Paid Summer Opportunity: Governor’s Leadership Academic

Please consider attending the following informational session tomorrow about a paid summer internship opportunity!!
 
What: Governor’s Leadership Academy Information Session
When: Tomorrow, Jan 16th at 3pm
Where: GWP 320
The attached flyer about the Governor’s Leadership Academy has information about the program.  To ask questions about the process and the internship, please consider attending the information session!

Consider an Internship this Winter!

If you are a senior looking to meet your PP&E or Law and Policy capstone requirement, consider an internship this Winter.  You can find out more by attending an info session next Thursday:

Info Session on Internships 

When:  Thursday Nov 8, 2018, 12:30 pm

Where:  WCG 322

We have a number of terrific internship opportunities available, from working for members of the US Congress, to interning with the Pierce County public defender’s office, the County Prosecutor, to working for the city of Tacoma. There are additional opportunities in Olympia, such as working with the Attorney General’s office, the Secretary of State, the State Auditor.or the State of Washington Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.  We also can offer internships in policy, such as with the Washington Policy Center in Seattle.  If interested in learning more, attend the session above.  If interested but not able to attend, contact Professor Katie Baird  (kebaird@uw.edu), as space in the internship is limited! 

Truman Scholarship for Graduate School

Harry S. Truman Scholarships

Website: Truman

The Truman is a competitive national scholarship. Each year, the Foundation reviews over 600 applications for our 55 to 65 Scholarships awarded annually. These 600 applications do not include the students who compete on their own campus for one of a school’s four nominations.
The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. If you are currently a senior, you must be attending a fifth year with your graduation date not earlier than December 2018. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development. Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs: Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, and The Truman-Albright Fellows Program. Please visit the For Scholars section of the Truman website for an overview of the programs the Foundation currently offers for Scholars.

The Truman Scholarship recognizes outstanding leadership potential, academic achievement, and the desire to pursue a career in public service. Prospective Truman Scholars must demonstrate the following:

  • A strong commitment to a public service career
  • A record of public service activities and contributions with some form of government or political achievement
  • Strong leadership abilities and potential as demonstrated by holding offices, accepting and delegating responsibilities, and by accomplishments outside the classroom
  • The ability to define and realistically plan public service goals
  • Strong interview skills

Application Now Open!

Apply online at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/apply/519

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Upcoming Debate on Ballot Initiatives at TCC

TCC Ballot Initiative Debate and Forum

What: Please join us at the Tacoma Community College campus for our second biennial WA Ballot Initiative Debate and Community Forum hosted by the TCC Student Government, the Department of Political Science and the Office of Student Engagement.  We will host a debate between representatives who are for and against the following two controversial ballot initiatives:

·         Washington Initiative 1631, the Carbon Emissions Fee Measure

·         Washington Initiative 1634, the Prohibit Local Taxes on Groceries Measure

At the end of each debate, community members will have an opportunity to ask questions of our debaters.

When: 6:30-8:30 PM, Monday, October 22, 2018

 Where: Student Center, Building 11, Tacoma Community College Main Campus, 6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. No registration required.   Questions? Please contact Professor Katrina Taylor at ktaylor@tacomacc.edu or 253-566-5215

Free LSAT Courses at UWT!

Please join us for free LSAT prep workshops this fall! You do not need to buy materials, but should bring a laptop to the sessions. This event is open to all UWT students!

Register through the UWT Events Calendar links below for the days you plan to attend.
 
Sat Oct 13th 9am-Noon JOY 215 – Reading Comprehension
Sat Oct 27th 9am-Noon JOY 117 – Logical Reasoning
 
Sat Nov 10th 9am-Noon Joy 117 – Logic Games

Intern for the State Legislature: Info Session Oct 2

Interested in interning at the state Capitol this winter?  Attend an info session during the lunch hour on Tuesday Oct 2th.

The Washington State Legislative Intern Program offers a terrific opportunity for undergraduate juniors and seniors from all majors to learn the legislative process while gaining professional work experience. Interns are placed in the office of a state senator or state representative with similar interests. A few interns work for the Republican and Democrat caucus communication departments to assist with writing floor speeches, op-eds, talking points, and newsletters. This is a paid internship, and you’ll receive 15 academic credits.  If your major is PP&E or Law and Policy, the internship satisfies your capstone requirement

More information on the program can be found on the program’s web page.  Priority application deadline is October 9, and the final deadline is October 16, 2018. Information on the application process is available on the program website.

WhLester-Burkesat:  Information Session about Washington State’s Legislative Internship Program

Where:  JOY 117

When:  12:30-1:20 Tuesday Oct 2nd

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Application instructions are here.

Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Martinez, ’15

Christopher Martinez, ’15

Christopher Martinez can confidently say that UW Tacoma was the right choice for him. “I made some lifelong friendships and met mentors that I still keep in touch with today,” he says. “My time at UW Tacoma had a huge impact on my career and education.” And his career and education are going far — currently, Christopher is in his third year at the University of Washington School of Law, and works in California with the Department of Justice’s Civil Division doing employment and labor litigation.

As a Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major with a minor in Human Rights, Christopher secured an internship through the Washington State Legislative Internship program at UW Tacoma, and he credits that experience with his subsequent job at the Attorney General’s Office. Continue reading

Class of 2018 Heads to Law School!

Now that the dust has settled from commencement, grad parties, and those first gorgeous days of summer… isn’t it time to think about going back to school??
Meet three of PPPA’s Class of 2018 who are heading to law school this fall.

Gabi Gutierrez, ’18

Gabi Gutierrez, a Law & Policy major with a minor in Human Rights, will be attending the University of Washington Law School, with a major focus in Public Service Law. “Although I am extremely grateful for the time I had at the University of Washington Tacoma, I feel like I have even more vigor to practice law. If you are interested in following a career in the legal field, I would highly recommend taking the time to explore the law through internships or volunteering. I’m extremely grateful to have interned for the Department of Assigned Counsel and to have developed supportive relationships with faculty members, because without my experience I would have never discover my true desire to practice criminal law.” Continue reading

Fasting Through Finals: Students Observe Ramadan

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Image courtesy cairo360.com

Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims in commemoration of the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, practiced worldwide as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. During Ramadan, Muslims may eat before dawn and after sunset, but do not eat or drink during the day. This year, Ramadan begins on May 15, and many UW Tacoma students are therefore fasting during finals. We spoke to Rania Elbasiony, a junior in Law and Policy, about observing Ramadan while managing the stresses of the end of school year.

What is it like to fast during finals?

“Headaches every single day! The further you get into Ramadan, the easier it gets. Your appetite gets smaller, so you aren’t as hungry. You get used to it. But when it comes to studying or doing homework, using too much brain power really drains your energy. Continue reading

Intern Insights: Spring 2018

PPPA students have been hard at work in the community through their internship placements this quarter. Here are six interns to share their experiences in administrative law, criminal justice, and politics:

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Phillip Ramirez (center).

Phillip Ramirez: “I’m interning with the Pierce County Prosecutors office and specifically assigned to the juvenile division at Remann Hall. This internship has been an amazing opportunity to see how juvenile court operates, opening my eyes to a system that is often overlooked when studying the law. Its been great to get hands on experience doing legal assistant work, witnessing court dockets, going out into Pierce County with probation officers, and discussing Washington State juvenile law with the prosecutors that work here.” Continue reading