The program does a great job of exposing the fellows to all aspects of the job. From speaking to members, senior staff and consultants, from the legislative branch to the executive branch and even lobbyists, the program makes sure fellows are exposed to everything. The best part, however, is how fellows are treated in the building. They are truly treated like legislative staffers. They are respected and there is a high expectation of them, however, people understand they are learning. So often times people will extend their help a little more when they are dealing with fellows.
The stipend was okay. However, it has now been significantly increased.
Advice to Potential Interns
Regardless of whether you know what you want to do with your life the Capitol Fellows Program is truly a program that develops people and enhances their network. The amount of exposure you get from this program is incredible. If you enjoy politics and/or policy this is a perfect opportunity to get a first hand look on statewide policy development and politics.
Sample Interview Questions
Can you tell us about an experience where you failed and what you did to overcome it?
If your boss asked you to staff a bill you fundamentally disagreed with what would you do and what you tell him/her?
Where do you stand on the political spectrum? And why?
Advice to Management
The stipend is paid once per month. I would have liked to get paid twice a month.