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A Pride Foundation internship is an ideal experience for someone interested in a career in the nonprofit sector, particularly in philanthropy, and in applying their education and skills in a real-world environment. Learning opportunities include:

Career exploration

  • Exposure to processes and practices used in community foundations from engagement with a community grant cycle, a scholarship cycle, to analyzing data, to handling the arch.
  • Exposure to how LGBTQ philanthropy fits into philanthropy as a whole and understanding the expectations of donors, volunteers, scholars and grantees, and the communities we serve.

Skill development

  • Gain experience in use of the grants and scholarship application software, donor and volunteer database software, and other web-based tools such as developing and facilitating webinars.
  • Learn to work as part of a collaborative regional team.
  • Receive supervision, coaching, mentoring,...
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Organizing Beyond Barriers (OBB) - UNITE-HERE, Local 8

Organizing Beyond Barriers (OBB), UNITE HERE’s binationally coordinated internship program, builds a progressive alliance of workers, students and community activists by training, agitating, and inspiring people to fight for justice. We place a lot of emphasis on training and fieldwork. People learn by doing, whether it’s hearing about the real situations of working people in a house visit, doing research on a corporation, speaking truth to power on a delegation, or recruiting friends, family, or coworkers to an action. UNITE HERE is committed to inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to join our movement.

The Program: Workers, students and community activists across the United States and Canada come together for trainings and internships ranging from one day to 8 weeks to learn how to organize or do campaign research. OBB organizing and research interns are deeply engaged in pushing forward...

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The Agnes C. Nelson Memorial Scholarship is offered to students majoring in either Political Science or Economics, who demonstrate an interest in both fields.  One scholarship, approximately $8,000 towards tuition for the 2019-20 Academic Year, will be awarded to a student who shows commitment to these fields and meets the following eligibility criteria:

1.  maintain a cumulative UW GPA of at least 3.2,
2.  have completed 25 combined credits in Economics and Political Science, with at least 10 credits in each department,
3.  have completed 75 credits by the end of Spring Quarter 2019,
4.  have submitted a completed application form with all necessary attachments,
5.  be eligible for financial aid, as determined by the UW Financial Aid Office.

***If you did not apply for financial aid (submit a FAFSA) by the priority deadline, contact the Financial Aid Office in 105 Schmitz Hall about submitting a late application.***

The deadline for the Agnes...

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Wondering what your next steps will be after college? Look no further! The UW Pipeline Project and Dream Project are hiring 5 dynamic AmeriCorps members for 2019-2020. Applications due Sunday, May 12th.

We will be holding info sessions on Wednesday, May 1st  from 2-3pm in MGH 258

UW Pipeline Project and Dream Project Ameri­Corps mem­bers will recruit and support UW students involved in K-12 tutoring, college access mentoring and promoting equity in education. Our programs focus on educating UW students through transformational community experiences and working with K-12 educators to help prepare the college students of tomorrow. The AmeriCorps team will conduct outreach to increase participation in our programs, support tutors and mentors on campus, and assist in programs related to educational equity. AmeriCorps members will serve from September 3, 2019-July 15th, 2020.

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JSIS A 302 The Politics and Cultures of Europe The Rise of Populism in Europe Summer Quarter 2019, A-Term 
  • What is the connection between Brexit and refugees in Greece?
  • Why do we need to talk about populism in Europe?
  • How does populism manifest in ethnic, sexual, religious identities?
  • What are the commonalities across the pond?

Through graphic novels, movies, and readings we will discuss varieties of populism, nationalism, migration, gender, religion and more.    This course fulfills the writing requirement for certain undergraduate majors.   Summer registration opens on April 15! Questions? (

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Pacific Northwest Economic Region

Program Coordinator

The Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) is a statutory public-private non-profit that addresses a broad range of topics and issues that affect our cross-border economy, security, and environment. This truly unique non-profit is the only regional planning and facilitation organization set up in statute by five states and three provinces and two territories to deal with trans-boundary policy and planning. PNWER works to increase the economic well-being and quality of life for all citizens of the region by coordinating provincial and state policies, identifying and promoting “models of success” and serving as a conduit to exchange information. PNWER is based in Seattle, WA and is located on the waterfront in the World Trade Center.

PNWER seeks a motivated individual who is passionate about cross-border policy and planning and is excited about the prospect of making the NW a better...

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AmeriCorps Members: Oversee large-scale operations, including supporting student interns, creating lecture content, recruitment efforts, and planning and facilitating professional developments.

Attend the Dream Project and Pipeline AmeriCorps info session!

Wednesday, May 1, 2-3 pm in Mary Gates Hall 258

Open to individuals with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree by the start date (September 3, 2019)

Application due: May 5, 11:59 pm

Role description and stipend information:

CCRA Internship: Work 12 hours a week at a local middle or high school supporting students with a variety of post-secondary initiatives.

Open to all undergraduates

Deadline to apply: May 3, 5:00pm

Role description and stipend information:...

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[Nature + Ethics - People, salmon, and the largest dam removal project in U.S. history]

Located on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, the Elwha River and the watershed through which it flows is a rich, diverse, and dynamic place. With the recent removal of two major dams along with the river system that stood for nearly 100 years and blocked salmon migrations upstream while hindering sediment flows downstream the river is rapidly adapting to its free-flowing condition. This 5-day field-based course explores the system from headwaters high in the Olympic Mountains to the mouth on the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Each day consists of a hike to different locations in the watershed and meetings with restoration scientists, environmental planners, and tribal members actively engaged in monitoring and managing the river. The trip concludes with a sea kayak excursion in the Straits of...

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