SEASIDE >> Twenty-six top students from throughout California convened at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy on Monday to begin their congressional internship program, first in Monterey and later in Washington.
The semester-long program kicks off with two weeks in Seaside, where students will learn from experts and former elected officials about the workings of government and public service. At the conclusion of the two weeks, students will travel to the country’s capital to serve as interns in the U.S. House of Representatives in the offices of Republican and Democratic members.
Students are nominated by university presidents from the California State University campuses, along with Dominican University, St. Mary’s College and Santa Clara University. Each intern is selected based on his or her academic achievements as well as interest in politics, policy and public service. The Panetta Institute covers all expenses associated with the program to ensure students from different socio-economic backgrounds can participate.
“Our 2017 national survey of college students found 44 percent of students were more interested in politics following the election of President Trump,” said former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in a prepared statement. “This finding suggests that our young people are observing the current state of our democracy and deciding to become involved. At the Panetta Institute we see this growing interest as an opportunity to train young leaders and encourage them to consider running for public office in the future. We do this by allowing these students to learn first-hand by working in…
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