March 10th – Ricardo Ramirez – "Mobilizing Opportunities: The Evolving Latino Electorate and the Future of American Politics"


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.

POSC 420: Experience How to Make Decisions and Grow a Non-profit First hand!


POSC Majors:

Professor Ann Crigler invites students to enroll in POSC 420: Practicum in the American Political Process (Practicum on Participation and Youth Civic Engagement). She is teaching the course this Spring 2014 at 2-4:50 Tuesdays. If you are interested in a small class with a chance for a”hands-on” experience in a Los Angeles elementary school (Penny Harvest Project), then this may be the right class for you. Please see the attached course description to learn more about the course. There is no prerequisite for enrolling. The course will fulfill a POSC course in AMERICAN Politics or for an Upper Division POSC Elective.

Please see attached flyer for details.

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 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


Student Led Seminars: The Economics of Documentaries

Ever wish of leading your OWN seminar on a topic you are passionate about? Want to learn about fascinating subjects directly from your peers and engage in rich discussion? Join one of the boldest intellectual experiments USC undergraduates have ever undertaken.

The CET Undergraduate Fellows will be piloting “Student-Led Seminars: Sparking Intellectual Curiosity at USC” on November 21st at 4:30 P.M in THH 102. If you want to learn more about this movement, please join us for a fascinating seminar on “The Economics of Documentaries,” given by a USC undergraduate. Bring your intellect, your curiosity, and your friends. Food will be served. 
CET Undergraduate Fellows Present: “Student-Led Seminars: Sparking Intellectual Curiosity at USC” on November 21st at 4:30 P.M. in THH 102. Food will be served. 
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New Spanish & Political Science program in Lima, Peru next summer

The six week study abroad session is suitable for students planning to enter the political science professions and who anticipate using Spanish in their careers, such as working in populations with a high percentage of Spanish-speaking residents.

Participants will study two semesters worth of Spanish plus participate in a government/legal exposure seminar in Lima, followed by hands-on volunteer work in community building.  A large portion of the Peruvian population lives in poverty, much of them concentrated in Lima’s metropolitan area.  Students will be able to use their Spanish and participate firsthand in a local NGO.

Sign up for program updates here.

Proficiency in Spanish is not required, however we encourage students below intermediate level to come a few weeks early.

2014  Program Information

Spanish & Political Science
Lima, Peru, Exact Dates TBD
(six weeks)  Max 30 students.

At this point we do not have the exact prices set, however we expect program cost (Spanish course, political science exposure seminar, volunteer placement, and administration fees) to be about $2,300 for the summer session.
We will be accepting applications in a few weeks.

Register for updates

Please direct any questions to and we will respond promptly.  You may also phone us at 1 (347) 329 5506.

*CALL FOR PAPERS* – Ilios Journal of Political Science and Philosophy



The editors of Ilios invite all USC undergraduates to submit papers for review and potential publication in the journal’s Spring 2014 issue.

Ilios—published by and for undergraduatesis the University’s political science and philosophy journal. Its objective is to provide young scholars a forum in which to explore contemporary and historical issues in politics, both practical and theoretical. In addition to accepting work from political science majors and non-majors alike, the editors welcome and encourage high-quality submissions from a wide array of disciplines, among them aesthetics, anthropology, economics, history, law, linguistics, sociology, and psychology. In so doing, Ilios aims to create a space for analysis and discourse whose depth and complexity matches those of the politics of our world.

The Fall 2013 issue of Ilios, “Virtú and Terror: The Meaning of Politics and the Politics of Meaning,” can be viewed at


In order to welcome a broad range of work, the editors are issuing an open call for papers. We impose no specific requirements relating to theme or topic; our only preference is that any article submitted for review provide a thoughtful, critical analysis of something political, taking that term at its broadest interpretation. This year, we are particularly interested in work that relates to the following themes:

· Coercion—The power of symbolism, propaganda, and political force, both institutional and extralegal

· Citizenship – Contemporary notions of citizenship, and questions regarding its relevance

· Why Politics?—The case (or lack thereof) for politics as a field of study, the tradition of popular contempt for legislators, and motivations for seeking or spurning public office

Papers dealing with comparative politics, international relations, ancient and modern political thought, legal case studies, and contemporary issues are also welcome.

Requirements and Considerations

There is no length requirement for submissions; however, the editors advise keeping work to a 30-page maximum. Additionally, the journal attempts to incorporate one brief, editorial-length submission into every issue.

Any papers originally prepared as coursework and later submitted to Ilios should have received marks of at least A-. We also highly encourage students to submit new work. All submissions must include an abstract of no more than 150 words and be received electronically by December 21, 2013.

Questions, comments, and submissions may be sent to

Fall 2013 Career Fair


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.

Internship opportunities @ Unruh

The Unruh institute is looking for interns!

The internships are designed for students interested conducting extensive research on one of the following topics:

· Voter Turnout/Youth Civic Engagement (for Latino and API communities specifically)

· Energy/Environment (incentivizing the public to switch to clean fuel energy)

· Education Reform

The deadline is next Friday, Sept. 13 at 5PM.  Students would need to enroll in POSC 395 (2-units).



Explore@4 is a series of interactive panel discussions designed to help students explore popular career paths with industry professions in an informational setting.

All Explore@4 panels take place from 4:00 – 5:30 PM (w/exception)

Fall 2013  Career Panels:

9.9 Careers in technology for Non-Techies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.10 Language Careers @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.11 TIS Bulge Bracket Investment Banking Panel – @ Davidson Conference Center (7:00 – 9:00pm)

9.12 Economics and Math Careers @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

9.24 Health Careers without an MD @ Tutor Campus Center 227

9.25 Careers for Foodies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.26 Consulting @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

For more information:

Neuroscience and Law Society

Interested in eye witness testimony, criminal insanity, the use of MRIs in court and other related topics? Join the USC Neuroscience & Law Society, a new journal club that discusses topics concerning both neuroscience and the law. Learn more at our web-site Questions or comments? Email

Who: NLS members & guest speakers – all majors and backgrounds welcome!
What: lively discussion, new friends and colleagues, and cookies!
Where: Hedco Neuroscience Building
When: biweekly, day and time TBD based on member availability