Become a Senate, Assembly, Executive, or Judicial Fellow - A Great Way to Become Involved in Public Service

December 01, 2017

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) announced that applications for the 2018-19 California Senate, Assembly, Executive and Judicial Fellowship programs are available.   

The programs provide college graduates with an opportunity to become full-time staff members in Sacramento for 11 months beginning in October 2018.  Fellowships are jointly operated by the three branches of state government and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).

Fellows are paid a stipend of $2627 per month plus health, vision, and dental benefits.  They also earn six units of graduate credit from CSUS for the academic portion of the program.

"Being a Fellow provides individuals with an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about how California’s state government operates,” stated Senator Monning.  “Whether your career goals are in the public or private sector, the Fellowship programs provide a valuable view into the democratic process.”   

For those selected, an intensive orientation is provided at the beginning of the program to provide background on state government, the legislative process, and major policy issues, after which candidates will be interviewed by various offices before being placed.  Former Fellows include current members of Congress, the California Legislature, judges, and numerous other elected officials and community leaders.

Anyone who will be at least 20 years of age and a graduate of a four-year college or university by September 1, 2018 is eligible to apply.  There is no preferred major.  Individuals with advanced degrees and those in mid-career are encouraged to apply.

Interested individuals can obtain additional information and applications on the CSUS Center for California Studies website at:; e-mailing; or by calling the Center’s office at (916) 278-6906.  Brochures and applications may also be requested by calling Senator Monning’s Monterey District Office at: (831) 425-0401; San Luis Obispo Office at (805) 549-3784; Santa Clara County number at (408) 847-6101; or Santa Cruz District Office at (831) 425-1503.

The deadline for submitting applications is February 12, 2018.  Fellows will be selected in the spring after an initial screening of applications and a subsequent panel interview of the finalists. 


Contact: Mary Dolan, (916) 651-4017