Opportunity to expand my network, and also the skills I already possessed this Fellowship honed. Most of the Fellows were offered jobs within the year that they are here. This Fellowship really separates the good from the great, and those who have talent for a future in this industry, and develops it in those who might not be as well equipped going into the Fellowship. The networks you create here will support you in any endeavor that you choose to embark on. And it gives you a very diverse look of many different industries, so you might learn aspects of the oil industry one day, and the next you will aspects of the health industry you never knew. Basically, we interact with CEOs from many different industries, and have to be just as much of an expert as they are.
You get thrown into the mix very early, and are expected to be a sponge from the get go. If you aren't good at that, you might have a hard time, however, I found this to be the best and at times the only way to learn what I needed to in order to be prepared for a career in the Capitol.
Advice to Potential Interns
This is not just an internship. I liken it to a prestigious pre-med residency, so you should be mentally prepared that it is not going to be a walk in the park. However, it will prepare you for almost anything and everything, so by the end, you will be able to conquer a lot. Even if that means getting a job outside of the Capitol.
Sample Interview Questions
What is your view on AB 32? Do you see California as a leader in environmental law, or do you think that we can do more, if so what?
Advice to Management
Well, I would say that it is a struggle to survive on a Fellows' stipend, and that an increase in pay for next year would be beneficial.