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.
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.