Interested in Studying Abroad?

The University of Puget Sound International Programs Office will be hosting a number of Study Abroad Brown Bag meetings this semester. If you’d like to learn more about your options, this will be a great opportunity. Here are the dates and regions:

  • Friday, February 24 –Study Abroad in Africa – Noon in WSC 101
  • Thursday, March 8 – Study Abroad in Latin America – Noon in WSC 101
  • Thursday, March 24 – Study Abroad in Northern Europe – Noon in WSC 101
  • Wednesday, April 4 – Study Abroad in the British Isles – Noon in WSC 101
  • Wednesday, April 18 – Study Abroad in India, Korea and Vietnam – Noon in WSC 101



Student Voter Registration Event: Feb 29

Led by our own Sierra Phillips. Here are the details:

Wednesday, Feb. 29th from 11- 2 (You don’t need to be there the whole time- just stop by in between classes to hear some speakers and register to vote!) 

The main goal of this campaign is to register students to vote and mobilize their voice. We also are trying to encourage students to get involved in Tacoma– so even if you are already registered stop by to get involved! 

  1. The statistics show that citizens aged 18 to 25 are showing up to the polls less and less. This means that politicians are not discussing what is important to our age group in their campaigns, and we as young adults are not involved in the creation of our future. This is an endless cycle- we can take the first step to break it by registering to vote! 
  2. It is said that Puget Sound students live in a “bubble” here on campus.It is important to get students integrated into the Tacoma and Washington community as well. We will have information for students regarding registering to vote in Washington as well as a variety of options about how you can get more involved in local politics. 

Come out, register to vote, and learn more about how YOU can get involved in the community and shape your future.

** There will be tabling in the SUB this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11am-1pm to register new voters as well!**

At the event we will be hearing from professors Emelie Peine (currently scheduling slot time) and Richard Anderson-Connolly (1:30) as well as Dean Mike Segawa (12:30) and Chaplain Dave Wright (12) and more! Can’t wait to see you there! 

Jobs with progressive campaigns for graduating seniors


I was contacted by Regan McBride today in regards to openings that Grassroots Campaigns has for graduating seniors and graduates. Here’s the information she forwarded to me:

“The struggle for peace and social justice never ends, and one has to make a greater vow not to be discouraged from the activist path. . .”

Even though countless battles have been won over the past several years, we’re still up against similar fights and identical challenges. From efforts towards equal rights for all, protecting the environment and alleviating poverty, now more than ever, we need activists to stand up for what is right.

There will always be easier paths to take, but no path will be more rewarding than the one fighting for these issues.

Grassroots Campaigns is currently hiring Assistant Canvass Directors to run field campaigns on behalf of issue based organizations like Oxfam America, ACLU and The Nature Conservancy.

Grassroots Campaigns is looking to interview top students to join our teams as Assistant Canvass Directors! There is no better time get involved and shape the next generation of activists that will take this country in a more progressive direction and see change on issues that matter now.

Students who are interested should apply directly to: Regan McBride 617-922-1310

Job Responsibilities:

  • Recruitment: Build a team of 15-50 canvassers by recruiting from within the local community.
  • Interview prospective staff and make hiring decisions.
  • Staff Management: Teach canvassing/fundraising skills. Work with your staff in individual and group settings, with a particular eye towards developing leaders.
  • Cultivate a welcoming and motivating atmosphere.
  • Canvassing: Canvass in the field for four days per week, to train new and experienced staff in the field and meet personal fundraising requirements.
  • Administration: Carefully track income and expenses. Manage the budget for your office.
  • Process staff payroll. Maintain records for future organizing efforts.


Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and desire for political change are essential. Candidates must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability and experience handling a lot of responsibility. Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications. Previous field or canvassing experience is a plus, and may qualify candidates for additional leadership positions.


Newly hired directors will typically spend three weeks doing field training, working intensely alongside experienced directors and will also attend week-long national classroom training. Additionally, directors receive support from regional management staff throughout their time on staff. After one year in the position, staff will have learned the basics of running a successful grassroots campaign, including, but not limited to, fundraising and donor recruitment, hiring and supervising staff and/or volunteers, and turf management.


Positions last through the 2012 Presidential Election. Campaign hours can run 80-100 hours per week, including work on weekends.


Annual salary for Assistant Canvass Directors begins at $24,000. Staff may opt into our health care plan (PPO). Paid training, vacation and sick days are included; student loan assistance is available.

Timing and Location:

Positions are available beginning post-graduation, in cities nationwide (MA, NY, PA, OH, IL, IN, NM, MO, NC, CO, CA, WA, OR, TX, FL and Washington, D.C.). Ask Regan for details.

To Apply:

Contact Regan McBride at 617-922-1310 or

Paid NSF Research Assistantship in Arizona …

Although it's almost entirely unrelated to the research project described, here's a cool photo of the White Mountain Apache "4-Wheel Warpony" skate team.

Here’s another opportunity for funded summer research. Along with the other interesting facets of this training program, the GIS skills will certainly enhance your employability …


I am happy to announce the third season of the White Mountain Apache Tribe/University of
Arizona Western Apache Ethnography and GIS Research Experience for Undergraduates, a National Science Foundation REU Site. Interested students may obtain more information and application instructions at the web address at the end of this announcement. Applications received by March 16 will receive first consideration.

Western Apache Ethnography and GIS Research Experience for Undergraduates, The White Mountain Apache Tribe Heritage Program and the University of Arizona announce opportunities for student participation in the third season of the Western Apache Ethnography and GIS Research Experience for Undergraduates field school, a National Science Foundation-supported program, June 14-July 27, 2012.

Students participating in this REU will contribute to the creation of a Western Apache cultural and historical Atlas. Participants will learn field research techniques that will include:

  • Creating research plans and documenting research efforts;
  • Conducting archival, interview, survey, and participant-observation research;
  • Identifying the locations of historical sites and land modification areas from archival maps, photographs, and land inspections;
  • Collecting and conducting initial analysis of qualitative and quantitative data relating to historical and cultural use of landscapes and natural resources;
  • Applying Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) tools and technologies to mapping and field data collection.

These tools will provide a firm analytical foundation for the systematic evaluation of cultural data. Students will design research projects, and will work collaboratively with fellow students, cultural advisors, and Tribal personnel to complete research projects that will result in draft entries for inclusion in the Atlas.

Participants will receive room and board at the Fort Apache/Theodore Roosevelt School campus, and a weekly stipend of $500 ($3,000 total for 6 weeks). Non-local students will be responsible for transportation to and from Tucson at the beginning and end of the program and will be expected to arrive in Tucson by Thursday, June 14, and to depart no earlier than Saturday, July 28.

6 hours of course credit from the University of Arizona will be available to participants who successfully complete the program (ANTH 412, Application of Geographic Information Systems to Cultural Anthropology, and ANTH 407, Ethnographic Field Methods). 2012 U.A. Summer School tuition and fees are anticipated to be approximately $2,200 for 6 hours of coursework; limited tuition scholarships may be available. Successful applicants will be required to enroll in the University of Arizona summer school in order to receive course credit for the program. This will require an admission fee (anticipated to be $50 for Arizona residents/$65 for non-residents) and submission of proof of current MMR vaccination. Program staff will provide additional information and guidance.

All participants in the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited college or university (i.e., have completed courses in an AA/AS or BA/BS program during the spring 2012 term and/or be enrolled for courses for the fall 2012 term).

A total of 8 students will be admitted to this program annually, 2010-2012. Members of the Western Apache Nations (White Mountain Apache Tribe, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tonto Apache Tribe, Camp Verde Yavapai-Apache Nation) will be given first consideration for this program, but other Native and non-Native students are encouraged to apply. Applications received before March 16, 2012 will be given first consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted until the program is full.

For more information please contact REU Director Dr. Karl Hoerig at This announcement and application form also available online here

Paid Summer Internship in Shanghai, China

[NOTE: We had to remove all identifying information from this old post. It seems that people all over the world are looking for internships in Shanghai. This post was intended for CSOC students at UPS, but it’s attracted a lot more attention than that, and while it clearly states that there are deadlines well in the past involved, we’re removing contact information anyway to stop the flow of misguided inquiries. If you’re nonetheless interested in this opportunity, talk to one of your CSOC professors in person about this!]


{XXXXXXX] is a “boutique branding and technology studio” whose president, [XXXXX], is a Puget Sound alumnus (’97). His company is expanding into China, and as a result they have created an internship that would ideal for a CSOC major interested in helping transnational corporations sell high end commodities (like Absolut Vodka, Cartier Jewelry, and Armani Exchange) to the burgeoning Chinese middle class. If you’re interested, read on. Oh, and if you’d like to see a “description of work” for the position, email [XXXXX] and I’ll forward it to you. Here are the details:

[XXXXX] is a boutique branding and technology studio.  President and Co-Founder, [XXXXX] ’98, is a Puget Sound alumni currently spear-heading his company’s expansion into the Chinese marketplace. They recently opened their Shanghai office (they also have offices in Hong Kong and New York), and are building quite the list of clients including Armani Exchange, Absolut Vodka, Cartier and IBM to name a few.

[XXXXX] is seeking an intern to work for the duration of summer (if returning to school in the fall) or beyond (if graduating this spring or already graduated).

Who should apply: Students may apply no matter their year in school, as well as alumni. [XXX] left the internship description purposefully open, wanting instead to find someone with an intrinsic passion for culture, media, branding, technology, or any blend of these areas. They can teach the technical skills, but not the passion.

The intern will learn programming skills, prior knowledge in this area is great, but is by no means a requirement as they are happy to train the right person. Other areas the intern will gain exposure to include digital marketing and brand design.

Compensation will cover the cost living and meals for the duration of the internship. The company will help with applying for and obtaining a VISA to work in China. Additionally, [XXX] mentioned that acclimating to life in Shanghai is easy (relative to other Chinese cities) because of the large ex-pat population in the city.

How to apply: Submit a Cover Letter and Resume to [XXX] and clearly state [XXX] internship application in the subject line so it doesn’t get missed. These documents should be submitted no later than end of day Friday, February 17th, 2012. This position is also posted in LoggerJobs, our online job-posting system, and students may search for it by position title (Intern), company name [XXXXX], or ID number (13193).

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me via email at [XXXXX]