Capital Fellows Programs Internship Profile
- “The Fellowship selects ambitious, educated, social individuals and encourages collaboration and interaction.”
- “The Capital Fellows Program was a phenomenal learning and working experience.”
- “Networking opportunities were incredible.”
- Respondents gave the internship a 10 out of 10 for providing insight into the industry and potential career path(s).
Industries: Education, Government, Law, Consumer Banking
Locations: Sacramento, CA
Number of Interns: 51 - 100, 64
Compensation/Benefits: Paid, Academic Credit, Paid - $1,972 / month; Benefits: Health Care and Dental; Academic Credit is available.
Length: 6 to 12 months, 10 to 11 months (October to September)
Responsibilities: Administrative, Law, Other
Each year, the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento manages four public policy fellowship programs known as the Capital Fellows Programs. These fellowships include the California Senate Fellows, Executive Fellowship, Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship, and Judicial Administration Fellowship. Fellows work in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches of California state government.
Capital Fellows act as assistants to senior executive branch staff, judicial administration officials, members of the California Assembly and Senate, legislative committees, and other top-ranking state government officials. Fellows are directly involved in the policy-making process, assisting with drafting and analyzing legislation, writing speeches, and conducting policy briefings. The programs also include graduate-level seminars in government and public policy. Participants are prepared for government and public service careers.
Mid- to late February. Applicants must submit an application (available online), academic transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a policy statement on a topic specified in the application, and a personal statement. A personal interview is required.
Open to college graduates, including recent graduates, graduate students, and mid-career applicants. Candidates must be at least 20 years old at the start of the fellowship. All majors are welcome, although an interest in public policy and public service is preferred.