Election Year Opportunities

Students! It is an election year, which means it can be a great time to get involved in politics. Some possibilities:

General Election Participation

Connecticut League of Women’s Voters
Help inform voters!
General Website

Connecticut Citizen Election Audit
Help protect the integrity of the electoral process!
General Website

Common Cause Connecticut
Help promote voter registration and political accountability.
General Website

General election volunteer ideas

Political Parties

Connecticut Democratic Party
Fall Fellows Program
Apply by September 14 (new deadline)

Connecticut Republican Party
General Volunteer Form

Connecticut Green Party
General Volunteer Information

Connecticut Libertarian Party
General Volunteer Form

Connecticut Independent Party
General Website

Connecticut Working Families Party
General Website

Campaign Intern Wanted

I have no connection to this, nor do I know anything at all about Harry Rilling, but this might interest some Wesleyan students:

Harry Rilling’s campaign for Mayor of Norwalk is currently looking for interns and fellows.  This will be a great opportunity for students to become civically engaged, learn how campaigns work, and participate in the most exciting local campaign of 2013.

We wanted to make sure that your students knew about this opportunity; could you please forward the internship information included below?


We have a great internship opportunity available with Harry Rilling’s campaign for Mayor of Norwalk. Our campaign is looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to learn the nuts and bolts of how a campaign works and help elect the next Mayor of Norwalk.

Hours are completely flexible and participants can work with staff to make a schedule that fits with their academic and athletic/extra circular commitments. The Rilling Campaign team is a lot of fun. No experience necessary. Students will walk out the door at the end of the internship knowing how to run a local field program, as well as having met some really great friends.

Additionally, for students who are looking to take their involvement with the campaign to the next level, the campaign is also offering a fellowship program. Fellows will be required to fulfill a greater time commitment than interns and will participate in our Field Organizer Training Program, where they will not only learn the basics of campaign field work, but will also gain in-depth knowledge of grassroots organizing so they are ready to work on, and eventually run, campaigns of their own in the future.

The Rilling for Norwalk Intern and Fellowship Programs are designed to be enriching, educational experiences where participants will engage in daily field activities, learn from and work closely with veteran campaign staff, and hear from a variety of political guest speakers.

For more information about the campaign please visit http://www.rillingformayor.com.

To apply for an internship or a fellowship with the Rilling for Norwalk, visit  http://miniurl.com/9vd0   , call us at (203) 939-9212, or email us at at mayoralinternships@gmail.com

Apply Now! International Human Rights Conference in Storrs

International Human Rights Leadership Conference Announcement – Call for Applications 2013:

The UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut invites applications for the ninth annual International Leadership Training Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum, to be held August 9 – 18, 2013 in Storrs, Connecticut. Applications must be received by March 8, 2013.

The Forum seeks to empower young leaders by involving them in finding solutions to emerging human rights problems, and nurturing individuals to be effective leaders in the field of human rights. To this end, the Forum will:
· Introduce participants to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
· Build a network of solidarity among human rights leaders
· Expand the knowledge relevant to human rights practice
· Provide tools and a platform for open debates
· Provide programmes, activities and processes necessary for human rights leadership
· Promote the sharing of experiences and understanding
· Showcase speakers on such topics as: health and human rights, education, the environment, the plight of child soldiers, the use of media, fundraising, conflict resolution and transformation; litigation and advocacy
· Emerging human rights issues

The UNESCO Chair will provide all conference participants with dormitory housing, meals, ground transportation in Connecticut, resource materials and a certificate of participation. Participants will be responsible for providing their own airfare to Connecticut upon acceptance.

Young people between the ages of 18-30, with community service experience, and with demonstrated ability to work on solutions to human rights problems, should apply. Relevant issues include, but are not limited to, human trafficking, the plight of children, refugees, hunger, HIV/AIDs, gender discrimination, racism, classism, the environment and peace education.

Conference will be held in English only. Fluency in English is required. Applicants will be selected based on the strength of their application essay, demonstrated commitment to human rights (practical/hands-on experience), potential impact on the individual and their potential contribution to the Forum, regional and gender representation.

Programme details and application material can be accessed by linking to http://www.unescochair.uconn.edu/upspecialevents.htm

For Juniors: Information on Government Honors

If you are serious about this, NOW is the time to begin thinking about it. Information on our honors program can be found here:


Here is the relevant information about eligibility:

To be eligible for Honors in Government you must (1) be a Government major on track to complete the major requirements in a timely fashion; (2) achieve a university grade point average of 90.00 or above, calculated at the end of the spring semester of the junior year; and (3) have completed Stage I of the General Education Expectations.

To become a candidate for Honors in Government, you must meet the three eligibility conditions and also seek out a Government faculty member (tenured, tenure-track, or full-time visitor) to become your thesis tutor. The optimal time to try to find a faculty tutor is the spring semester of your junior year. Each Government faculty member decides for whom he or she will serve as a thesis tutor. In some years some students who meet the eligibility requirements will not be able to stand for Honors in Government because they will not be able to find a full-time Government faculty member to tutor the thesis.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Summer 2013 Research Experience For Undergraduates (REU) in Conflict Management and Peace Science

Call for Applications


The University of North Texas


 Contact:  Dr. John Ishiyama, PhD (John.Ishiyama@unt.edu)
Opportunity:  Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
Theme:  Civil Conflict Management and Peace Science
Dates:  June 3 through July 26
Benefits:  $4000 stipend, housing and board
Program Information
The aim of this program is to provide research experiences for undergraduate students from all majors with an introduction to research in the broad area of civil conflict management and peace science. The program is headquartered at the Department of Political Science at UNT , a nationally and internationally recognized center for conflict management studies and peace science. It is home to the only Peace Science degree program in the Southwestern United States. This is also the only Peace Studies Program in the region to have an endowed professorship “the Johnie Christian Family Peace Professorship” that provides guidance and administration for this rapidly growing program. The team of REU investigators represents a group of top researchers in political science and international relations who are undertaking cutting edge research on civil wars, terrorism,  and other forms of civil conflict and peace building.
Application Information
This opportunity is available to  Sophomore, Junior, and Senior undergraduate students from all  majors. REU Fellowships will be awarded to qualified students on a competitive basis. Each Fellowship will include a $4,000 stipend as well as support for room and board and travel for conference presentation.  Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds in either REU Supplements or REU Sites must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions (for additional eligibility requirements see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09598/nsf09598.htm#elig). All applicants are welcome-students from groups underrepresented in higher education and/or from first generation college, low income backgrounds  are especially encouraged to apply.[1] To be considered, applicants should complete the online application form available at the link (http://untconflictmgmtreu.wordpress.com/), and should arrange to have two letters of recommendation uploaded into the system
Questions can be directed to
Dr. John Ishiyama,Ph.D.
Department of Political Science
1155 Union Circle #305340
Denton, TX 76203-5017
940.565.4326 or Fax: 940.565.4818

Peace Corps Info Sessions Feb. 5 @ Noon

Peace Corps at Wesleyan: Make a Difference Abroad with Peace Corps



41 Wyllys, Room 112
Middletown, CT 06457

Find your place in the world and make a difference in the lives of others.
Come to this session to hear from a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who will walk you through the highpoints: what Peace Corps is, what we do, where we go, benefits of service, and how you can become a Peace Corps Volunteer.