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Students - Awards & Internships

Awards, Internships, Scholarships & Work-Study

-Panetta Congressional Internship

-America Counts (Work-Study)
-JusticeCorps Program
-Teach For America (Paid)

-Willie L. Brown, Jr. Internship

-Other Government Internships



NEW! Panetta Congressional Internship Application OPEN!


- 2016 Application Due: Wednesday, February 17th by 5pm (HSS 206)


The Panetta Congressional Internship program fosters civic engagement, defined by Thomas Ehrlich (2000) as "promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. "Each fall semester, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy provides students who have been nominated by the president at their CSU campus an opportunity to work in Washington, DC for a California member of U.S. Congress. If you want the 2016 application and information on how to apply to this program, please contact Jose R. Lopez at



APPLICATION DOCUMENTS (2016 Application Available Upon Request):

1) 2015 Panetta Application Form

2) 2015 Panetta Internship Flyer

3) 2015 Panetta Internship Position Description


*Content description remains the same, dates will change for 2016*

**Email Jose R. Lopez at for 2016 application*



- U.S. citizen and State of California resident
- Upper division undergraduate: Junior or Senior in Fall 2015 (120 units maximum)
- Superior academic achievement (3.3+ GPA)
- Demonstrated commitment to community and public service and leadership
- Excellent English oral and written skills to interact with constituents appropriately
- Willing to live in assigned group housing during the entire 11 week program
- Never been disciplined under the CA Code of Regulations, Title 5, Article 2, Sec. 41301.
- Undergo a background check

- At the time of the personal interview, proof of health insurance that is compliant with the Affordable Care Act.


- Willingness to accept entry level work and take on assigned tasks as team player
- Provide tours of Capitol Building
- Draft correspondence, attend hearings, take notes and provide reports
- Conduct issue/legislative research



  1. Completed Application form
  2. Complete college transcripts, which includes all prior community/junior college and/or other college/university work;
  3. Resume;
  4. A written two-page, double-spaced typewritten essay from the student stating why they are interested in the Panetta Institute’s Congressional Internship Program; what activities they have been involved in on campus and in the community since the beginning of their college career (e.g., service learning, previous internship experiences, relevant coursework), and what they hope to gain from the experience.
  5. A copy of one of the student’s most recent graded paper (at least three pages long). The selection committee will review the student's graded paper to ensure excellent English language proficiency.


Deadline: Applicants must submit all of the following materials to Jose R. Lopez in the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement by Wednesday, February 17th by 5pm (HSS206)



2015 Panetta Congressional Intern - Kayla Tolentino, Health Education

Kayla Tolentino is a senior majoring in Health Education. She has made the Dean’s List for eight consecutive semesters due to her superior academic achievement and a 3.94 GPA. Born and raised in South San Francisco, Ms. Tolentino is an impassioned public health scholar and advocate. Ms. Tolentino’s community experience and studies reflect how she embraces her advocacy role in health education. She was recently elected as the 2014-2015 Health and Social Science (HSS) Representative in Associated Students at SF State. Her role is to mobilize HSS students, faculty, staff, and administration in efforts to unite the College and increase her own accountability to the students she represents. At the core of her leadership values is the need to have an inclusive space for voices to be heard in the decision-making process.


Ms. Tolentino displays a sincere and passionate attitude about learning and doing positive work in her community. Working with the Asian American Recovery Services in her hometown of Daly City, she learned firsthand how the power of community members could influence public policy. After spending months helping the organization collect data on the contributing factors of underage youth drinking, a proposed draft was presented to the Daly City Council meeting. This came about by researching various stakeholders among the community through surveys and interviews with Daly City youth, business owners, and parents. Ms. Tolentino was instrumental in using this research to inform a policy proposal, which was then supported by the Mayor of Daly City. Through the Panetta Internship, she hopes to continue to gain the knowledge and skills that will lay the foundation for a future career in social welfare policy. In addition, after graduating from SF State, she intends to pursue a Master’s degree in social work.



America Counts

The America Counts tutoring program is a federally funded work-study program in which ICCE hires SF State students to tutor youth in K-8 public schools and after-school programs throughout San Francisco. The program focuses on elementary and middle school students who are struggling with their math skills, but tutors may be asked to tutor/facilitate in other areas such as reading, history, sports etc. There is no cost to community partner sites or to the parents of children being tutored. The goal of the program is to help build a strong mathematical foundation for students and in so doing, ensure greater college success and access to careers in a growing technological market.


An America Counts tutor must be willing to:  

* Make a full-year commitment (fall and spring semesters) and work a minimum of 8 hours per week.
* Tutor children ages 4 to 12 years old.
Work for $12.00 per hour


America Counts Application Due: Friday, September, 5th 2014 by 5pm.


AC Student Application AY 2014-2015


For more information, please contact Jose Lopez at


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JusticeCorps Program

JusticeCorps recruits and trains 250 diverse university students annually to serve in overburdened legal self-help centers throughout California. The program came to the Bay Area in fall 2006. JusticeCorps members commit to serving a minimum of 300 hours in legal self-help centers. In return, members receive approximately 30 hours of training as well as a $1,132 education award when they complete the program. During the 2013-2014 Academic Year, ICCE recruited 10 SF State students to the program. These students helped 3,174 clients navigate the legal system, and earned nearly $15,000 in scholarship money by serving 3,132 hours in numerous self-help legal centers.




JusticeCorps accepts applications during spring semester for the year-long program, which begins each fall. They also offer a select number of full-time positions through which members serve 11,700 hours and receive a living allowance throughout their one-year term of service, as well as an increased education award. If you want information on how to apply to this program, please contact Jose Lopez at


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JusticeCorps at SF State



Willie L. Brown, Jr. Internship Program

The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Internship Program introduces SF State students to opportunities in public service and policy, by preparing them to be future community leaders. This program is on hold, pending funding.


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Paid City Hall Fellows

City Hall Fellows trains the next generation of leaders for America's cities.  The 12-month, paid, post-graduation Fellowship integrates hands-on experience working within the highest levels of local government with intensive training in how cities work.  The Fellowship is open to students of ALL majors. A detailed overview of the Fellowship, as well as application materials and instructions, are at  Fellows will serve in San Francisco from August 2013 through July 2014.


State Assemblyman Phil Ting
The 19th Assembly District Office Internship Program offers college students a unique opportunity to experience the work of a state Assembly office. The program exposes students to district office operations and activities of a legislator's work. These experiences include working with constituents, conducting community outreach efforts, assisting community based organizations, organizing civic events and projects, databases, staffing the office, and other activities. How to apply

Please e-mail, mail, or fax resume, cover letter, application and a writing sample to the district office:

Internship Application


State Senator Mark Leno
Senator Leno represents the 3rd District, which includes Marin, and portions of San Francisco and Sonoma Counties. The Internship Program provides a fascinating opportunity to participate in the daily operations of the District Office in San Francisco. Interested intern applicants, please send a resume and cover letter to Beverly Ng via email ( ) or fax (415-557-1252).


U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer Internship Program
Senator Boxer's offices host unpaid interns all year. An internship is a valuable opportunity to see how a Senate office functions, and to contribute to our efforts to serve and represent the people of California. Interns can work in Washington, DC, or in California. The average time commitment is 8-12 hours in state offices and 30 hours in the DC office. Click on the Senator's name above for application instructions.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Internships
Internships are available to undergraduate college students in Washington, D.C. office, as well as state offices, one of which is located in San Francisco. Working with the Washington, D.C. staff gives students a chance to see how the Senate functions and how it interacts with the House of Representatives and the executive and judicial branches. Working in one of the state offices provides a local perspective on how my office assists constituents resolve issues they have with the federal government. How to Apply

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