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Capital Connection

Feb 2, 2010

Jacoby Interns
Program Director Dr. George Condon and several of the students selected for the spring 2010 internships

This spring, eight Pacific students will head to California's capital every Tuesday and Thursday to immerse themselves in political affairs. The students have been selected for internships through the Sacramento Experience program offered by Pacific's Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership.

In the Sacramento Experience program, students serve as interns in government, lobbying or non-profit organizations and attend a weekly Sacramento Public Affairs Seminar that focuses on California state politics and public policy. Many guest speakers who work in government or public policy institutions are invited to the Seminar to share their insights.

The internships run from January through April. Students serve for full days on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and transportation is provided to and from Pacific. They receive four units of credit for the internship and two units for the Seminar. While most of the internships are unpaid, some of them have led to paid internships during the summer—or even permanent full-time positions upon graduation.

Now in its eighth year, the Sacramento Experience program has placed 60 students in internships in the capital. Their responsibilities are diverse and include researching issues, attending hearings, writing reports on pending legislation, media relations and planning events. Students are expected to be full-fledged participants in the offices they work for, and that also includes performing routine tasks such as filing and photocopying.

One student had a key role in planning and setting up a special state-wide conference for the Governor's office, and as a result, met Governor Schwarzenegger and other state officials. Another student provided staff support for first lady Maria Shriver. Other students have interned at places such as the League of California Cities, California School Boards Association, National Council of LaRaza, and for state legislators of both political parties.

Dr. George Condon, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Internships Director for the Jacoby Center, directs the Sacramento Experience program. He is responsible for recruiting students, conducting the student orientation and the Seminar, and developing relationships with potential internship sites, which change regularly.

Recruiting for the internships starts in the fall, and selections are made in October. Students who wish to apply must write an essay explaining how such an internship fits with their goals and what they can contribute to the agencies where they may be assigned. About 6 to 10 students are selected each year.

"Students who return from the Sacramento Experience program invariably report on how meaningful the program was for them in helping to make the transition from classroom experience into the real political world," said Dr. Condon.

The program is beneficial to the hiring organizations as well. Dr. Condon said, "Every year I receive accolades from those in Sacramento who work with our students. It's clear that this has been a very successful program for all those involved: the organizations where students have worked, and most importantly, for the students themselves as their careers evolve."

The students selected for internships this spring and the organizations or representatives they are working for are:

Jessica Jones '11 (Political Science) Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani (Livingston, 17th District)
Cesar Luna '10 (Political Science) Consumer Attorneys of California
Daisy Madariaga '11 (Political Science) Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Francisco Medina '10 (Communication) Assemblymember Marty Block (San Diego, 17th District)
Nicole Parreira '12 (Political Science) KP Public Affairs
Samuel Terrell-Perica '10 (Political Science) California Cattlemen's Association
Christina Tharp '11 (Communication) Sierra Club of California
Youa Yang '10 (Political Science) California Health Care Foundation

To learn more about the Sacramento Experience, please contact:

Dr. George Condon
Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership
Wendell Phillips Center, Room 241
Email Link for George Condon Email
209.946.7405 Phone