Monday, March 31, 2008
I wrote a few weeks ago about MoveOn.org's "Obama in 30 Seconds."
I wanted to let you know that we've set a new deadline for submissions: April 15th.
f you know of students who are working on an ad, it'd be great if you could let them know about the extra time. And if you posted the flyer that we sent, we've posted a new one with the updated dates at: http://cdn.moveon.org/content/pdfs/Obama30Flyer-color.pdf
Thanks so much for your time!
-Laura Dawn, Creative Director, MoveOn.org
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Congratulations to Nick Tampio, who has accepted a tenure track position at
Congratulations to Peter Cannavo, who was hired in a national search for a newly authorized tenure track position in environmental politics. Peter will be on a research leave in 2008-2009, and the department is in the process of hiring a visiting professor to teach his courses.
After a term as Associate Dean of Students, Phil Klinkner will be on research leave in 2008-2009.
Carol Drogus continues her service as Associate Dean of Students. She will be replaced again next year by Shelley McConnell.
Cheng Li continues his leave at the Brookings Institution. He will be replaced again by Dingding Chen.
Frank Anechiarico will be teaching at the Air Force Academy in 2008-2009. He will be replaced by Morgan Marietta, who will teach Con Law, APP, Parties and Elections, and a new course called the Politics of the Supreme Court. .
Rob Martin will direct the Semester in Washington Program in fall, 2008. Ted Eismeier will direct the program in spring, 2009.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
When the House of Representatives returned from recess in January, the Rayburn and Longworth cafeterias greeted us with a new food service provider. The new service is more ecologically friendly, sustainable, part of Speaker Pelosi's "Greening the Capitol."
But those white and green coffee cups STILL get too hot. Thankfully, I went to Hamilton College and spent enough time in the Green Cafe at McEwen dining hall to remember that.
Perhaps when Amb. Walker holds his discussion on April 10, I'll bring a cup of Cafe Kilimanjaro from Cannon carry-out, just for old time sake (even if it isn't 8:30 in the morning).
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
This fall, George Baker '74 and Frank Vlossak '89 will co-teach a course on lobbying and government relations. Partners in the firm of Williams and Jensen, one of the nation's leading independently owned government relations law firms, Baker and Vlossak will bring their great experience as practitioners into the classroom. See course description below. To learn more about them, click on title of this post to go to Williams and Jensen website.
Lobbying and Government Relations
Analysis of the representation of interests in American national government. The history of the role of lobbyists in the Washington community and the contemporary profession of government relations. Strategies of lobbying Congress and the executive branch. Issues of reform, including ethics rules and campaign finance. Emphasis on exploring theories and practice of lobbying/government relations through use of case studies and engagement of the class in practical “real world” lobbying exercises
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I grew up in a small town without many opportunities for a young professional with a top-tier college degree. So, I came back down to D.C. without a formal job offer and started pounding pavement. After a summer of relative frustration, I landed on my feet working as the House Committees Editor for the GalleryWatch division of the Roll Call group, part of the company that owns the iconic British magazine The Economist.
To see what that actually means, your best bet would be to log in to your Lexis-Nexis account and search for my name; my exploits writing for our subscription-based online publication CongressNow are well archived.
Back when you went through your freshman orientation, President Stewart probably gave you a copy of The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. Remember that. The ability of Hamilton students to write well is recognized in this city. Those writing-intensive courses at the 100-level in the Government department (and the History department . . . ) that you may have despised in progress really do provide a marketable skill.
Feel free to e-mail me at niels.lesniewski (AT) gmail.com with any questions you may have or if you are on the hunt.
By the way, anyone looking for an internship in political journalism this summer for the Hamilton semester in D.C. in the fall, should absolutely contact me with your resume ASAP. No promises, but . . .
Monday, March 17, 2008
I did the D.C. program with Professor Eismeier in the Spring of 2006 interning for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Fox News' D.C. bureau. That summer, I stayed in D.C. and interned at the Republican National Committee. These opportunities - thanks to Hamilton's D.C. program - gave me a pretty strong resume coming out of Hamilton when I graduated last spring and allowed me to jump right on a presidential campaign.
I lucked out in a couple different ways. For one, the timing of my graduation coincided with the presidential campaign cycle so that campaigns were gearing up as I was coming on the professional scene. Also, because the Thompson campaign started later than others, and because I was willing to start as an unpaid volunteer (read intern), I truly got in on the ground floor and was in the office when it was pretty much just department heads. Before the campaign ended, I had two people working under me.
I also recommend working on a presidential campaign because they are filled with young people. On the Thompson campaign, there were at least ten kids who had also just graduated in 2007. Though I worked seven long days a week, I was always with my friends, so it often didn't feel like work at all.
The biggest reason I would recommend working on a presidential campaign is the opportunity that comes afterwards. Though Fred's bid for the White House ended prematurely, my young friends from campaign and I have all gone on to bigger and better things. One of my friends got a job at one of the premier public relations firm in the country. Another is now in charge of surrogate scheduling in the media shop at the McCain campaign. One friend now works at the White House and another in fundraising for McCain. I got a job as the executive assistant to a former governor and senator from Virginia who now has a consulting/lobbying firm.
To make it in D.C., the first thing one must do is get his or her foot in the door. Hamilton's D.C. program is an unbelievable way to do this. The next thing to do is turn relationships you make while getting your foot in the door into a real job where you can show someone your abilities and work ethic. There is always a high rate of turn-over in D.C. and other than the entertainment industry and professional sports, there is no better place where a young person can make an impact and move up quickly than politics in Washington D.C.
And it all starts with the D.C. program. Whether you want to one day be a chief of staff on the Hill or give your life to spreading awareness about your favorite cause, any Hamilton student who's interested in working in D.C. should absolutely do the D.C. program. If I can ever be of any help to any student, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People To Contact
Hamilton Alum with Congressional Backgrounds (LinkedIn can help you find them)
Hamilton Washington Semester Professors
Congressional Committees (Pick a few whose jurisdiction interests you and then cold call them to inquire about internships)
Your Members of Congress (Whether it's the House or Senate, Members are always looking for applicants from their district or state)
One Last Tip
Feel free to shoot me an email at email@example.com and I'd be more than happy to let you know when I hear of openings from friends and former colleagues.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
grassroots support for progressive causes, political candidates, public
interest campaigns, and non-profit fundraising operations, is interviewing
potential staff for their campaigns to Take Back the White House.
Grassroots Campaigns’ current and past clients include MoveOn.org, the
Democratic National Committee, the ACLU, and the League of Conservation
Voters. We are hiring for the following positions:
Position: Citizen Outreach Director
Citizen Outreach Directors and Assistant Directors manage grassroots
fundraising offices. They work with a team of other directors to recruit,
train, and work with a staff of up to 100 paid canvassers to build support
for the 2008 elections and a wide range of nonprofit organizations.
Position: Field Organizer
Field Organizers work in targeted Congressional districts and major
metropolitan areas around the country. They will recruit, train, and work
with volunteers to build the support needed to win on critical issues and
get good candidates elected. In fall 2008 Field Organizers will help run
one of the largest get-out-the-vote drives in the country.
For all positions:
Sound communication and motivational skills, strong desire for political
change, and work ethic are essential. We are looking for people who have a
strong leadership background, and who are ready to take on a lot of
responsibility. Previous field organizing or canvass experience is a plus,
but not a pre-requisite.
Annual salary begins at $24,000, and increases commensurate with
experience. Staff may opt into our health care plan. Student loan
assistance repayment program offered.
Not a Senior? Grassroots is running one of the largest field operations in
HISTORY. We are hiring students for SUMMER JOBS in our offices across the
country. You can expect to earn anywhere from $4,800-$8,000 a summer!
Learn great communication skills and get to participate in one of the most
important campaigns the US has seen in years! Leaderships positions are
available. NOW HIRING NATIONWAIDE call Sarah 1-888-999-8852 to apply. And
check out www.bringchange2008.org to find out more information.
Nationwide, ask recruiter for more details.