Panetta Congressional Internship Program Offers Expenses-Paid Internship in D.C.

January 21, 2019

Each year in the Fall semester, Humboldt State sends a student to the Panetta Internship program for an expenses-paid, in-depth experience learning about national politics and interning in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. To qualify, a student must be a California resident, be enrolled in a degree-granting program in Fall 2019, have achieved a minimum 60 graded units but no more than 120 units in Fall 2019 semester, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The recommended applicant must also pass a criminal background check, and be available to begin the program on August 4, 2019.

The application packet should include a two-page essay addressing the student's interest in participating in the Panetta Congressional Internship Program, a sample of a graded college essay (minimum 3 pages), a resume, and complete college transcript. Qualified applicants will be interviewed by a campus committee, which will recommend a finalist and an alternate. The finalist will be interviewed by President Rossbacher and by a committee at the Panetta Institute in Monterey, CA (travel expenses paid). To learn more details about the internship and its requirements, review the attached materials and click here. For questions about the campus-based application procedure, contact Kay Libolt in the President’s Office at (707) 826-3311 or

Applications are due electronically in pdf format no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11. Applications should be sent to