Wednesday Weekly: April 19, 2023

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Upcoming Events

3+3 B.A./J.D. Information Session

April 20th 11:10am - 12pm in 10-124

Click here for more information on the program

Political Science Club Presents: Bowling with Professors

April 26th, 6:30p - 8pm, Mustang Lanes

RSVP here

SLO County Community Law Day

May 4th, 5pm - 7pm, SLO Courthouse

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Department News

Save the Date! Spring Dinner on June 1st

Calling all graduating seniors and MPP students: Join us for the annual POLS Spring Dinner on June 1st at Ventana Grill. Come have dinner and drinks while we hand out our annual student awards. More information on tickets coming soon.

World Food Systems

POLS 333: World Food Systems is now POLS 332 and is no longer an Upper-Division B course. If you were planning to take the course to satisfy that requirement, you will have to find a different course to satisfy your UD B requirement.

Wondering Who Your Concentration Advisor Is?

**When declaring your concentration, make sure you are using the correct concentration form. The appropriate concentration form will list the name of your concentration on the top of the page. You will find all POLS concentration forms here.










For more information on how to declare your major, please visit our concentrations page

Student Spotlight

Congratulations to Annelise Kettman on your Fulbright award to Spain for the 2023-2024 academic year! 

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational and cultural exchange program, creating connections in a complex and changing world. Led by the U.S. government in partnership with 160 countries worldwide, Fulbright builds lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries—building mutual understanding between nations, advancing knowledge across communities, and improving lives around the world.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given hundreds of thousands of passionate and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to important international problems.

4 Students Were Accepted to SSRIC

Social Science Research Instructional Council Academic Symposium/Conference at CSU Channel Islands on Thursday May 4th. Students are selected from all 23 CSU campuses, representing both undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Ells Taylor: "US Influence and Sino-Russian Relations"
  • Taylor Smith: "Future of Globalization in Space Exploration"
  • Katlyn Pitzer: "US/China Relations: Foreign Policy Tools Deployed to Suppress Chinese Technological Innovation"
  • Annelise Kettmann: "Inflation Reduction Act: Public-Private Partnerships to Stay in the 21st Century"

Alumni Spotlight

**Come back next week**

Fellowship Opportunities

Capital Fellows Programs

The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy fellowships which offer unique experiences in policy-making and development in each branch of government.

Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.

Rooted in experiential learning and public service, Capital Fellows spend 10-11 months as part of a cohort working in a Legislative, Executive or Judicial Branch office. Click here for more information

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities 

The Washington Center- Academic Internship Program

Click here for more information

Professor Shelley Hurt is the Cal Poly faculty liaison. Please contact her with any questions.

Launch a Career You'll Love.

You have the power to design your own professional path, but you still need to know what you want and how you’ll get there. That’s where a summer or semester in the nation’s capital with The Washington Center (TWC) comes in.

TWC’s Academic Internship Program is a holistic experience designed to help you gain the experience, skills and network you’ll need to succeed, all while earning academic credit.

Program Dates
Spring 2023 January 18, 2023* January 23 – April 28, 2023 April 29, 2023
Summer 2023 May 31, 2023* June 6 – August 4, 2023 August 5, 2023
Fall 2023 August 23, 2023* August 29 – December 1, 2023 December 2, 2023
Application Deadlines
Spring 2023 October 12, 2022 November 2, 2022
Summer 2023 February 15, 2023 March 15, 2023
Fall 2023 March 29, 2023 April 26, 2023

Paid Job Opportunities

Nonprofit Career Opportunities- Environment America

Do you want to work on the most profound challenge of our time? Apply to work with Environment America, we’re working to protect the planet. We’re working to stop the worst effects of climate change, to end water pollution and we’re fighting to protect our special places from mining and drilling. Our team is tackling these issues on multiple fronts. If Congress is gridlocked, our team is organizing to advance our issues at the state, local, legal or corporate levels. 

Environment America is hiring entry-level staff to start immediately and to start in summer 2023. For more information, feel free to contact Ian Giancarlo at

Other Opportunities

**Check back next week**

Student Scholarships and Prizes

Butte County Sustainable Communities Scholarship

The Butte County Sustainable Communities Scholarship is in its fourth year, and the eligibility criteria includes graduating high school seniors at public schools in Butte County, California as well as students who graduated from a public high school in Butte County in the previous four academic years (2019 through 2022) AND are enrolled in a qualifying undergraduate program* at one of the UCs, CSUs, or public community colleges in California.

*Qualifying academic programs: Applicants must have an area of study in or related to city and regional planningurban studiessustainable transportation planninghousingclimate changeclimate policyenvironmental studiesenvironmental policypolitical sciencepublic administration, or public health. An area of study adjacent to one of the above programs may be considered a qualifying academic program by the scholarship review committee.

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 21st at 5pmTwo (2) $500 scholarships will be awarded.

Educational Opportunities

The University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS)

At the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), you can explore your passions and develop your potential — your way. Our small, supportive community within a world-class university provides access to internationally known faculty, extensive opportunities, and a vast alumni network all dedicated to your success.

U.C. Berkeley Political Science Department PhD Program

Are you considering applying for a PhD in Political Science?

California State University, San Bernardino Masters Programs

M.A. National Security Studies

The two-year M.A. program provides a comprehensive curriculum with foundations in strategy and strategic studies for students interested in pursuing careers with the U.S. government or with private companies. M.A. program alumni serve in many different career fields, including defense, security, intelligence, and counter-terrorism. For more information, click here.

M.S. National Cyber Security Studies

The two year M.S. program is one of the few graduate programs in the country that is devoted to the study of U.S. national cyber security. M.S. program alumni serve in many different career fields, including defense, security, intelligence. For more information, click here.

University of Oregon Masters in Education Policy and Leadership

University of Oregon a new master of science degree in Education Policy and Leadership. The program combines theoretical grounding in education policy and leadership studies, advanced methodological and analytic training, and applied and practical knowledge in students' individual areas of topical interest. You can reach out to for questions or visit their website.

Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business Graduate Programs

Campus Events and Opportunities

Talk by John Sullins (Sonoma State) on developing ethical reasoning in robots through internal dialogue

April 20th, 11:10am - 12pm, 08-123

Safer Hosts Annual Take Back the Night on April 27

Illustration of the Cal Poly P, a moon and flowers with text reading Take Back the Night.Safer will host Sexual Assault Action Month throughout April. This year’s theme is “Resistance and Resiliency” to recognize the long-term commitment to social justice that this anti-violence movement requires, while also celebrating the resiliency of survivors in our community. The month culminates in Safer’s biggest event of the year — Take Back the Night — from 5-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the University Union Plaza. Take Back the Night is an international movement against sexual violence, with roots in San Luis Obispo that date back to the 1980s. With a focus on uplifting survivors and building empowerment in community, this event will feature live music, catered food, art installations, resource fairs, speakers from the local community, a solidarity march, and will end with a candlelight vigil. This event is made possible with generous support from ASI Events, Planned Parenthood and the Career Services Diversity Funding Committee.


Poly Canyon Ventures

Poly Canyon Ventures (PCV) is a student-run investment fund that deploys capital to startups coming out of Cal Poly. We work heavily alongside these companies in a consultant role and work with potential donors to receive funds for investments. We are open to all majors and looking to build a diverse team from multiple skill sets! If interested, please apply at the following link:

Support Mustangs Struggling with Food Insecurity through Feed Cal Poly

Heart reading Feed Cal Poly, help students struggling with food insecurity.Feed Cal Poly makes it easy for all faculty, staff, students and supporters to donate to Mustangs in need. Food insecurity is a very real and persistent problem on campus. Support of the Cal Poly Basic Needs Initiative through donations to Feed Cal Poly helps ensure all Mustangs have access to the resources they need to succeed. The Feed Cal Poly website makes donating quick, easy and accessible, with no limit on donation size. Simply login and follow the steps. Students with dining memberships also have the option to donate unused dining dollars through the Mustang Meal Share Program. All donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes. Watch for the Feed Cal Poly tent at events throughout campus for more ways to get involved and support fellow Mustangs.


Food Resources

The Cal Poly Food Pantry is open to all students - no questions asked. Cal Poly community members who are experiencing food insecurity or instability are welcome to shop at the Food Pantry, Monday through Friday 8:30am - 5pm.

Our mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a stronger community. Cal Poly hosts a SLO Food Bank Pick Up site open to all on the 4th Tuesday of every month on Mott Lawn.

CalFresh is like financial aid for food! The CalFresh Team helps determine if you are eligible for up to $204 per month to spend on groceries and at farmers' markets.

Students can receive up to $75 per quarter to assist with meals on campus at Vista Grande, Campus Market, Red Radish, Mustang Station, and PCV.

Transportation Resource


A service to help Cal Poly students travel home affordably and comfortably with other members of our student community. In October, Ryde was launched with 3 Cal Poly students and we’ve since welcomed 2,200+ Cal Poly students to our community and helped them travel 160,000+ miles across California while saving them $14,700+ in gas!

Ryde helps students connect with other riders and drivers in the community. Want to learn more about us?

About Us

Cal Poly CIE – Summer Accelerator Spotlight

Cal Poly CIE – Demo Day Pitch

Mustang New – Ryde

Cal Poly Corporation Highlight

Faculty Office Hours and CLA Advising

POLS Department Spring 2023

Faculty Office Hours and PDF version

Graduate School Advisor

POLS Department announcing new position, Graduate School Advisor, Professor Shelley Hurt, who has successfully steered many Cal Poly students to great success in graduate schools across the country from UC Berkley to Columbia University, to the London School of Economics in Britain. She is now providing advice to all interested POLS students who wants to pursue their education at the M.A. or Doctoral level in pursuit of a broader horizon of career opportunities. 

Email her or drop by during her office hours (47-11C) on Tuesdays from 1-5pm.

College of Liberal Arts Advising

CLA Advising is available to assist with registration, academic planning, general education and other degree requirements. referral to support services, advice about major changes, and academic policies and procedures.
CLA Advising Center Hours and Contact Information: 
In-person & Zoom Appointments: 
Monday - Thursday: 9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Virtual Fridays: 9:00 am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm
To schedule an appointment, see website. 
Zoom Drop-In Advising: 
Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:00pm 
(hours extended during busy times, see website)
No in-person drop-in advising
Phone: (805) 756-6200


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