NDN Keeping Holiday Hours

Our site and blog will be keeping holiday hours through Jan 2, 2009.  Posts will be occassional at best.  

I will be off for the next eight days, and will probably not writing all that much.  

Happy holidays friends, and congratulations on having been part of a truly extraordinary and important year in the long and storied history of our remarkable country.    

Internship Opportunities at NDN

Please pass on to college-age students or graduates that you feel could contribute to NDN: NDN still has openings for paid internships during the Fall Semester for college-age students interested in a career in politics. Interns will work on a variety of tasks, including, but not limited to the following initiatives:

- Fundraising/Development - The development intern will seek to build skills necessary to advance in 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) fundraising by becoming familiar with the processes used to raise money. He or she will develop donor research, outreach and solicitation skills with regards to NDN’s institutional and individual contributors. The successful applicant will have strong organizational and research skills, an ability to work independently on assigned projects, and an interest in fundraising.

- Green Project - The Green Project intern will assist with research and writing on energy and economic policy. A successful applicant will have an understanding of politics and economics, and have a demonstrated interest in energy or environmental policy. An academic background in political science, economics, or a related field is preferred.

- Hispanic Programs - The intern for NDN’s Hispanic Programs will report to the Deputy Director and Director of this area, will assist in research and writing on Latin American politics and issues, as well as research and writing on issues of importance to the Hispanic community in the U.S. The candidate must be fully bilingual in English and Spanish. A background in politics, International Relations, and/or Latin American studies is preferred.

- Internet/Communications - The Communications intern will assist with website management, as well as help manage NDN’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. This intern will also assist with press relations. Experience in web design is required and experience in political communications is preferred.

- Writer/Researcher - This intern will report to the President and VP for Communications and conduct general research and writing for the organization. This work will cover broad issue areas including politics and foreign affairs. Excellent writing and research skills and a background in politics or related field are required.

In addition to the tasks above, interns will be expected to assist staff in event management, promotion, and marketing as well as database management. Applicants will be chosen based on fit for the position and organization, prior experience and demonstrated interest, and ability to work as close to 30 hours a week as possible.

To apply, e-mail your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to jobs@ndn.org. Please indicate the specific departmental or programmatic area to which you are applying as well as the number of hours per week you are able to work.


NDN to Host Ambassador of Colombia Tomorrow

NDN will host the next in its series of Latin American Policy Initiative forums tomorrow, Tuesday, July 22, at 9:30 a.m. The guest for tomorrow's forum is the Honorable Carolina Barco, Colombian Ambassador to the United States, who will talk about issues of importance to Colombia. A 45-minute panel will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Tomorrow's policy forum follows this weekend's mass protests against kidnappings by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the recent dramatic rescue of several of those hostages, and will serve as an opportunity to speak to the Ambassador prior to President Bush's remarks in honor of Colombian Independence Day, scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at the White House.

LAPI Forum with Colombian Ambassador Carolina Barco
Tuesday, July 22
9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Reserve Officers
Association Building
5th Floor
One Constitution Ave., NE

Simon and Kos talk politics

Thanks to our friends at FORA.tv, we now have video from last week's event in San Francisco with Daily Kos founder, Markos Moulitsas. Check it out below:


NDNer Joe Garcia is running for Congress

As a non-partisan think tank and advocacy organization, NDN does not endorse candidates for federal office. But I do want to report in on a race that may be of great interest to many in our community. The long-time director of all of our path-breaking work in the Hispanic community, Joe Garcia, announced yesterday that he is running to unseat Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart in the Miami-based 25th Congressional District in Florida.

To check in to see how Joe is doing in his first 24 hours as a Congressional candidate check out this piece (which includes a very good local TV news story about his announcement) and visit his site.

As for the fate of our Hispanic work, look at the posts below about the historic Hispanic participation rates this year. Our new Vice President for Hispanic Programs, Andres Ramirez, is already making his mark with quick and strong analyses, and is, in the language of the day, fired up and ready to go.

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