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News, Events & Opportunities

Government students participate in many campus activities, such as mock United Nations sessions and mock political conventions. Politicians and visiting scholars have spoken on campus on topics including women and citizenship, the United States and international intervention in the war in Iraq, government support of "faith-based" programs, and various dimensions of globalization.

Student organizations include the Smith College Republican Club, the Smith College Democrats, the World Affairs Committee and the Student Government Association.





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Inspiring classes in law, English, and history…

One of the best universities in the world…

Flexibility to travel in England, Ireland, France and beyond…

8 liberal arts credits…

This is what it means to study abroad in Oxford!

The UMass Oxford Summer Seminar will hold a DROP-IN information session about the 2014 6-week summer program to talk about classes, and SCHOLARSHIPS:


Wednesday February 12, 7-8 pm

 (You do NOT have to attend a session to apply; the application portal is open at: www.umass.edu/oxford)

Hope to see you soon,

Anne Broadbridge, Director, Oxford Summer seminar,




Smith College Student Recruitment
The internship is an opportunity to learn campaign tactics, become a
community leader, and build the organization that will help elect our next
governor. Click here for more information: Martha Coakley Campaign


Progressive Campaign Job Opportunities--Nationwide!


"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. . ."

The progressive movement has seen some major advances in the past few years, from the EPA implementing better carbon emission standards to more and more states finally allowing full marriage equality to the LGBT community. Despite our best efforts the country remains divided on so many issues, and those divisions prevent some of the greatest problems from being solved. Issues like gay rights, protecting the last wild places on earth, and ending global hunger & poverty. Over the next year and the next election cycle, Grassroots’ activists will reach millions of people all across the country with solutions, and call those people to action inspiring millions to act, giving donations, time and energy to organizations who have the best ideas on how to make the world a better place.

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:

Merida Lloyd



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.


Initial commitment of working through August 2015. Campaign hours can run 60-80 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, IL, NM, MO, NC, LA, CO, CA, WA, OR, TX, FL and Washington, D.C.). Ask Merida for details.

To Apply:

Contact Merida at413.345.2642ormlloyd@grassrootscampaigns.com


We are also hiring undergraduates to work on our campaigns as Field Managers. These jobs are a great way to get involved on the campaign and have a huge impact before you graduate. We hire students to work part time during the school year, and we will be considering applicants who want to work on campaigns next summer as well. Go towww.grassrootscampaigns.com/ge neral-appto apply!

Please visit our website,www.grassrootscampaigns.com, for more information about current and past campaigns.

Grassroots Campaigns past and current clients include: Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, Oxfam America, the League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Equality California, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals, VoteVets, the Democratic National Committee, MoveOn.org Political Action, Repower America, Working America, Common Cause, and the Center for American Progress and Save the Children. (Save the Children is an independent organization and is not religiously or politically aligned. Save the Children has no direct affiliation with the organizations Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. partners with.






CAREERS: Non-profit public advocacy

Looking for a job that makes a difference?U.S.PIRG is hiring college seniors to work as Campus Organizers on college campuses across the country. Onissue after issue, we see powerful interests corrupting the democratic process, twisting public policy to serve their own ends. U.S. PIRG takes action bydocumenting the problems, finding practical solutions, informing the public and making the case for change directly to decision-makers. We work on fighting climate change, restoring democracy, and protecting public health. Charlotte Graham, MASSPIRG Campus Organizer, will be coming to Smith's campus onFeb 11thand 12th. Applyonline atwww.uspirg.org/jobsor emailcharlotte@masspirgstudents.orgfor more details.




It's 2014 - the year of our very first U.S.-China Student Summit in Beijing – and I'm so excited to see it taking shape. This unique opportunity for students from your university will give them a once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel in China, visit Chinese companies and universities, and engage with Chinese students on important issues as part of the 100,000 Strong movement. And there's still time for your university to form a delegation! Get started by clicking here.

If you haven't begun yet, here are some things you should know:

I'm actively working with your colleagues at other universities to get the word out about their Summit delegation. I'd love to offer those same resources to you.

Can I help you get started? Click here to let me know, and I'll email you back as quickly as I can.


Dr. Penny Bowles
Penny Bowles, Ph.D.
U.S.-China Student Summit Specialist





CAREERS: Non-profit public advocacy


Looking for a job in politics? U.S.PIRG is hiring college seniors to work as Campus Organizers on college campuses across the country. On issue after issue, we see powerful interests corrupting the democratic process, twisting public policy to serve their own ends. U.S. PIRG takes action by documenting the problems, finding practical solutions, informing the public and making the case for change directly to decision-makers. We work on issues like climate change, democracy, and public health.

Find out more and apply online at www.uspirg.org/jobs or emailcharlotte@masspirgstudents.org for more details.




The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics

Essay Contest 2014



The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Conest, now in its 25th year, chalenges college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single ouit issues and are rational arguments for ethical action.


For more information: Elie Wiesel Foundation Essay Contest 2014





Juliette Kayyem Campaign for Governor of Massachusetts


Juliette Kayyem's campaign for Governor of Massachusetts seeks highly motivated Winter/Spring Cam;paign Fellows to join our campaign immediately and stay on through the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention.


Click here for more information: Juliette Kayyem for Governor






Environment America is a federation of 29 state-based groups with nearly 100 professional staff and more than 1 million members, activists and allies across the country. Each year, we hire graduating seniors for our Fellowship Program - a two-year crash course in the nuts and bolts of environmental activism, organizing, advocacy and the type of institution-building that can sustain long-term battles.


And if you're not graduating this year, we also offer summer internships - you'll learn how to make an impact on critical environmental issues.


To learn more and apply, visit jobs.environmentamerica.org.



This summer - as part of a broader global warming plan - President Obama directed his Environmental Protection Agency to develop standards that would cut carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's largest contributors to global warming pollution.


This fall in Massachusetts we're working hard to do demonstrate strong public support for these standards, and build support in Congress to ensure that the President follows through as boldly and as swiftly as possible. Obviously, our work won't stop there, but it'll be an important step.


Standing in our way is one of the most powerful special interests in the world: the fossil fuel industry.


But the science is clear and the public is with us and we have the opportunity and the obligation to do what we can to ensure we don't ruin the planet before we pass it on to future generations.