Policy Research Internship

The Unruh Institute of Politics is committed to bringing the academy and the public square together. As such, the Institute offers a Research Internship course that allows students to conduct extensive research and analysis on policy issues facing local, state, and federal government.

More about the internship

Students will have the opportunity to work directly with partnering organizations. Examples of partnering organizations from previous semesters include the NALEO Education Fund, Green Dot Public Schools, Los Angeles City Council Offices, and California Strategies.

Students take part in a team-based research project where they will work to develop solutions in their respective policy areas by conducting interviews with policy experts, review academic and policy reports, and other primary and secondary sources. At the conclusion of the program, each team presents their final product to the partnering organization.

Fall 2022 Research Projects:

“Impact of Civic Participation in Young Voters” with Snapchat: USC students will assist in the development of research on behalf of the Snapchat Policy Partnerships and Social Impact team. The students will explore the barriers young people face when it comes to civic participation, and explore the opportunities that Snapchat can provide to facilitate these experiences for young people. In addition, students will analyze partisan messaging and ways that young people can take civic action without falling into partisan politics.

“Online Privacy and Security Measure for Minors” with California State Senator Ben Allen’s Office (D-CA): California State Senator Ben Allen represents the 26th Senate District serving the Westside, Hollywood, and coastal South Bay communities of Los Angeles County. USC students will assist in the development of research on behalf of State Senator Ben Allen’s Office (D-CA) conducting a comprehensive review of online privacy and security measures regarding minors. Students will analyze previous state and federal efforts as well as other regulatory bodies around the world.

See past research projects.

To Apply:

The application for the Fall 2022 POSC 395 Policy Research Internship is now closed. The application for the Spring 2023 POSC 395 Policy Research Internship will open during December 2022.

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