Wednesday Weekly: January 18, 2023

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Students Who Need to take POLS 361...

There will be two sections of POLS 361 offered in the Spring Quarter 2023

Cal Poly in London Summer 2023

Informational Meeting: Thursday January 26th

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

POLS Alumni John Imobersteg graduated from law school at the University of San Francisco in May. About a week ago, he learned that he passed the July 2022 CA Bar Exam on the first try!

In the summer of 2021, he interned for the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. In the fall of 2021, he was a clerk for the family court in San Mateo County. In spring 2022, he was a clerk for the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. After the bar exam, he was a post-bar clerk for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

John is currently in the commissioning process for a reserve commission with the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. Starting to apply for jobs in the family/criminal law field.

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. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 6, 2023 by 5:00 PM

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities 

Cause Leadership Academy Paid Internship Program

The CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA) for students, is a nine-week, paid, internship program that prepares college undergraduates to lead and advocate for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community on their campuses and beyond.

As the fastest growing community in the United States, APAs should be reflected in the leadership of the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Founded in 1991, CLA (formerly known as California Asian American Student Internship Coalition) sought to develop this pipeline of leaders in the APA community. Since then, 30 cohorts of CLA graduates have gone on to leadership positions on their campus, run for political office, and have become leaders in politics, business, and nonprofits.

Through CLA, interns gain a deeper awareness of the civic issues facing the APA community in California and learn how to be civically engaged across sectors. CLA provides development in 4 specific areas: APA Issues, Civic Engagement, Leadership Development, and Networking. By the program’s end, interns will not only have new skills, knowledge, and networks, but also will have made change through their community impact project!

Program Duration: June 2023 - August 2023

Paid Job Opportunities

Policy Analyst- Cal Poly California Cybersecurity Institute

Under direct supervision, the Policy Analyst assess and synthesis cybersecurity and space issues (federal, state, and commercial), and compiles content and information for distribution via CCI’s monthly newsletter. In coordination with the Senior Director of Development and the marketing team, they are responsible for identifying cybersecurity and space policy topics and articles, drafting issue summaries, and identifying new information pertinent to CCI operations. Additionally, they are a program advocate, taking a broad project perspective and striving to ensure operational success by looking at the big picture of where program and operational needs meet. Deadline to apply: January 31st

For questions, contact Kayvan Chinichian at

Other Opportunities

Become a CLA Peer Advisor

We are seeking self-motivated, detail oriented and friendly Peer Advisors to help the CLA Advising Center make a difference and support student success!

The CLA Advising Center employs motivated student leaders as Peer Advisors (PAs) to assist CLA students with academic advising and registration. PAs are expected to:

  • Represent the College and University in a professional, responsible and inclusive manner
  • Greet and check-in students who visit the CLA Advising Center
  • Manage Zoom drop-in advising as support to students and advisors

Click here for more information.

Online Application - Due by 8pm on Friday Feb 3rd

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.

Campus Events and Opportunities

The 2023 CSU Research Competition is now open!

The CSU Student Research Competition is held each spring to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments across the 23 CSU campuses.

The competition is open to all disciplines and to current undergraduate and graduate students and 2022 alums. Cash prizes are awarded.

Submissions are due F 1/20/23 at 11:59pm CA time. 

Learn more:

Stay up to date! Follow the Office of Student Research on Instagram @calpolystudentresearch

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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