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Capital Fellows earns national recognition

03-14-2011


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Sacramento State’s Capital Fellows program has for the second consecutive year been recognized as one of the nation’s best internships.

The program, which places students in full-time staff positions in the State Legislature, executive branch and court system, was evaluated and honored by Vault.com, a career management research and information website.

“I think it’s wonderful news,” said Charles Gossett, Sacramento State’s Dean of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies. “It has been a strong program for many years and the rest of the country is now beginning to recognize that.”

Vault.com reviewed 821 programs and based its top 10 on “mentorship availability, career advancement opportunities, intern involvement/capacity for learning, compensation, perks, industry clout and work culture.” Also in the top 10 were such lofty internship programs as Google, Garmin International, NASA, J.P. Morgan and the Smithsonian Institution.

“Sacramento State’s location in the nation’s most dynamic state capital has long given our students and graduates an advantage in the workplace, and the Capital Fellows program is one of our best initiatives,” said University President Alexander Gonzalez. “Vault.com’s recognition for the second year in a row is a testament to our University’s excellent faculty, students and partnerships with state government.”

Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies administers the program. Gossett said the center’s faculty and staff work to ensure the Legislature’s high level of regard for it. “The program wouldn’t work if the Legislature didn’t have confidence in the people they are receiving from the program,” he said.

Fellows work for 10 to 11 months in one of 64 full-time positions as staff members in the Assembly, Senate, executive branch or in the California court system.

Participants typically are given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges. They earn a monthly stipend of $1,972 with health benefits and enroll as graduate students at Sacramento State, receiving graduate units from the Sacramento State Government Department of Public Policy and Administration Program. The enrollment fees are paid by the programs.

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