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The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy fellowships offering 64 college graduates unique experiences in policy-making and development with California state government.
Each fellowship year, Capital Fellows are selected to work in California state government in one of the following programs:
- Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program (18 selected each program year)
- Executive Fellowship Program (18 selected each program year)
- Judicial Administration Fellowship Program (10 selected each program year)
- California Senate Fellows (18 selected each program year)
Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.
Capital Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid policy assistants to senior executive branch staff, judicial administration officials, members of the California Assembly and Senate, legislative committees, and other top ranking government officials. Fellows help draft and analyze legislation, answer constituent inquiries, write speeches, conduct policy briefings, and work with court project development and implementation. Fellows gain first-hand experience in governing the most diverse state in the nation and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of California society. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $2,627, health benefits, and graduate units in Public Policy and Administration or Government with tuition paid by Sacramento State.