Internships and Career Development

Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

The Unruh Institute of Politics is known for providing students with real-world experience in politics, policy making, and all things related to public service. The Unruh Institute of Politics accomplishes this goal primarily through a robust internship program which includes over 200 internship opportunities in the Los Angeles area as well as the Greater United States. In recent years, students have interned at the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, Los Angeles Times, major political consulting and campaign firms, among many other organizations.

Students

The application for Fall 2021 is now closed. We will begin internship placements for the Spring 2022 semester later this fall; interested students should contact us then.

We will then reach out to schedule a preliminary interview. In preparation for the interview, students should have an updated copy of their resume and have a general idea of the area of politics that they are interested in (i.e. political consulting, political campaigns, public office, etc.). Please reach out to the Unruh Institute of Politics at unruhins@usc.edu if you have any questions.

Employers

While students gain practical experience and build relationships in the world of politics, employers reap benefits such as the influx of new ideas, the opportunity to attract potential employees, and the contributions of motivated students whose class grade depends in part on their employers’ satisfaction with their work. If you are interested in participating as an internship provider during the Spring 2022 semester, fill out our Employer Interest Form. Please reach out to the Unruh Institute of Politics at unruhins@usc.edu if you have any questions.

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