INTERNSHIPS

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 2021 Research Projects:

“An analysis on homeless services and prevention for women in Los Angeles” with Downtown Women’s Center: USC students will be working with the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) to conduct an analysis of homeless services and prevention for women in Los Angeles. The DWC envisions a Los Angeles with every woman housed and on a path to personal stability. Its mission is to end homelessness for women in greater Los Angeles through housing, wellness, employment, and advocacy. This project will require students to take a look at current available services, prevention strategies, and needs of women experiencing homelessness. Students will research funding streams as well as federal, state, and local policies while taking a look at the intersectionality of domestic violence and homelessness.

“Measuring the Efficacy of Guaranteed Basic Income in Los Angeles” with Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell’s Office: USC students will be working with Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly Mitchell’s Office to analyze the efficacy of Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) in Los Angeles. Supervisor Holly Mitchell represents the 2nd District, serving nine cities, dozens of unincorporated communities, and parts of the City of Los Angeles. This project will require students to research GBI best practices, track poverty and housing security in Los Angeles, and identify populations that will benefit from GBI. Students will assist a professional research team in the implementation of a GBI program in Los Angeles.

See past research projects.

To Apply:

The Fall 2021 application is now closed. We will have more research internship opportunities in Spring 2022.

Please send any questions about the Policy Research Internship to unruhins@usc.edu.