Panetta Congressional Internship Program


Panetta Congressional Internship

Each fall semester, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, located in Monterey, provides select CSU students with an intensive two-week training course on the workings of the U.S. Congress, then sends them to Washington, DC, all expenses paid, for 11 weeks to serve for a California member in the House of Representatives. In Washington, interns will attend special seminars with government leaders, journalists, and policy experts. Students majoring in any subject are eligible to apply. The internship covers all expenses, including air travel, and food and lodging while in Monterey and in Washington, DC. Each intern also will receive a stipend to help cover other expenses. Interns may earn up to 20 semester credits through CSU Monterey for a semester.

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Daniel Richardson - SF State's 2018 Panetta Congressional Intern 

Daniel Richardson is a junior majoring in Business and Economics with a concentration in Decision Science. Mr. Richardson was raised in Napa, California by a working-class family who fostered the values of honest workmanship and personal ingenuity. Upon reflection on his experience in South-East Asia, Mr. Richardson decided to pursue a second major in Economics to grasp an understanding of public and labor economics. Mr. Richardson’s intellectual interests are in researching the economic effects of decentralized technologies, artificial intelligence, and peer-to-peer business models. Through the Panetta Institute, Mr. Richardson plans to gain insight into the public economic sector and policymaking to discover how these technologies may be governed. He plans to graduate fall of 2019 and hopes to pursue opportunities with the United Nations, the American Institute of Economic Research, or the Federal Bank where he would like to employ the technologies of tomorrow to decrease the amount of poverty around the world. 






 Application Information - Due: Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 5pm                                           

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Each Fall semester, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy provides select CSU students:

  • Two-week training courses on the working for the U.S. Congress, then sends them to Washington, D.C.
  • All expenses paid – 11 weeks/college units
  • Attendance during special seminars with government leaders, journalists, and policy experts.

Student Eligibility:

  • Students majoring in any subject are eligible to apply
  • U.S. citizen and State of California resident
  • Upper division undergraduate: Junior or Senior status during internship (120 units maximum)
  • Superior academic achievement (3.3+ GPA)
  • Demonstrated commitment to community and public service and leadership
  • Excellent English oral and written skills to interact with constituents appropriately
  • Willing to live in assigned group housing during the entire 11 week program
  • Never been disciplined under the CA Code of Regulations, Title 5, Article 2, Sec. 41301
  • Proof of health insurance that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act and covers the students while residing and working in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area
  • Willing to undergo a background check


  • Willingness to accept entry level work and take on assigned tasks as team player
  • Provide tours of Capitol Building
  • Draft correspondence, attend hearins, take notes and provide reports
  • Conduct issue/legislative research

Expectations if Selected:


Be willing to live in assigned group housing with other interns during the entire program:

  • Work full-time in a Congressional Office. See Congressional Internship Job Description.
  • Accept entry level work assigned to unpaid assistants (interns):
  • Take on assigned tasks and work hard:
  • Attend reqiried seminars in Washington, D.C. (arranged by the Panetta Institute):
  • Submit a brief weekly report to the Panetta Institute:
  • Maintain a journal: and
  • Write a twenty-page research paper

SF State (ICCE)

  • Document internship experience while in Washington on the SF State ePortfolio
  • Help recruit the next Panetta intern by making presentations in classrooms
  • Conduct two info sessions, one each semester (in collaboration with ICCE)
  • Participate in the Panetta selection committee to select the next intern
  • Document final research project with the ICCE archives

Students must be able to participate fully in this Congressional Internship Program and not be involved in any other employment or pursuit of employment. Further, no additional course enrollment is allowed outside of the Congressional Internship Program. That includes preparing for or scheduling of LSAT, MCAT, ORE, or other graduate school exams or preparing for other tests. And, finally, students will not be excused for family or other reasons unless there is an emergency or extenuating circumstance.

2019 SFSU Panetta Timeline: 

Thursday, January 31st

Info Session with Current Panetta Intern (12:30pm, LIB 222)

Wednesday, February 13th

Application Due by 5pm

Week of February 18th

ICCE Selects and Interviews Candidates

Monday, February 25th

ICCE Submit Recommendation to the SFSU President

Week of February 25th

SFSU President Interviews Student Nominee(s)

Friday, March 1st

Deadline for SFSU Nomination to the Panetta Institute

For more information on how to apply to this program, please contact Jose R. Lopez at

Panetta Congressional Interns - Past and Present

Panetta Congressional Interns: 2008-Present

Where are they now? Check out their LinkedIn profiles!

Panetta ePortfolios

2017: Tigran Agdaian

Major: Environmental Studies

Interned with Rep.John Garamendi (D)

2014: Caoimhe McOsker

Major: Social Work

Interned with Rep. Juan Vargas (D)

2016: Gabriel Escobedo

Major: Political Science

Interned with Rep. Toney Cardenas (D)

2013: Margaux Curcuru

Major: Philosophy & Law

Interned with Rep. Judy Chu (D)

2015: Kayla Tolentino

Major: Health Educaion

Interned with Rep. Tony Cardenas (D)

2012: Aerris Hoskins

Major: Political Science

Interned with Rep. Pete Stark (D)

2011: Ashley McDougald

Major: Political Science

Interned with Rep. Barbara Lee (D)

2010: Erica Maybaum

Major: Master of Social Work

Interned with Rep.Jackie Speier (D)

2009: Marc Joseph Wirtz

Major: Business

Interned with Rep. Dan Lungren (R)

2008: Jennifer McCrea-Steele

Major: Communication Studies

Interned with Rep. Jackie Speier (D)

2018: Daniel Richardson

Major: Economics & Business

Interned with Rep. Doris Matsui (D)




Panetta Interns Policy Papers