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California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is pleased to
announce the California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships based in
Sacramento with applications being accepted beginning March 25th through May
29th, 2009.

The S&T Policy Fellowships, a unique one-year professional development
opportunity, provides the selected fellows with hands-on experience working
with the California legislative process to incorporate science and
technology into public policy. Eligible applicants will be PhD-level (or
equivalent) scientists, engineers, doctors, economists and others with
comparable level of training who have a strong interest in California
current events and the state legislative and political processes.

Please pass this announcement to any individuals or group list-serves that
may be interested in this new and exciting opportunity. Deadline for
submission of applications is May 29, 2009.

More information is available at .

David Kalb Award 2009

Project Vote Smart Internship Opportunity

Dear Political Science Department:

Project Vote Smart is a national, non-partisan, non-profit political research library located in the Montana Rockies. The Project was founded by former US Presidents Carter and Ford, as well as 40 other prominent national leaders of both major political parties and funded by the Carnegie and Ford Foundations. The New York Times said that “Project Vote Smart is so good that even the Federal Government recommends it.”

We are currently accepting applications for our National Internship Program. This year we are excited to announce our new online application system where students can now submit their applications completely electronically, expediting the review and acceptance process! To apply online or to get more information about Project Vote Smart, please visit I hope you will look over our website and forward our information to any interested students. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks to the generous support of our members across the country, we are once again able to offer the Barry Goldwater scholarship to all accepted students. This scholarship provides room and board for the duration of the student’s 10 week internship at our headquarters, the Great Divide Ranch in Montana.

Through our internships, your students will have a unique opportunity to be involved with the political process, while enjoying one of the most spectacular places on earth. Our internship will give your students the chance to provide millions of people with factual, unbiased information, as well as the opportunity to stroll around pristine lakes and rivers, hike throughout the Rocky Mountains, or ski some of the best slopes in the country. During an internship with Project Vote Smart, students will work hard and learn a great deal, all in an environment defined by its beautiful scenery and the commitment of its staff and interns.

Our internships, as with all the other areas of the organization, focus on the end product: providing voters with pertinent, factual information on presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and state legislative candidates and elected officials. For students, this means a hands-on internship with significant opportunities for learning and growth. In fact, more than 90 percent of the information that Project Vote Smart provides is researched, entered, and checked by interns and volunteers. This system has been developed and cultivated specifically to ensure that interns are primarily responsible for the research; the few staff members are here simply to train and guide interns in what needs to be accomplished.

Please ask your students to consider this opportunity and contact me with any questions at 1-888-VOTESMART (1-888-868-3762) or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). I look forward to working together to provide your students with an unforgettable learning experience.


Tallie Spiller
Project Vote Smart
Internship Coordinator

How Would You Like to Work in Washington, D.C.?

2009 Panetta Congressional Internship Program

Greenpeace Organizing Term Accepting Applications Now!


I am writing to let you know about an exciting opportunity: the Greenpeace Organizing Term ( ). The GOT is an action-packed semester of travel and training.

Its a hands-on training program designed to give you the skills to be an environmental leader.

Youll learn about current environmental issues and solutions while being trained by experts in grassroots organizing, leadership, media, and campaign strategy.

Youll have the opportunity to travel during the Greenpeace Expedition, learn how to engage in peaceful direct action, and plan on work on real Greenpeace campaigns.

On top of all of that, many students are able to receive class credit for the semester.

Spend a Semester with Greenpeace

Apply today! Spaces in the summer and fall classes are filling up quickly, and early applications are due February 2nd.

Apply at .

The semester is offered in the Washington D.C. and San Francisco Greenpeace offices.

If you have any questions about the program, contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (877)450-3517 ×320.

For a green and peaceful future,
Linda Capato
Greenpeace USA
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Capital Fellows Programs

The application postmark deadline for ALL 2009-2010 Fellowships is February 25, 2009.

Applications and brochures for the 2009-2010 Fellowships are now available.

The Center administers the following fellowships:

Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship

Executive Fellowship

Judicial Administration Fellowship

California Senate Fellows
These programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs, are nationally recognized. The 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, 18 Executive Fellows and 10 Judicial Administration Fellows receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California. The ranks of former fellows and associates include a Justice of the California Supreme Court, members of the United States Congress and the State Legislature, a deputy director of the Peace Corps, corporate executives, and local government and community leaders.

PPIC’s Richard J. Riordan Summer Intern Program

The Richard J. Riordan Summer Intern Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students interested in a public policy career to work in a policy research environment. Intern projects are proposed by PPIC researchers and designed around a specific set of tasks and deliverables that can be accomplished within the term of the internship.

We have several summer internship opportunities available, as detailed in the descriptions on our website at The application deadline for summer internships is March 13, 2009.

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

Dear Friend,

As you may know, the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is an intensive nine-month, full-time post-graduate fellowship that introduces diverse young individuals to all aspects of the public affairs community. The program provides Fellows the opportunity to work closely with individuals and institutions that influence public life from a variety of sectors in the public domain. The main components of the Fellows Program are field assignments, seminars, group and individual projects, and focus weeks as described in our brochure.

Coro is looking for outstanding leaders to apply for the 2009-10 Fellows Program class. We seek motivated candidates from all disciplines and careers. Our most qualified candidates are confident, energetic and open-minded. 68 Fellows are chosen annually to participate in one of our five center locations: Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco or St. Louis. The deadline for applications is January 23, 2009.

In our effort to connect with qualified and diverse candidates, we kindly request your partnership in reaching out to accomplished individuals who have demonstrated a distinct aptitude for leadership and commitment to public affairs. Feel free to circulate the summary below to students and other prospective applicants. We would also encourage you to pass it on to departmental listservs and class lists, as well as any active student or alumni organizations with related interests.

Thank you in advance for making this opportunity available to others. In addition, if you know any particularly qualified candidates, please send us their contact information or send them directly to our online pre-application form. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at the information listed below.

Thank you,

Katie Koski
Outreach and Communication Manager
Coro Center for Civic Leadership
601 Montgomery Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.986.0521 ×103
fax: 415.986.5522
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The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a nine-month, full-time graduate-level program that introduces participants to all aspects of public affairs. The Program combines experiential learning, close interaction with key decision-makers in the civic community, and development in analytical, group governance, and communication skills. Coro’s methodology is based on the idea that experiential learning is immediate and lasting.

The Fellows Program is founded on Coro’s unique curriculum of core leadership skills, paired with real-world experiences that rely on the city as the classroom. Unconventional by traditional academic standards, the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is rigorous and demanding. Fellows learn to:

• recognize the competing agendas at play in decision-making and learn to build consensus among multiple interests
• listen to and communicate with members of diverse ethnic and racial communities and economic sectors
• analyze individuals, organizations and communities in terms of their resources, constituencies and goals
• understand the subtleties of group process and how to maximize results in group decision-making

Cited by Princeton Review as one of the top ten fellowships in the country, the Fellows Program familiarizes diverse young individuals to all facets of the public affairs arena through field assignments, weekly seminars, group and individual projects, and focus weeks:

Each Fellow works in a series of individually tailored assignments with a government agency, labor organization, political campaign, business, nonprofit organization, and an independent placement. Fellows learn how organizations are structured, how they function and how they fit into the political, social and economic fabric of a community.

Skill-based seminars may delve into negotiation, facilitation, consensus building, public speaking or project management. Fellows are also introduced to a variety of tools that will help them think more clearly and effectively, free of assumption and pre-judgment.

Fellows have the opportunity to conduct interviews with prominent leaders in the various public affairs sectors. These interviews take place behind closed doors with the intention of gaining a better understanding of the public affairs arena. This confidence allows the interviewee to speak more freely and give the Fellows a more accurate portrayal of what is really going on.

Focus weeks allow Fellows to explore a variety of civic issues and their role in our democratic system through interviews with individuals of different–and often conflicting–viewpoints, site visits, assignments and interaction with practitioners in the field. Fellows may explore such topics as state and federal government, agriculture, public finance, media, international affairs and education.
Coro seeks bright, self-motivated individuals with a demonstrated commitment to ethical, effective leadership and civic engagement. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required and post-graduate academic study or work experience may be helpful. Fellows come from all academic disciplines, careers, and racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Click HERE to learn more about the program in San Francisco and HERE to read our brochure.


Candidates must apply through one of the five Coro Centers closest to the state in which they are residing at the time of application. On the Fellows application, candidates will be asked to indicate which center placement(s) they would accept.

Based on a review of applications, written essays, and letters of recommendation, Coro will invite finalists to attend Selection Day, a daylong assessment in March. Candidates will be notified of their selection in the spring and 68 Fellows will be placed in one of five Coro Centers in Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, or St. Louis.

For more program information, the full application, and financial aid information, please visit

Katie D. Koski
Outreach and Communications Manager
Coro Center for Civic Leadership
601 Montgomery Street/Suite 800/San Francisco, CA 94111
phone: 415.986.0521 ×103/fax:415.986.5522
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Developing the leaders we need to meet the challenges we face

Political Science Majors Meeting

Monday, October 27 the Department of Politics will host a political science majors meeting in Founders Hall room 125 at 5 PM. Find out about the Spring 2009 schedule and hear about internships and other opportunities.

Download Flyer for Details (pdf)

Sacramento Semester Program Deadline: November 7th

The Sacramento Semester program is currently accepting applications for Spring 2009. Gain invaluable hands-on experience while earning course credit. $4000 scholarships are available. Application deadline is Friday, November 7th in the Department of Politics office (FH 180). Application form and more information available here:

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