2019 Panetta Congressional Internship

Business Name: 
Panetta Institute for Public Policy
Government/Public Administration
Type of Position: 
Part-Time Internship
Grade Level: 
Monterey, CA (with a two-week training course in Washington, D.C.)
Days/Hours per Week: 
11 Weeks
Pay Range: 
Internship provides a stipend as well as covers all expenses, including air travel, and food and lodging while in Monterey and in Washington, D.C.
Each Fall semester, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy provides select CSU students:
  • Two-week training courses on the working for the U.S. Congress, then sends them to Washington, D.C.
  • All expenses paid – 11 weeks/college units
  • Attendance during special seminars with government leaders, journalists, and policy experts.


Duration of Position: 

11 Weeks

Position Description: 

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.

Position Responsibilities: 


  • 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



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.


Required Qualifications: 
Student Eligibility:
  • Students majoring in any subject are eligible to apply
  • U.S. citizen and State of California resident
  • Upper division undergraduate: Junior or Senior in Fall 2017 (120 units maximum)
  • Superior academic achievement (3.3+ GPA)
  • Demonstrated commitment to community and public service and leadership
  • Excellent English oral and written skills to interact with constituents appropriately
  • Willing to live in assigned group housing during the entire 11 week program
  • Never been disciplined under the CA Code of Regulations, Title 5, Article 2, Sec. 41301
  • Proof of health insurance that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act and covers the students while residing and working in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area
  • Undergo a background check


Preferred Qualifications: 

How to Apply: 

For more information contact Jose R. Lopez at  jirlopez@sfsu.edu

Click here for more information and application form.

2019 SFSU Panetta Timeline:

  • Thursday, Janurary 31st
    Info Session with Current Panetta Intern (12:30pm, LIB 222)
  • Wednesday, February 13th
    Application Due by 5pm
  • Week of February 18th
    ICCE Selects and Interviews Candidates
  • Monday, February 25th
    ICCE Submit Recommendation to the SFSU President
  • Week of February 25th
    SFSU President Interviews Student Nominee(s)
  • Friday, March 1st
    Deadline for SFSU Nomination to the Panetta Institute


Application Deadline: