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Making Sacramento great again

5.0 of 5 stars

Sacramento, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The pay and networking

Downers

That it only lasts 11 months

Advice to Potential Interns

Make sure the interviewing panel knows if you are a democrat or republican

Would You Recommend

Yes

Challenging and enriching experience complete with practical professional and personal development for work as a public servant

5.0 of 5 stars

Oakland, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The professional development and access to information and skills provided by the internship was unmatched. The pay, benefits, and support by the program were incredibly generous.

Downers

There is nothing that I disliked about the internship. Every single element was relevant to professional and personal growth.

Advice to Potential Interns

This program provides candidates from all economic, racial, and gender backgrounds an opportunity to understand the importance of public service and how to find their place in the structures that organize our society.

Advice to Management

Compensation should be appropriately tailored to the participants location of placement. Housing costs are rising in urban areas and finding affordable options is becoming more and more difficult.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Once in a lifetime opportunity to grow, develop, and challenge yourself.

5.0 of 5 stars

Sacramento, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Career building; networking; skill-building; frequent trainings; unique and special event invitations; first hand public service experience; strong support network.

Downers

The stipend could be improved.

Advice to Potential Interns

Take advantage of this unique and highly valuable opportunity. It can be challenging at times because you are being pushed to grow, but it is worth the effort. Develop your leadership, build your network and enjoy your time as a fellow.

Advice to Management

Not much. The program is incredibly well organized and implemented.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Impact public policy

5.0 of 5 stars

Sacramento, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Meet and create an impressive network of professionals in law and public policy, work on state policy, learn practical professional job skills, great mentorship.

Downers

It was great, no negatives.

Advice to Potential Interns

Do it! I have encouraged many people to apply to the Capital Fellows Program because of the invaluable access and experience it provides. If you're interested in government or policy or making a difference, this is the best internship in the country for you!

Would You Recommend

Yes

High Level Government & Political Experience in California

4.7 of 5 stars

Sacramento, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Working closely with Executive leadership throughout my program, having a devoted mentor who was responsible for ensuring my professional development goals were being met, and building relationships in the California's executive agencies and the legislature.

Downers

My year went through a bit of a transition in the administrative staff so there was some trail and error with programming that has since been more established.

Advice to Potential Interns

If you want were not born into California politics, never worked on a political campaign, and don't have any relationships in Sacramento, then the Capital Fellows Program is the best way to fast track your career and gain substantive experience while doing it.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Best Opportunity to Gain Legislative Policy Experience

4.6 of 5 stars

Sacramento, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Professional experience in public policy making, network opportunities, mentorship

Downers

Not applicable

Advice to Potential Interns

Reach out to current or former fellows, they're more than happy to help and give more advice than can be provided in an online survey.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Gain Step-Up In Sacramento Policy Knowledge

4.7 of 5 stars

Sacramento, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

-Access and introductions to many people
-Full Employee Responsibility

Downers

-Internship responsibilities sometimes clashed with responsibilities to my placement office

Advice to Potential Interns

-Come to this internship with the ability to work in an office, meet deadlines, and assume responsibility. While this program is an internship, the program expects you to work as if you were a full time employee. You will be given the responsibility of a Legislative Aide and should be able to keep up with the workload.

Advice to Management

-Better Cohesion between Fellowship and Office responsibilities. As the Legislative Session gets busy the fellow has to decide to meet the requirements of the fellowship or their office placement.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Dynamic opportunities in public service and leadership for skilled and engaged students

4.3 of 5 stars

San Francisco, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The hands on mentorship I received really changed my life. While the salary and academic credits were more than enough to commend the program, my mentor not only helped me secure one of the best jobs I've ever had after the fellowship, but also was incredibly kind. This program really is the best example of how to introduce talented students to the work force.

Downers

Very little. I suppose in introducing students to the work force the fellowship did thrust us into a mature and responsible environment. It's difficult sometimes to suddenly realize that you are no longer a student, and to have a largely unstructured life. But this is less about the Capital Fellows Program and more about adulthood!

Advice to Potential Interns

People look at the Capital Fellows program as a gateway to public service, and that is a reasonable assumption. However, in addition to the hardworking individuals who end up continuing their careers in California government, there are many of us who enter the private, education, etc. sectors with great success. The program mentorship system emphasizes individual development, and no two fellows have the same experience. That is because they seek to develop the skills you need to launch a great career.

Advice to Management

I think compensation and diversity are better than many of the rival fellowship opportunities available. Investing more in training students on how to be a good employee, and adding practical/seminar themed courses in addition to the academic courses may also be helpful.

Sample Interview Questions

Please describe a time in which you had to make a tough decision.

Why do you feel the Capital Fellows program is a match for your educational background and experience?

Please explain, and describe an example of, how your skills prepare you for this position.

Would You Recommend

Yes

An opportunity to hone your policy skills while getting plugged into the highest levels of CA state government

4.7 of 5 stars

Sacramento, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Access to senior levels of state government, powerful Sacramento network, excellent peer group

Downers

Low pay. The internship only pays $2550 per month.

Advice to Potential Interns

Take advantage of your access to the movers and shakers of California-- build your network.

Sample Interview Questions

Describe how you would approach X policy issue

Would You Recommend

Yes

Enlightening

4.3 of 5 stars

Sacramento, CA | 2016 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

High-level access
Lots of support
Meaningful work

Downers

The Judicial Fellows are the least cohesive with the rest of the Capital Fellows.

Advice to Potential Interns

Take full advantage of the opportunity and make your goals clear - the program director and your mentor will work to help you achieve those goals.

Sample Interview Questions

What branch of government can best facilitate social change?
What style of management do you prefer?

Would You Recommend

Yes

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