The Capital Fellows Programs are public policy fellowships in
California state government, administered by the Center for
California Studies at California State University, Sacramento.
These nationally renowned programs include the California Senate
Fellows, Executive Fellowship Program, Jesse M. Unruh Assembly
Fellowship Program and the Judicial Administrative Fellowship
64 Capital Fellows are selected annually- 18 Assembly Fellows, 18
Executive Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, and 10 Judicial
Administration Fellows - to work 10-11 months as full-time
staff-members in the California State Assembly, California State
Senate, California Executive Branch or within the California
Judiciary. All fellowship assignments are in the Sacramento area,
with the exception of the Judicial Administration program, which
has placements throughout California, including Los Angeles, the
Bay Area, San Diego and Sacramento.
Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of state
government. They act as assistants to members of the California
Assembly and Senate, senior executive branch staff, court
administrators and other top-ranking state government officials.
They work on a broad range of public policy issues and projects and
are directly involved in the policy making process. They help to
draft and analyze legislation; coordinate projects; work with
constituents and special interest groups; write grants, speeches
and press releases; conduct policy briefings; and work with court
project development and implementation. Participants are well
prepared for government and public service careers and many are
offered positions within California state government upon
completion of the program.
The Academic Program
The programs also include academic seminars, and fellows earn 6
graduate credits in Government or Public Policy and Administration
from Sacramento State. Each program pays for the fees for the
graduate units earned by the fellows.
The Fellowship Year
The fellowships begin in October with an orientation that provides
a working knowledge of state government structure and the
legislative process, with key people including legislative members,
senior staff, journalists, lobbyists and state government
Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1972/month; medical, dental
and vision benefits; and student loan deferments.
The only prerequisite for the programs is a bachelor's degree in
any major and a demonstrated interest in state government and
public service. Applicants must be at least 20 years of age by
September 1, 2014 and recent grads, 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.
Applicants from outside of California are welcome to apply. Fellows
are not required to be U.S. citizens, but they must provide proof
of appropriate immigration status. The Capital Fellows Programs do
not meet the requirements for F-1 or J-1 visas.
The application deadline for the class of 2014-15 is February 10,
2014 and all applications can be obtained online at:
Semifinalists must be present for a personal interview in
Sacramento or Los Angeles in late April and early May, and final
selections are made in late May.