Capital Fellows Programs

Capital Fellows

The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy fellowships which 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.

Over 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.

About the Capital Fellows Programs

Rooted in experiential learning and public service, Capital Fellows spend 10-11 months as part of a cohort working in a Legislative, Executive or Judicial Branch office.

All Fellows receive:

  • a monthly stipend of $2,794, as well as medical, dental and vision benefits;
  • fully-paid enrollment and earn six graduate units;
  • student loan deferment; and
  • upon successful completion of the fellowship, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy and Government.

Dates & Deadlines

  • October: Capital Fellows Programs applications open in early October.
  • February: Capital Fellows Programs application deadline: February 3, 2020
  • April: Interviews the last week of April
  • May: Interviews the first week of May.
  • September: Program orientation begins in Sacramento. (Judicial Fellows begin in September. All other programs begin in October.)

Apply to the Capital Fellows Programs

Applicant Minimum Qualifications

  • A completed bachelor's degree by September 1st of the fellowship year and either a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher or a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the last 60 (semester) or 90 (quarter) units.
  • Applicants must be 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 program does not meet the requirements for F-1 or J-1 visas, nor any work permits requiring participation in the E-verify system.
  • Applicants must be prepared for full-time employment, Monday - Friday.

Application & Selection Process

All applications must include the following materials:

  • Completed online application,
  • Personal statement and program or policy statement,
  • Three letters of recommendation,
  • Transcripts from each college and university attended.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.csus.edu/center/center-california-studies/capital-fellows.html