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POSC 395 Fall Political Internships

The USC Unruh Institute's POSC 395 Directed Governmental and Political Leadership Internship Program is designed to give students firsthand experience in politics, government, and public affairs. We help place students in internships with elected officials, political consulting firms, non-governmental organizations, state and local government agencies, environmental organizations, political parties and campaigns, interest groups, political media, and on-campus research internships. Stop by VKC 263 to learn more about available internship opportunities!

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 9 at 5:00 PM

For more information, visit us in VKC 263, send us an email, or call at 213-740-8964.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Rosen Room (RTCC 227)

Join us for a discussion about the cost of college tuition.

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, or call (213) 740-8964.

USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times April 2015 Poll

 USC Dornsife Press Releases

Most Californians say race relations are better in California than elsewhere in United States 
(April 13, 2015)

 Californians split on whether testing has been a boon or bust for education 
(April 12, 2015)

Calif. voters reject tenure, seniority-based layoffs of public school teachers(April 11, 2015)

PRESS CALL Monday: USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll on Race Relations, Teacher Tenure and State of Schools
(April 10, 2015)
Los Angeles Times Poll Articles

Science, math and art valued more than technology in education poll
(April 13, 2015)

Race relations in California better than elsewhere in U.S., voters say
(April 13, 2015)

Majority of California's Latino voters highly value school testing
(April 12, 2015)

California voters take a dim view of teacher tenure
(April 11, 2015)

Poll Videos

Race Relations in California: Poll Results April 2015

Education in California: Poll Results April 2015

Data Sets and Results
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner: Results

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.



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Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

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…

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Director's Corner

With SuperPACS and Social Media, This is the Future

The New York Times                                      July 21, 2015

Welcome to the new normal. We now live in a world of superPACs and social media, in which the barriers to entry for even borderline delusional presidential candidates have been all but eliminated. The financial resources and public platforms that were once available to only a small number of political insiders are now accessible to anyone with a cause, a wealthy friend and a Twitter account. The result is either democracy at its purest or anarchy at its most bewildering. Or both. Read More >

Breaking Down the GOP Silence on Trump's Immigration Rhetoric

The Wall Street Journal                                   July 20, 2015

John McCain is a war hero. The overwhelming majority of immigrants from Mexico are not rapists. And it’s time for Donald Trump to go home. Read More >

Why the Bernie Sanders Surge Isn't Key for 2016 But Beyond

The Wall Street Journal
July 6, 2015

It’s impossible to predict whether Bernie Sanders will be able to transform the populist fervor for his candidacy into the type of campaign that could topple Hillary Clinton. But modern political history suggests that the odds are strongly against it. Read More >

How Republican 2016 Candidates Divide Over Gay Marriage

The Wall Street Journal
June 26, 2015

There is a deepening divide in the Republican primary campaign between those running for president-- and those running for talk-show host. Friday's Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage provides stark evidence of how the candidates sort themselves out. Read More >

The Best Way to Cover Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign? Ignore It. 

The Wall Street Journal
June 17, 2015

The issue isn’t whether Donald Trump should be president. (Of course he shouldn’t. But neither should Bernie Sanders orv Rand Paul.) The issue is whether Donald Trump should be allowed to run for president. And the answer is: Of course he should. So why is his candidacy being treated like an affront to democracy? Read more >  

Even George Pataki Deserves a Chance: Give Longshot Contenders a Chance to Debate the Frontrunners

Daily News
June 3, 2015

Mission impossible? For almost 70 years, candidates trailing badly in the polls have harkened back to Harry Truman’s upset victory in the 1948 presidential election. Read more > 

In AG Race Sanchez Needs to Sacrifice Charisma to Catch Harris

Fox and Hounds
June 1, 2015

Kamala Harris might not be the luckiest politician in America. But it is starting to seem that way. Read more>

The GOP’s Debate Conundrum–and a Solution

The Wall Street Journal
May 28, 2015

During last year’s campaign to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, 17 candidates crammed onto a stage in a West Los Angeles synagogue to make their best case to voters. The result looked less like a debate than a spelling bee. Read more>

On Memorial Day, a Proposal to Bridge the Civilian-Military Divide

The Wall Street Journal
May 25, 2015

Many of us civilians were taught at a young age to express our appreciation by saying thank you to active-duty military personnel, veterans, and the family members who sacrifice while their spouses, siblings, parents, and other relatives are away. Read more>

Opposing the TPP makes no sense in California

Op-Ed, The Los Angeles Times
May 25, 2015

The two leading contenders in next year's campaign to represent California in the U.S. Senate have been staunch supporters of President Obama.But both Democratic candidates, state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, have spoken out against one of Obama's top remaining priorities: his prized expansion of free trade with leading Pacific Rim nations throughout Latin America and Asia. Read more>

Senate’s ban on fundraising during budget talks is vital step

The Sacramento Bee
May 23, 2015

Those of us dedicated to political reform tend to be a very loud and critical chorus, primarily because our political leaders give us so much to complain about. Read more>

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Huckabee, Fiorina and Carson Won't Be President. Here's Their Real 2016 Role.

The Wall Street Journal
May 5, 2015

Today is Mike Huckabee’s turn. Mr. Huckabee’s strength with religious conservative voters is mitigated by his inability to reach beyond that segment of the Republican base. So it is difficult to envision a scenario in which he becomes the GOP nominee next year, let alone winning the White House. Read More>

 On Trade and Immigration, the Wall-Builders Are Winning

The Wall Street Journal
May 1, 2015

The wall-builders are winning. Throughout modern history, Americans tend to turn inward during times of economic insecurity. It's easy to blame people from other parts of the world for our own troubles, and it's convenient for politicians of both parties to stoke those fears for their gain. Read More>

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