POSC 395: Spring 2015 Semester

The Deadline has Been Extended !

Applications Now Due:

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM


Thinking about doing an internship this Spring 2015 semester? USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics offers internship opportunities with elected officials, political consultants, non-profit organizations, state and local government agencies, environmental organizations, political parties, campaigns, interest groups, political media, and much 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 allow students to obtain practical experience in the field and build invaluable relationships with potential future employers, all while earning college credit.

For internship related inquiries, or to make an appointment with Jodi Epstein, please email unruhins@usc.edu, visit www.usc.edu/unruh, call (213) 740-8964, or visit VKC 263.

Raising the Bar for California Schools:
Teacher Evaluations and Student Testing

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Forum (RTCC 450)

Beth Shuster, Education Editor, Los Angeles Times
Mike Stryer, Vice President for District and Union Policy, Teach Plus
Jacob Ellenhorn, Director of Public Relations, USC College Republicans
Kevin Sanchez, Former K-12 Executive Aide, Harlem Children's Zone 

Co-Moderated by:
Dan Schnur, Executive Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics
Danni Wang, Editorial Director, USC Daily Trojan

Free food served at 11:30 AM
Discussion begins at 12:00 PM
Food and space are limited. First come, first served.

"Students Talk Back: A Politics and Public Policy Forum" is a series presented in partnership with the USC Dornsife College's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC College Democrats, USC College Republicans and USC Daily Trojan.

For more information: email unruhins@usc.edu  or call (213) 740-8964

 Joseph R. Cerrell Sacramento Seminar in Political Leadership

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics sponsors and facilitates an annual spring conference in Sacramento for students intersted in California politics.

In Sacramento, students have the opportunity to meet executive and legislative leaders who shape the laws and policies of the state. In the past, scheduled events include discussions with legislators, lobbyists, campaign strategists, journalists, Capitol staff and representatives of the Brown Administration. In addition to structured events, students also have the opportunity to meet and network with political, policy and government experts.

Early Application Deadline: February 2 at 5:00PM
Final Application Deadline: February 9 at 5:00PM

To apply, click here.
For more information, click here

    Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics Video  


 The mission of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics is to motivate students to become active in the world of politics and encourage public officials to participate in the daily life of USC. The following video features Executive Director Dan Schnur, friends and former staff, along with students who have applied their education through internships at every level of government -- from the White House, to the CA State Capitol and here locally at City Hall in Los Angeles.

Director's Corner

The 2015 State of the Union Address ... Brought to You By Elizabeth Warren

The Wall Street Journal
January 20, 2015

Sen. Warren is not the president of the United States, of course, and is unlikely to ever be. But the speech that Barack Obama delivers Tuesday night would not exist if it were not for Sen. Warren and her increasingly effective efforts to drive a more progressive and populist Democratic Party agenda. Read more>

California Democrats and Their (Impatient) Wait to Replace Barbara Boxer

The Wall Street Journal
January 8, 2015

There is a generation of Democratic politicians in California who have been waiting–not so patiently–to move up the political ladder. With Sen. Barbara Boxer‘s announcement that she will not run for re-election in 2016, and likely open seats for governor and the U.S. Senate two years later, a lot of pent-up energy and ambition is about to be unleashed on the nation’s largest state. As the field of potential candidates begins to sort itself out, here are some things to keep in mind: Read more>


The Disappearing Gov. Brown

Op-Ed, The Los Angeles Times
January 4, 2015

Has anyone seen the governor of California?

Four years ago, when Jerry Brown ran to succeed Hollywood-honed Arnold Schwarzenegger as governor, Brown's lower profile and septuagenarian “get off my lawn” countenance appealed to voters searching for a more traditional and less theatrical leader. After he was elected, Brown dramatically reduced the size of the governor's communications staff and cut back on the public events, press releases and interviews that most elected officials use to build support for their political and policy ambitions. Read more>

How Obama Can Support Sony’s Release of ‘The Interview’

The Wall Street Journal
December 23, 2014

When Sony Pictures announced last week that it was canceling the release of “The Interview,” the New York Post said it best: “Kim Jong Won.”

But over the past several days, Americans began to reassert their inalienable rights, even for the most banal forms of creative self-expression. First, a number of leading figures in the entertainment industry, including George Clooney and Jimmy Kimmel, criticized Sony’s decision. Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana called for a screening of the movie at the White House, and Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman suggested showing it on Capitol Hill. Several independent theaters announced Tuesday that they would show the movie on Christmas Day. Read more>

The Case for Obama Going to Ferguson

The Wall Street Journal
November 25, 2014

Barack Obama should go to Ferguson--tonight.

Why? The president has spoken about the death of Michael Brown several times. He has talked about the need for criminal justice reforms and the importance of remaining peaceful even in the face of judicial deciisons or government actions with which one disagrees. But he has remained at a noticeable distance from the controversy: His remarks from the White House on Monday night came across as oddly disconnected from the scenes of protest, anger and violence filling the nation's television screens.  Read more>

Independents Should Watch California’s Top-Two Primary

The New York Times
November 5, 2014

Like more than 20 percent of my fellow Californians, I am now classified as a No Party Preference voter, registered to vote but with no affiliation to any of the state’s political parties. I am for lower taxes and marriage equality. I am tough on crime and I am pro-choice. I believe that a pathway to citizenship is a necessary part of immigration reform and that student test scores are a critical component for teacher evaluations. I believe that shutting down the federal government over Obamacare is just as silly as ignoring our nation’s growing entitlement crisis.  Read more>

 Why Jerry Brown Is Unlikely to Run in 2016

The Wall Street Journal
November 5, 2014

When a governor in one of the country’s largest states is reelected by landslide margins, questions about that governor’s presidential prospects arise even before the polls close. But California’s Jerry Brown, who on Tuesday was given an unprecedented fourth term by Golden State voters, will almost certainly not be a candidate for the White House in 2016. The reasons have less to do with actuarial tables than with the nature of the national Democratic primary electorate. Read more>


Read more from the Director's Corner


Support the Unruh Institute!

Giving Website


To sign up to receive emails and updates from the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, 
please click here>>


 For more information about Joe Cerrell, Larry Berg, Carmen Warschaw and Kam Kuwata, click here.

 To contribute to any one of these funds, please click here.


 Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook


  • 3518 Trousdale Parkway, Von KleinSmid Center 263, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0045
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 8964
  • Fax: (213) 740 - 3167
  • Email: unruhins@usc.edu