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Congressional Internship Program and 2018 Lecture Series

If you have any questions regarding the programs listed below, please contact Casey Robertson, Sr. Administrative Assistant for the Political Science Department, 408-554-4508Please do not contact the Panetta Institute for Public Policy directly.


Congressional Internship Program

Each fall, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy offers a prestigious fellowship opportunity that provides an all-expenses paid semester in Washington D.C. for one Santa Clara student.

The Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s 20th annual Congressional InternshipProgram will be held from August 6th to November 30th, 2018. The program, open to students of any academic major who will have junior or senior standing this fall, is a combination of a two-week academic orientation held at the Panetta Institute at Cal State Monterey Bay followed by eleven weeks in Washington D.C.. The internship is full-time and, upon completion, students will earn thirty upper-division, elective units in political science. All program costs are covered, including housing, ground transportation, travel to and from Washington D.C., and a living stipend. One student from each of the twenty-three Cal State campuses, as well as one student from SCU (Mr. Panetta's alma mater) and Dominican University of California (Mrs. Panetta’s alma mater) are selected. You must be a U.S. citizen and California resident to be eligible. And the nominated student will be required to undergo a background check before working in Congress. Please see a more complete explanation of program requirements and expectations.

To apply, please submit PDFs of the following to Casey Robertson by Noon on Friday, February 16th, 2018:

  • a resume
  • a two-page essay explaining your interest in the program
  • a recent, graded writing assignment with the professor's comments (minimum of 3 pages)

Finalists must be available to interview on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 28th. The nominee will interview with Fr. Engh at 4pm on Monday, March 5th.


2018 Leon Panetta Lecture Series

The Panetta Institute for Public Policy has graciously made available to SCU students a limited number of free seats for the 2018 ​Leon Panetta Lecture Series. The series will combine small group exercises led by Panetta Institute scholars and discussions among thought leaders moderated by Leon Panetta, former secretary of defense and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The lectures are open to all currently enrolled SCU students but seats are available only to the first 20 students to RSVP for each day. All events will be held at the Monterey Conference Center on Monday afternoons between 12:45pm and 4:30pm. ​​​Attendees must arrange their own transportation.

​​We are now accepting RSVPs for each lecture. Please ​use this link to submit your RSVP by Friday, February 16th, 2018 at Noon​. DO NOT RSVP UNLESS YOU ARE 100% CERTAIN YOU CAN ATTEND.

  1. February 26, 2018: The Economy and the American Dream – Impact of Debt, Growth, Immigration and Tax Cuts, ​Speakers: Kelly Ayotte, Chris Dodd

  2. March 26, 2018: Global Crisis and the American Dream – America First or America as a World Leader?, Speakers: Michael McFaul, Michele Flournoy, John Bolton. ​Please note: This event is scheduled during SCU’s Spring Break.

  3. April 30, 2018: The American Presidency and the American Dream – The Role of Leadership​, Speakers: Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, Reince Priebus

Monterey Conference Center
One Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
Parking Fee: $7/day

Please contact Casey Robertson for additional information.