached a short description for you to share with students and/or post to the blog.

Thanks and best wishes,
Nic Van Putten

Committee to Re-Elect Anders Ibsen, Tacoma City Council #1

Invites applications for the positions of: Intern

OPENING DATE: 01/12/15

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

Job Description

Under the direction of the campaign team:

* Direct fundraising efforts including events and candidates call time to donors

* Oversee community outreach

* Execute the campaign plan including direct voter contact, canvassing, public relations volunteer recruiting and management

* Train volunteers and lead canvases

* Work with other campaigns if applicable to implement an overall Get-Out-The-Vote strategy

Required Skills

* Well-organized, and professional

* Function well in collaborative and team-oriented work environment

* Excited about making a difference through the political process

Application Process
Individuals interested in applying for this position should submit a current resume to

For more information, please contact Kess Smith at 253-514-0814
COHA accepts internships on a rolling basis. 
Please contact COHA at internships@coha.org

For more than 30 years, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), a major tax-exempt, nonprofit, and nonpartisan national research and information organization, has offered internships in Washington, D.C. in the fields of U.S., Latin American, and Canadian relations. These internships provide practical, entry level experience regarding a variety of political, economic, diplomatic, and trade issues. They also provide young scholars with excellent exposure to the policy making process. COHA seeks highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students as well as those who have already earned degrees. During its existence, nearly 1,000 successful candidates have interned in COHA’s Washington office.

COHA internships, which are available throughout the year, are entirely voluntary and are highly competitive (with summer positions being the most sought after). Interns play an integral role in COHA’s activities, which include the following: issuing statements and providing commentary to the print and electronic media; submitting articles on hemispheric issues to regional and national media; monitoring human rights and press freedom violations; promoting constructive U.S. policy initiatives; formulating viable alternatives that seek a diplomatic rather than a military solution to disputes; attending briefings by visiting Latin American dignitaries; and surveying legislation focused on social justice and the expansion of authentic democratic institutions.

Application Process
Please send COHA a completed internship application form, cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample (two pages). In your cover letter, make sure that you explain why you are interested in interning for COHA and how you would contribute to the organization. Also arrange for an official or unofficial transcript (photocopies are acceptable) and two letters of recommendation to be mailed to our office. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but positions tend to be filled quickly; it is advised that you apply several months prior to your desired starting date. Applications may be addressed to our Intern Coordinator and sent via:

Council on Hemispheric Affairs
1250 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 1C
Washington, D.C. 20036
Fax: (202) 223-4979
Email: internships@coha.org