Friday, October 24, 2014

Collegiate Correspondent Program

Volunteer in Asia

Volunteer in Asia (VIA) offers an exciting opportunity to travel to Asia and join local communities in the spirit of cross-cultural exchange and understanding.  VIA is a private, non-profit, non-religious organization dedicated to increasing understanding between the United States and Asia through service and education.  A Service Fellowship with VIA will shape your career and create lasting impact in the lives of others, leading to lifetime connections in Asia.

Past Puget Sound graduates have chosen VIA because of the unique partnerships Service Fellows have access to.  VIA partners with NGOs and schools located in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Service Fellows work in a variety of sectors including education, women’s rights and anti-trafficking, the environment, community development, and other areas meeting local needs. VIA Service Fellows help build local capacity in English or offer resource training to local NGO organizations, while also learning about the local culture and building new friendships.

VIA is currently seeking recent college graduates and adults of all ages who are interested in exploring new opportunities and adventures in Asia. The deadlines to apply for next year are November 30, 2014 (primary) and January 15, 2015 (secondary). More details are at

Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems – the Ultimate DC Experience!
June & July 2015
Early Application Deadline: December 10, 2014 - 5% early discount

Spend your summer in Washington, DC and prepare for your future! The 8 week program allows students to intern in the field of public policy while earning academic credit in economics and government.

Washington, DC attracts as many as 40,000 interns a year to live in a city that allows them to gain real-world experience, build their resumes and sharpen their professional skills.

You will live just blocks from the national monuments, State Department and White House on the campus of George Washington University. Fully furnished housing and roommate matching is provided as part of our comprehensive program.

Earn course credit while you intern! You can earn 3 to 9 academic credits this summer. Our unique curriculum is designed to complement your DC experience with upper level government, foreign policy and economics courses. Academic courses are accredited by George Mason University and taught by top rated faculty from GMU and other prestigious universities.

An internship is one of the most important investments you can make in your future. As part of our program, you are guaranteed an internship placement. We have been creating academic internship experiences for over 40 years and work with over 300 top organizations in DC.

Internship placements include:
• Federal agencies
• Congressional offices
• Policy groups and think tanks
• Government relations offices
• Non-governmental organizations

Who you know does matter - especially when it comes to your future job search. Our comprehensive program is designed so you can make valuable professional connections and practice your networking skills in a real-world setting.

We offer a number of networking opportunities to enhance your internship experience and maximize your time in DC:
• Mentor Program with DC professionals
• Professional Development Seminars
• Roundtable Discussions & Networking Receptions
• Site Briefings at Key Washington Institutions including the State Department and World Bank.

It’s not too early to make plans for the summer! Visit to begin an online application today. Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of December 10 in order to receive priority admissions and scholarship consideration as well as a 5% tuition discount.

We award more scholarship funding than any other DC program and strive to make the programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. Scholarships are awarded based on need and merit with over 70% of students receiving full or partial funding.

Questions may be directed to or 202.986.0384. Fund For American Studies
1621 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Woking In The Field: Livelihoods, Baskets, and Palm Trees

Wednesday 10/29/1
Thompson 193

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mock Jurors needed for Washington Trial Advocacy!

November 8th in Seattle
Food and Drinks
Exposure to the Legal System

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PG Brown Bag at NOON: Wednesday, October 15

Alum update; opportunities in Asia for graduating seniors

We got an update from PG alum Selina Tran is currently a teaching fellow at Tra Vinh University in Tra Vinh, Vietnam through VIA. VIA provides teacher, NGO, and leadership training and places you in and English teaching positions in Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and China. Interested? Find out more here:

State Department Internship 

DUTIES: Collects relevant foreign affairs intelligence data and applies established evaluative methods to identify trends and draw conclusions for further analysis by higher-graded staff.

Performs preliminary research, analysis, and evaluation of raw intelligence data based upon such factors as regency and authenticity of technical detail and coverage.

Prepares organized presentations of studies which are necessarily brief due to the uncomplicated nature of the specific intelligence, portions of larger studies as assistance to other specialists, or summaries of larger studies.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Washington Center Internship and Seminar Opportunities

The Washington Center is the largest independent, nonprofit academic internship program in the country. It brings together exceptional and dedicated college students and civic, governmental and business leaders, hundreds of colleges and universities, scores of public and private host organizations (or internship sites), and over 40,000 alumni. Founded 35 years ago, TWC is a unique educational center based on a fully integrated mix of professional experience, academic coursework and real-life challenges.
TWC’s Mission is Building Future Leaders
Leaders are built from the inside out. They are made, not born. The Washington Center’s program advisors and internship site supervisors work tirelessly to ensure that students get the most out of their internship experience.
The Washington Center believes it is a fundamental civic duty to instill in all program participants the need to be well-informed, public-spirited and socially engaged leaders. TWC’s alumni hold leadership positions in virtually every career field, including law, education, social work, medicine, journalism, diplomacy, business and politics. Several even serve on TWC’s Board of Directors.


Two Core Programs

The Washington Center offers two types of programs:

Semester or summer-long integrated academic and work experiences in government, corporations and nonprofit organizations. Each internship is tailored to provide meaningful work experiences that will enhance students’ resumes and help launch their careers. Most internships are in Washington, D.C., but there are also opportunities abroad in London, England and Sydney, Australia. Additionally, students take academic courses and attend special programming during their time at The Washington Center.

These intensive learning experiences focused on specific topics, such as National Security, the Presidency and the Middle East Peace Process. Past seminars have included visits to such locations as Capitol Hill, CNN, the Newseum, embassies and many others. Seminar events have featured such speakers as Ted Koppel, Discovery Channel; Andrea Mitchell, NBC News; Governor Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee; and others.

More info at

DC Internships - Capital Semester

It's not too late to apply for a semester in the capital!

Visit DC Internships to learn more!

Application deadline is November 5

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, the Capital Semester program combines a substantive professional experience in public policy, international affairs or economics for 25 hours a week with a challenging academic experience at Georgetown University. This fast-paced, fifteen-week residential program provides students from around the world with opportunities to gain an edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate school admissions, and experience the excitement of Washington first-hand.

  • Aerospace Industries Association
  • American Legislative Exchange Council
  • Children’s Rights Council
  • Congressional Offices
  • Eastman Kodak
  • First Book
  • Foreign Embassies
  • Institute for World Politics
  • New Leaders for New Schools
  • Philanthropy Roundtable
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of the Treasury

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Come to the Boren Scholarship Workshop! Students can  receive $8,000 (summer STEM)  $10,000 (semester),  $20,000 (year) awards for travel and study abroad.
Hannah Grossblatt, representative from the Boren national office will be our guest presenter.

Boren Scholarship Workshop                                        
October 13th
Tahoma Room

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

PG Grad at ASK Night!

Practice your networking skills, and make valuable connections with alumni at:
ASK Night 2014
Thursday, Oct. 9: Drop by anytime between 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

CFR Conference Call: The Evolving U.S - India Relationship 10/9

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Fall 2014 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Thursday, October 9, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in WY 326. Alyssa Ayres, CFR's senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, will discuss the evolving U.S.-India relationship, in light of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the United States.

Dr. Ayres served as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia from 2010 to 2013, providing policy direction and support to U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the region. Previously, she led the India and South Asia practice at McLarty Associates, a Washington-based international strategic advisory firm. Dr. Ayres joined the firm after serving in the U.S. Department of State as special assistant to the undersecretary for political affairs as a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow. Her book on nationalism, culture, and politics in Pakistan, "Speaking Like a State," received the 2011-2012 American Institute of Pakistan Studies book prize. Dr. Ayres blogs regularly at CFR's "Asia Unbound," and is a "Forbes" contributor.

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

1) Narendra Modi and Barack Obama, "A Renewed U.S.-India Partnership for the 21st Century," Washington Post, September 30, 2014.
2) Narendra Modi and Richard N. Haass, "A Conversation With Narendra Modi," Event Video, Council on Foreign Relations, September 29, 2014.
3) Nicholas Burns, "Passage to India: What Washington Can Do to Revive Relations With New Delhi," Foreign Affairs, September/October 2014.
4) Alyssa Ayres, "Bringing India Inside the Asia Trade Tent," Policy Innovation Memorandum No. 46, Council on Foreign Relations Press, June 2014.
5) Alyssa Ayres, Asia Unbound, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.
6) "Timeline: U.S.-India Relations," Interactive, Council on Foreign Relations.

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

I hope to see you there!

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

Monday, September 29, 2014

P&G Graduation ceremony, May 2014

Congratulations Alumni!  Click the link below for more pictures of this year's graduation ceremony.

Graduation Photos, May 2014

Alums: Look back for fond memories! Don't forget us!
Current Students: Get excited for your turn!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

University of Notre Dame Politics Science PHD Program

This letter is part of our Department’s effort to recruit your top students into our Ph.D. program.  If you have students who are planning to do graduate work in political science, I hope you advise them to give us serious consideration.

Our Department is an exciting place for faculty and graduate students alike.  We now have more than 45 tenure-track or tenured faculty. We enroll 10-12 new graduate students each year.  Consequently, our students receive the attention that young scholars need to succeed in the discipline nationally. Students and faculty collaborate on research projects and publish articles and book chapters as coauthors.  In recent years our students have published articles, both on their own and with faculty co-authors, in the American Political Science ReviewWorld Politics, American Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Politics, and Comparative Political Studies, as well as many other journals.

We can train a graduate student for virtually any approach—comparative methods, new institutionalism, political behavior, quantitative analysis, and normative theory—and we do so with a rare spirit of collegiality.  Our internationally respected scholars cover most thematic and geographic areas in political science.  One characteristic sign of the strength and breadth of our Department is that we have National Science Foundation principal investigators as well as National Endowment for the Humanities awardees.  For more about our work, we refer you to descriptions of each subfield available at our department webpage,

Notre Dame, a university with substantial resources, is committed to our Department’s excellence.  We guarantee full tuition and stipend fellowships to all Ph.D. students for five years and can often provide support beyond that.  Students also have opportunities to secure generous funding for collaborative research, yearly conference travel, preliminary field research, and specialized summer training. A number of on-campus institutes and centers (e.g. the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy) provide further support and intellectual community (information on these programs is attached). Our students routinely win national research grants.  During the past few years, our students have won grants or fellowships from the SSHRCJavits (U.S. Department of Education), Mellon/ACLS, U.S. Institute of Peace, Fulbright, National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, Belfer Center at Harvard, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, and the National Science Foundation. Recent graduates have been appointed to tenure-track or tenured positions at Michigan State,
Baylor, University of Arkansas, Miami of Ohio, Oxford, Wake Forest, Villanova, City University of New York, University of Texas-Austin, University of Evansville and other fine institutions.

We encourage you to access more information about our program on our web page,  We look forward to applications from your best students!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Meet the Super Pac Woman

Logger continues making good. Nice piece on Ali (Weise) Lapp '96
 Meet the Super PAC Woman