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Internship Opportunities

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Internships enable students to gain real-world skills while also enhancing their educational journey. California has a large and complex state government that deals with public policy on virtually all the issues that confront the nation.

Sacramento Semester Program

The Sacramento Semester Program, through the Department of Political Science, provides a CSU wide opportunity for fully immersive experimental learning. Only offered spring semester, program participants enroll in 12 units comprised of the internship and two seminars. Intern placements include legislatives offices, departments in the executive branch, political associations and lobbyists.

Sacramento Semester

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The Panetta Institute Congressional Internship

Each year, the Panetta Institute invites CSU presidents to nominate an outstanding undergraduate (junior or senior) student leader from each campus to participate in the fall semester Congressional Internship in Washington D.C.

The fall semester program runs from August through November.  The program is fully funded to allow participation by any qualified student.  Student benefits for the semester include: a two-week orientation at the Panetta Institute in Monterey Bay; an 11- week congressional internship in Washington D.C.;  academic program and unit accrual; the cost of academic fees and tuition;  food and housing; a living stipend; academic materials; and air and ground transportation.

If you have questions regarding the Panetta Congressional Internship Program, please call (916) 278-6906 or e-mail.

Minimum Requirements:

  1. 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)
  2. U.S. citizen
  3. State of California resident
  4. Students must have health insurance that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act

To apply, students must submit a packet with the following application materials, addressed to President Nelsen, Panetta Congressional Internship, c/o Center for California Studies, Sacramento State, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA  95819-6081.  Drop off application materials in Tahoe Hall, Room 3046.

  1. 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.
  2. A current resume.
  3. Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
  4. 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.
  5. Two references, including one Sacramento State professor familiar with the applicant’s academic work.

Application deadline is February 10, 2020.  

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