Leon and Sylvia Panetta’s institute is located at CSU Monterey, seeks to equip future leaders with the practical skills of governance, and inspire them to a high standard of conduct in public service. www.panettainstitute.org
Offered during the fall semester, the Congressional Intern Program begins with an intensive two-week course at California State University, Monterey Bay, with Leon Panetta and other seasoned veterans explaining how the legislative process actually works. Each intern is then assigned to a Capitol Hill office of a member of the California congressional delegation to work for two and a half months.
Each year, the Panetta Institute brings together student body presidents and other elected student leaders from the 23 California State University campuses, Santa Clara University and Dominican University of California to help them hone their leadership skills and develop leadership strategies for addressing campus, community and national problems.
The one-week seminar, called Education for Leadership in Public Service, involves the students in intensive role-playing exercises led by Institute director and former White House chief of staff Leon Panetta, plus direct interaction with a variety of visiting national, state and local leaders.