By Ana Martinez |Staff Writer|
The Panetta Institute gives students a variety of study opportunities in politics, public policy and in government.
The Institute for Public Policy has chosen Edgar Lopez, a second year at CSUSB with junior credits, to be a part of its Congressional internship program this upcoming summer and fall.
“I was stoked! I was at work in the library when I got the call. I just sat there for a couple seconds shell shocked just taking it in, and my parents were the first I called and they were really excited for me,” said Lopez about his initial reaction upon his acceptance.
Participants will get a firsthand look at the legislative process by working in a Congressional office in Washington D.C.
As part of the internship Lopez will join one student from each of the 23 California State University campuses for a two week training session in August at the Panetta Institute.
After this, the students will be flown to D.C. to begin their 11-week internship, with a selected member of the California Congressional Delegation.
Lopez is a 19-year-old first-generation Hispanic college student.
He graduated with honors in 2011 from Beaumont High School and is now attending CSUSB as a political science major with a minor in business finances.
Lopez is an active student at CSUSB; he is a part of Santos Manuel Student Union Board of Directors, president of the Well Christian Club, a mentor for the faculty student mentoring program, and Hispanic scholarship chapter academic success chair.
On top of his leadership skills, Lopez has also volunteered for Alternative Spring Break, Latino Education Advocacy Days.
In an article published by the Press Enterprise, Lopez discusses his hopes and aspirations as he prepares for the congressional internship.
“I hope to learn and gain hands-on experience in public policy,” said Lopez.
Lopez also discussed the future impact he wishes to have on others.
“I don’t just want to be another member of society going through the motions, but be a catalyst for change and impact people’s lives in a positive way,” Lopez said.
He has plans of attending law school after graduating from CSUSB and work as a public servant in the near future.
“I am intrigued by law so seeing the way laws are made through the legislative branch, is going to be something I am looking forward to,” said Lopez.
Lopez also shared his goals and future plans after the internship.
“I hope to gain experience and learn as much as I can through my interaction with people interested in what I am interested in doing,” said Lopez.
He also added what he plans on doing on campus with the knowledge and experience he acquires from the internship.
“I want to be able to take what I learn and bring it back to campus so that I can be a great student advocate,” said Lopez.
Lopez will begin his internship this upcoming summer and continue to change the world.