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David Moreno is a junior from Escondido, California, majoring in Political Science and International Relations. This past spring semester he interned with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and this summer he will be interning with the Los Angeles District Office of Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer. On campus, he is involved in activities such as the Undergraduate Student Government and the Teaching Ethics Program. In student government he serves as an Assistant Director of Elections and Recruitment and serves on the Executive Board of Political Student Assembly as a Co-Director of Member Org. Relations. David is interested in international politics and hopes to pursue a career either working for the State Department or within the private sector of politics.   
Christian Patterson is a senior from Dallas, Texas majoring in Political Science with a minor in News Media and Society. He is a member of the university policy debate team, the Deputy Opinion Editor for Annenberg Digital News’ Neon Tommy, and a recipient of the Diana Chudacoff Levin award. Christian has interned in the Press Office of California Governor Jerry Brown and the Los Angeles area office of Dewey Square Group, a national political consulting firm. He has also worked on several political campaigns including Trojans for Obama, Eric Garcetti for Mayor of Los Angeles, Sebastian Ridley-Thomas for Assembly, and David Roberts for Los Angeles City Council.  After graduation, Christian plans to pursue a career in California or national politics and work on political campaigns.


Amanda Amos is a junior from Bellevue, Washington majoring in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism. She currently works at Annenberg TV News (ATVN) in the general and political news department. This past summer, she interned for a local news station in their political news department. She has previously interned for California Strategies as a research intern and for Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell's 2012 re-election campaign as a social media intern. She founded a non-profit agency specializing in educating teens in the Seattle area about human trafficking and continues her passion of education through leadership and participation in USG, JEP, and Stand: the anti-genocide coalition. After graduation, Amanda hopes to combine her passions of politics and journalism to pursue a career in political journalism.


Nick Thomas is a junior majoring in Political Science with a minor in International Relations from Mission Viejo, California. This past summer, he interned at the Republican Party of Orange County where he worked with various elected officials andorganized many political events. On campus, he is a member of College Republicans, writes opinion and news articles regarding politics for USC’s online newspaper, and has been involved with student government. He is also on the executive board of USC’s honor society, Alpha Lamba Delta. After graduation, Nick hopes to be involved in California or local politics working on campaigns, or work at a political think tank.


Elena Kuhn is a junior from Mountain View, California majoring in Political Science. She has worked in city government as an intern for San Francisco’s District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, and is currently working in political consulting for the LA basedfirm, HSG Campaigns. Additionally, she serves as communications director for the USC College Democrats and is a member of the Women’s Student Assembly. Elena is most interested in policy areas surrounding women’s and environmental issues, and hopes to pursue a career in national politics.   

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