Job and Internship Opportunities

International Program Director at Manna Project International

(Application Deadline: February 1, 2015)

Graduating this year?

Looking for a unique opportunity to live and work in Latin America?

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with Manna Project International!

WHO? Manna Project International offers international opportunities in community development as an option for students to begin a successful career. Our programs offer many opportunities for students with a wide range of degrees. Past Program Directors have had degrees including international affairs, Spanish, education, health, business and social services. All of these students have been able to translate skills learned in the Program Director position to their work in the professional world. 

After serving with Manna for a year, many of our Program Directors have gone on to do incredible things, working for companies like Google, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Next Street Financial, Family Health International, World Affairs Council, the USDA, as well as top hospitals and law firms nationwide.  Many have also gone on to continue their education. Among Manna's alumni are Fulbright, Rotary and Skoll Scholars. Interested students can check out videos from current Program Directors.

WHAT? Manna Project International is a non-profit organization that specializes in holistic community development.  We connect recent college graduates and young professionals with international service opportunities in Ecuador and Nicaragua.             

You can apply to be a 5, 7, or 13 - Month International Program Director! The day-to-day operations at each of our sites are run by teams of international Program Directors who design and implement community development initiatives in a range of fields, including health, environment, education, and micro-finance.

For more information on these unique opportunities, visit or contact Virginia Green, our Recruitment Coordinator, at Apply Online.

AmeriCorps VISTA for the Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative

(Application Deadline: February 25, 2015)

WHAT? The Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative in partnership with Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development is currently accepting applications for 3 AmeriCorps VISTA members to fill the positions of Food Systems Communications Coordinator, Food & Culture Education Coordinator, and School Engagement Coordinator for 2014-2015.  

WHO? The Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative (MFSI) is a program of the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa’s Economic Development Department. Formed in 2012, MFSI focuses on the redevelopment of local food systems including traditional foods of the Meskwaki People, and has two main focuses:

(1) Education and outreach around food system control

(2) Development of sustainable local farms and farmers

Projects include a Tribally run farm - Red Earth Gardens, a Community Garden Incubator at the farm, a Senior Community Garden, a Meskwaki Settlement School Garden, a Farm to School program, a variety of hands-on cooking and gardening workshops, community meals, an annual Food Film Festival, the development of cultural curriculum focused on food systems, and a series of community-based strategic planning activities. MFSI strives to engage the community and provide opportunities for the Meskwaki People to regain control of our food system in a way that is inter-generational, and culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable.  

AmeriCorps VISTA members play a key role in working with the community to increase our capacity to create a healthier, more just and economically sound food system. We work with the mindset that local foods and native foods and medicines help prevent many modern diseases, including diabetes, which are so prevalent in tribal communities, while also strengthening our economy, and building cultural identity and healing relationships with the land.

VISTA members receive a modest living allowance, a relocation allowance and an education award which can be used for higher education tuition or loan repayment after completing a full term of service.  The term of service is April 2015 - April 2016.

The Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative is accepting applications until February 25, 2015.  Applications must be submitted online at  To find the application for each position, search under VISTA positions in Iowa.  The positions are listed in alphabetical order.

If you’re interested in one of the positions or have any questions, please contact Laura Kleiman at or by phone at 641.484.4678 ext. 2231.

Capital Fellows Program

(Application Deadline: February 9, 2015)

Prepare for a Future Career…Engage yourself in Public Service.

The Capital Fellows Programs offer a unique opportunity to participate in policymaking and development. Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid staff members in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, California Executive Branch or the California Judiciary. Fellows actively engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while gaining firsthand experience in the governance and leadership of the most diverse, complex state in the nation.

    California Senate Fellows

    Executive Fellowship Program

    Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program

    Judicial Administration Fellowship Program

Prospective Capital Fellows must have a bachelor’s degree (in any major) by September 1, 2015 and a demonstrated interest in public service, public policy, and California state government. Applicants may apply to one or more of the programs that meet their interests and qualifications. Recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome to apply. For the 2015-16 fellowship year, individuals must complete the online application by the deadline of February 9, 2015 at

If you have questions regarding the Capital Fellows Programs or need brochures, please contact Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906, or visit

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

(Application Deadline: April 1, 2015)


The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has applications available for student activists who are organizing for social change and building progressive movements and will be enrolled in school during the 2015/16 academic year.

Since 1961 the Davis-Putter Fund has provided need-based grants to students who are able to do academic work at the college level and are involved in building movements for social and economic justice.  Grantees are both graduates and undergraduates enrolled in accredited schools for the period covered by their grant.  Although citizenship is not a consideration, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited program in the US in order to qualify. 

The maximum grant is $10,000 and may be considerably smaller depending on the applicant's circumstances and the funding available.  All the funds come from individual donors and there are 25-30 grants awarded each year. Grants are for one year although students may re-apply for subsequent years.

Applications and the supporting documents -- transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, a photograph, financial aid reports -- must be postmarked by April 1.  Those selected to receive a grant will be notified in July.

Our website provides answers to questions about the Fund, the application process, and the students we support: 

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) San Francisco Internship

(Application Deadline: February 1, 2015)

The Economic Activism program of the American Friends Service Committee is looking for an intern for a paid research internship. The work is part time and short term, flexible, out of the AFSC San Francisco office at 65 Ninth Street, SF.  

We are looking for an excellent researcher and writer, knowledgeable and caring about economic and social justice, about the movement for justice in Palestine and the anti-incarceration movement. Preference to student activists with strong computer skills and a background in economic research and movement work in either or both of the above-mentioned areas. The tasks will include: corporate research for activism; arranging and updating on-line databases; assisting and promoting on-campus activism.

Please send your application to by February 1st, 2015. Include your CV and a cover letter, explaining how you fit the requirements and why you are interested in this position. Further include a writing sample of at least two pages and two references from people who know your work.

For more information, visit the web posting.

Ralph Lane Peace & Justice Essay Award Competition

(Submission Deadline: May 11, 2015)

Undergrad Essay Competition

In honor of Ralph Lane (USF Professor Emeritus and Founder of the Catholic Social Thought Project), the USF Politics Department, Peace & Justice Studies Program, and Peace Review will bestow an award and prize for the best essay (either from this semester or previously) written by a current, undergraduate USF student on a peace studies theme, including issues such as the following:

  • Human rights
  • Nonviolence
  • Development & economic justice
  • Conflict resolution
  • Environmental protection
  • Peace & human rights activists & movements

Essay must incorporate both research and original thought, and must be at least 10 pages long (preferably less than 25 pgs), double-spaced. No previously published essays.


Winning essay(s) will also be considered for publication in Peace Review, an international journal of social justice edited at USF.


ESSAY DEADLINE: May 11, 2015 by 12:00pm

Submit an electronic copy with phone contact to Professor Robert Elias



THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015, 11:45pm-1:00pm, Getty Lounge (Lo Schiavo Science Center)

Note: The Politics Department and Peace & Justice Studies Program reserve the right to grant no award, based on the quality of submitted essays.

 Updated from the Politics Department Newsletter, January 30, 2015.