The final seminar session for University of the Pacific’s 2014 group of Sacramento interns was held yesterday, April 22, in the office of California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom and the students discussed a range of issues including economic development, constitutional reform, leadership strategies in California’s large and complex political environment, and civic engagement.
Pictured, left to right, are: Dr. George Condon, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Program Director, Katelyn Docherty (interning with California Health Care Foundation), Angelina Troia (Campaign for College Opportunity), Maya Polon (Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy), Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Kaci Cardoza (Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff), Kaden Cochran (California Police Chiefs Association), and Hillary Pritchard (Mattos and Associates). Not pictured is Dan Kemether (Los Angeles County Office of Education). Since its inception in 2002, 12 cohorts and 75 Pacific students have interned with some 40 different California state officials, agencies, and advocacy organizations. Many have pursued public service careers after graduation. Another 50 students have participated in Pacific’s Washington Semester Program, studying and interning in the nation’s capital. The two programs have been the core of experiential learning opportunities offered by the University’s Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership. Sacramento Experience is the only independent university-sponsored internship program offered in California’s state capital during the regular academic year.