Job and Internship Opportunities

Student Opportunities:

This section of the Politics Newsletter highlights some of the many opportunities the Politics department receives. Contact information is provided in each posting.  Please use that information to follow up. Also always remember to be pro-active and look beyond this newsletter for the opportunities that are best for you and match your passions – they are out there!


Global Zero Action Corps

(For more information, please visit


“Global Zero is grassroots organizing at its finest.” - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

At Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons, we’re fueled by the creativity and passion of young people – members of the world’s first post-Cold War generation who understand that nuclear weapons have no place in the 21st century.  We know that young people are an incredibly powerful political force and often the catalysts for real change. That’s why we’re launching the Global Zero Action Corps, designed to mobilize all-star activists across the country to help us tackle the single biggest security threat of our generation.

About the Action Corps

Starting in early 2015, the Global Zero will bring together 50 of the country’s top young volunteer advocates, ages 18 - 35, for the first ever class of Global Zero Action Corps. During their 1-year service, Action Corps leaders will mobilize their peers, lead creative campaigns, and apply real pressure on policymakers to eliminate all nuclear weapons, everywhere. Equipped with unparalleled access to training, resources, and movement leaders, the Action Corps leaders will be on the front lines of the fight for a better, safe future.

The Action Corps will also have the opportunity to travel to New York City with Global Zero this spring for three days of high level training and action -- alongside some of the world’s most prominent leaders in the field of international security. Two outstanding Action Corps leaders will also join Global Zero in Japan this summer for a listening and learning advocacy trip that will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagaski.

We have two alternatives: live in a world where nuclear weapons will be used or demand a world without them. The choice is ours.                             

Apply to Join the Global Zero Action Corps

Ready for the challenge? Email a cover letter explaining why you’d like to be a Global Zero Action Corps leader, along with your resume or CV, and short writing sample to Alternatively, upload your materials at by March 1, 2015. If selected, we will be in touch to set up a time to chat through the opportunity over the phone. Questions? Contact us at

About Global Zero

Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons, has grown to 300 eminent leaders and nearly half a million citizens worldwide. Its step-by-step plan to eliminate nuclear weapons has been endorsed by political leaders and leading newspapers, the Financial Times concluding that, "Global Zero's plan has shown the direction to be traveled; the world’s leaders must now start moving." For more information, please visit


Commonwealth Club Program Intern


The Commonwealth Club Programming Department is looking for several part-time college interns with an interest in event production and public affairs.


The Program Intern duties include:

          Assistance in planning and producing live event lectures at Club headquarters in San Francisco, Lafayette and other off-site venues;

          Marketing outreach for upcoming programs to promote ticket sales to community organizations, local papers, meet-up sites, Facebook postings, etc.;

          Greeting guests pre-program and answering their questions about ticketing, etc.;

          Perform background research on possible guests and locate contact information; and

          Draft scripts for upcoming programs and invitations to potential guests.




     Robust interest in current events in the realm of politics, economics, arts, literature, journalism, science, tech and popular trends.

     Great communication skills. Enjoy meeting people from all walks of life.

     Excellent grammar, writing, research and proofreading skills.

     Detail oriented and flexible. Team player, disciplined, reliable and able to meet deadlines.

     Computer skills should include expertise in Word, Excel, Google docs.

     Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Premiere & Photoshop, etc.) desired, but not required.



Approximately 10-20 hours per week, ideally spread out over three or four days during the semester.



This is an unpaid internship with a small monthly travel stipend. We will help students with paperwork to get college credit.



Exposure to regional, national and international issue and leaders. Great networking opportunities and job skills development. Opportunity to attend Club events free of charge. A fun and engaging work environment.


Application Process:

Please send a cover letter and attach a short non-fiction writing sample and resume (PDF or Word). Email to with the subject line "Program Intern Candidate – [YOUR NAME]"


SPUR Internships

(Follow links for more details specific to each position)


WHAT? Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area. SPUR brings people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems our cities face. With offices in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, we are recognized as a leading civic planning organization and respected for our independent and holistic approach to urban issues.


WHO? SPUR is seeking current students and graduates of all universities and graduate programs to apply to internships with the organization. Positions are filled on a rolling, as-needed basis, and openings are regularly posted. Currently, the following internships are being offered:


·       Communications Intern

·       Front Desk Ambassador

·       Transportation Policy Intern


Interns generally work 10-20 hours per week, during SPUR’s office hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Internships at SPUR are unpaid. However interns will enjoy SPUR membership benefits, including free admission to all forums and tours, and a one-year subscription to SPUR’s monthly magazine, The Urbanist. Awarding academic credit for an internship is at the discretion of your college or university. We will assist you in providing the appropriate information needed for credit, but arrangements should be made before you begin your internship.


Please send your letter of interest and résumé to



Neighborhood Legislature Empowered Community Fellowship Program


WHAT? Neighborhood Legislature is a non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to community empowerment through political reform. Our objective is to transfer political power away from special interest groups back into the hands of the people, and we are looking for students interested in taking a part in our mission.


Our Empowered Community Fellowship Program provides students with hands-on training and experience in grassroots organizing and campaign leadership, as well as college internship credit for student participation.


For more information please contact Andrew Donahue, Neighborhood Legislature’s Regional Vote Youth Manager at


Call for Submissions – International Affairs Review


The International Affairs Review, an online student-published academic journal at the University of San Francisco, is currently accepting submissions for its Spring 2015 issue, “The Promise and Peril of Global Development.”


We are accepting submissions from undergraduates, graduate students, and students who have graduated within the past academic year. Submissions include any written work completed as an undergraduate or graduate student within the past five years that falls into this year’s theme of  “The Promise and Peril of Global Development.” This includes essays, book reviews, interviews, etc. that have been completed during your time as a University student. Please be aware that all work will be reviewed by IAR editors, and may be subject to revision.


The Spring 2015 issue, “The Promise and Peril of Global Development” will examine contemporary international affairs through the lens of global development efforts. As an interdisciplinary publication we are open to receiving submissions from different areas of international studies. We define our theme for this issue widely. Topics of special interest include: controversies and critiques of development; sustainable and equitable development; outcomes and beneficiaries of development; and the tensions between tourism, education, and cultural sensitivity.


As an online publication, we are accepting submissions of multimedia work that falls under the theme of “The Promise and Peril of Global Development.” This includes film, photos, music, graphic design, architectural design, and fine arts.


Submissions should include a title and be limited to twenty-five pages. The deadline for submission is March 4, 2015. Send submissions or questions to We look forward to receiving your submission!



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:



Goodwin Popular Culture Essay Award

(Application Deadline: March 15, 2015)


The second annual Goodwin Popular Culture Essay Award will be given in 2015 for the best 2,000-5,000 word undergraduate essay on popular culture. Topics may include (but are not limited to) popular music, TV, film, sports, fashion, or games.


The Award honors USF Media Studies Professor and popular music fan, Professor Andrew Goodwin (1956-2013).


The Award includes a cash prize and a certificate.


Submissions are encouraged from all disciplinary approaches – for example, Media Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, History, Communication Studies, English – as long as they engage analytically and seriously with popular culture.


All essays should have been developed for class credit and students should be of senior standing. Submissions may take other forms than written text (for example, video, audio, or photo essays) but all submissions must be analytical in approach. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of faculty.


Send one copy of your paper in pdf form, or if a multi-media project, send as a web link or on a CD/DVD. Include all contact information ON the paper or on the work.


Submit to:

Lydia B. Fedulow

Media Studies Department, KA 103


Contact Professor Barker-Plummer for any questions.



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:


v  Human rights

v  Nonviolence

v  Development & economic justice

v  Conflict resolution

v  Environmental protection

v  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 February 24, 2015 from the Politics Department Newsletter.