Fellowships

Capital Fellows at Center for California Studies, Sacramento State University

Fields: government, policy, law, public interest, civil rights

Location: Sacramento, California

About the Organization: The Center’s mission is to bridge academia and government in the service of strengthening California’s democracy. The Center for California Studies accomplishes its mission by pursuing three main goals:

  • Researching and discussing the state’s challenges, helping California’s officials make more informed decisions
  • Fostering in California’s future leaders a dedication to public service, a commitment to the values of a representative democracy, and equipping them with the skills and knowledge to lead an effective and ethical public career
  • Promoting civic literacy among Californians, helping them achieve a greater understanding of our state, government, people, and history.

About the Position: The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy fellowships offering 64 college graduates unique experiences in policy-making and development in the California Assembly, Senate, executive agencies, and the judicial branch. Fellows perform professional work, receive mentorship, and participate in graduate level seminars. The Judicial Fellowship Program places Fellows in selected courts across California, and all Assembly, Executive and Senate Fellows work in Sacramento.

Capital Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid policy assistants to senior executive branch staff, judicial administration officials, members of the California Assembly and Senate, legislative committees, and other top ranking government officials. Fellows help draft and analyze legislation, answer constituent inquiries, write speeches, conduct policy briefings, and work with court project development and implementation. Fellows gain first-hand experience in governing and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of California society.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any major by September 1, 2019 with either a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher or a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) units;
  • Applicants must be at least 20 years of age by September 1, 2019 and recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome to apply.
  • Demonstrated interest in state government and public policy. Applicants need not be residents or have studied in California. However, applicants should be able to demonstrate knowledge of and a commitment to the State
  • No previous legislative or political experience is required.

Estimated Salary:

  • $2,698 monthly stipend ($15.57/hour).
  • Health, dental and vision benefits. Free local public transit.
  • Student loan deferments
  • Graduate units in Public Policy and Administration or Political Science with tuition paid by Sacramento State.
  • Upon successful completion of their fellowships, they receive a graduate certificate in Applied Policy and Government.

Deadline: February 11, 2019 5:00 PM

Apply Here:
Center for California Studies, Sacramento State University

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