The Panetta Institute’s Congressional Internship Program, combines a rigorous two-week academic orientation at the Panetta Institute along with an experiential education as a Panetta Intern in a Washington, D.C. office of a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  While serving in our nation’s capital the student also attends weekly seminars.  Upon completion of all requirements, interns earn full-time academic units that will be posted to their university transcripts.  All program costs are covered, including housing, ground transportation, travel to and from Washington, D.C. and a living stipend.  Any academic major may apply; the program is open to qualified students regardless of income.

The program is open to outstanding students in any academic major, subject to the established criteria. Applicants must be a Junior or Senior during AY 2020-2021, a California resident and must be willing to undergo a background check. Interested students should complete this application  by no later than noon on Friday, February 7, 2021.  An interdisciplinary selection team will evaluate applications and interview finalists. The selection committee will forward its recommendation to President Beck, who makes the final selection.

To complete this application students need to submit (via upload) several things. They should be prepared with these documents before beginning the application.

  1. A resume;
  2. A copy of your most recent CI transcript;
  3. A copy of your transcript from any other college or university you have attended;
  4. A statement (one to two pages double-spaced) explaining your interest in the program and your commitment to public and community service;
  5. A scanned copy of a recent class assignment with the professor’s comments and grade.

We also require one letter of recommendation from a CI Faculty member familiar with the student’s work. That letter should be submitted to by the February 7th deadline or as soon after the deadline as possible.

Finalists will be scheduled for an interview about February 14th. The committee will choose a finalist who interviews with the Vice President for Student Affairs and the President. Subsequently, the candidate interviews at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterrey Bay in March.

Students begin with a two-week orientation at CSU Monterrey Bay in August and then move to DC for the Fall Semester. Make sure to check out the complete internship documentation (PDF, 793KB) for more information. (NOTE: The 2020 infopack has not been released. Documentation from last year can be used for reference until the new infopack is available)

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