Applications Now Open: The Capital Fellows Programs

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2013-14 Capital Fellows

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The Capital Fellows Programs offer a unique opportunity for young leaders to actively engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while gaining firsthand experience in the governance and leadership of the most diverse, complex state in the nation. These nationally renowned programs include the California Senate Fellows, Executive Fellowship Program, Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program and the Judicial Administrative Fellowship Program. Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid staff members in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, California Executive Branch or the California Judiciary. Fellows are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges. They help to draft and analyze legislation; coordinate projects; work with constituents and special interest groups; write grants, speeches and press releases; conduct policy briefings; and work with court project development and implementation.

64 Capital Fellows are selected annually and receive health benefits and a monthly stipend of $2,550. Fellows also enroll as graduate students at Sacramento State and receive graduate units from the Sacramento State Government Department or Public Policy and Administration Program. The enrollment fees are paid by the programs.

Voted four years (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014) as one of the Top 10 internships nationwide by, the Capital Fellows Programs are ranked highly for their combination of meaningful work experience and career opportunities. Each year, Vault’s editors evaluate the internship programs profiled in their annual guide and select from those the top internship programs they feel represent the best all-around opportunities.

To learn more about the fellowship experience, check out our interview with Gibran Maciel, a 2010 Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellow.

Capital Fellows Program


Prospective Capital Fellows must have a bachelor’s degree (in any major) by September 1, 2015 and a demonstrated interest in public service, public policy, and California state government. Applicants may apply to one or more of the programs that meet their interests and qualifications. Recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome to apply.


For the 2015-16 fellowship year, individuals must complete the online application by the deadline of February 9, 2015 at

If you have questions regarding the Capital Fellows Programs or need brochures, please contact Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies at (916) or visit