Project Vote Smart, a unique political research organization,
regularly makes internships available to university students
accross the United States for help in tracking the votes of
politicians on major issues.
The organizations founding board recently informed Kalamalama
that it has approved funds to cover all expenses for up to five
Hawai‘i Pacific University students to spend 10 weeks at its
Rocky Mountain research center in Montana.
Considered the nation’s most independent, dependable, and accurate
political research organization with over 5,000 sponsoring news
organizations and libraries, the Project conducts background
checks on over 30,000 political candidates and issues.
“We lack researchers from Hawai‘i and we are very interested
in attracting students from Hawai‘i Pacific University,” said
Lisa Coligan, the Project’s intern coordinator.
With its headquarters in an exclusive high-tech wilderness
park 6,000 feet up in the Rocky Mountains, the Project’s volunteers
have created what the New York Times says, “is a program so
good even the Federal Government recommends it.”
“We are still building the retreat research center,” said Coligan,
“and are in need of students willing to work on everything from
candidate interviews and presidential research to building corral
fences and painting lodge facilities.
“The big payoff,” she added, “is seeing the hundreds of news
stories and thousands of citizens who now write their thanks
and appreciation for our defending the citizens’ right to the
facts instead of the rhetoric.
“The work is hard and terribly important, but you get to live
in an incomparable paradise that features fishing, hiking, swimming,
boating, and horseback riding,” Cooligan added.
Students must commit to a 10-week internship, which can be
scheduled at any time, but those interested in serving during
summer 2003 should act quickly before spots fill up.
Although political science, communications, and journalism
majors are particularly encouraged to apply, interns from all
backgrounds, including recent college graduates and graduate
students are accepted and eligible for scholarship support.
Additional information and applications for Project Vote Smart
internships are available on the Vote Smart Web site at www.vote-smart.org.
Students can also call the toll free Voter’s Research Hotline
for more information (1-888-868-3762).