• Leon Panetta Leads Two-Week Course for Congressional Internship Program

    Secretary Panetta Leads Two-Week Course with Policy Experts for Panetta Institute’s Nationally Acclaimed Congressional Internship Program: Press Release

    ormer Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta will again lead the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s sixteenth annual Congressional Internship Program, which begins with a two-week course designed to prepare participating students for their fall semester of work in the Washington offices of the California congressional delegation.  The orientation courses are the first part of the 13-week hands-on learning experience for accomplished, civic-minded young people.  This year’s class will include a special discussion with former Vice President Dan Quayle on politics in Washington, DC.

    The semester-long public service experience was created sixteen years ago by Secretary and Mrs. Panetta and is sponsored by the Panetta Institute.  Today, it is considered one of the finest intern programs in the nation.  Following the initial two weeks of classes, twenty-six students will travel to Washington, DC to serve eleven weeks as interns in the United States House of Representatives.  Students are nominated by university presidents from throughout the California State University system, the largest public university system in the country, along with Dominican University of California, Saint Mary’s College of California and Santa Clara University.  Each intern is selected based on an exemplary scholastic record as well as interest in politics, policy and public service.

    “American democracy is at a point of crisis,” said Panetta Institute Chairman Leon E. Panetta. “We can either allow political dysfunction and gridlock to bring about the decline of our nation or we can work to create a new generation of leaders dedicated to compromise and who understand that governing is good politics.  Panetta Institute interns begin their work in Washington after two weeks of courses on key policy issues and leadership techniques.  They gain hands-on experience and first-hand knowledge about how our democracy functions and how they can play a part in our great nation.”

    Secretary Panetta will teach on the founding of the American republic, congressional leadership, committees and policy making, and United States defense policies.  Other classes in the program include:  the role of an intern; legislative and administrative structures of a congressional office; key domestic and foreign policy issues; House leadership and committee roles; rules and procedures of debate and law making; budget and appropriations processes; White House relations with Congress and the role of the press.

    Noted experts from the East and West Coast, and local officials speak directly with the interns and provide them with a strong foundation for their work in Washington.  “Congressional offices feel confident receiving interns from our program because of the competitive application process, the quality of training our interns receive and the support and management provided by the Panetta Institute,” said Sylvia M. Panetta, Panetta Institute Co-Chair and CEO.  While in Washington, the interns also attend regular seminars with key government leaders in different aspects of policy ranging from economics to the environment and foreign affairs to defense resources.  Each student will receive twenty academic credits upon successful completion of the internship program.

    The Panetta Institute for Public Policy was established in 1998 by Leon and Sylvia Panetta, and serves as a bipartisan study center to enhance public policy and to attract thoughtful men and women to lives of public service.  For more information about the Congressional Internship Program, or other Institute-sponsored events, please call the Panetta Institute at 831-582-4200 or visit the Institute’s website at www.panettainstitute.org.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 11, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News

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