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 interested in California politics.

In Sacramento, students have the opportunity to meet the 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 Governor's Administration. In addition to the formally structured events, students also have the opportunity to meet and network with political, policy and government experts.

For those chosen to attend the Cerrell Seminar, transportation from Los Angeles to Sacramento, hotel accommodations in Sacramento, and most meals are provided. Students are responsible for personal and incidental expenses.


The program is open to USC undergraduate students of all majors currently pursuing degrees at USC with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. As this is a competitive program, in addition to exemplary academic work, candidates should have a demonstrated interest in politics, government or public service, as shown through means such as:

  • Attending and/or organizing political events (especially on-campus)
  • Prior political volunteerism
  • Political internships
  • Politically-related student activities
  • Attendance and/or participation in Unruh Institute events
  • Having completed or planning to enroll in POSC 395

To apply to the 2016 Joseph R. Cerrell Seminar in Political Leadership click here.

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