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Department ofPolitical Science

Panetta Institute for Public Policy


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


Congressional Internship Program

The Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s 24th annual Congressional Internship Program will be held from August 7 to December 16, 2022. 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 30 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 (Secretary Panetta's alma mater), Dominican University of California (Mrs. Panetta’s alma mater), and Saint Mary's College are selected.

Please note the following:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen and a California resident to be eligible. (The standard for establishing residency is high: a permanent address in CA for at least the last three years--not just your SCU address; CA driver's license, etc.). Please ask if you have questions about this requirement.
  • You must be a rising junior or senior with no more than 180 quarter units prior to the fall term. 
  • The nominated student will be required to undergo a background check before working in Congress. 
  • The nominated student will earn 30 units of credit. This includes credit for POLI 169 (Special Topics In US Politics), POLI 198 (Poli Internship) which counts as an upper-division poltical science elective, and 20 units of elective credit that count towards graduation but do not satisfy any other requirements. 
  • Finalists must be available for an interview with the selection committee the week of March 28.
  • The nominee must be ready to commit to the internship and be available to meet with President Kloppenberg on Monday, April 11 from 2:00-2:30 p.m.
  • The nominee must be available for an interview at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey Bay during the week of April 25.

Please see the Program Description for more information. 

TO APPLY: Please submit PDFs of the following to Casey Robertson ( by Noon on Friday, March 11, 2022:

  • 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)


Leon Panetta Lecture Series

NOTE: The 2022 Leon Panetta Lecture Series will be distributed via video recordings after each event; in-person attendance is not an option this year. Links to the recordings will be viewed in select political science classes and will also be posted on the Panetta Institute's website at a later date. 

The Panetta Institute for Public Policy has graciously made available to SCU students a limited number of free seats for this year's 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 12:45 pm and 4:30 pm (registration opens at 11:15 am). Attendees must arrange their own transportation.

2022 Leon Panetta Lecture Series: The 2022 Midterm Elections and the Future of Our Democracy

Monday, February 28, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) - Who Will Win – Democrats, Republicans, Truth or Fear?
James Carville, Democratic Strategist and Political Contributor for CNN and Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy (2005-2007) and Political Advisor to President George W. Bush
Monday, March 14, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) - Who Will Lead the World in the Fight Between Democracy and Autocracy? 
 Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State (2009-2012) and David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (2010-2016)
Monday, April 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) - Who Will Deal with the Challenges in the Economy – Inflation, Inequality and the Debt? 
 Jason Furman, Chair, Council of Economic Advisors (2013-2017) and William Dudley, President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York (2009-2018)
Monday, May 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) - Who Will Vote and Will Every Vote Count?
Kelly Ayotte, U.S. Senator (R), New Hampshire (2011-2017); Bill Bradley, U.S. Senator (D), New Jersey (1979-1997); and David Gergen, Presidential Advisor and Senior Political Analyst for CNN.


All events will be held at the Monterey Conference Center:
One Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
Parking Fee: $7/day

Please contact Casey Robertson for additional information.

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