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Job Description :: The Capital Fellows Program

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The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy fellowships offering college graduates unique experiences in policy-making and development with California state government.

Fellows work 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 the most diverse state in the nation and a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of California society.

Fellows receive a monthly stipend, health benefits, and 12 units of graduate credit in Public Policy and Administration or Government with tuition and books paid at CSU Sacramento.

For more information about specific jobs for each program, please visit our fellowship page at: http://www.csus.edu/calst/Programs/programs.html.


Minimum requirement is a Bachelor’s degree by fall of the fellowship year; strong interest in public policy and government; exceptional written and verbal communication skills; well-developed analytical and organizational abilities; superior academic background.

How to apply

Prospective Capital Fellows must complete application forms and submit required information; applications include personal and professional essays, transcripts, and letters of recommendation; applications for the Judicial Administration, Senate, Assembly, and Executive fellowship programs are due February 25, 2004.

How to obtain an application

Prospective applicants can obtain applications for the Capital Fellows Programs from:

• On-line at http://www.csus.edu/calst/Programs/programs.html (This will be the principal source of applications for the 2004-05 class).

• Career services offices at all four-year colleges and universities in California;

• Local district offices of California State Senators and Assembly Members;

• The Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906, or e-mail at calstudies@csus.edu.

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