Capital 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 actively engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while gaining firsthand experience in the governance and leadership of California.
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. 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.
  • Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $2,627;
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits;
  • Student loan deferments; and
  • 6 graduate units in Government or Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State.
Prospective Capital Fellows must have a bachelor’s degree (in any major) by September 1, 2017.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 2017-18 fellowship year, individuals must complete the online application by the deadline of Monday, February 13, 2017 at
If you have questions regarding the Capital Fellows Programs, please contact Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies at (916) or visit
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