Friday, October 02, 2015

CFR Conference Call - Humanitarian and Development Aid

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Fall 2015 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Wednesday, October 7, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY 226. David Miliband, president and chief executive officer of the International Rescue Committee, will discuss the global state of humanitarian and development aid and offer recommendations for making relief more efficient and effective.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) David Miliband and Ravi Gurumurthy, “Improving Humanitarian Aid,” Foreign Affairs, July/August 2015. 
2) “Council of Councils Report Card on Advancing Development,” Interactive, Council of Councils, Council on Foreign Relations. 
3) Development Channel, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

Please RSVP to me at ASAP if you're interested in attending.

Hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger
Associate Professor
Department of Politics & Government

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

London Adventures: Political Theory Edition

Lisa Tucker (PG ’15) takes a break from her Watson Fellowship to do some essential research in London, which includes getting a selfie with utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s preserved body!  For more information on Lisa’s experience, visit her blog at:

For more information on Jeremy Bentham’s auto-icon, check this out:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lecture by Niall Christie 10/12

Apply to be a Department of State Intern, Deadline 10/16

Announcing the U.S. Department of State 2016 Summer Student Unpaid Internship.  The program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in unpaid internships that provide professional experience and personal growth and learning within a foreign affairs environment.

The U.S. Department of State is the lead U.S. foreign affairs agency responsible for advancing freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community. The Department’s employees, Foreign Service Officers and Specialists, Civil Service professionals and Foreign Service Nationals work at over 265 locations overseas, and throughout the United States. Together, they help to build and sustain a more democratic, secure, and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship is an unpaid, intensive internship offering U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students a chance to participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with representatives of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign and Civil Services.  The program is both professionally and academically beneficial, providing participants with hands-on experience and insight into the substance and daily operations of U.S. foreign policy.

For More Information

Apply online now!
Deadline is October 16th, 2015.

Scholarship to Learn a Foreign Language, Deadline 10/29

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.

Previous language study is not required, and language learners of all levels are encouraged to apply.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Public Policy and International Affairs Program, Deadline 11/1

Fellowships for Undergraduate Juniors - Public Policy and International Affairs 


Calling college juniors: the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program (PPIA) is accepting applications for its 2016 Junior Summer Institutes at Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, & the University of Michigan!


Interested candidates can visit to learn more & apply by November 1st, 2015.

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a not-for-profit that has been supporting efforts to increase diversity in public service for over 30 years. PPIA believes that our society is best served by public managers, policy makers, and community leaders who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives. To achieve this goal, PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. Furthermore, international affairs are increasingly mixed with local concerns. Addressing such global issues make diversity a critical goal in professional public service.

Fellowships for Undergraduates  


The goal of the PPIA Fellowship Program is to help students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field. The organization does this through the intensive study provided by participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), through partnerships with universities across the country, and through an alumni network that provides opportunities to connect with nearly 4000 individuals who share the same interest in public service.

Each year, PPIA seeks out high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in an intensive seven-week Junior Summer Institute (JSI) before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.

Once a student has successfully completed their JSI, they join an alumni network of nearly 4,000 leaders. In addition to the opportunities that this network provides for mentoring and career development, our alumni network has the opportunity to receive financial support for their graduate school education if they attend one of the programs in our Graduate School Consortium.

About the Graduate School Consortium 

PPIA’s Graduate School Consortium is comprised of over 30 public policy and international affairs programs from across the county. These institutions share PPIA’s commitment to increasing inclusion in public service and are committed to supporting our fellows in their pursuit of a graduate education. Fellows who apply to receive a graduate degree at these schools are able to waive the application fees and, if accepted, are guaranteed a minimum, one-time financial award of $5,000 from the school, although most programs are able to provide financial assistant well above this level.

PPIA Fellows are encouraged to gain work experience before applying to graduate school. Our Graduate School Consortium members guarantee benefits for at least five years after fellows complete their undergraduate degree.

Guaranteed Internships from the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems

Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems
Washington, DC - Summer 2016

*Guaranteed Internships - Courses for Credit - Housing in DC
*Early Deadline: December 10, 2015
*Scholarship Funding Available

Spend a summer in Washington, DC making an investment in your future that will help set you apart after college. These comprehensive programs sponsored by The Fund for American Studies include a guaranteed internship placement, courses for transferable credit, and furnished housing in downtown Washington.


We’ve been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and guarantee all participants an internship placement. Your options are endless – we work with many different federal agencies, policy groups, public affairs firms, government relations offices, and nonprofit organizations.

Who you know does matter - especially when it comes to your future job search. Our programs are designed to allow students to make valuable professional connections and practice networking skills in a real-world setting. You can participate in a mentor program, as well as attend professional development seminars, roundtable discussions, and networking receptions with program alumni.


Washington, DC is the perfect place to explore a variety of career paths while enjoying a vibrant arts and culture scene. Take advantage of the free Smithsonian museums, many musical and theatre performances, as well as sports events. You can explore DC and meet fellow program participants through program-planned social activities including a guided tour of the monuments, a day trip to Mt. Vernon, canoeing on the Potomac River, and outing to the National Zoo.

Earn up to 9 academic credits from the DC Metro Area’s George Mason University. In 2012 Mason was ranked the #1 Up and Coming University by U.S. News and World Report. The curriculum, focused on comparative economics and the American political development, is designed to complement the internship experience.

You will have a front row seat to a variety of exclusive briefings and uniquely DC events, allowing you to further explore international relations and public policy career fields, make important professional connections and have fun while doing so. You will have the chance to attend once-in-a-lifetime tours and hear from leaders within such institutions as the State Department, U.S. Congress, World Bank, Federal Reserve, and CIA.

Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 16, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the early deadline of December 10, 2015 in order to receive preference in admissions and scholarship consideration.

For more information and to be begin an online application, please visit

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Competition 2016, Deadline 12/14

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Competition 2016 is now accepting essays! Prizes are up to $5,000. This year's suggested topic:

Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.

Application Deadline is Monday, December 14th, 2015.

Green Corps class of 2017!

The one-year Green Corps program intersperses intensive classroom instruction with multiple campaign efforts. Trainees gain hands-on experience running field campaigns to win environmental protections and public health initiatives. Throughout the year, each trainee receives specific individualized feedback on all aspects of his or her work, as well as local mentorship from environmental organizers throughout the nation. At the end of the training, the Green Corps program facilitates trainees' placement in permanent positions with leading environmental and social change groups.

Learn more and apply here

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wednesday Noon Brown Bag: Wither China?

Volunteer Opportunities with the Pierce County Republican Party

Would you like to work PCRP booths at Fairs and Events? Interested in helping with campaign efforts and web design? The Grassroots team is the foundation for the efforts to bring our Candidates to Victory in November. We welcome all hands on deck in so many important capacities! We have a place for you. For more information and sign up:

WA State Legislative Internships, Early Deadline 10/6

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

In addition to their office work, interns take part in hands-on activities including training in legislative ethics, writing and research, a budget exercise, mock committee hearings and floor debate, and a job shadow at a state agency. Interns also participate in seminars and workshops with state officials, policymakers, journalists, and lobbyists, offering networking opportunities and a global view of the political process.

Early Deadline: 10/6
Final Deadline: 10/16

To learn more about the paid, full time internship

$500 AfterCollege Scholarship, Deadline WED 9/30

$500 AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship

Available to currently enrolled students of all disciplines

You may be eligible for additional scholarships. See a full list of AfterCollege scholarships here.
How to apply? Submit the brief online application(s) and complete your AfterCollege profile with a concise, but impactful, résumé-style personal statement and your skills, accomplishments, etc.

What is AfterCollege? See for yourself! Check out Explore, AfterCollege's job and internship discovery tool. Opportunities are presented based on your school, major and graduation date. Use the smileys to tell us which jobs you are, or aren't, interested in to get more relevant recommendations. Think Pandora or Netflix, but for internships and jobs.

Session with United States Representatives MON 10/5

The timing will be 10AM -11:30AM for this town hall meeting/educational opportunity for students from local colleges, on the Puget Sound campus, on October 5 in the Rotunda. Rep. Kilmer, Eric Swallwell, and two additional members of the United States House of Representatives will participate. I hope your students and you will find this interesting. Sarah Comstock will be the staff contact: <>

Viva Democracy!

Mary Elizabeth Collins | Board Secretary and Director of the Office of the President

Lecture on Aristotle and Democracy, THU 10/1

From: Suzanne Holland <>

Religion is hosting a lecture next Thursday (10/1) by Shannon Dunn, ’02 who is a Religion alum and who teaches ethics at Gonzaga. She will be speaking on “The Necessity of Courage for Democracy,” and I thought your departmental colleagues and majors would be interested in the talk.

Capital Semester in DC - Early Application Deadline 10/1

I am writing to ask you to share information with your students about the Capital Semester program, sponsored by The Fund for American Studies and held each fall and spring in Washington, DC.
Guaranteed Internships
Students are guaranteed an internship for 30 hours a week while earning 12 transferable academic credits from George Mason University. The Fund for American Studies has been hosting academic internship programs in the nation’s capital for over 40 years and provides a comprehensive semester experience. 

The program covers a variety of exciting career fields:
  • International affairs
  • Public policy Economics
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Non-governmental 
Application Deadlines & Scholarships
Please consider forwarding the announcement below to students and encourage them to apply by the spring 2016 early deadline of October 1 to receive a 5% discount on their tuition balance as well as priority scholarship consideration and internship placement.  The program awards close to one million dollars annually and over 75% of students receive a generous scholarship award to attend.

Thank you for your time and consideration. If you have any questions, please contact me at or 202.986.0384.
Matthew Phister
Coordinator, Capital Semester
U.S. Programs
The Fund for American Studies 

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, Capital Semester combines substantive internships, 12 academic credits, career development activities, site briefings and lectures led by policy experts. This comprehensive program includes a guaranteed internship placement in the fields of international affairs and public policy, courses for transferable credit, and furnished housing the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. 
  • Atlas Economic Research Foundation
  • Center for European Policy Analysis
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute
  • Council on Hemispheric Affairs
  • Foreign Embassies
  • Federal Aviation Association
  • Peace Corps
  • Student Conservation Association
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Women in Government
  • World Vision 
  • Internships – Competitive placements with international affairs organizations, government agencies, congressional offices, policy groups and non-governmental organizations
  • Housing – Roommate matching and furnished Capitol Hill apartments in the heart of D.C.
  • Classes – Full-time course load accredited by George Mason University including courses on international economic policy and constitutional interpretation.
  • Guest Lectures – With Washington’s top foreign policy and economics experts
  • Exclusive Briefings – At the World Bank, State Department, U.S. Capitol and Federal Reserve
  • Leadership & Professional Development – Leadership, mentoring and career building activities Networking – Interaction with seasoned professionals and student leaders from around the world
  • Scholarships – Generous scholarships are awarded based on merit and financial need and over 75% of students receive scholarship funding
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the Final Deadline of November 5, 2015. Students are encouraged to apply for the early deadline of October 1, 2015 to receive a 5% discount on their tuition balance as well as priority internship placement.
Detailed information on the program may be found at or contact Matthew Phister, Capital Semester Coordinator at or 202-986-0384.

Friday, September 18, 2015

PIRG Campus is Hiring!

I want to introduce you to PIRG Campus Action and our recruiter at University of Puget Sound this year.

PIRG Campus Action is the new name for the long-established team of organizers who work with students at PIRG campus chapters across the country.

Once again, we’re hiring new staff to join us in making a difference right now on some of our top environmental and social issues. Sam Hollister will be working on campus this year to find students who are interested in taking on this kind of challenge.

We’re looking for students who have the passion and drive to win positive social change.

Micaela Preskill
Recruitment Director
PIRG Campus Action

PIRG Campus Action is hiring organizers to help us make a difference on some of the top issues facing our generation today.

PIRG Campus Action is hiring organizers to help us make a difference on some of the top issues facing our generation today.

  • We want clean energy, not climate change — so we’re pushing for 100% renewable power by calling on cities and towns to go solar.
  • We want democracy to work for everybody, not just Super PACs — so we’re working to overturn Citizens United and reclaim democracy for the people. 
  • We want politicians to pay attention to young people and the issues they care about — so we’re planning to get out the youth vote in the 2016 presidential election.
Want to apply? Click here.

We’re organizing to make a difference right now — and we’re doing it on college campuses. And over the years, our organizers have helped students win major victories. For example, we helped pass a landmark global warming bill in Massachusetts, making it one of the first states in the nation with a comprehensive plan to address climate change.

If you join our team, you’ll learn from some of the best organizers in the country—people who have been doing this work for more than 30 years. You’ll learn how to recruit and train students to tackle problems head-on, how to run campaigns that get real results both now and years after they graduate, and will leave behind a group that can sustain this work in years to come.

If you have the passion and the drive it takes to fuel the power of student activism, win positive change, and build for even more victories in the future, consider working with us.  Apply today.

For more information, visit

Monday, September 14, 2015

CFR Conference Call - International Trade Policy

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Fall 2015 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Thursday, September 24, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in WY 226. Edward Alden, CFR’s Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow and director of the CFR Renewing America publication series, will discuss international trade policy and American competitiveness.

As background for the discussion, you may wish to review the following materials:

1) “The Future of U.S. Trade Policy,” Backgrounder, Council on Foreign Relations.
2) “Council of Councils Report Card on Global Trade,” Interactive, Council of Councils, Council on Foreign Relations. 
3) Renewing America, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

Please RSVP to Professor Seth Weinberger ASAP if you're interested in attending this call.

Hope to see you there!

Seth Weinberger
Associate Professor
Department of Politics & Government
University of Puget Sound

Wednesday Noon Brown Bag, September 23

Study Abroad Fair 9/22

From: Roy Robinson <>
To: akessel <>

Hi Alisa,

I have compiled some study abroad data (attached) on Politics & Government majors I hope you will find helpful. I have also included some general information about study abroad at Puget Sound.  
Additionally, I wanted to let you know the Study Abroad Fair is Tuesday, Sept 22 from 10-2 in the Rotunda.

Roy Robinson | Director
Office of International Programs

Film Showing: Love and Solidarity 9/22

        Professor Michael Honey of the University of Washington, Tacoma will be hosting a showing of his film, "Love and Solidarity: Rev. James Lawson and Nonviolence in the Search for Labor Rights." Reverend Lawson, a leader in building the nonviolent practice at the center of the civil rights movement, continues his life as an activist today, continuing to build nonviolent approaches to social justice issues of the present. A remarkable figure, Reverend Lawson's story, in particular his work in the arena of labor rights, is the subject of Mike's film.  We are fortunate that Professor Honey-- himself an activist as well as a highly respected scholar who has received countless awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for his Going Down Jericho Road--will join us for a discussion following the film.  

(To learn more about Professor Honey, visit his webpage:  )

         The film is about 30 minutes and there will be another hour for Q and A and discussion. 

Political Jobs for Graduating Seniors - Early Application Deadline 9/27

 Dear Alisa,

I hope you’re excited for another semester on campus!

I’m writing to introduce myself. I am the Recruitment Director for Impact, and I’ll be recruiting new organizers for Impact at University of Puget Sound this year.  I’m hoping that you can post the info below about a new opportunity for interested students to your class announcement board and forward it to students who you think fit the bill.

As you may know, Impact is a nonprofit that runs action campaigns. We are looking for graduating seniors and other interested individuals (we also offer internships) who want to make an impact on issues that matter, whether it’s global warming, the influence of big money in our elections or the health of our food systems.

If you know students that would find meaning in this kind of work, please forward the job description to them. Maybe the next great organizer is even sitting in your class!

Thanks for your time and good luck with the new semester.
Michelle Hesterberg
Impact, Recruitment Director

Jobs with Impact

Make Your Impact for Our Environment, Our Democracy and Our Future

If you are interested in joining a team of passionate people to make an impact on issues like global warming, clean water, big money’s influence over our democracy and other issues that matter to our future, consider a job with Impact.

Impact is a nonprofit that runs action campaigns. We work in states where we can win positive change for our environment, our democracy and our future.
Impact is now accepting applications to join our team in August 2016! Our early application deadline is September 27th. We also have immediate positions available.

If you aren’t looking for a full-time job, you can also make a big difference through an internship with Impact.

You can learn more and apply online.

Olympia Legislative Internship Program's Info Session - Tuesday 9/22. Free pizza!

The Washington State Legislative Internship Program will be on campus to talk about the paid, full-time internship open to all majors during the Spring 2016 legislative session (January 6 – March 10, 2016). Interns will get to participate in educational lectures and workshops while getting a first-hand view of the legislative process. Here’s a video from the 2015 session that highlights several interns’ experiences.

Tuesday, September 22 @ 5:30 p.m.

Where? Murray Board Room (WSC 108 – behind Diversions)

Will there be food? Yes! The recruiters are providing pizza for the session

Who should come? Any student interested in learning about how government operates. The internship is for juniors and seniors, but freshmen and sophomores are welcome to come learn about the opportunity.

** The program requires interns to earn credit for their experience. Puget Sound faculty and staff will be on hand to explain the process.

Please direct any questions to Professor Robin Jacobson



Some students will be gathering in LI 020 on Wednesday the 16th at 5 p.m. to view the Republican presidential debate.  Come and watch the debate with other interested students, and maybe have a conversation about what you saw and heard when the debate ends!  There will be pizza!

Campaign Internship Opportunities: Campaign Manager, Data Analyst

Professor O'Neil,
I hope this email finds you well and that you're having a good start to the school year.  We have a few positions available for fall campaign internships.  We're also considering an internship position doing election-related research work directly with our firm.  I've attached descriptions for both positions (below); please feel free to post on the blog and/or forward to any interested students.

Thanks and best wishes,
Nic Van Putten

Campaign Manager
10-15 hours per week
Early Sep – Nov 3rd
Unpaid internship

Position Description:
The campaign manager will work directly with a candidate for local or state-level office while under the supervision of the campaign consultant.  The intern’s primary job is to help the candidate maximize their time spent with voters and in fundraising.  Responsibilities will include tracking and organizing fundraising, event logistics, managing volunteers, data entry, doorbelling and phonebanking.  A reliable form of transportation may be necessary depending on the campaign and intern’s location.  Some campaign related experience is preferred – volunteer experience is fine – but more importantly, we’re looking for someone with energy and a passion for getting involved in local politics.

Intern Data Analyst

10-15 hours per week

Early Sep – Nov 15th

Unpaid internship

Position Description:

Progressive Strategies NW, a Tacoma-based political consulting firm, is looking for an intern to work on research and data analysis projects.  This position requires some experience with excel, and campaign experience is preferred.  The intern will learn how to use public information and data requests to local government agencies, built and maintain complex databases in excel, and apply statistical methods to analyze information.  If interested, the intern will also have the opportunity to learn about voter micro-targeting in state and local level elections.  This is a research-intensive position, so applicants should have a passion for data, analysis, and social science as well as local politics.