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The University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education Master’s Program Office (MPO) serves as a hub for academic and professional development and career advancement for graduate students in the Learning Design and Technology Program, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs Program, and Educational Counseling Program within the Rossier School of Education. MPO and Rossier prides itself on preparing counselors, administrators, and educational leaders for an impactful career in education. Our office hosts many seminars throughout the year to help our students feel more equipped in the classroom and after graduation. MPO fosters many opportunities for students to acquire internships as well as professional careers within USC and elsewhere. It is our mission to ensure student success within Rossier’s Master’s Programs and to serve as a viable resource to our students during the duration of their program.

Introducing New MPO Director: Dr. Helena Seli!

Helena Seli Professional Oct 2015

Below you will find a message from our new director here at the Master’s Programs Office, Dr. Helena Seli:

I am excited about my new role as the Faculty Program Chair for the Master’s Programs! Together as the MPO team of Julienne, Marianna, Solomon, James and our student workers, we will work tirelessly to ensure that our programs prepare you to tackle the problems of practice you face in your field and advance Rossier’s mission in your communities of practice. I look forward to leading that charge.

As for myself, I have been with Rossier for 10 years as a clinical faculty member. My background is in educational psychology and since 2014, I have served as the faculty chair for Master’s in Learning Design and Technology. I have lived in the US for over 20 years but was born and raised in Estonia, part of the previous Soviet Union. Aside from my work with Rossier, I am in charge of ensuring that our three kids, ages 8-15 grow up as engaged and responsible citizens – and hopefully will become Trojans like you!

Please do not hesitate to stop by my office, 304D to say hello!

Fight on!


Public Speaking Workshop

The Master’s Programs Office hosted A Public Speaking Workshop with Laurel Felt (see above). Dr. Laurel Felt is an expert in effective communication. She is a Lecturer at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she teaches public speaking and business communication, and Principal at Laurel Felt Consulting, a boutique agency that playfully teaches public speakers how to share their brilliant ideas so that audiences can join in meaningful, participatory experiences that engage, inform, and inspire action.

To these roles, Laurel brings 15+ years of experience in the classroom, on stage, and in the workforce. As a scholar, Laurel examines 21st century learning, specifically looking at media literacy, social and emotional learning, and the power of play and improvisation. Most recently, she had the honor of working with the USC Pullias Center for Higher Education on its First in the World/Mission: Admission study.

As a public speaker, Laurel has logged over 10,000 hours of practice, dating back from her reign as a high school speech team champion, continuing through years of improvisational comedy study and performance, dozens of presentations along the academic conference circuit, and a cumulative decade of teaching preschool and college (more similar than one might think!). To her great delight, Laurel has had the opportunity to coach USC undergraduates, Children’s Hospital-Los Angeles residents, and entrepreneurs of all stripes to public speaking greatness.

Laurel holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, a M.A. in Child Development from Tufts University, and a B.S. in Social Policy from Northwestern University.

Zócalo Public Square



On behalf of Zócalo Public Square, I would like to invite you and your colleagues to please join us as special guests at an October 11th program and hosted reception at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in downtown Los Angeles.


This free program, entitled “Are College Campuses Rewriting the Rules of Sex in America?” will feature Vanessa Grigoriadis, contributing editor at The New York Times Magazine and author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus, exploring how ideas about sexuality and sexual engagement are being redrafted at America’s universities. Full details are below.


The program and reception will be held on Wednesday, October 11th at 7:30 p.m at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy. Admission is free, and guests must register in advance here


I would so appreciate if you could circulate this message within your network. Please let me know if you have any questions at all. I can be reached at this email address and also at 909-244-2665. Thank you and I hope to see you there!



Internship with Career Center


Career Counseling Internship

DEPARTMENT:  The Career Center


LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA                                                                 DATE:  Fall 2017


The Actors Fund is the only national human services organization that serves everyone in the entertainment industry and performing arts community through its offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.  Founded in 1882, The Actors Fund provides vital social services programs, health care services, career services and supportive housing, as well as financial assistance.  These programs have been designed to meet the unique needs of professionals in every aspect of the entertainment field.

The Career Center at The Actors Fund is a full career services office, assisting people in identifying and obtaining sideline, parallel, and new careers. The Career Center’s services include career counseling, career coaching, workshops, training, special seminars, and career panels.  The Career Center clients develop and implement their career goals through meetings with career counselors, attendance at special seminars and attending workshops.  The Career Center helps its clients identify their marketable employment skills and helps them to obtain new ones.

CLIENT POPULATION: Clients are performing artists and entertainment professionals with a wide variety of functionality and presenting concerns, including a great deal of ambivalence about getting non-entertainment work, mental health issues, disabilities, poverty, homelessness, and substance use problems, among others.

PART-TIME:  14 hours per week for Fall and Spring (Intern may start in early August, if available.) Schedule to be determined with student intern; due to our workshop schedules, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays are preferred.


Conduct individual career counseling sessions (5-6 clients per week); interpret assessments; participate in weekly workshops; conduct labor market, education, training research; update resources; and develop workshop materials as needed. Other duties and opportunities for training can be discussed, including self-directed research projects.


Masters level candidate in counseling, education, social work, or psychology related degree program. At least three years of experience in education, arts, community-based organizations, or related work experience.  Strong interest in working with the entertainment and performing arts community.  Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel are useful, as well as the ability and willingness to learn The Career Center clinical database.

Requirement: A background check will be required as there is a program at The Actors Fund that has minors under age 18.

COMPENSATION: A small stipend of $800 per semester will be provided upon completion of each semester.  Parking for two days per week in a nearby parking facility will be paid for by AWP.


REPORTS TO:  The Career Center Career Counselor, Dara Blaine, M.S

AWP Staff at The Actors Fund:

Joanne Webb, M.A.

Joanne Webb displays her talents as the Director of The Career Center at The Actors Fund, Western Region. Joanne’s position as Director of The Career Center includes leading a professional career development team in creating and managing new programs.  She prides herself in her proven ability to motivate and collaborate with creative people and organizations, enabling them to succeed in their strategic goals, enhanced through community alliance. This includes Arts Education, Entrepreneurship, and baby boomer/over 50 yrs. of age communities. Joanne focuses her expertise on encouraging artists to explore and successfully discover new career paths that utilize their creative talents and skills. Joanne has a BFA in Theater from Boston University and an MA in Psychology, Specialization in Applied Community Psychology from Antioch University.

Dara Blaine, M.S.

Dara Blaine is a career counselor and coach specializing in working with adults in transition. Dara began her career working as a camera operator/editor in the film industry and brings a solid understanding of the struggles faced by those pursuing entertainment careers to her work counseling clients at the Actors Fund. In addition to one-on-one counseling, she has been instrumental in developing and delivering new programs designed to answer the needs of this highly creative population, including trainings around creative career storytelling and developing portfolio careers. In her previous position as a career counselor at Beit T’Shuva, Dara counseled clients struggling to rebuild their careers in overcoming significant barriers to employment. Dara holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling, specializing in Career Counseling from CSU Northridge, and a BA in Media Studies from Carleton College.

Ross Berg, M.S.

Ross Berg graduated with his Master’s Degree in Counseling with a Specialization in Career Counseling from CSU Northridge in 1996. As a Graduate Student, Ross did Internships with Los Angeles Valley College Transfer and Career Center , CSU Northridge Career Center, CSU Northridge Volunteer Program, West Valley Occupational Center Career Services, Great Western Bank Human Resources, and Ventura Community College Career Center. After graduation, Ross worked as a Career Counselor at CSU Northridge and at UC Riverside.  After 15 years in the Career Counseling field, Ross left to explore Religious Services and ran a Temple in Los Angeles for close to 3 years; although deeply rewarding, Ross began to miss the one-on-one experience of helping individuals as a Counselor and decided to return to the field. The Actors Fund Career Center has been an ideal fit for Ross as he is both an Author and a Musician and is thus uniquely qualified to relate empathically to the challenges and rewards experienced by those in the field of creative arts.

Sophia Kozak, M.A.

Sophia Kozak is the Career Counselor for Career Transition For Dancers, Western Region, at the Actors Fund where she counsels, trains and manages the educational grant process with clients.   Sophia has worked with arts-based and social justice nonprofits for over 10 years. She brings her professional experience as a community organizer, healing arts practitioner, wellness coach and dancer to her role as Career Counselor. Sophia received her B.A. from UCLA and holds advanced degrees in Spiritual Psychology (Counseling) and Nonprofit Management.

Application Procedure:

An application consists of a statement of interest, cover letter, and resume.  Please forward materials electronically, with your name on any attachments, to: Joanne Webb at  (See application below.)

Internship Application

The Career Center

The Actors Fund











Name of Graduate Program:


Year in Program:   1st, 2nd. 3rd.

Graduate Program Supervisor/Professor:

Contact information for two references:





Relationship to you:





Relationship to you:


Statement of Interest Questions:  (Please use only one page to answer all four questions.)


  1. Why are you interested in this internship at The Actors Fund?


  1. What skills or experience do you have in entertainment, or related fields,

which will be an asset in counseling clients of The Career Center?


  1.  Describe your approach/philosophy in helping clients get “unstuck” when facing roadblocks regarding career issues.


  1. What are your future career plans and how do you think the experience of interning at The Actors Fund will contribute to your future career goals.


Thank you for your interest.

Marshall GA Fieldwork Opportunity

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USC Marshall School of Business

Office of External Relations – Marshall Fund (Annual Fund and Alumni Affairs)

Development Assistant

(Graduate Assistant Position)




The USC Marshall School of Business is currently seeking a graduate assistant (“development assistant”) in our External Relations office located in Downtown LA (USC Center on S. Olive Street, accessible by shuttle from campus). This role will work with and support a dynamic team of five fundraisers and alumni affairs staff who are responsible for raising annual funds to support the Dean’s Discretionary Fund.   They also develop and maintain key alumni relationships via the Marshall Alumni Association.


Position: Responsibilities include donor research, general event preparation, data entry, donor fulfillment assistance, record filing, mailings, information gathering/reporting and other administrative tasks.  Position will also manage other special projects related to the annual fund program.


Qualifications: Must be a team player with good verbal and written communication skills, ability to manage multiple projects/priorities, attention to detail, and a desire to make the most of an excellent opportunity to gain strong business experience. Must be able to use discretion to handle confidential donor information.  Proficiency in MS Word/Excel/ PPT/ Outlook is required.  We are looking for a commitment of 12-15 hours per week starting immediately and lasting thru the summer semester.


Ideal candidate will have an interest in development, higher education, alumni affairs, and relationship management.


Email inquiries, resumes and cover letters to Guillermina Molina, Sr. Director of the Marshall Fund and Alumni Affairs @ by 5/15/17.


Dear Master’s student,

Here in southern California, spring has definitely sprung!  To celebrate the return of warm, beautiful weather, we’ll discuss a topic that I don’t consider crucial to strong writing, but one about which I still get plenty of questions: that, which, and commas.

First, let’s talk about “restrictive” vs. “non-restrictive” clauses.  A restrictive clause is one that provides information that is necessary to identify someone or something.  A non-restrictive clause provides “extra” information, i.e. info that a reader would not need to identify someone or something.  Commas are placed before and after a non-restrictive clause.  You’re likely a little confused now, so let’s use examine an example for clarity.

Restrictive:   My sister who normally avoids spicy food wants Thai food for dinner.

Non-restrictive: My sister, who normally avoids spicy food, wants Thai food for dinner. Continue reading WRITING TIP WEDNESDAY: RESTRICTIVE VS. NON-RESTRICTIVE INFO