October 2, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138, email@example.com
Jenny Holland, a student at California State University, Bakersfield is one of 25 college students selected by the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy to work in offices of members of the California congressional delegation. Holland was chosen as an intern for U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Sacramento County).
Holland, an English and political science double major, will spend 2-1/2 months in Washington, D.C., after undergoing an intensive two-week course at the Panetta Institute that will provide training on how to work effectively in a congressional office. Holland has a background in politics, working for both the Stan Ellis for Assembly campaign and as an intern for U.S. Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno. She currently lives in Bakersfield and expects to graduate in spring 2007.
Students involved in The Congressional Internship Program were selected by the presidents of the CSU campuses as well as the presidents of Santa Clara University and Dominican University of California, for their exemplary scholastic achievements and their interest in politics. The program was founded by Leon and Sylvia Panetta to give students a hands-on experience on how American democracy operates.
"At a time when many students are turned off by politics, I believe this kind of Washington experience is the most effective way to inspire and educate our young people about the rewards and challenges of a career in public service," Leon Panetta said. "And because the Panetta Institute covers all costs of the program, it is open to students of all economic backgrounds."
While in Washington, Holland will attend regular seminars with key administrative personnel on different aspects of government policy, ranging from economics to the environment and foreign affairs to defense resources.
For more information, please call the Panetta Institute at (831) 583-4200.