The Center for California Studies at California State University-Sacramento administers four fellowship programs that provide college graduates with unique opportunities to work in a branch of state government, contribute to policy development, and participate in concurrent credit-bearing graduate study in government. These programs are known collectively as the Capital Fellows Programs:
- Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowships
- Executive Fellowships
- Judicial Administration Fellowships
- California Senate Fellows
Fellows in each program work for ten to eleven months and receive a monthly stipend of $1,972 plus health benefits. During their fellowship terms, they work as full-time members of a legislative, executive, or judicial branch office, and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges. 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. Enrollment fees are paid by the programs.
Anyone with a bachelor's degree by September 1 in the year of application and a demonstrated interest in state government and public service is eligible to apply. There are no preferred majors. Applicants must be 20 years of age upon taking up their fellowships. Graduating seniors, graduate students, recent graduates, and mid-career applicants are welcome. Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of appropriate immigration status.