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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.




presentation of the major in government


Tuesday, October 21

4:30 PM

Seel;ye 106


Meet the faculty and student liaisons and learn about the courses offered in the department and the opportunities available to government students. Refreshments will be served.








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









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.





The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics

Essay Contest 2014


The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Conest, now in its 25th year, chalenges college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single ouit issues and are rational arguments for ethical action.


For more information: Elie Wiesel Foundation Essay Contest 2014






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.