Paris Summer Program

The School of International Relations would like to announce a new summer internship program in Paris (IR 491).

The Paris Program aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of European policy modeling and contemporary challenges to the European Union. The course will be taken at the American University of Paris and will focus on weekly topics such as: Comparative Public Policy, Citizenship & Immigration, Going Green European Style, and Doing Business in Europe.

Students will also be assigned an IR-related internship with organizations such as UNESCO, OECD, Paris Chamber of Commerce and other NGOs or business/trade groups.

For more information on the program, please contact the program coordinator, Annie Lam (annielam@usc.edu).

IRUA Conferences Panel

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Every year, the USC School of International Relations funds several students to attend the prestigious international relations conferences at the U.S. Military Academies in West Point, Annapolis, and Colorado Springs, as well as several other non-military conferences. Application is on a competitive basis.

Join several of this year’s recent conference representatives in VKC 300A on Tuesday, February 25, from 4-5PM, for an engaging and informative roundtable discussion on these opportunities hosted by IRUA. Hear from your peers what the conferences were like, why they went, and if this opportunity is right for YOU!

E-mail usc.irua@gmail.com with any questions!

For more updates, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IRUA.USC

Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society, Spring 2014 Application

POSC Juniors & Seniors:

Applications are now available for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. To be eligible, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

1) Be at least a Junior majoring in POSC or IR

2) Have completed a minimum of three (3) upper division POSC/IR courses

3) Have at least a 3.5 overall GPA

4) Have a minimum 3.5 GPA in all POSC/IR courses

If you meet the above requirements, you may fill out the attached application (also available in VKC 214, 301, and 327). Applications are due no later than Monday, FEBRUARY 10, 2014, by 5 pm in VKC 327.

IR class Spring 2014

IR 311 is designed for students interested in independent research to prepare them for honors and graduate fellowships (Fulbright, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates, etc.). 

In IR 311, students will learn in a structured fashion how to design a research question, how to select their cases, how to develop hypotheses, how to situate their question in terms of the larger literature, and then how to embark on their independent research in the field, through interviews, surveys or in the archives for historical material. 

In IR 311, students will write a research proposal (similar to that required for Fulbright), a literature review that places their research question in context of the current research (to be included in their spring application for honors), and a research design that combines the research proposal with the literature review and plans the data collection and hypothesis testing. 

There are no exams. IR 311 is offered this semester on Tuesdays from 2-4:50pm, though waivers for course conflicts will be considered with appropriate alternative one-on-one time  added at another time.

Summer Course- SPAN 469: Immigration in Spain

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Internship Opportunity

Good Morning,

I am writing to inform you of the internship opportunities available to college students in Congressman Becerra’s district office in Los Angeles. Although unpaid, interns walk away from their experience with a wealth of knowledge about how our nation’s political system works.

Strong organizational skills and the ability to work as part of a team and under pressure are essential.

Interns are given key roles in the following departments of Congressman Becerra’s district office:

· Constituent Casework – helping constituents resolve problems with federal agencies such as Social Security, Veterans Affairs and Immigration.

· Field – assist field deputies to address issues affecting residents of California’s 34th Congressional District and represent the Congressman at various community events and meetings.

· Legislative Research – research, analyze and provide briefs on the status and content of various House bills. Assist the district staff to produce talking points for the Congressman on numerous local and federal issues.

· Constituent Outreach – assist in planning and executing “Coffee with your Congressman” town hall meetings and other events throughout Los Angeles.

· Administrative – support the district office’s service to constituents by answering phones, fielding constituent inquiries, filing, mailing and sorting.

To apply simply go to our website www.becerra.house.gov and fill out the Congressional Internship Application form, attach your personal statement and resume and submit it to our office.

The deadline to apply is December 27, 2013.

Rachel Gonzaga | Staff Assistant

Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34)

Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus

213-481-1425 (p) | 213-481-1427 (f)

Please note our new address:

350 South Bixel Street, Suite 120

Los Angeles, CA  90017

Sign up for email updates from Congressman Becerra

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Fall 2013 Career Fair

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The Fall 2013 Career Fair is here!  Each year, more than 400 organizations seeking to employ USC students from diverse disciplines attend our career fairs. All students are encouraged to attend and explore the wide variety of internship and full-time employment opportunities that are represented:

Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Trousdale Parkway

Part-time, Full-Time, and Internship positions available from over 150 companies.  Log-in to connect SC for more information.

Dress to impress!  Bring your resume.

careers.usc.edu