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News, Events & Opportunities

Government students participate in many campus activities, such as mock United Nations sessions and mock political conventions. Politicians and visiting scholars have spoken on campus on topics including women and citizenship, the United States and international intervention in the war in Iraq, government support of "faith-based" programs, and various dimensions of globalization.

Student organizations include the Smith College Republican Club, the Smith College Democrats, the World Affairs Committee and the Student Government Association.












The American Political Science Association is accepting applications for the

2015-2016 APSA Minority Fellows Program



Application deadline: October 24, 2014

Celebrating 45 years of the APSA Minority Fellows Program! The Minority Fellows Program is designed for minority or under-represented students applying to doctoral programs in political science for the Fall 2015. Send questions tokmealy@apsanet.org





Internship at Policy Matters

Our mission: To promote a more prosperous, sustainable, equitable and inclusive Ohio

Being a Policy Matters intern is a great way to:
• Do substantive, interesting work in one or more policy areas, including tax and budget,
economics, consumer protection, asset building, education, green energy;
• Learn how a policy research institute operates;
• Help produce high-quality research, provide support for our fundraising efforts, and/or assist in
maximizing the effectiveness of our organization’s communications;
• Be a vital part of our small, enthusiastic, congenial staff;
• Help gain media attention for important issues facing working families in Ohio;
• Help us interact with policy makers.
Requirements for the position include:
• High standards;
• Desire to explore and elevate public policy solutions that better serve working families;
Positions Available:
• Communications intern
• Development (fundraising) intern
Skills required:
Analytical and/or Communication Skills. Desire to improve surroundings and recognition of the
role public policy can play to improve lives.
How will this position be of value to me?
Learn how to identify, assess and articulate systemic problems and advance policy solutions.
To apply, submit current resume, letter of interest and brief writing sample electronically to Amanda
Woodrum (awoodrum@policymattersohio.org). Be sure the letter of interest includes dates of
availability and reason for interest in the organization. After receipt of the letter, we will contact you
to let you know if we’d like to set up a brief interview, in person or on the phone. While Policy
Matters is not able to provide a stipend, we will provide letters of support if interns are exploring
independent funding through their colleges or through another source




The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Sorps (RRASC)


The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) is a 10-week paid summer internship program sponsored by theCivil Liberties and Public Policy Programat Hampshire College. Undergraduate students intern at reproductive rights and social justice organizations around the country. Organizations work on a wide array of issues from reproductive health, economic justice, immigrant rights, rights of indigenous peoples, LGBTQ rights, human rights, intimate partner abuse, and mass incarceration.

Some of the participating organizations include: Advocates for Youth, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Political Research Associates, HealthRight International, Justice Now, the Audre Lorde Project, Stonewall Youth, llinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center, Tewa Women United, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Prison Birth Project, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Locations include: Boston, MA, New York, NY, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Montgomery, AL, San Francisco/Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, Santa Fe, NM, Lake Andes, SD, Olympia, WA, Amherst, MA, Burlington, VT

Internship stipend is $3300.

Eligibility requirements

Must currently be an undergraduate student at a US college/university

Must not be graduating in Spring/Summer 2015

Must be able to attend theCLPP Conferencein Amherst, MA, April 10-12, 2015 (CLPP will cover all travel costs for students who live outside of Western Massachusetts)

More information and an application are available at:http://clpp.hampshire.edu/internship

Application deadline: January 15, 2015.

A flier to print out is available here:http://clpp.hampshire.edu/sites/default/files/content_files/flyerRRASC.pdf



CAREERS: Non-profit public advocacy


Looking for a job in politics? U.S.PIRG is hiring college seniors to work as Campus Organizers on college campuses across the country. On issue after issue, we see powerful interests corrupting the democratic process, twisting public policy to serve their own ends. U.S. PIRG takes action by documenting the problems, finding practical solutions, informing the public and making the case for change directly to decision-makers. We work on issues like climate change, democracy, and public health.

Find out more and apply online at www.uspirg.org/jobs or email charlotte@masspirgstudents.org for more details.







Environment America is a federation of 29 state-based groups with nearly 100 professional staff and more than 1 million members, activists and allies across the country. Each year, we hire graduating seniors for our Fellowship Program - a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy and the type of institution-building that can sustain long-term battles.


And if you're not graduating this year, we also offer summer internships - you'll learn how to make an impact on critical environmental issues.


To learn more and apply, visit jobs.environmentamerica.org.



This summer - as part of a broader global warming plan - President Obama directed his Environmental Protection Agency to develop standards that would cut carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's largest contributors to global warming pollution.


This fall in Massachusetts we're working hard to do demonstrate strong public support for these standards, and build support in Congress to ensure that the President follows through as boldly and as swiftly as possible. Obviously, our work won't stop there, but it'll be an important step.


Standing in our way is one of the most powerful special interests in the world: the fossil fuel industry.


But the science is clear and the public is with us and we have the opportunity and the obligation to do what we can to ensure we don't ruin the planet before we pass it on to future generations.