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Panetta Intern Testimonials

Malcolm Mills

Malcolm Mills – 2016

If you’re looking for an opportunity to “learn by doing” with Congress, or any part of the federal government, look no further. I learned more about government and how it functions during this internship than I have throughout all my time in school. I highly recommend this opportunity to anyone who has even the smallest interest in how the government works. This is truly a phenomenal opportunity that Secretary and Mrs. Panetta offer for anyone who wants to go into public service.

Courntney Jacobson with U.S. Representative Scott Peters

Courtney Jacobson – 2015

The Panetta Congressional Internship was by far the most valuable experience I have had in college. Spending a semester in Washington D.C. gave me the opportunity to explore the our Federal Government as well as the East Coast. Through this internship I learned so much about our country as well as myself.


Courtney with U.S. Representative Scott Peters at the Capitol building.

Jessica Burke

Jessica Burke – 2014

I can't express how grateful I am for being chosen to be a part of this program and definitely chosen for this office. I received the best preparation. I learned from some of the leading officials in the nation about a wide range of topics. I observed the innerworkings of Congress. And now I am interested in public service as my career.

Yenifer Origel

Yenifer Origel – 2014

Working in a congressional office is different from what I expected. I learned and realized what it takes to get the attention of the congressional office. I learned about lobbying. I learned how to research and keep informed on today's issues. Ultimately, the greatest takeaway is that I learned to care more for government, public policy, legislation and political activism.

Katie Hoselton, Political Science - 2013

Katie Hoselton – 2013 

I feel so lucky to have been granted this opportunity to pursue my passion in a real-life setting, I am so appreciative of Cal Poly for publicizing and supporting this incredible internship; Ed and Jan Slevin for their sponsorship; and of course, Leon and Sylvia Panetta for believing in the potential of university students.


The Cal Poly Panetta Congressional Intern is supported in part through
the Ed and Jan Slevin Congressional Internship Endowment.

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