Panetta Congressional Internship
Each fall semester, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, located in Monterey, provides select CSU students with an intensive two-week training course on the workings of the U.S. Congress, then sends them to Washington, DC, all expenses paid, for 11 weeks to serve for a California member in the House of Representatives. In Washington, interns will attend special seminars with government leaders, journalists, and policy experts. Students majoring in any subject are eligible to apply. The internship covers all expenses, including air travel, and food and lodging while in Monterey and in Washington, DC. Each intern also will receive a stipend to help cover other expenses. Interns may earn up to 20 semester credits through CSU Monterey for a semester.
Note: Deadline to apply is February 19. Attend an information session after you submit your application with an Intern on Wednesday, February 29 from noon - 1 p.m. in LIB 222.
2020 SFSU Panetta Timeline:
Wednesday, February 19th
Panetta Application Due by 5pm
Week of February 24th
Panetta Selection Committee Interviews Candidates
Week of March 2nd
SF State President Interviews Student Nominee(s)
Friday, March 6th
Deadline for SF State Nomination to the Panetta Institute
For more information on how to apply to this program, please contact Jose R. Lopez at email@example.com
- Willingness to accept entry level work and take on assigned tasks as team player
- Provide tours of Capitol Building
- Draft correspondence, attend hearins, take notes and provide reports
- Conduct issue/legislative research
Expectations if Selected:
Be willing to live in assigned group housing with other interns during the entire program:
- Work full-time in a Congressional Office. See Congressional Internship Job Description.
- Accept entry level work assigned to unpaid assistants (interns):
- Take on assigned tasks and work hard:
- Attend reqiried seminars in Washington, D.C. (arranged by the Panetta Institute):
- Submit a brief weekly report to the Panetta Institute:
- Maintain a journal: and
- Write a twenty-page research paper
SF State (ICCE)
- Document internship experience while in Washington on the SF State ePortfolio
- Help recruit the next Panetta intern by making presentations in classrooms
- Conduct two info sessions, one each semester (in collaboration with ICCE)
- Participate in the Panetta selection committee to select the next intern
- Document final research project with the ICCE archives
Students must be able to participate fully in this Congressional Internship Program and not be involved in any other employment or pursuit of employment. Further, no additional course enrollment is allowed outside of the Congressional Internship Program. That includes preparing for or scheduling of LSAT, MCAT, ORE, or other graduate school exams or preparing for other tests. And, finally, students will not be excused for family or other reasons unless there is an emergency or extenuating circumstance.