Cal Poly students chosen for congressional internship program

Two Cal Poly seniors will be representatives of this year’s Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program.

They are Jessica Burke, an industrial engineering major from San Luis Obispo, and Yenifer Origel, a business administration major with a concentration in accounting, from Hayward.

They will spend two weeks in August at the Panetta Institute in Monterey followed by 11 weeks in Washington, D.C. They’re among 26 students from California participating in the program, which provides experience in policy-making and leadership.

Burke has worked at the San Luis Jet Center overseeing fueling operations and has an interest in research that can shape public policy.

Origel, who serves as a mentor to first-generation Cal Poly students, wants to hone her skills in community leadership.

The program, now in its 16th year, is open to all academic majors and awards full cost-covering scholarships to qualifying students from each of the 23 California State University campuses.