• Panetta Institute Interns Begin Work in 26 Congressional Offices

    Twenty-six college interns from The Panetta Institute for Public Policy began work in offices of California delegation members of the United States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. 

    These students are now spending 11 weeks in Washington after participating in an intensive two-week course at the Panetta Institute that provided background on policy issues, the current political environment and training on how to work effectively in a congressional office.  The students for this sixteenth annual program were nominated by the presidents of the California State University (CSU) campuses, as well as the presidents of Dominican University of California, Saint Mary’s College of California and Santa Clara University for their exemplary scholastic achievements and their interest in politics and policy. 

    This Congressional Internship Program was founded by the Panetta Institute to give students from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds hands-on experience on how our democracy operates.  “The Panetta Institute’s internship program is regarded as one of the best in the nation.  This year’s class of interns is another group of inspiring young people who will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn directly from our elected officials about the legislative process and the ins and outs of our democracy,” said Institute CEO and Co-Chair Sylvia M. Panetta.

    The Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program is unique because of the two-week training session mentioned above and because the Panetta Institute covers the entire cost of the program including transportation and housing.  This financial support ensures that the opportunity to participate is available to students of all economic backgrounds.  All costs for this academic course, including a small sum for expense reimbursement, are provided by the Panetta Institute with support from the Board of Directors of the Panetta Institute, Chancellor of the CSU system, as well as other donors.  Among others, the faculty participating in the two-week orientation were:  Institute Chairman Secretary Leon Panetta; Institute CEO and Co-Chair Sylvia Panetta; former Vice President Dan Quayle; former members of Congress; the House Parliamentarian; leading policy experts; congressional legislative and administrative staff; former White House staff; campaign, communications and media consultants; university professors; former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction; former Panetta Institute interns; and Institute instructors Richard Kezirian and Ellen Wilson.

    Among the interns assigned is Wendy Holman from CSU Monterey Bay.

    While in Washington, the interns will attend regular seminars with key administration personnel on different aspects of government policy, ranging from economics to the environment, and foreign affairs to defense resources.  In 2013, seminar speakers included Pete Rouse, counselor to President Barack Obama; Ashton Carter, deputy secretary of defense; Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senator; Sam Farr (D), U.S. Representative; Bill Lowery (R), former U.S. Representative; Michèle Flournoy, former under secretary of defense for policy; Thomas J. Wickham, Jr., U.S. House of Representatives parliamentarian; Patrick Griffin, former assistant to the president for legislative affairs; Doris Meissner, senior fellow and director of the Migration Policy Institute; and Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute resident scholar. Seminars for 2014 will include a similar range of topics and speakers.  As a special event this year, the interns will attend the unveiling of Secretary Panetta’s official portrait at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

    The program concludes in mid-November.  Each student will receive 20 academic credits upon successful completion of the internship program. 

    For additional information, please call the Panetta Institute at 831-582-4200.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on August 26, 2014

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