The Fund for American Studies
Alumni Newsletter | September 2010
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- National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), 65th Annual National Conference on Citizenship
September 17, 2010 at the Library of Congress
Registration is available at http://ncoc.net/conference.
The annual NCoC conference focuses on the state of civic engagement in America. It brings together 400 civic leaders, educators, CEOs and representatives from each of the three branches of government to address issues related to our nation’s civic health.
Entitled, "BIG Citizenship: Citizens as Catalysts and Innovators,” this year’s conference will explore the powerful role civic innovators are playing in fostering societies that are informed, engaged, giving and trusting. Here are a few of the program's highlights:
· Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will participate in a keynote conversation
· TIME Magazine Managing Editor Rick Stengel will receive the “Citizen of the Year” award for the integral role he has played in elevating America’s dialogue on national and community service
· A discussion on how institutions are supporting citizen-driven solutions, featuring elected officials and representatives of our country’s leading corporations, foundations, and media outlets
· The “Civic Health Assessment,” produced for the first time in partnership between NCoC and the Corporation for National and Community Service, will highlights progress and challenges facing our country’s civic life
· For the third year, Chief Judge Royce Lamberth will perform a naturalization ceremony welcoming America’s newest citizens
Registration is complimentary and available at http://ncoc.net/conference.
- The International Reporting Project (IRP), Gatekeeper Editors Trip to Liberia November 7-18, 2010
The International Reporting Project (IRP) is pleased to announce a 10-day Gatekeeper Editors Trip to Liberia, November 7-18, 2010, for senior U.S. editors and producers interested in learning more about this unique country in West Africa.
Applications forms for this trip must be received by the IRP by September 13, 2010. CLICK HERE for application form.
Gatekeepers are any senior journalists – publishers, executive editors, managing editors, broadcast producers, online editors, editorial page editors, business editors, op-ed page editors and others – who determine editorial content at any type of media organization. Gatekeepers must have at least seven years of editorial experience and must supervise staff at a fulltime job at their organization. Gatekeepers must be U.S. citizens or else employed as staff editors in the U.S. for a U.S.-based news organization.
This trip to Liberia will focus on issues such as health, environment, economic recovery and development, women’s rights, refugee resettlement and the search for political stability after 14 years of a devastating civil war that left an estimated 200,000 people dead in the country of three million. Gatekeepers will meet with a wide cross-section of Liberians to learn how this country and the region are recovering from the 1989-2003 conflict that has required the continuing presence of UN peacekeepers.
The IRP will take up to 12 U.S. gatekeepers on this trip to Liberia. Editors in chief or publishers are invited to nominate themselves or another gatekeeper from their news organization’s senior staff. The trip will follow the models of previous IRP Gatekeeper trips to China, Peru, Kenya, Turkey, Uganda, Korea, Nigeria, Egypt, India, Lebanon/Syria, South Africa, Brazil, and Indonesia.
All selected Gatekeepers will be asked to meet in Washington, D.C. on Sunday afternoon, November 7, for a briefing with an expert speaker on Liberia. Editors will depart that evening, arriving in Liberia the following day. Editors will return to Washington, D.C. on Thursday afternoon, November 18.
Gatekeepers are responsible for paying their own way between their home cities and Washington, D.C. The IRP will cover all of the costs of the participants’ travel and accommodations in Liberia, as well as meals that are part of the program schedule. (Gatekeepers’ organizations may choose to reimburse the IRP for these expenses if they so wish.)
Editors interested in applying for the 2010 Gatekeepers’ Fact-Finding Trip to Liberia are required to fill out an application form for the fellowship. Application forms must also be accompanied by a professional resume of no more than two pages. Applicants must have a passport that is valid for travel for at least six months following the end of the trip.
Application forms are available online or by contacting the IRP communications coordinator, William Colbert at 202-663-7726 or at email@example.com. Completed applications should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 202-663-7762 or by postal mail to:
International Reporting Project
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC. 20036.
All applications must be received at the IRP office by Monday, September 13, 2010. Applicants will be informed of the selection results shortly after the deadline. For more information, CLICK HERE.
- Family Policy Councils Offer Paid Social Policy Practicum
Since 1987, Focus on the Family has shepherded the nationwide network of Family Policy Councils (FPC), offering personnel, technology, expertise and communications channels, and lending its name and reputation to promote and equip effective state policy organizations.
Upon association with CitizenLink as the sole approval authority, FPCs also receive formal association with the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defense Fund. FPCs are corporately independent from other organizations, Focus on the Family and CitizenLink. Therefore, FPC organizational structures vary from state to state.
Family Policy Councils are uniquely positioned to lead grassroots efforts to register voters and “get out the vote,” with the objective of energizing conservative Values Voters for the election season. Since 2010 is an important election year, the Family Policy Council Division of CitizenLink is accepting applications from your students and graduates to serve as Grassroots Representatives under the supervision of the Family Policy Councils of Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Iowa —all key states in this fall's election.
These opportunities are paid practicums in the areas of grassroots training, mobilization, communication and strategy. They will also include involvement in media development, campaign oversight and fulfillment, and event planning and execution. Therefore the well-qualified candidate must meet these mandatory criteria:
• Completed at least three years of college
• Outstanding communications and organizational skills
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
• Completion of the attached candidate questionnaire
• Completion of a written essay summarizing lessons-learned from the practicum
Those selected will be compensated with a monthly stipend and will be provided housing through the Family Policy Council. Practicums will commence immediately and continue through the beginning of the fall academic semester, with the possibility of continuing into November for those who live or attend school in close proximity to their FPC office.
Un-paid internships may also be possible within remaining Family Policy Councils listed on our website. These positions will be created and filled on a case-by-case basis as your students and graduates demonstrate their interest.
If you would like to apply for a paid practicum or unpaid internship with one of the Family Policy Councils, please contact email@example.com for a candidate questionnaire and return to:
Director, FPC Department
Focus on the Family Action
- Foreign Policy Association University, New York City
Foreign Policy Association University provides internationally minded individuals with the tools they need to realize successful careers in global affairs.Established by the renowned Foreign Policy Association, FPA U offers specialized courses, networking opportunities and invaluable access to insider information for the next generation of global professionals.
Fall Courses Include:
- Landing a Job in the Foreign ServiceLanding a Job at the U.N.Landing a Job in Global FinanceLanding a Job in International DevelopmentLanding a Job in the CIALanding a Job as a - Foreign Correspondent
- The Secrets to a Successful Semester Abroad
- Working Around the World 101
- The Top International Relations Programs
- International Volunteer Opportunities
- Advanced Degrees Overseas
For more information on these courses, CLICK HERE.
- Institute for Humane Studies, Humane Studies Fellowships
Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded to graduate students and outstanding undergraduates planning academic careers with liberty-advancing research interests. The fellowships are open to students in a range of fields, such as economics, philosophy, law, political science, anthropology, and literature.
Applicants are evaluated based on three primary criteria:
- Academic or professional performancePotential for success in chosen field
- Relevance of work to the advancement of a free society
Please note the following stipulations:
- Fellowships are awarded for one year, and students may reapply in subsequent years. Fellowships take into account the tuition at the recipient’s institution and any other funds received by the recipient.
- Full scholarships will not be awarded to students who will receive full-tuition scholarships or stipends from other sources, although these students may be considered for partial awards.
- Award decisions by IHS and its trustees are final and not subject to appeal.
- All applicants will be considered without regard to race, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, or disability.
- Although IHS considers applications from outside the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, fellowships are generally awarded to applicants who live or study in those countries.
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2010. For more information or to apply online, CLICK HERE.
- Sound Money Essay Contest, “Money In Crisis”
The Atlas Economic Research Foundation is proud to sponsor an essay contest for students, young faculty, and policy writers who are concerned about the cause of Sound Money.
- The overall winner of the Essay Contest will receive a cash prize of $2000
- Two additional prizes of $1000 each will be given to outstanding essays written by junior faculty, graduate students, or policy writers in the US
- Two additional prizes of $1,000 each will be given to outstanding essays written by foreign-based students, junior faculty, or policy writers. (special category)
-Two additional prizes of $500 each will be given to outstanding essays written by undergraduate students in the US.
Deadline: January 15, 2011
- Sound Money and Stability: How Do Monetary Distortions Create Economic Imbalances?
- Monetary Policy and the Rule of Law: What Are the Links Between Sound Money and the Rule of Law?
- A New Monetary Regime and the Future of Fiat Money: Can Improved Monetary Policies Prevent Future Crises?
- The Future of Monetary Nationalism: Are Competing National Currencies and Independent Monetary Policies Compatible with a Globalized Economy?
- Effective Strategies on How to Restore Limited Government Through Sound Money
The contest is open to junior faculty, policy writers, graduate and undergraduate students in the US and abroad. While all essays must be written in English, there will be a separate category for foreign contestants whose English is not their first language.
Two winners from this category will be chosen. Participants in the essay contest must address one of the Essay Topics listed above (or a combination of them). Essays will be judged on the basis of clarity of writing and quality of thought. Judges will be looking for thoughtful essays that reveal that the writer has considered the benefits of free economies. Please read this entire page, including the sections on Eligibility and Essay Guidelines, before submitting your paper. Eligibility: To be eligible, you must be 35 years old or younger, a junior faculty member or a student of a fully-accredited university, or a policy writer connected to a think tank or a policy institute.
- Essays must be written in English
- Essay must have a cover page with the essay’s title and the name of the author
- Essay must be at least 1500 words but no more than 8000 words
- Essay must be an original work written by the submitter and must not have been previously published elsewhere
- Atlas prefers a writing style which is accessible to the educated laymen, but rigorous enough as to be used in college and university courses
- Atlas prefers well-researched papers with references and footnotes that back up assertions, but we note that our judges are not looking for the paper with the most footnotes
For more information, CLICK HERE.
- Congressional Effect Fund, New York City
The Congressional Effect Fund is seeking interns to help with all aspects of the Congressional Effect Fund (CEFFX), a publicly traded mutual fund which invests in the broad stock market when Congress is on vacation.
CEFFX offers a unique experience for the intern seeking exposure to both Wall Street and politics. Tasks include public relations, legislative analysis, stock market analysis, financial presentations, scheduling, trade shows, editing and writing for the Congressional Wealth Destruction Monitor and general office work.
Interested candidates should forward their resumes to Eric Singer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Political Management Internship
For republicans and republican leaning independents. GOP Youth convention (honorary co-chairs Newt Gringrich and Bobby Jindal) is seeking motivated leaders to help manage our summer program of political outreach, congressional breakfasts, and issue advocacy. Political experience helpful, but not necessary.
Washington D.C Field Coordinator
GOP Youth Convention