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" 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


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. 

The 2016-17 fellowship application period is closed.

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photoGrant Mack, Executive fellow, 2011-12

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.




photoAlbert Wu, Executive fellow 2011-12

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. Click here for a list of placement opportunities and where fellows tend to go after the program ends.



photoAshley Fabrizio, Executive fellow 2011-12


  • 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).


photoRandall Winston, Executive fellow 2011-12

Application Requirements

  • 2016-17 Fellowship Application
  • Personal and Policy Statement
  • 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.



photoExecutive Fellow class of 2011-12

Selection Process

  • Application Deadline: February 8, 2016 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.



Contact Information

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





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