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Become a Congressional Intern

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UnknownThe road to the White House has never been quicker. With the Panetta Congressional Institute program, you can be on the White House fast track. Panetta Institute invites eager undergraduate students interested in public service and politics to apply for a once in a lifetime opportunity at working in our nation’s capitol. Each student chosen will participate in a two-week training at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay campus. Students will then work full-time for 11 weeks in a Washington, D.C. congressional office for the member of the U.S. House of Representatives. While gaining valuable experience, students may receive up to 20 semester units towards their transcript.

The fall semester program runs from August 2017 through November 2017.  The program is fully funded to allow participation by any qualified student. Plus you get a living stipend, food and housing!

Past graduate and participant of the Panetta Institute Congressional Internship, Jennifer Calbonero explained her experience:

“The Panetta Congressional Internship was one of the most amazing opportunities available to students. It allowed me to gain hands-on work experience in our nation’s Capital, valuable skills that can be applied to any career, and lifelong friendships that I will always cherish. The program offers training and mentor-ship, and connects you with inspiring national leaders— an opportunity that most people can only dream about. Although it was just a semester, it was, by far, the most memorable semester of my undergraduate career.”


  • Matriculated student in upper-division undergraduate status (juniors or seniors during the time of the internship – and have not applied for graduation and do not have more than 120 credit semester units)
  • U.S. citizen
  • State of California resident
  • Students must have health insurance that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act

what you have to do to apply:

  • Two-page essay of interest.  The essay should include the student’s a) academic background and preparation; b) interest, background and aspirations in public service and politics; and c) ways in which he or she will represent the Sacramento campus.
  • A current resume.
  • Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
  • A copy of a recently graded paper (at least three pages long) with the professor’s comments and grade accompanying or written on the paper.
  • Two references, including one Sacramento State professor familiar with the applicant’s academic work.

Deadline for applicants is February 13, 2017

For more information on The Panetta Institute: http://csus.edu/calst/panetta.html