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


Global Fund for Women: Program Intern, Sub-Saharan Africa


The Program Intern will provide support to the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) team with research and analysis of grantee partners’ work and achievements as well as the contexts in which they operate. The Intern will also be responsible to provide necessary coordination of support to improve communication with grantee partners and other women’s groups in the region. During the internship period the Intern will learn and deepen knowledge of women’s rights issues and activism in SSA, will acquire skills related to the grant-making process, and will gain an insight into the work of foundations.



• Draft written summaries of final reports from grantee partners

• Draft grant write-ups for grants recommended for funding

• Enter and analyze grantee data

• Identify and collect grantee success stories and case studies

• Launch and implement regional social media strategy

• Work on specific projects and conduct independent research as assigned

• Provide translation support between French and English



• Demonstrated interest in and familiarity with women’s rights work in the SSA region

• Knowledge of the economic, political and social trends in the region

• Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to perform thorough analytical and researched work

• Previous living, working or studying experience in the SSA region

• Familiarity with social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter

• Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task

• Fluency in oral and written English and reading skills in French

• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multicultural environment

• Strong skills in a Macintosh and/or PC environment, and in using MS Office applications



• Experience with using databases

• Native or professional proficiency in French



• Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree (in progress) in gender studies, women’s studies, sociology, international studies, international relations, African studies, public policy, development studies, political science, or another related field.

• Some work or volunteer experience, preferably in non-profit organizations


The internship requires a commitment of 20-25 hours per week for a minimum commitment of 3 months. This internship is unpaid. Academic credit may be available as the internship offers direct exposure to the operations of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the GFW staff, interaction with community activists and opportunities to participate in presentations and special events relating to women’s human rights. Intern candidates should check with their individual institutions regarding academic requirements for credit.


To submit your application materials, please visit our website:


The Global Fund for Women is committed to working globally and addressing inequities. In line with this global lens, it is our policy to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates, from a variety of backgrounds, who are committed to the mission and vision of the Global Fund. Global Fund for Women will work with applicants to ensure the placement meets internship goals and requirements. Priority will be given to applicants participating in academic-sponsored internship programs which offer course credit and/or internship stipends. This is an unpaid internship position and we do not directly offer funding.



San Francisco Irish Consulate Internship

(Contact Diane Kierse-Donohoe for more information)


The San Francisco Consulate General of Ireland is seeking USF students again this Spring to intern at its Downtown office. Many USF students, particularly those majoring in Politics or International Studies, have served internships here in the past and the Irish Consulate hopes to continue this partnership by inviting current USF students to apply.


For more information or to indicate interest in this internship opportunity, please contact Diane Kierse-Donohoe at and visit the Consulate’s website.


PowerPAC+ Digital Media Internship

(Application Deadline: April 24, 2015)


PowerPAC+ ( is a political action committee and national network that builds the political power of America’s multiracial majority. We’re seeking energetic summer interns to support our digital work for our websites, social media and upcoming national campaign. The internship is a paid position this summer in our San Francisco office. Applications must be received by April 24, 2015.


The internship is ideal for someone who’s passionate about social justice and racial politics and has an interest in growing their digital media skills in blogging, social media, public relations and digital video production. For full internship descriptions and application details click here:


James B. Boskey Law Student Essay Contest on Dispute Resolution

(Submission Deadline: June 12th)

Sponsored by The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution in memory of James B. Boskey, an intellectual, humanitarian, Seton Hall University law professor, and mediator.  Professor Boskey became known and beloved world-over for his publication of The Alternative Newsletter, a resource guide on Alternative Dispute Resolution published quarterly. It was in its tenth year when Professor Boskey died in 1999. The publication provided a comprehensive yet very accessible window into the diverse dimensions of the ADR field. In many respects, Professor Boskey - through the alternative newsletter - was the voice of the ADR community.

Purpose of the Boskey ADR Writing Competition
The purpose of the competition is to create greater interest in the field of dispute resolution among all law students of the nation, particularly the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.

The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses. Essays are limited to 15-25 typewritten pages, including footnotes or endnotes. The text of the essay must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins.

First Prize: $1000 to the Competition winner and posting of the winning essay and runner-up online.

Entry Information and Procedures
The 2015 entry deadline is June 12, 2015

Click HERE for the Competition Guidelines and Entry Form

The James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition is sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.


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 April 7, 2015 from the Politics Department Newsletter.