Curran & Berger – Immigration Law Intern

December 13th, 2014 by msagan

Curran & Berger LLP ( – in Northampton, Ma. – is looking for students interested in assisting with AILA’s Pro Bono Project for detained families on the border. 


In June of 2014, the Obama Administration opened a detention center at the existing Federal Law Enforcement Center in the remote oil town of Artesia, New Mexico that was specifically designated for the detention of mothers caught crossing the border with their children. All of the women were subject to “expedited removal” but could not be deported without an interview with an asylum officer to determine whether they had a credible fear or returning to their home countries, and therefore a reasonable possibility of prevailing on an asylum claim. In June and July, w/ little access to attorneys, most women failed their interviews and were immediately deported.

In July, AILA began the Pro Bono Project to provide legal representation to the women in Artesia (and other subsequent detention centers). A growing support network developed around the country with volunteers in every state drafting briefs and motions, conducting legal research, collecting primary evidence, and translating Spanish documents into English.

What volunteers can do

The scope of this project is enormous and involves representation of hundreds and hundreds of women. Remote volunteers are preparing most of the filings for these cases. Specifically, in almost every case, we are filing a memorandum and documentation in support of a motion for custody redetermination. In other words, we are asking for the judges to issue an order granting each family release upon the payment of a reasonable bond amount. We also need remote help with translations and legal research.

We also need volunteers on the ground in Texas who can perform intakes with new arrivals, develop clients’ case theories, ready clients for court, prepare documents, and when possible represent them in interviews and hearings. Volunteers on the ground must be fluent in Spanish or bring their own interpreters.

Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering for this project and details about your availability and background.

Megan E. Kludt, Esq. (
Curran & Berger LLP
74 Masonic St
Northampton, MA 01060

Paid Summer Internship with Reproductive Rights Organizations

December 2nd, 2014 by jfahey

Check out this summer internship brought to you by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. A great internship for any budding activists or those with a passion for reproductive rights! More information below. Good luck!

“The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) is a 10-week paid summer internship program sponsored by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. Undergraduate students intern at reproductive rights and social justice organizations around the country. Organizations work on a wide array of issues from reproductive health, economic justice, immigrant rights, rights of indigenous peoples, LGBTQ rights, human rights, intimate partner abuse, and mass incarceration.

Some of the participating organizations include: Advocates for Youth, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Political Research Associates, HealthRight International, Justice Now, the Audre Lorde Project, Stonewall Youth, llinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Law Students for Reproductive Justice,  Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center, Tewa Women United, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Prison
Birth Project, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Locations include: Amherst, MA, Boston, MA, Burlington, VT, New York, NY, Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, New Orleans, LA, Montgomery, AL, San Francisco/Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Denver, CO, Santa Fe, NM, Lake Andes, SD, Olympia, WA. 

Internship stipend is $3300.

Eligibility requirements

Must currently be an undergraduate student at a US college/university
Must not be graduating in Spring/Summer 2015
Must be able to attend the CLPP Conference in Amherst, MA, April 10-12, 2015 (CLPP will cover all travel costs for students who live outside of Western Massachusetts)

More information and an application are available at:

Friends of UMass Library Board of Trustees Position

December 2nd, 2014 by jfahey

The Board of Trustees of the Friends of UMass library provides a valuable opportunity for students to give input on the heart of UMass’ community: the 25 floor W.E.B DuBois Library. Whether you know DuBois as the location of the archives; a place to check out some light reading; a great research center; or a place to lay your weary head after finals; the Board of Trustees wants you!

Undergraduate students are one of the most important assets to the library and are the core of the library’s patronage, but they have not frequently served on the Board. Serving on the Board meets only twice a year, and is a great way to have an influence on how UMass grows while you’re there! The Friends of UMass Library are looking for students who can speak up and provide input to the Board of Trustees.

The application can be found here, and we look forward to hearing back from you! Applications require a nominator and a student application, but the process is quite brief–also, you can nominate yourself!

Applications can be sent to:





Summer Research Diversity Fellowship with American Bar Foundation

November 25th, 2014 by jfahey
Check below for a great opportunity for those pursuing graduate study in law school or the other social sciences.
“Students can now apply for the American Bar Foundation’s annual program of summer research fellowships for diverse undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate study in the social sciences.
For more information, eligibility requirements, and to access the online application, visit our website.
For questions? Contact Program Manager Kathryn Harris at: or (312) 988-6515.”

New Online Int’l Relations and Business Classes

November 22nd, 2014 by psls

We are pleased to offer three new Political Science courses online –  two of which can also count towards the Five College International Relations Certificate! 

Click here for a full list of our Political Science & Legal Studies Online Courses for winter 2015 and spring 2015!

  (This course can count toward the Five College International Relations Certificate – Requirement 2)

In general, the course is structured in three consecutive parts, each one building on the other. The first part of the course situates the debate on private sector power in global governance by outlining the different perspectives on the policy-making environment in which private sector actors operate. The course then reviews different theoretical approaches to analyzing how private sector influence over global public policy-making operates, and what challenges we face in understanding these dynamics. The remainder of the course reviews scholarship on lobbying dynamics in a wide variety of different areas in global governance, such as international trade, pharmaceuticals and health care, financial regulation, intellectual property rights  and global environmental politics.

(This course can count towards the Five College International Relations Certificate)

Ambassador Armen Baibourtian is a visiting professor coming to UMass from the realm of the United Nations diplomacy and international development. He was the Senior Adviser to the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia from 2008 to 2013. He twice served as the Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister  between 1997 and 2000 and from 2004 until 2008 with portfolios in International Organizations, America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Legal Issues.


An exploration of the intersection of business and government. The instructor, David E. Floreen, is Senior Vice Presidentof Government Affairs and  Trust Services for the Massachusetts Bankers Association  where he is responsible for coordinating state government affairs. He is actively  involved in expanding financial literacy awareness in schools and colleges, and directs Mass Bankers PAC.

Former U.S Representative Torkildsen Teaching Class on Political Leadership

November 20th, 2014 by jfahey

Did you know that Peter Torkildsen ’80 once served as the representative of Massachusetts’ sixth district, and is the last Republican to represent Massachusetts in the U.S House of Representatives?

Lucky for us, he is teaching PolSci 292P (Class number: 19064) on Political Leadership! And what’s more, there are still seats open! So get on Spire and register! The class meets once a week from 1:00-3:30 P.M on Tuesdays.


Career Services–Internships and Career Events

November 20th, 2014 by jfahey

Hello all!

Check out some great upcoming events sponsored by Career Services to help you take the next step in your career.

Monday, Nov 24, 2014


Career Services

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Internships Info Session

508 Goodell

Learn how to get a great internship or co-op. Find out about the best resources to find one, how to get academic credit, and which employers love UMass Amherst interns! Held weekly while classes are in session. Sponsored by the central Career Services Office.

Monday, Nov 24, 2014

Student Event

Career Services

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

How to Get a Job Saving the Planet: Sustainability Careers with Non-Profits, Business and Government

Gordon Hall Rm. 302

Co-Sponsored by Career Services Gordon Hall, room 302 Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy, and The MBA in Sustainability at Bard College.

Wednesday, Dec 03, 2014

Student Event

Career Services

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Non-Profits: Careers for the Common Good Fair

Cape Cod Lounge

Come meet with non-profit and other socially conscious organizations to discuss full time job opportunities, summer job opportunities, and also internships. This is a smaller event (approx. 20 organizations) and will have a more informal atmosphere for you to connect with employers. Resumes are optional but employers will eventually require one if students decide to apply.

To check out who is coming:

Conference Program Coordinator Opening for Prague Political Science Conference

November 20th, 2014 by jfahey

The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is launching a call for applications for a Conference Program Coordinator for their student conference in Prague, Czech Republic  from September 21st to 25th. This job can be completed remotely but they require you to fly out for the conference itself; which they pay for! A great opportunity for those who love to event plan!



Full-Time Field Coordinator Position Available with Turning Point USA

November 18th, 2014 by jfahey

Turning Point USA, a Student Organization “..dedicated to educating students about the importance of fiscal responsibility, free markets and capitalism,” is one of the largest growing student organizations in the country. It is also looking for a full-time Field Coordinator in Boston starting this January! Check below for the description, and good luck!

“Position: Field Coordinator (Full-time position)

Location: Boston, MA

Start Date: January 2015

Company Description: Turning Point USA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students about the importance of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and capitalism. With a presence on over 700 college campuses in all fifty states and over 500 student columnists, Turning Point USA is the fastest growing student organization in the country.

Job Description: Turning Point USA is seeking a passionate, enthusiastic individual to serve as a Field Coordinator in Boston, MA. Field Coordinators work with Turning Point USA student groups and student activists to organize campus activism, launch new TPUSA chapters, recruit new members for the organization, and plan campus events and voter registration drives. Field Coordinators are also responsible for organizing data, conducting outreach to prospective members and activists, giving oral presentations, representing the organization at events and conferences, developing new activism plans,  and networking on behalf of the organization. Everyday on the job is different.

Skills and Qualifications:

  •  Excellent oral and written communication skills
  •  Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  •  Knowledge of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  •  Willingness to fulfill all duties listed and additional duties assigned
  •  Willingness to travel for day and overnight trips in and out of state
  •  Passion for conservative politics
  •  Positive attitude
  •  Strong work ethic
  •  Campaign experience is preferred

Field Coordinators are required to have a valid driver’s license and a reliable car.

Inquiries: Please submit a resume and a cover letter to Crystal Clanton, National Field Director at”

Legal Studies Open 300 Level Courses

November 13th, 2014 by jfahey

Looking for some open Legal Studies 300 courses to round out your requirements? Check out these under-enrolled, recently added and decidedly interesting open Legal Studies courses!

Legal 391CC: Computers, Copyright and Criminal Law– Laura Quilter, Course ID: 18415

Legal 391GL: Gender and the Law— Jill Weinberg, Course ID: 19354

Legal 392R: Reading the South African Constitution, Course ID: 19381

These courses are open now, and promise to be interesting and engaging! We look forward to seeing you in the courses soon.

Check out all of our Legal Studies courses for Spring 2015 here!