Policy Research Fellows Program

fellows 2010The Panetta Institute, in collaboration with the Santa Clara University School of Law, created the Policy Research Fellows Program in the spring of 2006. The dean of the school of law selects highly qualified second, third and fourth-year law school students to serve as fellows at the Panetta Institute.

Three fellows from the Santa Clara School of Law completed the program this fall, and three more are attending this spring.

Participants work on site at the Panetta Institute in the many-faceted program, gaining first-hand experience and instruction in policy research and assisting the Institute with research and analysis on issues relevant to its work and mission.

One of the 2015 fellows, Tori Anthony of Santa Clara School of Law, described the fellowship as providing “the rare opportunity to understand how to develop a solution to major policy issues, and to learn the qualities and principles needed to be a successful leader in any area.”

Another student who completed the fall 2014 program commented, “The balance of professional and academic development that this program was able to achieve is unmatched. Because of my experiences here I feel better equipped to continue to pursue public service as a career.”

“The Panetta Institute creates an inspiring atmosphere that motivates everyone who steps within its doors to consider a life of public service and become a leader in the community.”

Tori Anthony, 2015 Fellow

Topics include the national budget, bipartisanship, youth civic engagement, national service, energy, immigration, national security and healthcare.

Fellows work under the direction of Panetta Institute staff, including lecturers and professors Sonia Banks, Fred Keeley and William Daniels, and senior program coordinators Richard Kezirian and Ellen Wilson. Special seminars are also held for fellows by elected officials who present the practical realities of drafting and passing policy legislation, as well as consensus building and career options.

In addition, each Friday, fellows attend a reading seminar and discussion led by the Institute’s policy professor and other Panetta Institute lecturers. The overall goal of these Friday seminars is to introduce fellows to the major writers and the most significant academic literature that is covered and discussed in the Institute’s following three master’s courses: Money, Media and Politics; Legislative and Executive Politics and Policymaking; and Budget Policy. Four to five weeks are spent on each course.

Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty discusses the law and politics with Institute fellows

Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty discusses the law and politics with Institute fellows

Another former student said, “It was a pleasure to hear the accomplished speakers that came to the Institute and participate in candid discussions with them.”

The fellows provide strong background support to other Panetta Institute programs, especially the Leon Panetta Lecture Series, and An Evening to Honor Lives of Public Service: The Jefferson-Lincoln Awards.

Thus far, sixty-six students have completed their semester of service and received academic credit for their work.

Thanks to a generous Santa Clara University School of Law alumnus, up to four matriculating, selected Santa Clara University School of Law students can receive reimbursement for travel each semester for participating in this Fellows Program.

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