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Month: April 2012 (Page 1 of 2)

“So You’re Thinking About Graduate School?” Workshop

So You’re Thinking About Graduate School–Workshop for Gonzaga Students

From: Professor Vikas Gumbhir

This workshop is designed to introduce students to the process of finding, applying to, and eventually selecting graduate programs. While it is designed for students in the social sciences, other students from other disciplines are welcome.

Is graduate school in your future? If so, then you should consider attending one of these two meetings. We will provide you with a basic introduction as to what you can expect from graduate studies, and we will debunk some of the myths that may be preventing you from considering graduate school. We will also help you identify schools and programs that fit your interests and goals, as well as introduce you to the application process. These are introductory informational sessions and will be followed by a series of workshops during the fall semester that will help you craft your applications. While the specifics of this presentation will focus on the social sciences (criminal justice, history, political science, psychology, sociology), a number of the features we will discuss are relevant to graduate studies in a variety of other disciplines.

Tuesday, May 1st, from 12:15 PM – 1:10 PM in 203 College Hall.

Wednesday, May 2nd, from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM in Wolff Auditorium (Jepson Center)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Vikas Gumbhir (

JOB ALERT! Travelers is recruiting for their Spokane Business Center

Travelers Insurance is now recruiting for Customer Service Representatives to join their Spokane Business Center

We are looking to add approximately 10 new hires in mid June, 2012!!

Hours:  11am – 8pm (M-F)

Customer Service Representative/Insurance Service Representative

Job Posting Number: 803623

We are recruiting for people who:

  • Have a passion for helping others – Attitude
  • Have demonstrated the ability to own and resolve problems – Ownership
  • Have the ability to multi-task, are efficient with computers, and have strong math skills – Knowledge
  • Have the ability to connect with every agent and customer every time to build lifetime relationships – Commitment

Apply online through and search for Job # 803623.


Want more details?



Are YOU a highly motivated individual with exceptional customer service skills?  Looking for a competitive salary and great benefits?  We have the perfect career opportunity for you!  Join our high-energy, dynamic service operation, focused on building differentiated experiences with our valued customers and agents.  We are growing our call center team in Spokane, WA.  Start an exciting career with Travelers, a Fortune 100 company, and one of the best places to launch a career according to Business Week!

YOU will experience the opportunity to:

  • Join an organization that is dedicated to your professional development and offers a high level of individual coaching;
  • Be a part of a high-energy, high expectation, high-reward culture!!!

We are looking for qualified applicants who enjoy working within a team, demonstrate enthusiasm, a positive attitude, strong communication and problem solving skills as well as the ability to multi-task in a high volume call center environment.  You will be responsible for building relationships with our agents and customers by providing exceptional customer service, counseling customers to ensure they have the proper automobile and homeowner insurance coverage, looking for opportunities to provide value and offer new products, answer billing questions, and process changes to existing insurance policies.

HOURS:  11:00AM – 8:00PM (M-F)

TARGET START DATE:  Mid-June, 2012

LOCATION:  707 West Main Ave., Spokane, WA

SALARY:  Starting at $31,000

No prior insurance experience required as we will provide paid comprehensive training from Day 1!

Primary Expectations

  • Handle policy change requests, and be empowered to make appropriate decisions/take ownership to resolve customer issues that will foster lifetime relationships with Travelers.
  • Counsel and consult with customers/agents on policy coverages and/or options.
  • Upgrade coverage and look for opportunities to offer new coverage/products to existing customers as appropriate to retain and grow profitable business.
  • Provide phone requested quotes to customers/agents for changes to existing lines or products.
  • Resolve service related issues/complaints and process complex customer calls in a professional manner.
  • Handle special projects/other related assignments as delegated by Team Manager.

Qualified Candidates will have:

  • High School diploma or equivalent, college degree desirable.
  • Exceptional customer service skills with demonstrated prior experience; call center experience preferred.
  • Ability to retain customers by educating them on the value of Travelers.
  • Solid working knowledge of underwriting principles and authorities.
  • Excellent communication and consultation skills.
  • Demonstrated teamwork skills and ability to quickly build rapport with others.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain valid agent license and be eligible for multi-state licensing (based on business needs).
  • Competence in a broad base of product, service, operational and technical knowledge.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills to address customer interactions requiring special attention and overcome objections.
  • Ability to multi-task and use strong keyboard/systems navigational skills while maintaining high quality standards.
  • Ability to maintain professional demeanor in the work environment and during performance feedback, coaching, and development discussions.

We offer a competitive salary along with an outstanding benefits package, including medical, dental, life and vision coverage on day one; 401(k) plan with company match, pension plan, and paid vacation/holidays.

Please go to and apply to Job Opening:  803623

Travelers is an equal opportunity employer.  We actively promote a drug-free workplace.

JOB ALERT: Digital Content Manager with Washington Trails Association

Digital Content Manager


Washington Trails Association (WTA) is seeking a highly creative communications professional who is passionate about hiking and experienced in online engagement tools and strategies.

About Washington Trails Association

WTA is the largest statewide hiking organization in the country. The website ( attracts more than one million unique visitors per year. WTA’s trail maintenance program deploys more than 2500 volunteers on 150 trails throughout the state. A bi-monthly full-color magazine showcases hiking. Advocacy, youth and outreach programs engage hikers of all ages and interest levels. The communications program sits at the nexus of this work.

Position Summary:

As a member of WTA’s communications team, the Digital Content Manager will be the primary writer, editor and publisher of content on the organization’s digital communications platforms including the website, blog, e-newsletters and social media. WTA is looking for an exceptional writer with strong experience in online content management and user engagement. The Manager must have a solid understanding of how to effectively use social tools like Facebook and Twitter and other social media, and demonstrated success in inspiring and engaging people online. The Manager must have demonstrated ability to write in a sophisticated, yet inspiring and fun, voice that complements WTA’s other external communications.


  • Write, edit, publish and maintain original content for the website that is informative, relevant, inspiring and engaging to hikers – and that supports WTA’s programs. This includes dynamic feature content about where to go hiking, information that coincides with WTA campaigns and semi-static content throughout the website. WTA uses Plone CMS.
  • Manage a high-content daily blog by contributing ideas to the editorial calendar, writing 2-3 blog posts per week, and assigning and editing submissions from other staff and volunteers.
  • Direct WTA’s new media by engaging hikers through Facebook (16,700+ fans), Twitter (4,100+ followers), Google+, and Pinterest on a daily basis.
  • Write and distribute Trail News, a monthly e-newsletter that goes to 20,000 subscribers. Assist in the development of other e-newsletters: The Green Hat and Families Go Hiking.
  • Monitor and post user-generated content, including Hiking Guide additions and comments to Trip Reports and The Signpost Blog.
  • Create online graphics and regularly edit photos for the website.
  • Collaborate with other communications and program staff on editorial calendars and direction of work.
  • Analyze website, newsletter and social media statistics.
  • Maintain solid working knowledge of website function and how to troubleshoot basic problems.
  • Monitor website performance and communicate regularly with outside consultants and developers to ensure it is functioning smoothly.


  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in online communications, with demonstrated experience with online campaigns that create change.
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about hiking in Washington state.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Genuine passion for social media and new technology.
  • Strategic thinker, with the ability to map daily responsibilities to the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Experience directing social media campaigns to build community and deepen engagement.
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills, with the ability to meet deadlines, while juggling multiple projects.
  • Strong understanding of content distribution across multiple platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain good professional relationships with staff, board, volunteers and contributors in person and by writing/phone.
  • Experience using Adobe products such as Photoshop and InDesign a plus.
  • Experience with email marketing software (such as Exact Target) and email campaigns.
  • Experience with creating audio podcasts and video a plus.
  • Experience using Salesforce a plus.
  • Basic graphic design skills strongly preferred.
  • Non-profit experience a plus.


This is full-time salaried position based in our Seattle office. Compensation is DOE and includes a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, HRA, retirement, disability, transportation, and holiday, vacation and sick leave.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume and a 100-word description of your favorite hike to Reference the job title “Digital Content Manager” in the subject line. Applications accepted until May 11, 2012.

Washington Trails Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Full Job Description:

Peace Corps Info for Gonzaga Juniors

Dear Gonzaga Students,

Thinking about launching an international career when you graduate next year? Consider the benefits of doing so with the Peace Corps.

As a Peace Corps volunteer, you will live and work abroad, learn a new language, receive a living stipend with medical benefits, and possibly qualify for student loan deferment, among other advantages. For more information about Peace Corps service, visit

Get Started Now – With summer approaching, now is the perfect time to use your summer internship, job or volunteer experience to help you qualify for a Peace Corps assignment. The following are some specific examples of skills – that when combined with a bachelor’s degree – will qualify you for high-demand Peace Corps programs:

  • English Teaching – Three to six months of English or foreign language teaching or tutoring (minimum 30 hours total) in a structured program that provides training. Student(s) must be in middle school, high school or adults.
  • Health Extension – Three to six months volunteer or work experience (minimum 30 hours total) in a health-related field such as AIDS outreach, sex education, contraception or family planning counseling, or hospital/clinic/hospice work.
  • Agriculture and Forestry Extension – Three to six months of full-time experience in large-scale (quarter acre or greater) commercial or family-run business that includes farming, nursery work, tree planting, tree care, urban forestry, livestock care, or fish cultivation.
  • Spanish and French – One year of college-level Spanish or French will open the door to additional assignments.

Connect With Us – Attend an online Information Session Webinar.   Or feel free to contact me at 206-239-6624 (Toll-free: 1-800-424-8580, press 1) or to discuss the opportunities available with the Peace Corps.

When to Apply – The Peace Corps application process takes approximately 9-12 months, so be sure to plan ahead, and apply approximately one year from when you want to depart overseas! Start your application now, by visiting:!


Erin Erickson

Regional Representative

Returned Volunteer, Moldova’07-’10

Master’s Internationalist (PCMI)- M.A. in Intercultural Service, Leadership & Management

Peace Corps Northwest Regional Office

1601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 605 • Seattle, WA 98101

Direct 206.239.6624 • Office 206.553.5490 • Toll-free 1.800.424.8580, option 1

Fax 206.553.2343 •

Catholic High School Teaching Positions in Utah

TEACHING POSITIONS in UTAH at Juan Diego Catholic High School


Middle & High School Music Teacher: Now accepting applications for Juan Diego and St. John the Baptist Middle Schools two-thirds teaching position for the 2012-2013 school year.  Teaching duties include the continued development of our jazz, concert and pep bands at various levels in grades 6-12. Eligible candidates must possess a Bachelor Degree in Music Education with emphasis Instrumental Music, and have teaching experience.  Ideal candidate will also be able to teach other high school disciplines for additional one-third position. Applicants must possess an understanding of Catholic values and a commitment to uphold them.  Interested parties must complete an application (on-line at  and send a resume, to Dr. Jim Duane, Juan Diego Catholic High School, 300 East 11800 South, Draper, Utah, 84020, or call 801-984-7616 or email

Juan Diego Science Teacher Position Opening: Juan Diego Catholic High School is accepting applications for a full-time science teacher with emphasis in Biological Sciences for the 2012-2013  school year.  Ideal candidate will be able to teach 9-12th grade Biology and Biology electives, as well as possess competency teaching a second science area, such as Chemistry or Physics.  Eligible candidates must possess a degree in science (masters level preferred), and have minimum three years teaching experience.  Teaching certification preferred, but Utah Certification not immediately required. Applicant must also possess an understanding and commitment to uphold Catholic values.  Interested parties must complete an application (on-line at  and send a resume, to Dr. Jim Duane, Juan Diego Catholic High School, 300 East 11800 South, Draper, Utah, 84020, or call 801-984-7616 or email

Juan Diego Math Teacher Position Opening: Juan Diego Catholic High School is accepting applications for a full-time Math teacher for the 2012-2013 school year.  Ideal candidate will be able to teach 9-12th grade Algebra, Geometry and Calculus. Eligible candidates must possess a degree in math (masters level preferred), and have minimum three years secondary education experience.  Applicant must also possess an understanding and commitment to uphold Catholic values.  Teaching certification preferred, but Utah Certification not immediately required. Interested parties must complete an application (on-line at and send a resume, to Dr. Jim Duane, Juan Diego Catholic High School, 300 East 11800 South, Draper, Utah, 84020, or call 801-984-7616 or email

Juan Diego Health/PE Teacher Position Opening: Juan Diego Catholic High School is accepting applications for a full-time Health teacher for the 2012-2013 school year.  Ideal candidate will be able to teach 9-12th grade Health, and possibly PE. Eligible candidates must possess a bachelor in education with a major in health or PE..  Ideal candidate will have secondary education experience and be able to teach other disciplines.  Applicant must also possess an understanding and commitment to uphold Catholic values.  Teaching certification preferred, but Utah Certification not immediately required. Interested parties must complete an application (on-line at and send a resume, to Dr. Jim Duane, Juan Diego Catholic High School, 300 East 11800 South, Draper, Utah, 84020, or call 801-984-7616 or email


PAID Summer Internships with The National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS), Office of Risk Management is pleased to announce that we are again offering a paid student summer internship for graduate and undergraduate students to work in our parks on a range of injury prevention projects.

Students will apply skills in epidemiology, behavioral sciences, risk management, public health, and/or social sciences to enhance NPS injury prevention and control efforts and mitigate unintentional injuries (e.g. drowning, fall injuries, hypothermia, dehydration, carbon monoxide poisoning, animal bites or attacks, and trauma from crashes in cars, boats, bikes, and other forms of transportation, among many other injuries that occur in parks) to park visitors. Students will attend a week long intensive training in the DC metro area before heading to their park for their internship.

We have 7 public risk management internship opportunities available in the following locations:

  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  • Rock Creek Park
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Yosemite National Park
  • NPS Headquarters in Washington, DC (2 internships)

There are 4 occupational safety and health internship opportunities available in the following locations:

Morristown and Thomas Edison National Historical Parks New River Gorge National River Glacier National Park Valley Forge National Historical Park

Interns will receive a weekly subsistence, housing, and transportation to and from the park.  They will attend an intensive, week-long training prior to placement and may be eligible for an AmericaCorps student grant.  In addition, students may be able to fulfill practicum requirements through this opportunity.

Interns will be supervised by park staff and will also receive technical support throughout the duration of the internship from our experienced team in the Public Risk Management Program at the NPS headquarters in Washington, DC.

For more information, students should email Gabrielle Fisher, Public Risk Program Specialist, at (or stop by the Gonzaga Career Center & GAMP office, Crosby #211, to pick up a flyer).


“I greatly appreciated the chance to work with the Park Service…I hope to use this experience as a jumping-off point for future research — perhaps dissertation research — either here or in another park.”

– Laura Rickard, doctoral student at Cornell University, Intern at Mount Rainier National Park, 2009 now conducting her dissertation research at three national parks; recently published her findings in: Visitor proficiency profiling and risk communication at a national park, Environmental Communication, Vol . 5, No  1, March 2011, pp 62-82.

“I was impressed by the efforts of the National Park Service.  They do amazing work maintaining our natural and cultural assets.  In addition to the professional experience, this internship helped me appreciate nature and the beauty of the park.  All I can say is “Thank You.”

– Ekta Chaudhary, participant of the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Intern at Virgin Islands National Park, 2009





Crosby Student Center, Room #211

Last Minute Internships!

Last Minute Internships

Urban Employ is here to help with the last minute internship search. Check out these new opportunities:

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.


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Peace Corps Info Session at Gonzaga! Wednesday 4/18

Peace Corps Visits Spokane: Apply Now to be overseas in May, June, July of 2013!

Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America’s most precious resource – its people. Volunteers serve in over 70 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.

Peace Corps service is the opportunity of a lifetime and a great way to get two years of international experience under your belt upon graduation. Come learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

Tuesday, April 17
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
– Info Table @ Washington Educators’ Career Fair
Spokane Convention Center (334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, downtown Spokane)

6 to 7:30 p.m.Peace Corps & Teach for America Joint Info Session
Auntie’s Book Store (402 W. Main Avenue, downtown Spokane)
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Wednesday, April 18
5 to 6:30 p.m.Info Session + Application Tips
Crosby Student Center – Road to Bali Room @ Gonzaga University
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Unable to attend? Watch an Information Session Webinar on-demand! Read more about the benefits of Peace Corps service and how you can become a more qualified applicant. Or contact Gonzaga’s Peace Corps Representative, Erin Erickson at or call 206-239-6624 (Toll-free 1-800-424-8580, press Opt 1).

Interested in reading about Zag Alumnus serving in the Peace Corps? Visit: NextPCVsyou could be next!


The application process takes approximately 12 months so plan ahead, or APPLY NOW to begin your life-defining experience in May, June, July of 2013!

PAID Summer Internship with Target (Spokane or Montanta)

Still looking for a PAID Summer Internship?  This is an excellent opportunity!!

Excerpt from a Target Recruiter to the GU Career Center & GAMP:

Target’s Executive Internship program starts in May and I still have one available position for the Spokane or Montana area. I would love for that last position to be filled by a GU student! Especially with all of the great success we had last summer!

I assume there are still students looking for internship opportunities for this summer and was hoping you could keep an eye out for great talent that would be a perfect candidate for Target. The internship is ten weeks long, paid (~$17/hour), full time, and available only to students between their junior and senior years.

If you have students that come into the Career Center & GAMP looking for an opportunity, I would be happy to talk to them about Target and start the interview process if they seem like a good fit.


Career Center & GAMP
Crosby Room #211

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