Student Staff


Amy Gebert is a senior majoring in Political Science and Art History with a minor in web applications and technology from Downey, CA. She was a Diana Chudacoff Levin Scholarship recipient and used the award to pursue her interest in local issues at a political consulting firm. She is also an André Pineda Scholarship recipient and has interned with former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel's office and the Sacramento Bee. She is currently a volunteer staffer with California YMCA Model United Nations and vice president of the USC chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. After graduation, Amy plans to combine her interests while working for a political campaign or non-profit.   


Christian Patterson is a junior 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.


Laura Walsh is a senior from Las Vegas, Nevada majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies.  As a recipient of the Kam Kuwata Award for Political Involvement, Laura interned this summer with Gen Next, a non-profit network dedicated to engaging individuals on the most pressing challenges facing future generations.  She spent the previous semester abroad in Spain’s Basque Country, where she completed a Spanish minor and learned about Spanish culture and politics.  She is a student mentor and counselor with USC Troy Camp and political reporter for the digital newspaper, as well as a previous intern in the Press Office of Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa.  Laura is fascinated by social media’s developing role in regional and international politics, and plans to advocate for education, environmental and legislative reform upon graduation.  


Amanda Amos is a sophomore 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 sophomore 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 sophomore 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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