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

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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.