Scholarships and Internships for Political Science Students
The Department, through the University Student Financial Services Office, recommends the award each year of several Hector Elizalde and Ake Sandler Scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. There are also the John Houk and William Lloyd Scholarships for graduate students in history or political science. Applications can be made through the financial aid office
The University's Office of Graduate Studies and Research has forms, financial aid information, thesis policies, policies regarding travel support for students attending conferences, and other information specifically for prospective and current graduate students.
Internship Opportunities in Senator Dianne Feinsteins's Los Angeles Office
Senator Feinstein's Los Angeles office is looking for highly motivated college students for internship positions for the fall 2012 session.
Tasks and Responsibilities: Interns support our Field Representatives and Staff Assistants in drafting memos to the Senator, scheduling or attending meetings with staff, constituent letters, conducting background research, phone calls, document requests, morning press clippings, research projects, and attending events with the Senator when she is in the area.
Criteria: For many citizens, contact with Senator Feinstein's office is their only experience with an elected representative. Therefore, we need polite and friendly students with some familiarity with the American political system and current events. Additionally, strong writing and communication skills are a plus.
Hours: Flexible hours (a minimum of 12 hours/week) during the school year. We are very conducive to working with students' class schedules.
Application Process: Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, 3 academic/professional references (contact information), and one page writing sample to Angeline_Macaspac@feinstein.senate.gov.
James R. Galbraith Public Affairs Fellowship
The James R. Galbraith Public Affairs Fellowship shall be awarded to one outstanding graduate student currently enrolled at California State University, Los Angeles with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Qualified applicants should demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in public affairs or public policy. The Galbraith Fellow will be placed in the district office of a high ranking public official for one quarter during the 2012 academic year. The selected fellow will receive a stipend of $2,500. James. R. Galbraith is an emeritus board member of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs and holds a degree in journalism from CSULA. Applications are available at www.patbrowninstitute.org or at PBI offices.
Panetta Institute Congressional Internship
A great opportunity for CSULA students!
The annual Congressional Internship Program is designed to encourage and develop future leaders of this nation. This internship program differs from other programs in that it provides students with an intensive two-week orientation at the Panetta Institute before these interns begin work with members of California’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. for approximately two and one-half months. Due to the efforts of the Panetta Institute and its patrons, including the CSU Chancellor, a full scholarship covering all costs is awarded to the students. Students selected to participate in this prestigious program are appointed by the university presidents from the twenty-three campus California State University system, Santa Clara University and Dominican University of California. Selection is based on exemplary scholastic record, interest in politics and potential for a public service career.
The following criteria will be used to determine who will represent California State University, Los Angeles in 2010:
- Exemplary maturity and leadership abilities;
- Willingness to take on assigned tasks and work hard;
- A demonstrated ability to be a good team member;
- Superior academic achievement;
- Advanced written and verbal skills, and clarity of speech appropriate for a congressional setting;
- A written essay from the student stating the reasons for her/his interest in the program;
- A demonstrated commitment to community and public service;
- Enrollment in junior or senior year, or in a graduate program, at the time when the program begins at the Panetta Institute for the fall term;
- Registration for the fall term, either junior or senior year, or in a graduate program, concurrent with the Congressional Internship Program, at the CSU campus he/she represents – this is a credit-based program and no audits are allowed;
- A student who has never been sanctioned under the California Code of regulations, Title 5, Article 2 (Student Discipline), Section 41301; and
- A student that has not taken part in this program during previous years.
Interested students should submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a two page essay addressing the above criteria to the California State University, Los Angeles, Department of Political Science, E&T A524.
Please contact Prof. Scott Bowman for further information on applying.
More Information on the Panetta Institute
Sacramento Semester Program
The Sacramento Semester Program, established in 1976 at California State University, Sacramento, is active learning at its best. As the most populous state in the U.S., California has a large and complex state government that deals with public policy on virtually all the issues that confront the nation as the new century begins.
The Sacramento Semester Program offers you, as a student at one of the 23 California State University campuses or other college or university, the opportunity to work with members of the legislature, departments in the executive branch, or with political associations and lobbyists during a four and one-half month internship. Typically, Sacramento Semester students conduct legislative research, monitor bills, correspond with constituents or grassroots membership, prepare press releases and newsletters, and participate in budget work and campaign planning.
Capital Fellows Program
The Capital Fellows Programs consist of four individual fellowships:
* California Senate Fellows (www.csus.edu/calst/senate)
* Executive Fellowship Program (www.csus.edu/calst/executive)
* Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program (www.csus.edu/calst/assembly)
* Judicial Administration Fellowship Program (www.csus.edu/calst/judicial)
These nationally recognized fellowships, sponsored by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, are an outstanding opportunity for college graduates to engage in public service and prepare for a future career. Fellows work 10-11 months as full-time staff members in the California State Assembly, Senate, Executive Branch or within the California Court System. They gain first-hand experience in governing the most diverse state in the nation and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of California society.
The only prerequisite for the programs is a four-year college or university degree and a demonstrated interest in state government and public service. Fellows come from all economic, cultural, political, career and educational backgrounds, and no previous legislative or political experience is required.
For further information please see our website http://www.csus.edu/calst/programs/ or contact the Center for California Studies at 916/278-6906.
Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs Internship
The Institute's heralded internship program exposes students to applied experiences in public policymaking while also introducing them to career opportunities in public service. Graduate and outstanding undergraduate students from Cal State L.A. and other universities are typically placed in three- and six-month internships with policy-makers at local, regional and national levels. The generous support of private sector partners has made it possible for the Institute to provide interns with stipends during the life of their placements.
League of Women Voters Internships
"The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-profit, nonpartisan political organization. Its mission is to promote informed and active participation in government. LWV Los Angeles wishes to find effective ways to engage youth and diverse populations in our community in the awareness of civic issues. We are eager to work with students and staff to design projects that are relevant to our goals and theirs."