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Friday, January 12, 2018

Email Digest from January 12

1. Internship Scholarship for Enrollment in History 505/506 (Due January 24)
2. Invitation to Career Speaker Series/Open Seats in History 505
3. Volunteer for National History Day (February 24 and April 21; register now)
4. Grassroots Organizing Internships with Impact (Due January 30)
5. Grassroots Organizing with Fund for the Public Interest



1. Internship Scholarship for Enrollment in History 505/506 (Due January 24)
This semester, the department is offering small scholarships to students who are participating in unpaid internships and want to receive academic credit through concurrent enrollment in History 505/506 (History at Work and History at Work: Internship).  Two awards of $500 each will be made for the Spring 2018 semester; because these awards are designed to offset the cost of enrollment in History 505/506, they come as a credit towards recipients’ tuition (i.e. the Department will pay the Bursar $500 towards your tuition bill).  ALL history majors are eligible to apply, though priority will be given to those who are on their first internship and/or do not have other significant work experience. 

The full description of the scholarship and the application are available through the Common Scholarship Application at https://scholarships.wisc.edu/Scholarships/   Applications are due no later than January 24th; we will notify recipients by January 30. 

If you have any questions about the scholarships or need help finding an internship for the spring 2018 semester, please contact me!  You can email me at christina.matta@wisc.edu or talk with me in person - I have walk-ins M,W,R from 9:30-11:30 and other appointments via Scheduling Assistant (https://calendar.wisc.edu/scheduling-assistant/public/profiles/eBRtQZAL.html).

(We will have two scholarships available for students on unpaid summer or fall internships to take History 505/506 in the fall - more information on that later this spring!)

2. Invitation to Career Speaker Series/Open Seats in History 505
On a similar note, Professor Sarah Thal and I would like to invite ALL history majors to attend the alumni career speaker series that is part of History 505.  There are still open seats if you would like to formally enroll in the course (for 1 credit) and attend the entire series, but you are also welcome to attend individual talks that overlap with your career goals.   

The full list of speakers will be available soon, but will include a Vice President at US Bank, the COO of the Milwaukee Brewers, an Information Technology specialist, and program staff at United Way of Dane County.   

For more information, please contact me (christina.matta@wisc.edu) or Professor Thal (thal@wisc.edu). 

3. Volunteer for National History Day (February 24 and April 21; register now)
National History Day needs volunteers and judges to help with the regional competition February 24 and with the state competition on April 21, both from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Meals are provided! 

National History Day is a regional, state, and national competition in which middle- and high-school students conduct research and present projects on a chosen theme.  The 2018 theme is “Conflict and Compromise,” and the projects take many forms, including papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites, and even performances.  The success of both the regional and the state competitions depends on volunteers, and NHD is very interested in having UW History majors get involved. 

(Note: NHD sometimes has internships and full-time positions available, but they give preference to applicants who have already experienced the event as either a competitor or a volunteer.  Volunteering is a terrific way to get your foot in the door and potentially position yourself for an internship!) 


4. Grassroots Organizing Internships with Impact (Due January 30)
Impact is a project of leading nonprofits, like Environment America and U.S. PIRG, that runs grassroots campaigns to tackle urgent issues threatening our environment, public health, consumers, and democracy.

As an Impact organizer, you will:
Work on campaigns to address urgent issues facing our environment, consumers, public health, and democracy through concrete policy change

Gain experience in grassroots organizing, using tactics like petitioning, photo-petitioning, phone-banking, and business canvassing

Get issues into the media, hold press conferences, build coalitions, organize events, and lobby decision-makers
Survey and engage students and citizens
To apply for Madison internships, go to weareimpact.org/internship-apply.html. Applications are accepted up to January 30, though positions may fill earlier.

To apply for a full-time job, go to https://weareimpact.org/index_p.html   

Got questions? Contact Emma at emma@weareimpact.org

5. Grassroots Organizing with Fund for the Public Interest
The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that runs campaigns for some of the nation’s most prominent environmental and social change organizations, such as Environment America and U.S. PIRG. Currently, we are working here in Madison on a campaign with WISPIRG to save the bees and our food supply.

We have several opportunities for students to get involved and gain first-hand experience in grassroots organizing. We are looking for students to join our campaign staff, volunteer with our campaign events and serve as interns in our office. Students on our campaign staff will enjoy accommodating schedules and will earn an average of $9-14/hour.

Interested students can apply by visiting jobsthatmatter.org or calling our office at (608) 251-5354. 

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