This spring, eight Pacific students will head to California’s capital every Tuesday and Thursday to immerse themselves in political affairs. The students have been selected for internships through the Sacramento Experience program offered by Pacific’s Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership.
In the Sacramento Experience program, students serve as interns in government, lobbying or non-profit organizations and attend a weekly Sacramento Public Affairs Seminar that focuses on California state politics and public policy. Many guest speakers who work in government or public policy institutions are invited to the Seminar to share their insights.
The internships run from January through April. Students serve for full days on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and transportation is provided to and from Pacific. They receive four units of credit for the internship and two units for the Seminar. While most of the internships are unpaid, some of them have led to paid internships during the summer—or even permanent full-time positions upon graduation.
Now in its eighth year, the Sacramento Experience program has placed 60 students in internships in the capital. Their responsibilities are diverse and include researching issues, attending hearings, writing reports on pending legislation, media relations and planning events. Students are expected to be full-fledged participants in the offices they work for, and that also includes performing routine tasks such as filing and photocopying.
One student had a key role in planning and setting up a special state-wide conference for the Governor’s office, and as a result, met Governor Schwarzenegger and other state officials. Another student provided staff support for first lady Maria Shriver. Other students have interned at places such as the League of California Cities, California School Boards Association, National Council of LaRaza, and for state legislators of both political parties.
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Patrick Walton, who is interning with a microfinance project in Honduras, ran into Muhammed Yunus, the social entrepreneur who started the microfinance movement, during a stop in Bogota.
Patrick Walton, a junior Pacific Political Science major, is one of 10 Pacific students selected to participate in the 2009 Ambassador Corps Fellowship. Patrick, who also swims a mean freestyle for the Pacific Swim team, will work with the Katalysis Central American Microfinance Network in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The focus of his internship will be youth entrepreneurship. The Ambassador Corps Fellowship is sponsored by University of the Pacific’s Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Congratulations, Patrick!
University of the Pacific has joined ICPSR, the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. Here is how ICPSR describes itself:
Established in 1962, ICPSR is the world’s largest archive of digital social science data. We acquire, preserve, and distribute original research data and provide training in its analysis. We also offer access to publications based on our data holdings.
In short, whenever social scientists develop useful datasets those datasets are archived with ICPSR where the data are available to faculty and students from member institutions. Pacific faculty and students will have access to any of the datasets archived by ICPSR. This will provide great opportunities for teaching, learning, and research, including undergraduate research.
In fact, ICPSR sponsors two annual undergraduate research competitions
The first competition, sponsored by the general archive at ICPSR, requires a research paper supported by quantitative analysis of any dataset(s) held within the ICPSR archive or any of its special topic archives. The second competition is sponsored by the Minority Data Resource Center (MDRC). The paper must address issues relevant to underrepresented minorities in the United States including immigrants, and data must be drawn from the MDRC.
Pacific’s strong social science programs, like political science, just got stronger.
Toby Ross, the City Manager from West Sacramento, spent four days on campus recently, visiting classes and talking about career opportunities in local government. The program, organized by the International City Management Association, hopes to facilitate conversations of all sorts between local government and universities. Among his class visits was a stop at Professor Jeff Becker’s Internship and Career Preparation course, where Dr. Ross participated in mock job interviews for political science students
Toby Ross has served as West Sacramento’s City Manager since November 2002. Ross brings three decades of experience in local government in California and Utah to the challenges of West Sacramento. His professional interests include planning, community development, budget and public finance. He earned a PhD and Masters degree from UC Berkeley; and a BA degree in from UC Santa Barbara. Ross has also held part-time faculty positions at the University of Utah, Cal Poly, the University of Hawaii and CSU San Francisco.
Not many freshman students have the opportunity to present their research at one of the most important meetings of the political science profession, but Pacific’s Julia Sweeney (not the one who used to be on Saturday Night Live) will. Next week when the Midwest Political Science Association holds its annual meeting in Chicago, Julia (shown here with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom) will be on hand to present her project “Every Child Deserves to Read the Happy Ending: A study analyzing the effectiveness of literacy programs.”
This is how Julia describes her project: This poster will examine the effectiveness of current California elementary school programs to enhance the literacy rates of non-native English speakers in an effort to level the literacy rates among all students. This poster will study the effectiveness of these programs through a mixed method approach of qualitative research methods including personal interviews with parents, school administrators/faculty, and literacy program directors and quantitative methods analyzing API scores. The poster concludes with an analysis of available policy options and proposes the most effective policy based on research.
Julia, who is the 2008-2009 of the University of the Pacific Department of Political Science Undergraduate Research Award, developed her research project under the supervision of Professor Dari Sylvester.
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Paul Revsine from the Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship sent an email today looking for students to apply for the Fellowship.
The program that provides college graduates the opportunity to work in Washington, DC, with a public-interest organization focusing on arms control and international security issues. The fellowship is offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall. It lasts from six to nine months and provides a stipend, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington. The Scoville Fellowship does not award grant or scholarship money to students.
Scoville Fellows may undertake a variety of activities, including research, writing, and advocacy in support of the goals of their host organization and may attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. They have written fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds, magazine articles, briefing books and reports, organized talks and conferences, and been interviewed as experts by the media. Many former Scoville Fellows work for NGOs or the Federal Government, or attend graduate school in political science or international relations, following their fellowships.
If you are interested, check out the Scoville website at http://www.scoville.org. There is no application form; the application requirements are listed on the website, as are links to the websites of the participating organizations and information on the work of former Scoville Fellows. Applications may be submitted via email. A flyer about the program can be printed from http://www.clw.org/scoville/flyer.html The next application deadline is October 10 for the Spring 2007 Fellowship.
Both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals residing in the United States are eligible to apply.