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Washington State Secretary of State’s Office Fall 2013 Internship

The Secretary of State’s Office is looking for qualified undergraduate and graduate interns for the upcoming fall 2013 semester.  The  expansion of the internship program is a goal of the Secretary of State’s Office and they hope to transform the current program into a year round program that includes summer, fall and session internship opportunities.  The current internship is unpaid, but they will work to ensure college credit.

Executive Internship – Fall 2013

September – December 2013

The Washington State Secretary of State’s Office is seeking qualified undergraduate and graduate students for an unpaid internship to assist the Secretary of State’s Policy and Communications team. The Office of Secretary of State includes the Elections Division, Washington State Library, Washington State Archives, and Corporations and Charities Division. The intern’s primary responsibility will be assisting the Communications and Policy team in the executive office, but may also include participation in projects and research for other divisions within the Secretary of State’s Office.

Place of Employment and Duties

  • The internship lasts from September to December 2013, depending on the student’s academic schedule. The intern will work in the executive office of the Secretary of State in the Capitol Building and have access to a computer and other equipment to complete assigned tasks. The standard work day is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday with some flexibility contingent upon class times and credit requirements.
  • The intern will support the policy team with research, assemble daily media stories from the internet to distribute via e-mail, write for the office blog From Our Corner, assist with the development of the Secretary of State’s media outreach program and other duties as assigned.
  • The Director of Policy and Communications and the Internship Coordinator will provide assignments, direction and guidance. The Intern Coordinator will work with the intern’s school to ensure that all academic requisites have been completed in order for the intern to earn college credit.

Pre-requisites and Application Process

Prospective interns must be completing or have completed a degree in the field of Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, Communication, Journalism, Pre-law or other applicable field.  The ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate research and writing abilities, have an understanding of the governmental process and the ability to perform basic word processing tasks.

Closing date for consideration will be July, 31st.  Interviews will then be conducted in person or over the phone.  The selected candidate will begin work in early or late September, 2013, depending on the academic schedule.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume and two references (an academic and recent job) to Adam Noble, Internship Coordinator, Office of the Secretary of State, P.O. Box 40220, Olympia, WA  98504-0220 or e-mail: please also include in your emails.

Paid Journalism Internships! and Summer Seminars: Ethics, PoliSci, Econ, Humane Studies

Attention! Gonzaga students interested in Summer Seminars and Paid Journalism Internships!

Check out the programs offered through IHS

the Institute for Humane Studies 

How can students make the most of the summer?

Summer is the most exciting season at the Institute for Humane Studies. We’re gearing up to help students capitalize on time away from school this summer through week-long seminars, personal connections to professionals and professors, and paid internship opportunities.

Summer Seminars on the Ideas of Liberty

Application Deadline, March 31st:
You have two weeks left to apply for Summer Seminars offered by the Institute for Humane Studies. In a seminar week, you will delve into the ideas of liberty with a group of intellectually curious people from all over the world. You can also expect ample time to get acquainted with fellow students, and talk informally with the faculty lecturers. You might be amazed how much you can learn from one week of challenging discussion.

To give you a taste, here are a few topics you might encounter:

“Politics without Romance: Public Choice Economics”

“Aristotle and Adam Smith on Freedom, Virtue, & the Good Life”

“Material Inequality”

“World Poverty and International Justice”

  • Be sure to apply by the March 31st deadline!

Paid Journalism Internships

Application Deadline July 1st:
Considering becoming a journalist?  If so, turn an investigative eye toward the IHS Journalism Internship Program. The application for paid fall internships in broadcast, print, and investigative journalism is now open! Learn more:

Institute for Humane Studies – 3351 Fairfax Drive, MSN 1C5 – Arlington, VA 22201-4432

Seattle Police Department Internships

Seattle Police Department seeks GU students!  Below is a list of their upcoming internships!


Seattle Police Headquarters

Human Resources

(206) 684-8091

Seven Internships are Currently Open for Application! 


Community Outreach Internship

Video Production & Forensic Digital Imaging Internship

Professional Standards Internship

Crime Analysis Internship

Use of Force Internship

Domestic Violence Victim Support Team Internship

Please contact the Career Center & GAMP office to receive the flyer with application instructions and job details for each of these internship positions.  You may e-mail careercenter& or call 313-4234 or stop by our office located on the second floor of Crosby in Room #211.



JOB ALERT! Jay Inslee for Washington: Field Organizers

Jay Inslee for Washington: Field Organizers

We are looking for motivated, experienced and talented individuals to be Field Organizers for the campaign. Field Organizers are the face of the campaign, representing Jay Inslee in communities across the state to advance his agenda of building a working Washington. This race will be the top gubernatorial race in the country and we need someone who is willing to work hard and commit themselves to electing Jay Inslee as Washington’s next governor.

Field Organizer job responsibilities include:
Field Organizers will work directly with the Field Director and other campaign staff to manage voter contact efforts. Your primary responsibilities will be to recruit, manage and train volunteers who will communicate with voters about Jay Inslee and the campaign. Specifically, you will:

  • Manage voter outreach and volunteer recruitment:  Voter contact will primarily take the form of phone banking and doorbelling.  It will also require significant data management, as well as recruiting and training volunteers to contact targeted voters.
    • Represent the campaign in communities across the state: Other responsibilities include planning and attending events, maintaining a local presence for the campaign, and engaging community leaders.

Most of all we are looking for someone who wants to make a difference and elect Jay Inslee Washington’s next governor, but specific requirements include:

  • Experience working on a campaign in at least one election cycle
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage large quantities of data quickly and accurately
  • Experience working with excel and a level of comfort with technology in general
  • Outstanding verbal, written and leadership skills
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and meet established deadlines
  • Ability to work well and creatively under tight timelines, in a team environment and independently
  • Proven ability to manage and motivate a large team of volunteers

This isn’t a clock-in, clock-out sort of job. We’re looking for someone who is willing to go the extra mile to make the difference. You will be expected to work on evenings and weekends. The positions are based across the state and run through November 2012. Salary is commensurate with experience. Women and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Emily Walters at with the subject line “Field Organizer.” Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and no later than 5/1/2012.


Paid for by Jay Inslee for Washington – D

Interested in Policy or Government?

Then check out this great internship opportunity in Washington D.C. for the summer.  1Sky is a national climate campaign working to mobilize a broad base of support for climate change legislation in 2010 from across all sectors and communities in this country.

1Sky is looking for motivated people to intern in 2010 with the following departments this summer:

  • Organizing and Outreach
  • Internet, Film and Media
  • Policy
  • Development and General Support
  • Communications

Internships run from June 7 to August 20th. For more information on the internship check it out here.  To find out more about 1Sky, go to their website at: