Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Summer Internship Opportunity

The Issaquah District Office of Congressman Dave Reichert is excited to announce we are now accepting internship applications. Interns are an integral part of our office, assisting constituents and staff.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of the federal government. Internship responsibilities include, but are not limited to, researching constituent requests, drafting correspondence, constituent outreach, keeping up to date on local and national issues, and data entry. There are also opportunities for long-term research and outreach projects.

We are looking for applicants interested in government, law, public policy, or social sciences. A competitive candidate will be energetic, self-motivated, possess strong communication skills, and be familiar with Microsoft Office.

Our unpaid internship runs from May/June through August/September. We offer flexible scheduling based upon the student’s schedule. Please see the attached flyer for more information, including the application. If you have students interested in applying or have any questions, you can contact me at 425-677-7414 or

Public Opinion Research Internship Opportunity

DC Public Policy Summer Internships – Full Scholarships Available

Our Washington, DC based summer institute focused on Public Policy and Economics program is now accepting applications for the February 7, 2018 Priority Deadline. We are very happy to announce that through our Leadership Scholars Program, we have at least 25 full scholarships to aid students in attending our summer 2018 programs in Washington, DC. Details may be found by clicking here.

The Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES) is an eight week summer academic internship program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies in partnership with George Mason University. The program offers undergraduate students a first-hand look at the U.S. political system through:

• An internship placement in public policy or economics
• Courses for credit in economics and government
• Exclusive lectures, briefings and professional development seminars
• Housing in the heart of Washington, DC

Our goal is to help students close the gap between theory and practice and develop skills to manage today’s most pressing policy challenges. As you know, today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. Building on what you have taught them in the classroom, we are committed to providing an educational experience that will prepare your students for successful careers in public policy.

Please share the announcement below with any student whose aspiration is to be among the next generation of professionals to shape tomorrow’s political or public policy landscape.

Students should apply by February 7 for priority admissions and scholarship consideration.

Please visit for detailed information on the program. Please contact me at 202.986.0384 or with any questions. Thank you for your time and consideration. 


Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems
Washington, DC // June 2 – July 27, 2018

Priority Deadline for Scholarships: February 7
Final Deadline: March 13

**Full-Tuition Scholarship Funding Available – See Below for Details**

Apply to the 2018 Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems and be a part of the generation that begins solving America’s most pressing challenges.

Now more than ever the nation’s capital needs young people to be part of the solution. Come to the Washington, DC this summer and begin the work that is so urgently needed to address our nation’s critical issues.

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:

- Economic and trade policies
- Energy solutions
- National defense and homeland security
- U.S. education system
- Challenges facing inner-cities and urban areas
- Congressional hearings and legislative action
- Environmental policies
- Tax reform
- Human rights
- Emerging political leaders for state and federal office
- 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. Full scholarships are available through the Leadership Scholars Program – click here for details.

Leadership Scholars Program:

Through this program, The Fund for American Studies is able to provide at least 25 full scholarships to aid students in participating in the summer institutes in Washington, DC. Students with strong academic records, and who are active on their campus/and or community are encouraged to apply. Please visit for full application criteria and instructions.

Applicants not selected for one of the full scholarships will automatically be considered for one of the partial scholarship awards available through our general scholarship fund.

Application Instructions:
Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 13, but applicants are encouraged to apply for by the February 7 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.

Please click here to read Alumni testimonials.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Dear Professor,

I wanted to reach out to tell you about the national civic engagement award that PIRG Campus Action recently won!

The student PIRGs, a project of PIRG Campus, Action, was nominated for a national “Civvy” award for our work supporting voter registration and creating space for dialogue between student swith diverse perspectives.

The Civvys (The American Civic Collaboration Awards) are the first national awards program designed to highlight organizations and individuals hat leverage collaboration as a key strength in building initiatives that improve communities. You can learn more about this on their website.

PIRG Campus Action is hiring campus organizers to empower student leaders and win concrete results on public interest campaigns ranging from getting our campuses to 100% renewable energy, to saving students money on textbooks by promoting open educational resources.

If you have anyone in your department who you think would be a good fit for our positions , please let me know!

Megan Anderson

PIRG Campus Action Recruitment Director

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Engage Zine Submissions 11/17

“Engage” is a social justice Zine run through the Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement. This semester they are focusing on history in Tacoma, specifically the relationship of the Puyallup Tribe with the City, Japanese Internment in the Seattle/Tacoma area, the Tacoma Method in 1885, and the Northwest Detention Center and the effect it had on Tacoma.

They are looking for submissions from students, faculty, and staff that somehow relate to any of these topics. Submissions can be anything from prose, poetry, visual arts, photographs, or anything else you may want to submit. Submissions are due by Friday, November 17th and should be sent to

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the CICE representative Larissa Lief or Lucy Soderstrom.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

State Supreme Court Visits: Mon 11/13 and Tue 11/14

The Washington Supreme Court will visit our campus this coming Monday and Tuesday for its Traveling Court civic outreach initiative. The panel discussions planned for Monday on Freedom of Speech (2:00 pm) and Young People and the Law (3:30 pm), as well as the court cases on Tuesday.  These sessions are open to all.

Professor Seth Weinberger will moderate the panel discussions.

Here, as a reminder, is President Crawford’s recent message: 

Dear Members of the Campus Community:

On November 13 and 14 University of Puget Sound will host the Washington Supreme Court in support of the Court’s and Puget Sound’s mutual interest in fostering civic engagement and interest in our state's legal system. We are honored to have the justices here and I hope you will be able to participate in one or more of the sessions that comprise the visit.

On Monday, November 13, members of the court will participate in classroom sessions and then engage in two panel discussions at Schneebeck Concert Hall:

·         2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Free Speech and Activism, moderated by Seth Weinberger, professor of politics and government
·         3:30–4:30 p.m. Young People and the Law, moderated by Tiffany Davis, associate director of diversity and inclusion

These panel discussions are open to the public. Seating at Schneebeck Concert Hall will be on a first-come basis. 

On Monday, November 13, 5 – 6:30 p.m., in the Wheelock Student Center Rotunda, Puget Sound will host a reception for the justices, members of the Tacoma–Pierce County Bar Association and the Pierce County Minority Bar Association. Everyone is invited and I hope you will attend. Please let us know in advance whether you will attend the reception via this link. The favor of a reply by Nov. 7 is requested.

On Tuesday, November 14, in Schneebeck Concert Hall, the justices will hear oral arguments  in three cases and engage with members of the Puget Sound campus and the Tacoma community between sessions. Members of the community are invited to attend any or all of the sessions below: 
·         9:00 a.m. Kenneth Wright v. Lyft, Inc.
·         9:55 a.m. State of Washington v. Michael David Murray
·         10:35 a.m. Q&A
·         1:30 p.m. State of Washington v. Hollis Blockman
·         2:10 p.m. Q&A

The arguments will be carried statewide by public cable television TVW.  No registration is required.

The visit is a valuable opportunity to see justice in action, and I hope that you will be able to participate.


Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D. | President

ASUPS Payton Head Lecture 11/16

ASUPS Lectures is incredibly honored to have Payton Head give a lecture in Killworth Chapel on Thursday November 16th at 8pm! The lecture is entitled, Moving America Forward in the Age of Trump. Payton is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri where he represented nearly 28,000 students as President of the student government. In the aftermath of Ferguson, he spearheaded conversations about improving race relations in Missouri. Head’s viral Facebook post detailing his experience with racism at Mizzou ignited the student body to fight for a more inclusive campus and shook up the world of higher education. This led to the #ConcernedStudent1950 movement, where campus protests resulted in the resignation of the chancellor and UM-System president in the historic fall of 2015. 

With the election of America’s newest president, divisions along the lines of politics and American identity as it relates to social justice have become more apparent now more than ever. Colleges and universities have a unique responsibility to foster a marketplace of different ideas and opinions. This lecture will provide student leaders who are passionate about social justice with proactive strategies in which to facilitate difficult dialogue with their communities on the importance of coming together to move America forward!

Make sure to check out more on the FaceBook Event here

Admission is free and open to the public. Thank you for your time! We hope to see you there! 

Monday, November 06, 2017

Professor Kessel participates in Civic Cocktail: City Hall in Motion & #MeToo

Alisa Kessel, politics and government, was a panelist for "Civic Cocktail: City Hall in Motion," which included a discussion addressing the significance of the #MeToo movement and navigating sexual harassment in the workplace and on campus. Other panelists included Seattle mayor Tim Burgess and former first lady of Washington Monica Locke. 

Watch the discussion on the Seattle Channel website

Friday, November 03, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

FEPPS Student Event 11/03/17

NARAL Reproductive Freedom Fellow and Communications Intern

Reproductive Freedom Fellow

NARAL Pro-Choice Washington seeks a reproductive freedom fellow to assist with all aspects of our electoral work during the 2017 campaign cycle.

NARAL Pro-Choice Washington is a grassroots, political advocacy organization that works across the state to advance reproductive freedom. With our 40,000 members, we work to elect pro-choice champions, pass pro-choice legislation, and mobilize our base to effect meaningful change. Our work seeks to advance the full spectrum of reproductive freedom which includes abortion, affordable contraception, safe and health pregnancies, and paid parental leave. Right now, key races are happening across the state at every level of government. From mayoral races, to county council, to the state Senate, we have the opportunity to support true champions running for office and demand a future that includes reproductive freedom for all people. We need Reproductive Freedom Fellows to join our team and get out the vote!

Position Description: Fellows will gain hands on campaign field experience through helping to run phone banks and canvasses, discussing Get Out the Vote strategies, creating scripts, managing data in NGP and VAN, training activists, and performing voter education and volunteer recruitment. This is a great position for anyone looking for experience in politics or campaigns. 
We are looking for individuals who can commit to 10 hours per week from October – December. The schedule can be flexible, including evenings and weekends. 

Responsibilities include:
  • Attending campaign phone banks and canvass days
  • Creating training and educational support for campaign efforts
  • Drafting scripts
  • Assisting with volunteers recruitment for phone banks, doorbelling and other election related activities
  • Maintaining an up to date volunteer and member database
Qualifications: Candidates should pssess strong oral and written communication skills, solid organizational skills and attention to detail, and sound political instincts. They must also have the ability to work independently, meet tight deadliens, and balance multiple projects at once. Some technical savvy/patience is preferred.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Lillian Lanier.

Apply here

Communications Intern

NARAL Pro-Choice Washington is the state’s leading pro-choice advocacy organization. With Members all over the state, we are able to act fast to effect legislation. NARAL is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, and go-getting Communications Intern for the fall quarter. This internship is available exclusively to current students.
Description: This internship is an opportunity to work on a small but robust team of activists at a nonprofit based in Pioneer Square. Ten hours a week will be used to experience the many aspects of communications and marketing while working in a fast paced environment.
  • Assist in developing social media content (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Drafting action alerts, newsletters, and other forms of outreach
  • Prepare reports on engagement
  • Assist with special events promotions
  • Reports to Communications Coordinator
  • 8-10 hours a week
  • Attendance at Program Meeting Tuesday 10:30AM
Qualified Candidates will have:
  • A commitment to NARAL’s Pro-Choice mission
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, strong editing skills
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented
  • Excellent computer skills with experience in social media & Microsoft Office
  • The ability to work independently and with others
  • Dependability, flexibility, and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • The ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign preferred
  • Openness to learning and growing within the internship experience
This is intended to describe the general nature and level of work, not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills. Interns may be asked to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities.
Location: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, 811 First Ave, Suite 675, Seattle, WA, 98104

Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Apply here

AfterCollege Scholarship Recipients and New Deadlines

Congratulations to Our Latest
Scholarship Recipients!

Kristen A., BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Rhode Island
AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship
Benjamin F., Assoc, Radiologic Technology, Bakersfield College
AfterCollege Vocational & Trade Study Scholarship

Next Deadline: December 31st

AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship:

$500 - Open to currently enrolled students in an accredited program, working toward a degree (AA, AS, BA, BS, MA, MS, MFA, PhD, MD, JD, etc.) in any discipline. Minimum 2.5 GPA.

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AfterCollege Vocational & Trade Study Scholarship:

$500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a certificate, diploma, associate's or bachelor's degree provided by a post-secondary institution such as a community college, career, vocational, or trade school. Fields of study may include (but are not limited to): IT, Web Development Programming, Business Management, Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Nurse Assistant, Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Mechanic, Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

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About Aftercollege:

We have a lofty vision: to help every college student and recent graduate discover their career path. In our 16 year history, AfterCollege has become the largest career network for college students and recent graduates. Our patented job-matching algorithm pairs new job seekers with opportunities that fit their degree, school, skills and interests making the job search and the candidate search more efficient for everyone.

University of Puget Sound Department of Politics and Government Career Network:

Relevant entry-level job, internship and scholarship opportunities curated for students of University of Puget Sound Department of Politics and Government:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

PIRG Campus Action is Hiring!

The PIRG Campus Action early application deadline for full-time career opportunities is coming up this Sunday October, 22nd.

As the nation’s premier student action group, PIRG Campus Action is hiring campus organizers to empower student leaders and win concrete results on public interest campaigns ranging from getting our campuses to 100% renewable energy, to saving students money on textbooks by promoting open educational resources.


PIRG Campus Action is a project of the PIRG student chapters. Our organizers work with students on college campuses across the country, giving them the resources they need to unlock their full power to build a brighter future. We know college students have the power to make a difference. From the Freedom Riders of the ‘60s to the voter registration drives of today, from the anti-apartheid movement of the ‘80s to the drive for fossil fuel divestment now, students — past, present and future — are always pushing our communities, our country and our world forward.


With PIRG Campus Action, you’ll work with students who, like you, believe it’s our right and responsibility to shape the future we all want. You’ll work with students to decide the strategies and tactics they’ll use to run campaigns that promote clean energy, public health, a stronger democracy and more. As an organizer on campus, you’ll:
  • Engage and mobilize hundreds of students on issues ranging from tackling climate change and getting big money out of politics, to organizing voter registration drives and increasing recycling on campus
  • Recruit and train students to plan and run effective campaigns on and off campus, using skills like organizing news conferences, building strong coalitions, generating grassroots support and direct advocacy
  • Build a strong, sustainable, student-funded, student-run organization on campus
  • Build relationships with other student groups, faculty and administrators
  • Run a citizen outreach office during the summer, where you’ll recruit and lead a team of canvassers to fundraise for important issues


The target annual compensation for this position is $26,500 in the first year. Each of the groups that partner with PIRG Campus Action offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement. To learn more visit


We’re hiring organizers to work on college campuses in California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, North Carolina, and a few other states. Immediate openings also available.

For more information, visit