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!



Join the Erasmus Living-Learning Community for 2015-2016


Erasmus is designed to bring together second and third year students from the various undergraduate colleges at USF in a shared learning environment with the option for community living. During both fall and spring semesters, students engage in coursework, involvement at a number of organizations, and community building.


Erasmus students learn theoretical information from the classroom experience, discuss the material as a community and directly apply information and ideas through various community-based research projects. Over the course of a year, students in the community delve deeper into their understanding of the intertextuality of ethics, service, and justice at local and global levels.


The community culminates with a two-week experience in Cambodia which offers students the opportunity to dialogue with people working in direct service roles and reflect on their own evolving understanding of justice, and their role in creating change.


Upon successful completion of the year, Erasmus students fulfill these core requirements and earn four units of elective credit:


Ethics  (Core D)

Service-Learning (SL)


Successful applicants may choose to live in the designated space for Erasmus in the Phelan Residence Hall or opt to live elsewhere on or off-campus. All community members are required to enroll in the Erasmus courses for both fall and spring semesters.


To apply, visit


Grootbos Foundation Communications and PR Internship

(Registration deadline: April 1, 2015)


Working for the Grootbos Foundation means immersing yourself in the development field and positively contributing to the lives of South African children and community members. The Grootbos Foundation’s Communications and PR Intern will be based in Gansbaai in the Western Cape where its Barclays Spaces for Sport (multi-sports) site is located.


The intern will work to:

·       Heighten awareness and increase excitement of the Foundation’s programs and    participants locally and globally

·       Produce consistent written work and visual projects which can be distributed online or in person

·       Manage all the social media content of the Foundation across all projects.

·       Write and edit newsletters, case studies, articles and reports

·       Seek advice or support from PR companies


Other responsibilities include:

·       Research, write and distribute press releases to targeted media

·       Organize events including site visits and donor visits

·       Analyze coverage and track emerging issues on websites or blogs of interest in sport for development

·       Foster community relations through events such as open days and through involvement in community initiatives

·       Foster and solidify new partnerships which will inspire more interest and publication of Foundations work



·       Minimum Education: Bachelor Degree in arts/humanities (i.e. Political Science, Journalism, Development Studies, English, Mass Communication or related field)

·       Experience in social media, copy writing, journalism, or other relevant role

·       Native-level English speaker, with outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written

·       Proficient in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, Pinterest, Google+

·       Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), Adobe Photoshop, Indesign

·       Ability to work both independently and with a team

·       Proactive with excellent interpersonal skills

·       Attention to detail and ability to work on multiple projects at a given time.

·       Unlocked smartphone (preferably with high quality camera)


Desired Skills:

·       Photography

·       Sport background

·       Working/volunteering/studying overseas, preferably in a developing country

·       Non-profit experience

·       Grant writing experience

·       Public relations experience

·       Filming/Video editing

·       Graphic design skills

·       Basic IT troubleshooting skills

·       Teaching or coaching experience; work with children

·       Knowledge and understanding how sport as a tool can address social and educational issues

·       Knowledge of current issues and developments in the sports and training field, including an interest of government policy and initiatives


To apply for this position, email your resume and cover letter by APRIL 1st to Justine Herridge (


City Internships 2015 Global Internship Program


The Global Internship Program is a launch pad into the most prestigious, rewarding and intellectually stimulating graduate careers.


The eight-week program includes a relevant work placement, career seminars and CV workshops, social events (including a weekend away) and 24/7 local support. In an increasingly competitive graduate market, it has become vital for students to get some work experience under their belt over the summer months.


    Eight week internship placement

    Social events & excursions

    Daily transportation

    Meal plan

    Career seminars, guest speaker & networking events

    Welcome reception, orientation & closing reception

    CV revision & interview coaching

    24/7 on-site staff support

    Academic credit

    Post-program career services through City Careers

    Accommodation (optional)

    Intensive language or professional training course (optional)


The internship placement is designed to help students explore their chosen field and career path, develop industry specific skills and knowledge, and increase their professional network – simultaneously helping students to focus the direction of their career and increase their appeal to future employers.


The inclusive career seminars, guest speaker and networking events are designed to bolster their on-the-job learning and to further equip them with the tools necessary to launch a thriving career in today's highly competitive graduate market.


All social events and weekend excursions help to deliver a well-rounded experience and showcase their chosen city’s cultural highlights. They serve as a great opportunity for students to fully experience their chosen city with like-minded students from across the globe.


Students will benefit from an extensive support network before, during and after the program. The overarching philosophy of the program is to give undergraduates and graduates the freedom to define their own experience and to progress independently, both personally and professionally, within a framework that provides comprehensive direction and guidance.


Internship placements are available in banking & financial services, legal & professional services, IT & technology, art & design, marketing, advertising & PR, property & construction, media, publishing & entertainment or science & engineering.


The Global Internship Program operates in London, New York, Los Angeles & Hong Kong. Programs are available in spring, summer & fall.


Visit to learn more. To apply, visit


Communication Graduate Student Conference: Call for Papers, Panels, Media/Arts Proposals

(Application Deadline: March 31, 2015)


#BlackLivesMatter: Civil Rights and Social Justice in the 21st Century


Communication Graduate Student Conference

California State University East Bay, Hayward Campus

May 15 -16, 2015


Submit online until March 31


The Graduate Program in Communication of California State University East Bay in partnership with the CSUEB Communication Graduate Student Society invite submissions of conference papers, panels and media/arts pieces for the 2015 annual Communication Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place on the CSU East Bay Hayward campus on Friday and Saturday, May 15 -16, 2015, bringing students and invited faculty speakers from around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. 


This year’s keynote speaker is renowned feminist hip hop scholar Aisha Durham, PhD, from University of South Florida, author of Home with Hip Hop Feminism (2014), “The Stage Hip-Hop Feminism Built” (2013), “Hip Hop Feminist Media Studies” (2010), and editor of Home Girls, Make Some Noise!: Hip Hop Feminism Anthology (2007).


This is a multi/interdisciplinary event. We invite submissions from across the humanities, social sciences, arts, education, and all other related fields. Paper, panel, and media/arts proposals may be submitted online at until March 31, 2015. 


This year’s conference is organized around the theme #BlackLivesMatter: Civil Rights and Social Justice in the 21st Century. 

Possible topics and themes include (but are not limited to):


• The status and renewal of civil rights consciousness in America and around the world

• The roles of social media and online activism in local and global political movements

• The role of culture in contemporary social change

• Empowerment strategies in academia and local communities

• The discourse of #BlackLivesMatter and other current civil rights signifiers

• Contemporary everyday experiences in communities of resistance

• The prison industrial complex

• Impacts of the “wars on” poverty, drugs, and terrorism on life in targeted communities

• African American, Feminist and “minority” identities in digital consumer culture

• Stratification and economic divides in contemporary America and around the world

• Education and inequality (NCLB, digital divides, anti-intellectualism in America, private vs public)

• Geographies of wealth and poverty both local and global (including gentrification and displacement)

• Employment and ownership in the global economy

• Gender and sexual identities within and as communities of resistance

• Ability and Age in intersectional identities

• Contemporary media and ideologies of power

• The political economy of policing in America and America as “global police”

• The post-Obama world and the discourse of post-racial America 


While graduate student submissions are the focus, outstanding senior undergraduate submissions are also encouraged. (Special undergraduate sessions will be created to facilitate an inclusive and respectful dialogue across disciplines and levels of scholarly achievement).


The broader East Bay community is invited and welcome to attend individual sessions free of charge.


Community groups whose work directly relates to the conference theme are invited to submit proposals for special sessions (including workshops), and/or informational tables.


For more information about the conference 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:



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 March 31, 2015 from the Politics Department Newsletter.