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Senate Fellows Program

California Senate Fellows Program

The California Senate Fellows program is a highly competitive, graduate level, full-time paid fellowship that introduces individuals to the legislative process by providing research and other professional staff assistance to the Senate. Fellows are placed with top-ranking policy makers, providing firsthand experience in the development and advancement of public policy and legislation. Fellows participate in weekly seminars and earn six units of graduate credit for the academic portion of the program. The experience gained through the Senate Fellows Program allows fellows the opportunity to pursue very successful careers in academia, public service and the private sector.

Fellows are assigned to the offices of a senator or policy committee and work as part of the public policy staff team in the Capitol. Responsibilities for fellows assigned to the offices of senators include helping develop legislative proposals, researching and analyzing bills, responding to constituent inquiries, and writing press releases and speeches among other things. Fellows assigned to policy committees specialize and develop expertise with respect to the subject matter jurisdiction of the committee. Additional committee staff responsibilities include research assignments and assisting the chairperson with committee related legislation moving through the legislature. Many of the California Senate Fellows participants continue their post-fellowship careers as staff to the California Senate.

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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

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"The fellowship experience has been a unique opportunity to learn how politics and passion intertwine to create policy. As a fellow, I was able to take my own idea, see it become a bill, and take it through the legislative process. This experience has inspired me to serve and ensure that underrepresented and disenfranchised communities have a voice in the public policy-making process"

Michael Lynch
2011-12 Senate Fellow