Pacific Council on International Policy

The Pacific Council on International Policy inspires commitment to global engagement across Los Angeles and California. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization, the Pacific Council engages members through programs that connect local experience to global affairs, including renowned speaker events, conferences, international and national delegations, leadership development, and community volunteer efforts.

The Pacific Council operates in cooperation with the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC. Dean Willow Bay sits on the Pacific Council Board of Directors, and Pacific Council staff are full time USC employees. The Council was founded in partnership with USC in 1995.

Opportunities for students

Foreign Reporting class

Since 2018, the Pacific Council has partnered with Annenberg on a graduate-level class for Foreign Reporting. Students taking the course have access to Pacific Council events throughout the semester and can connect with member experts as sources. Students also have the opportunity to publish their class assignments to the Pacific Council online Newsroom.

Junior Fellowships

Every quarter the Pacific Council offers Junior Fellowships, comparable to internships. Designed for undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students with a demonstrated interest in international affairs, the Pacific Council Junior Fellows Program is an opportunity for individuals of junior professional background to gain experience in international relations through a member-based non-profit. 

For questions about the Junior Fellow Program, please contact Ilyssa Padrid-Dykman at

The Council is committed to representing and addressing California’s diverse perspectives and challenging all citizens to think critically about global issues.

To learn more about the Pacific Council and how to get involved, contact Marissa Moran, Chief Communications Officer, at

Pacific Council on International Policy