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Junior Fellow

Center on Communication Leadership & Policy Los Angeles, California

The USC Annenberg School's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) is seeking an exceptional recent graduate as a fixed-term full-time Junior Fellow working on a range of issues including the role of media and technology in democracy, the future of journalism, women and communication leadership and policy, and understanding and bridging the political divide.

The Junior Fellow will work closely with CCLP Director and University Professor Geoffrey Cowan, and CCLP's Senior and Faculty Fellows. The Junior Fellow will serve as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Cowan, provide administrative, research, and editorial support for the Director and CCLP publications, in addition to assisting with public events and other programmatic activities. The Junior Fellow will also produce and maintain content on the Center's web site, blog, social media sites and other publications.

To learn more about CCLP activities, applicants should visit our website and Twitter account at

Qualifications and application process

Ideal applicants will be highly organized and possess exceptional research and communication skills, superior academic performance, and solid knowledge of and passion for the areas in which CCLP is engaged. Occasional travel, night and weekend work required. Ideal applicants will hold a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communication, international relations, political science, history, public relations, or a related field. Applicants with Master’s degrees in these related fields are also encouraged to apply.

Applications should be submitted via and should include the following:

  • Resume or CV
  • A cover letter (about one page) explaining why you are interested in this position and how you expect to contribute
  • Two examples of your writing and research (e.g. a paper from class, articles or blog posts)
  • Optionally, based on the topics and themes that our center works on, offer 1-2 proposals each for a) discussion topics and panelists for on-campus conversations that could be organized by CCLP; and b) research projects that we could undertake.
  • Please feel free to include professional references and/or letters of recommendation and an academic transcript.

The term of the fellowship is Spring, 2019 (with a start date between March and June) to June 30, 2020. However, preference will be given to applicants who prefer a two-year appointment. The second-year contract may be renewed with the approval of the director based on exemplary performance and funding availability.

About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school's comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world. For additional information, see our website:

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.


REQ20069701 Posted Date: 01/23/2019

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