Capital Fellows Programs
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The Capital Fellows Programs (Assembly, Senate, Executive and Judicial Fellowships) are nationally recognized public policy fellowships offering 64 college graduates unique experiences in policy-making and development with California state government. These programs are run by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento.
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 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 and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of California society. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $2,698, health benefits, and graduate units in Public Policy and Administration or Political Science with tuition paid by Sacramento State. Upon successful completion of their fellowships, they receive a graduate certificate in Applied Policy and Government.
The only prerequisites for the fellowships are a bachelor’s degree in any major by September 1, 2019 with either a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher or a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) units; and a demonstrated interest in state government and public policy. Applicants must be at least 20 years of age by September 1, 2019 and recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome to apply. Fellows come from all economic, cultural, career and educational backgrounds, and no previous legislative or political experience is required. Fellows are not required to be U.S. citizens, but they must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of the fellowship program.
See detailed application information for each fellowship on our website. Deadline for all applications is February 11, 2019.