Internship, Research and Volunteer Opportunities Workshop

The Future of the GOP: Should/Can the Party Reinvent Itself?

The Department of Political Sciences Presents:
Political Conversations
The Future of the GOP: Should/Can the Party Reinvent Itself?

Join Prof. Bob Shrum at our very first Political Conversations as he sits down with Alex Castellanos, member of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television” and co-founder of Purple Strategies, a bi-partisan public affairs firm. Castellanos has been a strategist and advisor for Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, and a host of other Republican leaders.

When: Monday, September 15, 2014
Time: 2 – 3:00pm
Where: VKC, Room 300A (3rd Floor)
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Applying to Graduate School Workshop, Sept. 17 at 1:30-2:30 in KAP 319

Are you thinking about going to Graduate School? Attend this workshop to learn about what you’ll need to do to prepare for graduate school applications. Some of the topics that will be discussed are:

- Choosing a School and Program
– the Application Process
– Funding Graduate School
– Taking the GRE
– Writing the Personal Statement
– Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Lunch is provided. Please RSVP to :

Fall 2014 Career Fair – Sept. 18th

Thursday, Sept 18th
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Trousdale Parkway

  • Open to all students
  • Come dressed for success & bring copies of your resume

Get a jump on the competition and attend our Preparing for the Career Fair Workshop
Monday, September 8, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, STU B3

The 2,000th person to RSVP for the Fall 2014 Career Fair wins a one-on-one informational interview with a recruiter from Amazon and/or a recruiter from General Mills. To RSVP, log into your ConnectSC account –> Click on “Events” –> Click on “Career Fairs” –> Click on “Career Fair – 2014 Fall”.

Muslims in Public Service – Friday Sept. 5 (Organized by Prof. Sherman Jackson)

A full-day conference featuring Muslims in various aspects and levels of government discussing their experiences, challenges, advice and vision for the future. Keynote address to be delivered by Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).

Since 9/11, the place of Islam and Muslims in American society has become a major national preoccupation. From no-fly lists to secret surveillance of mosques to legislative campaigns against shari’a law, Muslims have frequently come under suspicion regarding their socio-political roles and aspirations in the United States. Some have even questioned whether Muslims are entitled to constitutional protections that are recognized as the birthright of all other Americans, arguing that “Islam is different.”

Yet lost in all of this controversy is the fact that Muslims continue to function as public servants at virtually every level of American government, from elected officials to advisors and political appointees, from congresspersons to judges to Homeland Security personnel. “American Muslims in Public Service,” a one-day conference that will be held on 5 September 2014 at the University of Southern California’s Tudor Conference Center, will bring together a broad cross-section of American Muslims in public service to share their experiences, perspectives, fears, hopes, advice and prognostications. The conference will be inter-active, inviting questions and perspectives from the audience, along with responses from the participants. It will be capped by a special keynote address that evening by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota).

Click here to RSVP

DATE: Friday, September 5, 2014
TIME: 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Panels – USC Tudor Campus Center; Keynote – USC Bovard Auditorium

Continental breakfast provided
Reception to follow keynote

PANEL 1: Advisors, Aides, and Hopefuls

  • Suhail A. Khan, Conservative Activist and former Bush Appointee
  • Rahmat Khan, Candidate, Torrance (CA) City Council
  • Ilhaam Jaffer, White House Advance Associate
  • Asim Ghafoor, Former Legislative Assistant
PANEL 2: Law Enforcement and the Courts
  • Sylvester Johnson, Police Commissioner, Philadelphia
  • Mona Youssef, Jurist, Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan-Juvenile Division
  • Hassan A. El-Amin, Associate Judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland
PANEL 3: Muslims in Public Service in Los Angeles and California:
  • Halim Dhanidina, Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Farrah N. Khan, Community Services Commissioner, City of Irvine
  • Belal Dalati, Commissioner, City of Anaheim
  • Haroon Azar, Department of Homeland Security Regional Director for Strategic Engagement

PANEL 4: Federal, State and International

  • Saud Anwar, Mayor of South Windsor, Connecticut
  • Larry Shaw, Senator, North Carolina
  • Shaarik Zafar, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State
KEYNOTE: Congressman Keith Ellison
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Congressman Keith Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs and is one of the most vibrant and ethnically diverse districts in Minnesota. Rep. Ellison’s guiding philosophy is based on “generosity and inclusion,” and his priorities in Congress are building prosperity for working families, promoting peace, pursuing environmental sustainability and advancing civil and human rights. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, the congressman helps oversee the nation’s financial services and housing industries, as well as Wall Street. In response to the foreclosure crisis that began in 2008, Rep. Ellison wrote the Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act, which requires banks and other new owners to provide at least 90 days’ notice of eviction to renters occupying foreclosed homes.

For the 113th Congress, Rep. Ellison was elected co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which promotes the progressive promise of fairness for all. He is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, founded the Congressional Consumer Justice Caucus and belongs to more than a dozen other caucuses that focus on issues ranging from social inclusion to environmental protection. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Ellison was a noted community activist and ran a thriving civil rights, employment and criminal defense law practice in Minneapolis. Born and raised in Detroit, he has lived in Minnesota since earning his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1990. He is the proud father of four children.

Co-Sponsored by:
  • USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture
  • USC Office of Religious Life
  • USC School of Religion
  • USC Center for Law, History and Culture
  • USC Department of American Studies and Ethnicity
  • USC Muslim Student Union

American Muslims in Public Service

Explore@4 Fall 2014 Career Panels

Explore@4 is a series of interactive panel discussions designed to help students explore popular career paths with industry professionals in an informational setting. All Explore@4 panels will take place from 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Wed 9/3 – Corporate Finance
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Franklin Suites (TCC 350/351/352)
Co-sponsored by Applied Statistics Club
Representatives from:
Sycamore Valuation
GE Capital
Union Bank
Westlake Financial Services

Thu 9/4 – Rotational & Leadership Development Programs
4:00 – 5:3o PM
Franklin Suites (TCC 350/351/352)
Co-sponsored by Beta Alpha Psi
Representatives from:

Tue 9/9 – Government
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Trojan Presentation Room (STU 110)
Co-sponsored by Young Government Leaders
Representatives from:
County of Los Angeles
NRG eVgo
Homeland Security
Veteran Affairs

Wed 9/10 – Investment Banking
4:00 – 5:30 PM
The Forum (TCC 450)
Co-sponsored by Trojan Investing Society
Representatives from:Financial Technology Partners
Marubeni Auto Investment Holding
Pacific Crest Securities
Wells Fargo Securities

Tues 9/16 – Economics
4:00 – 5:30 PM
The Forum (TCC 450)
Co-sponsored by Omicron Delta Epsilon
Representatives from:
California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Analysis Group, Inc.
Goldman Sachs
US Department of the Treasury

Tues 9/23 – Film & TV Production
4:00 – 5:30 PM
The Ray Stark Family Theatre (School of Cinematic Arts – SCA 108)
Co-sponsored by The African American Cinema Society, Trojan Entertainment Connection, and USC SCA Industry Relations
Representatives from:
Disney ABC Television GroupFullScreen, Inc. & YouTube Producer (Barbershop, For Colored Girls, Peeples)
Writer (The Lottery Ticket)

Wed 10/1 – Consulting
4:00 – 5:30 PM
The Forum (TCC 450)
Co-sponsored by the USC LACI (Los Angeles Community Impact)
Representatives from:
Booz Allen Hamilton
FTI Consulting

September 2014 Career Center Workshops

Free & open to all students, RSVP through connectSC

Tuesday 2nd | Work It: Career Exploration in the Letters, Arts and Sciences
4:00 – 5:00  PM (VKC 258)

Wednesday 3rd | Access It: Self-Assessment Exercises & Tools
2:00 – 3:00 PM (WPH B36)

Wednesday 3rd | Explore@4 – Corporate Finance
4:00 – 5:30 PM (TCC 350)

Thursday 4th | Explore@4 – Rotational & Leadership Development Programs
4:00 – 5:30 pm (TCC 350)

Monday 8th | Preparing for the Career Fair
12:00 – 1:00 PM (STU B3)

Monday 8th | Effective Resumes & Cover Letters
1:30 – 2:30 PM (STU B3)

Tuesday 9th | Preparing for the Career Fair for International Students
12:00 – 1:00 PM (HNB 100)

Tuesday 9th | Explore@4 – Government
4:00 – 5:30 PM (STU B3)

Tuesday 9th | Write It: Resume and Cover Letters
4:00 – 5:30 PM (VKC 258)

Wednesday 10th | Study Abroad Fair
10:00 – 2:00 PM (Trousdale)

Wednesday 10th | Effective Resumes and Cover Letters
1:30 – 2:30 PM (HNB 100)

Wednesday 10th | Dress It: Interview Attire
3:00 – 4:00 PM (STU B3)

Wednesday 10th | Explore@4 – Investment Banking
4:00 – 5:30 PM (STU B3)

Thursday 11th | Preparing for the Career Fair
1:30 – 2:30 PM (STU B3)

Monday 15th | Effective Resumes and Cover Letters
3:00 – 4:00 PM (STU B3)

Tuesday 16th | Explore@4 – Economics
4:00 – 5:00 PM (TCC 450)

Tuesday 16th | Pitch It: Your Story in 60 Seconds
4:00 – 5:00 PM (STU B3)

Wednesday 17th | Decide It: Best Practices for Career Decisions
10:00 – 2:00 PM (MRF 229)

Thursday 18th | Fall 2014 Career Fair
10:00 – 2:00 PM (McCarthy Quad)

Monday 22nd | Making the Most of Our OCR (On-Campus Recruiting) Program)
2:00 – 3:00 PM (STU B3)

Tuesday 23rd | Effective Resumes & Cover Letters
1:00 – 2:00 PM (STU B3)

Tuesday 23rd | Brand It: Your Virtual and Personal Brand
3:00 – 4:00 PM (STU B3)

Tuesday 23rd | Explore@4: Film & Television Production
4:00 – 5:00 PM (SCA 108)

Wednesday 24th | Job Search Strategies for International Students
12:00 – 1:00 PM (STU B3)

Thursday 25th | Phone and Skype Interviews
1:00 – 2:00 PM (STU B3)

Tuesday 30th | Global Fellows Info Session
12:00 – 1:00 PM (STU B3)

Tuesday 30th | Interviewing Strategies
1:30 – 2:30 PM (STU B3)

Tuesday 30th | Do It: Best Practices for Securing an Internship
4:00 – 5:00 PM (STU B3)