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CAMPUS PROGRESS WRITING FELLOWSHIP

Campus Progress is currently looking for its first-ever writing fellow. The fellow will be responsible for writing/creating at least one piece a week, attending our weekly editorial meetings (in person or over the phone), and executing other various editorial and organizational tasks. The writing fellow will be asked to create written and multimedia pieces for our website. He or she will be required to work on at least two in-depth reported features during his/her time at Campus Progress.
After completing the program, fellows should have developed the clips, experience, and relationships to launch a career in journalism. The ideal candidate will be able to spend at least one day a week in our Washington, D.C. office (but this is not mandatory) and will have some experience working and/or interning at a college or professional publication. He or she should be self motivated, eager to report stories, and comfortable working at a rapidly changing new-media outlet. Because this position is new, the candidate should be flexible and open to direction and change.

The fellow will be asked to make a one-year commitment. He or she will receive a $6,000 stipend over the course of the year for his/her work. Because this is a part-time, contract position, hours will be very flexible.

To apply, please send resume and clips to Rob Anderson atranderson@americanprogress.org. Please also answer the following questions:

-What interests you about this opportunity? (500 words max)

-Why are you uniquely qualified for this position? (500 words max)

-Please provide three ideas for long-form reported pieces for our website. For each, please explain how your idea is new/important, who you would interview, and why you believe this would interest Campus Progress’ audience.

-Please provide two ideas for a non-traditional feature (i.e., not an article, but a slideshow, interactive graph/timeline, video, etc.) that you could create with the help of our multimedia team. You can find some examples here.

SOURCE: Campus Progress

This is a wonderful opportunity for any young person who is serious about journalism and/or progressive policy.  The only information that I have about this fellowship is what I posted above, so if you want any additional details (i.e. eligibility, deadlines, etc.) you should contact Rob Anderson at the email address listed above.

And as always, if you’re not interested, pass this info on to someone who might be.

Good luck!

—-Travers

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ESSENCE MAGAZINE OPEN CASTING CALL

We are looking for women to appear in ESSENCE magazine’s annual denim makeover fashion feature.

If you have a problem finding the perfect pair of jeans to fit your body we want to see you.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 2009

TIME: 6 PM to 9 PM

WHERE: ESSENCE MAGAZINE
135 West 50th Street
(between 6th and 7th Avenue)
4th Floor
New York, City

AGES: 18 to 35

SIZES: 0 to 18

HEIGHT: 4″11 TO 6′

If this sounds like you, and you live in NYC (or can get here by tomorrow evening)—-RUN, DON’T WALK!

If not, as always, pass the link on to someone else who does want to get their Top Model on.

Good luck!

—-Travers

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MTV is searching for hosts / VJs for our on-campus college network: mtvU. Knowledge of music trivia, music’s major players, music history and the industry is desired. A background in journalism, communications or music is ideal. Must be willing to live in NYC.

We’re seeking fun, outgoing, articulate, spirited people who are either in college or recent college graduates. Candidates must possess bold personalities and have the ability to think quickly on their feet in a fast-paced environment. Must be able to conduct interviews at a moment’s notice. People that exude a lot of enthusiasm, have a distinct style and possess a unique charm on tape should apply ASAP.

It is an amazing opportunity for the right talent, so email us at mtvu-vj-castingcall@mtvnmix.com with a picture, brief bio/resume, any links of your on-camera work AND a quick paragraph letting us know why you’d be the perfect host. Television credits are not necessary, but an ability to remain calm, cool and collected on camera is necessary.

This sounds like a great opportunity for all of you college students and recent grads who love music, journalism, television, or all of the above.  As always, if you’re not interested forward this link on to someone who may be.

Good luck!

—-Travers

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FedEx Office (formerly FedEx Kinko’s), an operating company of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), plans to offer its printing services in an effort to help job seekers across the nation.  The company will host “FedEx Office Free Resume Printing Day” on March 10, 2009, offering to print up to 25 copies of each customer’s resume for free. 

As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, the nation’s unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent and the number of unemployed persons increased to 11.6 million in January 2009.  With so many people looking to get their printed resumes in the hands of recruiters and hiring managers, FedEx Office is prepared to help.

The company invites customers to take advantage of this one-day event by visiting any of its 1,600+ FedEx Office Print and Ship Centers in the United States during regular business hours.  This offer is good for 25 black-and-white resume copies per customer and is only valid for orders placed and picked up in-store.  Customers may place orders by submitting their resume in printed format or as a digital file, and the copies will be printed single-sided on resume-quality paper.

“We understand that the economy has affected many people in a very profound way, and we want to help,” said Brian Philips, president and CEO of FedEx Office.  “Printing resumes is one small way we can use our resources to help those who need it.”

To find the nearest FedEx Office Print and Ship Center, visit http://www.fedex.com or call 1-800-Go-FedEx (1-800-463-3339). 

SOURCE: FedEx Office

You REALLY need to take advantage of this opportunity!  With the U.S. unemployment rate now at 8.1 percent (the highest it’s been since 1983), SOOO many people are looking for jobs.  And in this economic climate, even if you do have a job, I strongly advise you to keep that resume updated just in case.  (I sure am, because this is NOT a game).

This free resume printing day really hits home for me because I am currently participating in a No-Buy Month.  I’ll give you more details later today, but essentially I’m only spending money on absolute necessities during the month of March.  Today is Day 10, and I’m proud to say that I haven’t deviated from the plan…but the remaining 21 days that are left in the month are definitely going to be a struggle. 

More to come…

—Travers

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THE WHITE HOUSE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain job experience and an inside look at the life of White House staff while building leadership skills.  This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthening their understanding of the Executive Office and preparing them for future public service possibilities.

In addition to normal office duties, interns will supplement their learning experience by attending a weekly lecture series hosted by senior White House staff, help at White House social events, and volunteer in community service projects.

“This program will mentor and cultivate young leaders of today and tomorrow and I’m proud that they will have this opportunity to serve,” said President Obama. “I look forward to working with those that are selected to participate and I want to commend all who apply for their desire to help through public service to forge a brighter future for our country.”   

White House Internships are full-time unpaid positions and participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation and housing for the duration of the program.

Qualifications

Applicants must be:

  • US Citizens
  • Eighteen years of age on or before the first day of the internship
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college, or university (2-4 year institution) or must have graduated in the past two years from undergraduate or graduate school.

Application for Summer 2009 Internship

A completed application includes answers to three short essay questions, three letters of recommendation and an unofficial transcript. Applicants will be notified by mid-April of their acceptance into the White House internship program. The program will begin the end of May and end mid August. Download application

Please note: there is no Spring 2009 internship program.

Key Dates for the White House Internship program

Summer Internship

  • Submission deadline for the Summer Internship Program is March 22nd, 2009
  • Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted by mid-April
  • The Summer Internship program runs from May 22nd-August 14th.

For more information about the internship program and the specific departments you can apply for CLICK HERE

Although it’s unpaid, this looks like a great opportunity.  Remember: the deadline for the Summer Internship Program is March 22, 2009!

As always, if you’re not interested, forward this link to someone who might be. 

By the way…we’ve got SOOOOOOOOO much catching up to do! A LOT has happened in my  “mornings and evenings” over the past week.  Some hard decisions had to be made, but things are going VERY well.  I promise to update you soon. 

Good luck,

Travers

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randomhouse_sA representative from Random House publishing will be visiting the AUC schools this week.  If you are a student at Morehouse College, Spelman College, or Clark Atlanta University, and are interested in internships or careers with Random House, DON’T MISS THIS INFO SESSION! Here are the details:

Random House Publishing Informational Session

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009

Time:   6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Location: Spelman College, Tapley Hall rm. 130

This time last year it worked for me…so it can work for you too.  BE THERE.

For more information about Random House, visit the company website by clicking HERE

—Travers

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If you are a student at an HBCU, you could be one of ten winners of a $10,000 scholarship from Alltel’s “Words of Wisdom Essay Contest.”  The essays must be 750-1000 words and should answer the following question: “How will you build upon a new spirit of change?”  The deadline is FEBRUARY 14!

So if you can write, put your fingertips to the keyboard and claim your cash prize.  And as always, if you choose not to take advantage of this opportunity, empower someone else by passing this information on to them. Read below for basic info on the contest, and for official rules visit the contest website: www.alltel.com/wordsofwisdom

Good luck,

–Travers

 

In celebration of Black History Month and in support of educational opportunities within the communities we serve, Alltel is proud to present the Words of Wisdom essay contest.

This unique scholarship program supports young students seeking to share their wisdom and further their educations at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across America.

Ten winners will be chosen from all essays submitted to the contest. Each winning essayist will receive a $10,000 scholarship to a participating black college or university.

All 10 winners will be honored at an awards luncheon to be held Thursday, March 12th, 2009 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Words of Wisdom spokesperson and esteemed poet and author, Dr. Maya Angelou, will personally present each winner with their scholarship. In addition, there will be a student reception March 11, 2009 featuring R&B sensation Musiq Soulchild..

The Words of Wisdom essay contest is open to current and prospective students* of America’s participating black colleges and universities. Click here for a list of participating black colleges and universities.

* Fall 2009 full-time enrollment will be verified by Alltel prior to the awarding of scholarship prizes.

·       Essays must be 750-1000 words and must be the original work of the submitting author.

·       Contest begins January 12th and ends February 14th, 2009.

·       Contestants have until midnight on February 14th to submit their essays.

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