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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Bloggers Needed for Idealist.org

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Bloggers Needed for Idealist.org
School seekers and students write about grad school

Tomorrow’s civic leaders learn about grad school through Idealist’s events and resources.

Soon they can learn from each other.

In fall 2008, Idealist will link its Public Service Graduate Education Resource Center (www.idealist.org/psgerc) to bloggers who take on grad school.

The resource center is a collection of articles and advice about researching and choosing schools, applying and financing a degree, and more. The resource center will not host the new blogs, but link to blogs elsewhere on the web.

Types of bloggers we are looking for
We aim to look at grad school from 9 different lenses

Current or prospective...
1. Doctoral candidate
2. International student pursuing a graduate degree in the United States who is a resident of the United States and intends to stay (immigrant)
3. International student pursuing a graduate degree in the United States who is a nonresident/alien who plans to leave the United States upon graduation (F1 Visa)
4. U.S. citizen pursuing a degree outside the United States
5. Grad student enrolled in a joint degree program
6. Part-time grad student working full-time
7. Former participant in a term-of-service program (Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach For America, etc.) who is taking advantage of an educational benefit associated with service
8. Undergraduate applying to grad school, with the aim of enrolling the fall after college graduation
9. Masters degree candidate

Volunteer Blogger Responsibilities
• Choose topics that reflect your experience at whatever stage you happen to be at right now in the grad school process
• Choose topics that take into consideration what Idealist users and other prospective graduate students should know
• Aim to publish new posts at least once a week for a year
• Remain professional in your tone and language
• Respect other guidelines we suggest as much as possible
• Communicate with the Idealist blog project coordinator as requested or as necessary

Qualifications
We’re looking for volunteer bloggers who have:
• Embarked on a public service career path, or who aspire to do so
• Excellent written communication skills
• Creativity, friendliness, and a sense of humor
• Ability to work autonomously
• Curiosity and ambition regarding the admissions process
• An interest in at least one of the degree areas most often represented at our grad fairs: Divinity, Education, Environmental Sciences, Global and Public Health, International Affairs, Leadership Studies, Library Science, Nonprofit Management, Public Interest Law, Public Administration and Finance, Public Policy, Social Work, Socially Responsible Business, Urban Planning (and others).

Helpful but not required:
• Basic knowledge of online social networking
• Blogging experience

About Us
Action Without Borders (AWB) is a nonprofit organization that connects people, ideas, and resources to help move from good intentions to action.

Since 1995, our website Idealist.org, has become the most comprehensive online resource for the nonprofit sector, with almost 70,000 nonprofit organizations from 190 countries posting their job openings, volunteer and internship opportunities, events, resources, and programs. Idealist attracts over 50,000 unique visitors each day, and over 500,000 people subscribe to our free daily email alerts which match people around the world with the resources and opportunities they seek.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is this a paid position?
A: This is an unpaid, volunteer blogging position. However we will offer support to you as needed. Support may include occasional editing, and offering ideas for content. Please ask if you need other support from us.

Q: I already have a blog on this topic. Do I need to apply?
A; We would find it helpful if you applied. In lieu of a writing sample (see application) give us the link to your blog. We would love to take a look and possibly link to it.

Q: Will Idealist.org host my blog?
A: Bloggers will set up blogs on the free blogging service of their choice (such as Wordpress or Blogger). We will not host the blogs on our server, nor will we set them up on Idealist.org.

Q: I do not live in a city where Idealist has an office. Can I still apply?
A: The volunteer bloggers may live and study anywhere in the world. We encourage geographic diversity.

Q: I am graduating from college. Am I still eligible to apply?
A: Yes. At least one of our bloggers will be a graduating college student.

Q: Must I be a U.S. citizen to apply?
A: U.S. citizens and non-citizens are both eligible to apply.

Q: What are the dates of this program?
A: We hope our volunteer bloggers will commit to blogging for one year. We reserve the right to remove our link to your blog if it remains inactive for over six weeks, or if a post disregards our guidelines in key ways.

Q: What is the deadline for applications?
A: We've extended the deadline. Feel free to apply any time! We'll be reviewing the applications on a rolling basis.

Q: Will there be an interview?
A: We may ask volunteer bloggers to talk with us by phone before making our final selection.

Q: When can I expect to hear if I have been selected?
A: Within a couple weeks of submitting your application, we'll get back to you with a response.



How to Apply:

We encourage people of all generations, and all racial, economic, professional, and educational backgrounds to apply.

See the application form (.doc) http://tinyurl.com/65v7ps for details. At this point we are accepting applications on a rolling basis, so ignore any deadlines you see.

Please submit your application and resume to amy@idealist.org. We will review materials as they come in.

Use the subject line "Blogger.Firstname.Lastname," for example, "Blogger.Jillian.Tchume."

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