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Grant-writing team openings, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

TALENTED COMMUNICATORS WANTED!

  • Are you energized by wordsmithing text and editing copy?
  • Do you have a knack for helping others polish and present their stories?
  • Would you thrive enabling work that improves the human condition?

If the answer is yes, the Office of Research and Economic Development at the University of Nebraska‐Lincoln (UNL) invites you to apply for a position within its Office of Proposal Development (OPD) at one of two levels: 1) Proposal Development Specialist (entry‐level) or 2) Proposal Development Coordinator (mid‐level). Multiple hires are possible, and successful candidates will join an experienced team of dedicated, client‐focused professionals providing proposal development support to UNL faculty, administrators, and staff.

Responsibilities

Proposal Development Specialists and Coordinators contribute valuable communication and editing expertise to the UNL research enterprise. Team members in these positions edit the narrative components of grant proposals to ensure compliance with sponsor guidelines and to improve content, clarity, organization, and visual appeal. Staff in these positions work with single investigator and small group grant proposals and provide editorial support for team members managing large complex projects.

Qualifications

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or a relevant scientific discipline. Candidates with an anticipated graduation date in May, 2018, will be considered. In addition, competitive candidates will be:

  • effective communicators who can identify the best approach to reach different audiences and produce communications based on that understanding;
  • capable of building strong relationships and delivering client‐focused solutions;
  • nimble in approach and demeanor and able to satisfy the fluid demands of project or proposal development as well as the work styles of diverse individuals and teams;
  • selfless team‐players who are energized by work in a fast‐paced, collaborative setting; and
  • creative, dedicated, accountable, and invested in the land‐grant university mission.

Salaries in OPD are competitive. Specialists earn $40,000 to $55,000 per year, and Coordinators earn $55,000 to $75,000 annually. Compensation and level of position will be determined at time of hire based on candidate qualifications and experience. OPD team members benefit from a tiered staffing structure that provides a clear, established pathway for professional growth and advancement.

This is an excellent opportunity for new graduates to embark on a career in grant writing. Relocation assistance is available, and the benefits package includes a staff/dependent scholarship program. For more details and to apply, view requisition S_180208 at https://employment.unl.edu. Review of applications will begin on March 26, 2018. The search will remain active until the positions have been filled. For questions or accommodations related to this position, contact Ember Welsch at 402‐472‐4563.

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Internships available at Vote Smart

Vote Smart, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization near campus, is accepting and interviewing applicants for its Spring Internship Program. Opportunities are available in both the Research and Communications departments. Internships are unpaid, but there are opportunities for interns to learn the day-to-day duties that each staff member performs, as well as credit opportunities through Drake. You’ll get to work closely with staff and other interns on a range of projects. To apply go to http://votesmart.org/internships. Contact Professor Jennifer Glover Konfrst (jennifer.gloverkonfrst@drake.edu) for information on doing the internship for credit.

Podcasting fellowship

Students interested in political communication, podcast journalism, youth political engagement, sociology and international relations are invited to apply by Oct. 2 to be one of two Palestinian American Youth Civic Engagement Fellows.  

The PAYCE Civic Podcasting Fellows complete a significant audio project in civic storytelling and podcast production.

Learn how to tell and help others tell stories about how young people do politics. Create podcasts on stories about politics, rights, civic engagement and more as part of PAYCE, a binational curriculum initiative to foster deeper understanding of youth civic engagement.

PAYCE offers up to three students on campus the opportunity to serve as PAYCE Fellows in Podcast Storytelling for Civic Engagement.  Work with students from six U.S. and Palestinian campuses.  You will learn about young adult civic engagement, audio storytelling, and audio editing with Audacity software.  The site of the workshop, Drake University, is nationally and internationally recognized as an important location for citizen political engagement. Must be available J Term 2018 and for a Tuesday late afternoon class Spring 2018. Before you apply, please carefully review details about the PAYCE program below. Questions can be directed to darcie.vandegrift@drake.edu.

PAYCE Civic Podcasting Fellow Requirements:

  • Participate in up to 10 hours of virtual exchange in November and December 2017. Includes two real time video conferences, discussion boards, listening and reading preparation, and email exchanges.
  • Attend workshop Jan. 4-19, 2018 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa (USA) with university students from four U.S. campuses and two Palestinian campuses. Expenses paid and independent study credit available.
  • Mentor peers on your campus within a faculty course in Spring 2018. Use the skills learned in workshop back on your campus. Work with campus faculty and Drake faculty to help your peers tell stories about civic engagement and politics in your city. Your work will contribute to an international curriculum on young adults and civic engagement. PAYCE Fellows will be expected to have availability to work intensively with peers in a university course during spring 2018; the commitment will involve approximately 30 hours over a period of three to five weeks during the semester. Ideally, Scholars will also enroll in the course of the participating faculty.
  • OPTIONAL: Invited for summer institute June 19-23. The PAYCE summer institute will gather faculty and students to discuss curriculum implementation and plan strategy for future civic engagement initiatives. Scholars selected to attend will be invited and have expenses paid by the program. This is not required.

Desired qualifications and characteristics:

  • Ability to arrive on time and stay until the end of the workshop. Willingness to implement the curriculum with on-campus faculty member in spring 2018
  • Interest in and knowledge of how young adults (age 15-30) participate in advocacy, politics, social issues, and other forms of civic engagement
  • Previous experience with Audacity or similar audio editing (desired but not necessary)
  • Interest in listening to other young adult experiences and telling stories about them
  • Interest in comparing Palestinian and American political systems and how young adults interact with them
  • Respectful of others’ opinions
  • Takes initiative, works collaboratively and independently
  • Good English comprehension
  • Excellent ability to provide and receive feedback
  • Willingness to become knowledgeable of the workshop goals and objectives.
  • Confidence to ask clarifying questions to ensure a successful creation of audio podcasts

As a scholar, you will receive:

  • Opportunity to develop meaningful connections with students and faculty from Palestinian and American Universities
  • Learn about a typical and significant U.S. site for studying American politics where the U.S. presidential race begins (Des Moines, Iowa)
  • Skills in interviewing, audio editing, crafting clear stories, supervising projects.
  • All expenses paid for travel and costs related to workshop
  • Possible independent study college credit (3 hours) from their home campus.
  • Connection with a transnational network of peer tutors working together in Spring 2018 and Summer 2018.

How to Apply

October 2 deadline. To apply, send resume, including one academic reference from your campus, and letter of interest detailing qualifications and why you are interested in the PAYCE audio project and civic stories podcast curriculum to Darcie Vandegrift (Darcie.vandegrift@drake.edu).

Internships, Iowa International Center

International Language Programs Intern:

This position supports the work of the Iowa International Center’s interpretation and translation services. We have 120 interpreters and translators fluent in over 60 languages and dialects. Our oral interpreters attend appointments at medical clinics, government agencies, schools, non-profit organizations, businesses to help overcome language barriers so that limited English proficient (LEP) individuals can receive essential care, training and services. Our translation services help those in need of having printed documents (transcripts, licenses, corporate documentation, etc.) translated into English or from English into other languages.

This is a unique opportunity for a student interested to gain “first-hand” knowledge of how this type of business is run and how an internationally/inter-culturally focused non-profit organization operates in a city like Des Moines. This is an especially good fit for students who have an interest in business, marketing, management, information technology, international relations, political science, foreign language and/or finance. It is also a good fit for students interested in refugee and immigrant support, in that our services are used largely for these populations.

Administration Intern:

This position supports all functions of the Iowa International Center! Duties include assisting with publicizing special projects and events as well as with general marketing and content development for our newsletters, website and blog, researching local professional hosts for proposals and cultural activities, assist with agenda development and data tracking, helping with event planning for special events, and providing basic office assistance, including database management.

International Visitor Programs Intern:

The Iowa International Center is a partner in international visitor programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development. These programs bring mid-career professionals and future leaders from around the world to central Iowa to meet with their professional peers and learn about U.S. and Iowa culture. This intern assists in researching organizations related to the visitors’ fields and contacting these organizations to set up meetings and activities. Visitor programs also require coordination of additional activities such as dinners with local volunteers and optional activities for the groups to pursue during their free time, and this intern is involved in all of these tasks. This intern also assists in follow-up correspondence and data tracking for grant-related reporting purposes.

Marketing and Communications Intern:

The Iowa International Center is working to increase name recognition and overall community presence to both make our services and resources more well-known in the community, as well as lift our profile in front of potential funders and grantmakers. This intern will gain critical business, marketing and administrative experience through assisting IIC in creating and updating marketing materials, strategic content development for web and print communications and much more.

Our interns are integral parts of our team! IIC staff works hard to introduce our interns to the inner workings of our organization so that they can contribute in many ways. 

Inquiries and applications can be directed to:

Janet Norton
International Programs, Intern and Volunteer Manager
Iowa International Center
3839 Merle Hay Road, Suite #259
Des Moines, IA 50310
515-282-8269, ext. 12
jnorton@iowainternationalcenter.org

Fellowship at Mother Jones magazine

Mother Jones is currently accepting applications for its prestigious Ben Bagdikian Fellowship Program, located in San Francisco and Washington, DC. This is a full-time opportunity, starting in December and lasting six months, with the possibility of an additional six-month extension.

Tracking the connections between Russia and the Trump administration. Sifting through public records and massive datasets. Reporting on private prisons from the inside. Mother Jones is breaking news and creating first-rate investigative journalism for over 14 million readers a month. Behind that award-winning journalism—and sometimes in front of it—are the journalists-in training who are deep in the trenches, making our reporting honest, meticulous, and bulletproof.

Mother Jones fellows dig deep into our investigations as fact-checkers, soak up research chops and digital skills, and learn how a nonprofit news business hums. They comb archives and spreadsheets while immersed full time in our collaborative projects. Mother Jones is better for it, and at the end of a six-month or yearlong intensive stint, MoJo fellows are armed with all the tools of the journalism trade—tools they’ve gotten paid to learn.

Fellows work closely with top-notch editors, penning pieces about a transgender inmate risking everything to protest mistreatment in jail; digging into Black Lives Matter’s influence on candidates for elected office; illuminating sexual harassment allegations at the EPA; and chronicling the aftermath of Trump’s move to end DACA.

Applications for our December 2017 start-date are due October 1. Mother Jones believes that a diverse newsroom strengthens the quality of our workplace and reporting. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. To learn more about the fellowship position, pay, and how to apply, visit our fellowship page at MotherJones.com.

Investigative reporting workshop

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) is hosting a workshop in Des Moines on Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1. Sessions cover such topics as computer-assisted reporting, social media and using public records. For more information and to register, see https://ire.org/events-and-training/event/3444/.