Cal State DC
Since 2006, the Cal State DC program has offered students opportunities to spend a summer studying about and working in the world of politics in our nation's capital. Through our program students enroll in full-time academic units while interning in Washington. Internships can be with congressional offices, executive agencies, political parties, advocacy groups, non-profits, and a variety of other offices in and around Washington, D.C. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students from all majors and CSU campuses are encouraged to apply. Since 2013, the program has expanded to include spring semester programs as well.
The department offers a variety of internships. Each one involves students working in an agency, political organization, law firm or other related offices, and meeting in an on-campus seminar to discuss their experiences.
Model United Nations
Model United Nations aids students' understanding of international organizations through study and participation in a simulated General Assembly. Members are assigned a country and research its politics and policy positions. They attend the sessions as the representatives of that country and take part in the simulated proceedings.
Moot Court is a simulation of an appellate court proceeding (also known as mock Supreme Court and Supreme Court Simulation). Moot Court involves teams of student-contestants, clients burdened by a legal problem, briefs and oratory detailing the dimensions of the legal problem before an appellate court. Students argue a hypothetical legal case known as "the competition case." To do so, students must research the cases and laws cited in "the competition case." Moot court judges ask students questions and grade the students on the basis of their knowledge of the case, their response to questioning, their forensic skills, and their demeanor. Our program is one of the top programs in the region.
The Prelaw Society was established to satisfy not only the various serious needs shared by aspiring law students but also to bring to the student body as a whole the values involved in the advocacy of equal justice before the law for all. Guest speakers representing the judiciary, law firms, law schools, public interest law corporations and law enforcement agencies provide a window to the world of law.
Pi Sigma Alpha
Outstanding political science undergraduates are eligible to join the Epsilon chapter of the national honorary society, Pi Sigma Alpha. To qualify, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.25 in the political science major.
Where is additional information available?
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