At Sacramento State, we are committed to growing as a community and institution that influences and shapes public policy to advance and improve this region and the lives of all who live here. From our students' work at the Capitol, to research and community partnerships involving our excellent faculty and staff, to an administration dedicated to propelling the University into a new era, Sacramento State is the place to be for a future in politics. Take the next step with us and see for yourself.Get to know President Robert S. Nelsen
Sacramento State is home to centers, programs, and institutes that analyze and shape public policy at the state, local, and federal levels. The University fosters ongoing partnerships with government agencies, elected officials, and community leaders to advance issues and policies that benefit the University and the region.
In May 2015, experts on state policy from around the country flocked to the University Union for the 15th annual State Politics and Policy Conference, a national forum on public policy put on by the University’s Center for California Studies. Learn more
Future movers and shakers throughout the region get their start at Sacramento State, just a few miles from the State Capitol. The opportunities and internships – some of the very best in the country – are unlike those available anywhere else in the state, and students get hands-on experience to jump-start their careers in public service.
The Capital Fellows Programs boast more than 2,000 alumni of legislative, executive, and judicial fellowships and were ranked among the top 10 internships in the country four of the past five years.
The University is home to dedicated faculty who, in addition to shaping the minds of the capital’s next generation of leaders, play vital roles in regional and state issues and discourse. Our faculty members are leaders in their fields and engaged members of the community, fueling discussion of the ways public policy affects the lives of the electorate while addressing issues facing the region and the state. Here are a few examples:
The capital region is powered by graduates of California’s capital university – indeed, one out of every 20 residents of the region is a Sac State grad. Our alumni hold top offices in government, business, and economic development and are dedicated to fostering vibrant, thriving communities throughout the city, county, and state. Our graduates are helping to usher in a new era in California.
The Hornets Policy & Politics Chapter of the Alumni Association has 240 members who work in politics, public policy, and state and local government. Learn More
Shaping the future of Sacramento and California: Sac State alumni serve as elected leaders who craft public policy that affects the lives of millions across local communities statewide. Some examples:
Creating a better region through public and community service: Our graduates facilitate the community’s growth, prosperity, and safety from top positions throughout the region. They include:
Fostering business and facilitating enterprise: Hornet alumni are passionate about growing greater, thriving business communities in Sacramento and throughout California, and many are in key roles doing just that. Examples include:
Now that you know something about Sacramento State, we would love for you to visit and learn more about attending this outstanding university. Sac State has so much to offer beyond a beautiful, tree-filled campus in the heart of California's capital: a national-class education that prepares students for careers and success. Come see us … and be us!