BACKPACKING WITH A PURPOSE – Operation Groundswell

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Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. We are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world!

If you’re into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply today to secure an interview for one of your top choice programs!

Programs are filling up quickly so apply as soon as possible!

*Financial assistance is available for all students on our 35- and 40-day programs.

Check out where we go:

 www.operationgroundswell.com

Summer programs are open in the following countries and regions:

India – Education or Gender Rights
Southeast Asia – Conservation or Youth Empowerment
Middle East – Human Rights
Ghana – Global Health or Education
Tanzania – Social Innovation
Guatemala – Fair Trade Justice or Peace & Conflict
Peru – Environment

Can’t travel in the summer? Join us for our alternative breaks in the winter and spring!

Public Policy Summer Internships in DC: Feb. 8 Priority Deadline

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Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems
Washington, DC
June 3 – July 28, 2017
www.DCinternships.org/ICPES

Priority Deadline for Scholarships: February 8
Final Deadline: March 16
**Scholarship Funding Available**

Will You Answer the Call?
Do you sit in class daydreaming about working on Capitol Hill or in a federal agency? Or perhaps sitting around the table at a think tank reviewing policies of the new administration? When you read the news and see the many challenges that confront our nation do you ever ask yourself, do I have what it takes to help resolve today’s most pressing challenges?

If you answered yes, we invite you to apply to the 2017 Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems and be counted among the next generation of professionals to shape tomorrow’s public policy decisions.

Program Components:

Public Policy Internship: Intern 30-35 hours a week on Capitol Hill, at a think tank, NGO, or government agency. You will gain insight and practical experience in public policy and economics career tracks. Issue areas that you could be working on this summer include:

o Economic and trade policies
o Energy solutions
o National defense and homeland security
o U.S. education system
o Challenges facing inner-cities and urban areas
o Congressional hearings and legislative action
o Environmental policies
o Tax reform
o Human rights
o Emerging political leaders for state and federal office
o 2nd Amendment Rights or Reform

Economics and Government Coursework: Combine theory and practice and take courses on public policy economics and government for 3 to 9 credit hours through George Mason University. Click here to view the course catalog.

Exclusive Lectures and Site Briefings: Engage in debate and discussion on salient issues of U.S. policy with prominent scholar-practitioners, and attend exclusive briefings at key Washington institutions including the State Department, Federal Reserve, Capitol Hill, and various federal agencies.

Small Group Networking: Meet with seasoned practitioners including congressional staff members, think tank experts, lobbyists, and other professionals to learn about career paths in public policy.

Mentor Program: Connect with a practitioner in your field of interest who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program. He or she will provide tips for living in Washington as well as career advice and networking contacts.

Housing: Students will live in furnished apartments on campus at George Washington University in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other program participants as roommates. The apartments are located steps from the White House, State Department and National Monuments, and provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.

Scholarships: More than 70% of students receive partial scholarship awards based on financial need and merit.

This Could be You:
“Interning with the Consumer Protection Branch of the Department of Justice has been unbelievably rewarding and fulfilling work. As a legal intern, I have supported the trial attorneys at the branch with various preparation activities and support services. I have been able to get an inside look at the workings of the federal prosecution process, which has led me to work toward a similar career in the future.”
Thomas Fiegener, Oklahoma State University
Intern, Department of Justice

“Whether it be sitting in on a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing or shaking hands and discussing the future of unmanned aircraft with the executives of Raytheon and Boeing, this internship has put me in the middle of the policy making process.” 
Michael Giordano, United States Air Force Academy
Intern, Aerospace Industries Association

Application Instructions:
Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until the final deadline ofMarch 14, but applicants are encouraged to apply for by the February 8 Priority Deadline for Scholarships in order to receive special consideration.

Application requirements include a topical essay, statement or purpose, resume, official transcript, letter of recommendation and $25 application fee. An application checklist is available here: http://www.dcinternships.org/wp-content/uploads/ICPES-App-Instructions.pdf

Please visit www.DCinternships.org/ICPES for more program details and to begin an application. Questions may be directed to Laura Cusack, Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems Manager, at ICPES@tfas.org or 202.986.0384.

Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP): Open Now

U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP) in our Washington D.C. location is now accepting applications.

Visit USAJOBS to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers.

Please note the cutoff number for each position; These vacancy announcements will be open from January 18 to January 24, 2017 or when 100 applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

Vacancy USAJOBS Links
Budget (Student Trainee)
GS-0599-04/05
04: HRSC/PATH-2017-0010
05: HRSC/PATH-2017-0011

The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions.

This program allows for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Veteran’s preference applies. So consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State to witness and participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy while working closely with the U.S. diplomats and Civil Service professionals who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives.

U.S. citizenship is required for all positions. If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please contact HRSC@state.gov or visit the forums or FAQs at careers.state.gov.

U.S. Department of State Fall 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid): Now Accepting Applications

U.S. Department of State Fall 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid) is now accepting applications!

Please visit http://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships for more information about the U.S. Department of State Fall 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJOBS. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is March 1, 2017.

Visit USAJOBS.gov to view the announcement: U.S. Department of State Fall 2017 Student Internship Program (unpaid).

It is suggested that you submit your application as early as possible to insure that all documents have been uploaded properly and to account for any technical glitches that may occur.

U.S. citizenship is required. If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit the forums or FAQs at careers.state.gov.

IPD Summer Academy 11-29 August, 2017, Switzerland, Call for Participants

Institute for Peace & Dialogue, IPD is one of the leading organiser of several successful annual international academic trainings and research programs in Switzerland in the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, mediation, security, intercultural dialogue and human rights which these events bring together state, private and public sector representatives.

Its pleasure for us to invite you to join the next 10-20 Days International Summer Academy and 3 Month CAS-Research Program which will be held in Switzerland.

During the Summer Program 2017 experienced experts of IPD will share with you professional and academic skills about Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Security, Intercultural Dialogue & Human Rights topics. This year we include also 1 day to trip Zurich City for Sightseeing and have lunch together.

Depends from the opportunities in the filled application participants can choose either 10 or 20 days summer program or you can stay for 3 month period as a researcher.

VII International Summer Academy: 11 – 20 August, 2017 (10 Days)

VIII International Summer Academy: 20 – 29 August, 2017 (10 Days)

The main goal of the 10-20 days Summer Academy is to strengthen the skills of the representatives of state organisations, business sector, INGOs/NGOs, education institutions, religious organisations, independent mediators and politicians through institutional global academic education in peacebuilding, mediation, conflict resolution, security and intercultural dialogue.

Deadline for Applications: 01 June, 2017

Please note that there have early registration and reduced fee amount payment deadline till the 01 May, 2017

Program Link: http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/VII-VIII-Summer-Academy-2017-3-Month-CAS-Research-Program/

3 Month CAS – Research Program: 11 August – 08 November, 2017 (90 Days)

The main goal of the 3 Month CAS-Research Program is to develop the research skills of the participants and to closely acquaintance them with relevant Swiss state, public and private Institutes.

Deadline for Applications: 01 June, 2017

Please note that there have early registration and reduced fee amount payment deadline till the 01 May, 2017

Program Link: http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/VII-VIII-Summer-Academy-2017-3-Month-CAS-Research-Program/

Please be note that there have still available places to be part of Winter Academy during the 17-26 February, 2017

To be participant please fill the application placed in the web page

Program Link: http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/Winter-Academy-3-Month-CAS-Research-Program-2017/

Participation Procedure Step by Step:

Submitting filled application in WORD format, CV + scanned passport page till the Deadline

Participant will receive Invoice to start the payment of the requested participation fee amount

After receiving the participation fee, participant will receive the unconditional letter via email and if there is required visa application process IPD will send invitation letter by post and also to the relevant embassy by email or fax.

We strongly advice to the participants to submit the filled application as soon as it`s possible, who needs visa to enter Switzerland and who needs more financial documentation in the work place for his/her participation.

Scholarship: IPD offer several type of scholarship support to reduce the participation fee amount for most needed potential participants from all over the world counties.

If you wish to get discounted participation fee amount, please write your request briefly via email before or during the application submission period.

Unfortunately IPD scholarship sources do not cover all the participation fee amount and international travel expenses and we only could offer you discounted fee amount.

If you have any more questions, please feel free to email fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch

Jobs with Impact: New Opportunities to Protect our Environment and our Democracy

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Early application deadline is Jan. 19th
 

Impact is a project of Environment America and U.S. PIRG that creates the grassroots action and power it takes to make an impact on important issues. By joining Impact, you’re making a full-time, two-year commitment to advocate for our environment, our democracy and our future.

Our organizers currently work in 25 states. We’re working with national campaigns to get our country to 100 percent renewable energy, ban the use of bee-killing pesticides, and end the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms.

WHAT YOU’LL DO WITH IMPACT

First, you’ll come together with other new and experienced staff from across the country to learn how to make your impact in classroom trainings that focus on the issues, our campaigns, our strategies and the tactics you’ll be using throughout the year. Then, you’ll put those skills to use in the field.

For example, you might build the coalition that convinces a major restaurant to stop serving meat raised on antibiotics. Or you could organize the news event that convinces the governor in your state that switching to more renewable energy is an opportunity to be a hero with the public. Your campaign assignment will depend in part on where you applied to work and where you can make the biggest difference.

HOW YOU’LL MAKE AN IMPACT 

Even when there’s not a vote coming up, organizing helps build long-term power to secure victories in the future. By first educating people on an issue, and then connecting on shared values and common-sense solutions, we lay the groundwork for political change.

It’s all challenging, fun and incredibly meaningful. We’re taking on big issues and we’re up against big adversaries. We run campaigns with concrete goals, detailed plans, rigorous training, and above all, a laser-like focus on results.

During the summer, you’ll run a citizen outreach office, building the organization by canvassing and training others to canvass. And you’ll recruit the next wave of Impact organizers and interns so we can continue to work on more campaigns. So if what you want to do after college is join a team of people who bring their passion to work every day to make an impact on issues that matter, then we’re the group for you.

PAY & BENEFITS 

The target annual compensation for this position is $26,000 in the first year. Impact offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY: WeAreImpact.org

Impact is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.