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Executive Fellows Program

Executive Fellowship Program


The Executive Fellowship Program is sponsored by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) and the Office of the Governor to provide an experiential learning opportunity in California state government. California’s executive branch is one of the most dynamic in the United States.  Executive Fellows function as full-time professional staff in executive offices at various levels of California’s executive branch which includes the office of the governor, constitutional offices, cabinet secretaries, commissions and departments. Click here to read more about the origins of the Executive fellows program.

Executive Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $2,627 as well as medical, dental and vision benefits. 

Applications for the Capital Fellows Programs are now closed.

Executive Fellowship Brochure

An indepth view of the Executive Fellowship Program

Graduate Students

  • Fellows attend weekly university graduate seminars and earn graduate units in Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State. Seminars provide an academic perspective on policy and administrative issues that are relevant to the public sector.
  • Upon successful completion of the Fellowship, fellows earn a Capital Fellows Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy and Government

Office Placement

  • Fellows are placed in offices throughout the executive branch. Placement assignments are made based on a combination of the fellow’s interests, skills and preferences, and the mutual matching between the fellow and mentor.
  • The type of work assignments vary depending on the role of the office and the skills of the fellow. Often fellows have the opportunity to gain experience in policy development, legislation, communication and program implementation during their fellowship year, as well as a host of other opportunities.
  • The Executive Fellowship Program offer a diverse set of office placements within the Administration and the Executive Branch.


  • Applicants must be 20 years of age by the beginning of the fellowship and have completed their undergraduate degree by September of the fellowship year.
  • Applicants must be prepared for full-time employment, Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.
  • The depth of the Executive Branch creates opportunities to utilize individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, including advanced degrees as well as, degrees in science, technology, business and others  (e.g. JD, Ph.D., MPA/MPP, MBA). 

Application Requirements

  • 2016-17 Fellowship Application

  • Personal and Policy Statement

    In one document, answer the following two questions separately using no more than three pages (typed; double-spaced; 12 pt. font). The amount of space you use on each question is at your discretion but the selection committee will not read more than three pages. Keep in mind the selection committee is interested in learning about you, your interest in California government and public policy, and why you are applying to the Executive Fellowship Program.

    1. Please discuss your background and why you would make a great addition to next year's class of Executive Fellows.

    2. Imagine you are working in the Governor’s Office, preparing to brief your boss who is a senior policy advisor to the Governor. Please identify the most important challenge you feel the state of California faces, and why. Then propose a solution to this challenge for your boss and the Governor to consider.

  • Three original/current letters of recommendation. Include at least two original letters of recommendation from persons NOT associated with the Executive Branch. It is strongly suggested that at least one of the recommendations be provided by a faculty member familiar with your work and one of the recommendations be provided by a supervisor/employer.
  • Transcripts from each college and university attended.

Selection Process

  • Application Deadline: February 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm PST
  • April: Invitation to selected candidates to interview before selection committee panel.
  • Late April/early May: Interviews in Sacramento and Los Angeles.
  • May: Acceptance letters sent out to selected candidates.
  • October: Selected class of fellows being fellowship begins in Sacramento.

 If you have questions regarding the Executive Fellows Program please call (916) 278-6906 or e-mail:

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Capital Fellows Programs

Assembly Fellowship Program

California Senate Fellows Program

Executive Fellowship Program

Judicial Administration Fellowship Program


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Notable Fellows

Information for Current & Former Fellows


" One of the unique features of the Executive Fellowship Program is the ability to work with your mentor to design a fellowship experience that fits into your professional goals. While there were assignments that my placement provided, I had the ability to work with my mentor and other executive team members to work on projects that interested me. The ability to have a hand in tailoring my experience was a priceless opportunity that I will never forget.

Guadalupe Manriquez
2011-12 Executive Fellow