The Programs, which allow college graduates to engage in and prepare for a career in public service, were named one of the top 10 in the country by Vault.com, a career management research and information website. The list included other high-profile internship programs such as Google, the Smithsonian Institution , General Electric, J. P. Morgan and Nickelodeon Animation Studios.
To commemorate and celebrate the national ranking, Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez will be presented with resolutions from the state Senate and Assembly and congratulatory letters from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court Ronald M. George.
“Vault.Com looked at more than 800 internship programs and assessed which offered the best mentorships, best opportunities; which programs make sure interns were really involved in their placements and which had that special X factor,” says Gonzalez. “Having done all this, Vault discovered what Sacramento has long known, the Capital Fellows Programs are the best.”
The Capital Fellows program is administered by the University’s Center for California Studies. Participants work 10 to 11 months as full-time staff members in the California state Assembly, Senate, executive branch or within the California court system. The program offers a monthly stipend of $1,972 along with health benefits. In addition, participants earn 12 graduate units in Government or Public Policy and Administration. The program is so popular that last year more than 1,200 people applied for the 64 available fellowship positions.
Past alumni of the program include U.S. Representatives Xavier Becerra, Howard Berman and Mick Thompson; State Senator Dean Flores and Assembly Members Jose Solorio and Audra Strickland.
For more information on the program, visit www.csus.edu/calst/capital_fellows_programs_overview.html or contact the Center for California Studies at (916) 278- 6906. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs Office at (916) 278-6156.