The Center administers four fellowship programs, known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs. These nationally recognized public policy fellowships offer unique experiences in policy-making and development in each branch of government.
Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.
For a description of each of our fellowship programs, please click on the links below:
Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship
Judicial Administration Fellowship
California Senate Fellows
2,000 alumni have participated in the Capital Fellows Programs, and the ranks of former fellows include judges; members of the United States Congress and the State Legislature; state and local government officials; corporate executives; community and non-profit leaders; and university professors, administration and staff. View notable former fellows in elected and judicial office
The 2017-18 deadline is February 13, 2017
2017-18 program application prompts
2017-18 Letters of Recommendation requirements
Applicants with any party affiliation are welcome to apply, including Republicans, Democrats, and people affiliated with third parties or no party at all. No previous legislative or political experience is required.
Capital Fellows Receive:
$2,627 monthly stipend
Health, dental and vision benefits
Graduate units from Sacramento State in Government or Public Policy
Student loan deferments
Bachelor’s degree in any major and a demonstrated interest in state government and public service
20 years of age or older by Sept. 1 of the fellowship year
Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of appropriate immigration status. The Capital Fellows Programs do not meet the requirements for F-1 or J-1 visas