Wednesday Weekly: February 8, 2023

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Upcoming Events

Dr. Lee Epstein- Teaching Law to Political Science Students and Teaching Political Science Students Law

February 10th, 3pm-5pm, Bldg. 180, Rm. 102

Department News

Spring Schedule Available!

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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.

Paideia Journal of Political Science 

Paideia is Cal Poly's student-run Political Science journal. We are currently accepting submissions from POLS majors, minors, and MPP students for our 10th Anniversary Edition to be published this spring. Since 2013, Paideia has given dozens of Cal Poly POLS students the opportunity to enter the professional world through academic publication. Enter your 300-400 level research, literature reviews, book reviews, analyses, and other political science content created in the last 12 months at our submission form below for a chance to become a published author. The Paideia submissions process is anonymous and evaluators do not know the identity of the authors unless we decide to publish your paper. Act fast; Paideia's submission deadline is February 10th at 11:59pm.

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.


American Politics: Dr. Michael Latner

Global Politics: Dr. Anika Leithner

Pre-Law: Dr. Matthew Moore

Individualized (ICS): Dr. Helene Shanruo Ning Zhang



Political science: Dr. Matthew Moore

Global Politics: Dr. craig arceneaux

law & society: Dr. matthew moore

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

Alumni Spotlight

Rob Moore: ‘Not the typical Los Gatos Town Councilmember’

The 24-year-old is youngest on council by 30-plus years

At 24 years old, Rob Moore is the only Los Gatos Town Councilmember under 55 years old, and he is possibly the youngest councilmember to have ever been elected. Moore won his seat in November.

“I’m definitely not the typical Los Gatos Town Councilmember,” Moore said, “and I think that’s important.”

While the age gap between him and his fellow councilmembers is more than 30 years, Moore said he can bring a unique perspective and hopes to help represent voices that are traditionally left out of the council’s conversations, like younger people, the homeless population and marginalized communities.

The born-and-raised Los Gatan graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and works as a special projects manager for the San Jose Conservation Corps, a local nonprofit that gives disadvantaged youth good-paying jobs in the environmentalism field.

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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

Summer Programs

2023 Hertog War Studies Program

Applications for our Summer 2023 Hertog War Studies Program (HWSP) are now open! The War Studies Program aims to educate advanced undergraduate students about the theory, practice, organization, and control of war and military forces. The program is the cornerstone of ISW’s education efforts. Hertog War Studies will run next summer from July 28 to August 12.


The program is open to graduating seniors (Class of 2023), rising seniors (Class of 2024), and exceptional rising juniors (Class of 2025). HWSP is fully funded with a stipend, housing, travel, meals, and course materials provided.

War Studies is taught by ISW President Kimberly Kagan, Senior Fellow LTG Jim Dubik (US Army, Retired), and AEI Scholar Dr. Frederick W. Kagan.

Students will learn from and interact with distinguished senior leaders in the national security and military communities. This course bridges the civil-military divide and teaches students at the start of their careers how to assess military decision-making.

The final application deadline is March 1, 2023Visit our page to learn more. 

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities 

The Washington Center- Academic Internship Program

Click here for more information

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
  Check-In Internship Period Check-Out
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
  Early Deadline* Regular Deadline
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

Global Cooperation in the Era of Disruption

May 15 - 19, 2023 | Montréal, Canada
The IAPSS World Congress is the largest annual event hosted by IAPSS – the International Association for Political Science Students. As customary for our biggest event of the year, we expect 150+ students from around the world to join us during our second virtual World Congress, concentrating on the theme, Global Cooperation in the Era of Disruption

Student Scholarships and Prizes

The Bert & Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science

The Lamb Prize in Political Science promotes the value of education by supporting and rewarding undergraduate papers that combine innovation and good writing related to policy or politics. Deadline February 17, 2023. Apply here.

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

Seventh Annual Social Justice Teach In to be Held Feb. 9

On Thursday, Feb. 9, join the College of Liberal Arts and the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion as they host the seventh annual Social Justice Teach In, a daylong series of talks and workshops centered around equity and social justice, designed to inform and inspire. All are welcome at these virtual and in-person events featuring presentations from students, staff, faculty and community leaders. Over 40 sessions will be available to choose from in five different tracks focused on specific topics to help attendees find sessions to match their interests: pathways to Hispanic-serving institutions; diversity, equity and inclusion in engineering; reproductive justice; pop culture and media; and restorative justice: beyond incarceration. The day will culminate with Stanford University Professor of Psychology Claude M. Steele presenting his keynote address titled “Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community.” Visit the CLA Website for the full schedule and registration.


Student Volunteers Needed for Teach In

Calling All Students!

The 7th Annual Social Justice Teach In (hosted by CLA and OUDI) is this week on Thursday 2/9 and promises to be another great event! We are hoping to get a few more student volunteers to assist presenters with tech needs (e.g., letting participants into the waiting rooms), and sign-in sheets as well as contacting organizers if necessary. This is a great way to assist in the Teach In, while getting to listen to some excellent presentations by students, staff, and faculty experts across campus. Please see this link for times that volunteers are needed. Megan Rivoire in OUDI will follow up with more specific instructions. 

See you at the Teach In!

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.

Faculty Office Hours and CLA Advising

POLS Department Winter 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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