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Summer 2014 Political Internships

It's not too late to Secure a Summer Political Internship!

Thinking about doing an internship this summer 2014?  USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics offers internship opportunities with elected officials, political consultants, non-governmental organizations, state and local government agencies, environmental organizations, political parties and campaigns, interest groups, political media, and more.  Internships provide exciting opportunities to participate in the political process, help students gain insight into the nature of political institutions, and learn about important public policy issues.  Internships all students to obtain practical experience and build invaluable relationships with potential future employers, all while earning college credit.

For more information, please email unruhins@usc.edu, visit www.usc.edu/unruh, call (213) 740-8964, or visit Jodi Epstein in VKC 263.

Young Women's Political & Civic Leadership Program

Saturday, April 26; 8:45am-3:30pm

Ronald Tutor Campus Center Room 450 (The Forum)
3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The 2014 Young Women's Political and Civic Leadership Program is designed for high school girls from California who have leadership potential and an interest in politics. Participants will have the opportunity to hear young politicos, elected officials and community leaders speak about the importance of having more women leading in politics. The workshop will also emphasize hands-on training and will cover topics such as: why we need more young women in political office, crafting your personal brand, networking, and how to get involved now.

If you are a high school student interested in participating, please RSVP at www.usc.edu/esvp
ESVP Code: LEADERSHIP
RSVP Deadline: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM
The cost to attend is $35
An RSVP is required in order to attend the event

Battle for the Ballot: Democratic and Republican Responses to California's New Top Two Primary System

Wednesday, April 23; 12-1pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, The Forum (RTCC 450)

Free food served at 11:30AM
Food and space are limited. First come, first served!

This will be the last Students Talk Back discussion of the spring 2014 semester. Students Talk Back will resume on September 10, 2014.

Featuring:

Allan Hoffenblum,
Publisher, The California Target Book
Garry South,
Principal, The Garry South Group
Jordan Tygh,
Member, USC College Republicans
Sam Dorn,
Former Political Director, USC College Democrats

Co-Moderated By:

Kerstyn Olson,
Interim Director, USC Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics
Jordyn Holman
, Opinion Columnist, USC Daily Trojan

Presented in partnership with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans, and USC Daily Trojan.

From the Pentagon Papers to WikiLeaks: The Government's Need for Secrecy and the Public's Right to Know

Wednesday, April 9, 12-1PM
The Rosen Family Screening Room (RTCC 227)

Free food served at 11:30AM
Food and space are limited. First come, first served!

Featuring:

Daniel Ellsberg, Ph.D., Former Pentagon analyst and whistleblower
Stan Stahl, Ph.D., President, Information Systems Security Association - Los Angeles
Kevin Driscoll, Ph.D. Candidate, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Annalise Mantz, Former Editor-In-Chief, USC Daily Trojan

Co-moderated by:

Kerstyn Olson, Interim Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
Heidi Greenhalgh, Graduate Research Assistant, USC CREATE

From Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers in the 1970's to Edward Snowden's recent series of exposés, whistleblowing has raised the tension between the government's need for secrecy and the public's desire for disclosure. Is the public best served when it is protected from top secret information or when it is brought to their attention? Join a panel of USC student leaders and experts, including Daniel Ellsberg himself, as we engage in discussion about finding the proper balance.

To RSVP, please email unruhins@usc.edu with your full name and the total number of guests, or call (213) 740-8964.

An RSVP is required to attend the event.


Presented in partnership with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans, and USC Daily Trojan.

Race and Politics: Why are Minorities Still Underrepresented?

Wednesday, March 26, 12-1PM
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, The Forum (RTCC 450)

As demographics shift in the United States, minorities are playing an increasingly important role in American politics. Minority voting blocs are of great import in local, statewide, and national elections, and members of these communities are choosing to become increasingly involved in the political process by running for office and otherwise entering the political workforce. Despite major strides in diversifying American politics, racial inequalities are still pervasive throughout the field. Join a panel of professionals and USC student leaders to discuss what barriers remain for minorities to enter the realm of politics, government and public affairs, and what steps are needed in order to offer equal political access for all races and ethnicities.

Presented in partnership with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans, and USC Daily Trojan.

The Crisis in Ukraine: Is US/European Diplomacy Enough?

Wednesday, March 12, 12-1PM
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, The Forum (RTCC 450

Russian troops have crossed the Ukrainian border into the small region of Crimea. While the Ukrainian military braces itself for war, the international community is looking to the United States and Europe to ease tensions between Ukraine and Russia, and between Russian and the West. Join a panel of professionals and USC student leaders to discuss how and to what extent the United States, United Nations, and global community will get involved to defuse tension between these two Eastern countries.

Featuring:
Rod Pacheco, Partner, SNR Denton
Paul Feldman, Assistant Foreign Editor, Los Angeles Times
Jessica Blakely, USC Undergraduate Student, Global Health and International Relations Major
Shikhar Gupta, USC Undergraduate Student, International Relations

Co-Moderated by:
Kerstyn Olson, Interim Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
Yasmeen Serhan, Editorial Director, USC Daily Trojan


Presented in partnership with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans, and USC Daily Trojan

 

Waiting for Rain: Water Scarcity in the Golden State

Wednesday, February 26, 12-1PM
Ronald Tutor Campus Center, The Forum (RTCC 450)

Featuring:
Dr. C. Tom Williams: Water Club Committee Member, Sierra Club
Charles Epting: Member, USC College Republicans
Nathaniel Haas: Opinion Columnist, USC Daily Trojan, USC Neon Tommy

Co-Moderators:
Kerstyn Olson, Interim Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
Sara Clayton, Online Editor, USC Daily Trojan

Last month, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in the state. With 2013 marking the driest year in California history, water scarcity has lead to an increased wildfire risk and a decrease in groundwater and snowpack. California’s irrigated agricultural sector, particularly farmers of the San Joaquin Valley, has been grossly impacted by the drought and is the most at-risk. Legislators from both parties have proposed varied solutions to the drought. While some party leaders advocate for greater spending for drought-relief programs, others propose the roll-back of environmental protections. Join the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics for a panel with policy experts and student leaders to discuss how the state will face this unprecedented water shortage and prepare for the potential impacts.

Presented in partnership with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans, and USC Daily Trojan.

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