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Sacramento State Downtown: Internship, Graduate & Doctorate Programs

In conjunction with a variety of academic departments, Sacramento State Downtown hosts a number of internships, graduate programs, and fellowship opportunities, many of which have upcoming application deadlines. Offerings include programs focused on public policy, dietetics, business, and other disciplines. Potential applicants are encouraged to review program requirements and timelines now, to ensure applications are submitted on time.

The programs noted below are typically managed or taught out of Sacramento State Downtown (304 S Street). Although Sacramento State is committed to high-quality in-person academic experiences, due to the pandemic, in-person offerings cannot be guaranteed at this time. Additionally, please know not every course in each of the programs noted below is guaranteed to be taught at Sacramento State Downtown. Please contact program staff with specific questions.

Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)

Sacramento State master’s program in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) prepares future leaders to address the complex issues that face California. The program serves the state and the Sacramento region by developing government leaders, legislative staff, policymakers, and non-profit administrators with robust analytical tools and a deep commitment to public service.

Beginning Fall 2021, all graduate courses will be taught either online or in-person at Sacramento State Downtown. Courses take place on varying days, 6-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, making it convenient to pursue this degree while working full time.

Prof. Wassmer with students
Professor and Department Chairman Rob Wassmer pictured with the Master of Public Policy and Administration graduate students.

Master of Business Administration for Executives (EMBA)

Sacramento State’s Master of Business Administration for Executives (EMBA) program is a 15-month, cohort-based program designed for experienced professionals and managers who aspire to be in leadership positions. On occasion, the MBA for Executives program has been held at Sacramento State Downtown, although a location for the Fall 2021 cohort is still to be determined.

The EMBA was developed and delivered in close collaboration with local business leaders to address individual and organizational development needs. Participants gain the business acumen and network necessary to advance in leadership positions.

Dietetic Internship Program

The Dietetic Internship Program at Sacramento State is a 42-week internship from mid-August to mid-June. There are only 10 intern spots available annually. Normally, the program provides a minimum of 1,260 hours of experience, plus 10 units of graduate coursework. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, there will be a minimum of 1,000 hours of experience offered in accordance with ACEND’s guidelines. The areas of experience provided include Clinical Dietetics, Food Service Management, Community Nutrition, Outpatient Dietetics, and a selected concentration area of either Disease Prevention and Health Promotion or Advocacy and Public Health.

Capital Fellows

The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy fellowships which offer unique experiences in policymaking and development in each branch of the state’s government. Capital fellows spend 10-11 months working in a legislative, executive, or judicial branch government office. Fellows receive a monthly stipend, medical, dental, and vision benefits, student loan deferment, fully paid enrollment with six graduate units earned, and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy and Government upon completion. The program is run by Sacramento State's Center for California Studies.

Doctorate of Education Leadership (Ed.D.)

The Sacramento State Doctorate of Education Leadership (Ed.D.) program trains the leaders of tomorrow to champion change in a variety of education fields.

The program is a partnership between the University’s Educational Leadership and Public Policy departments, and aims to train leaders to address the urgent need for well-prepared individuals to assume key leadership positions in California's schools and community colleges. The program offers students many outlets to succeed, including a cohort system, classes every other weekend, access to renowned faculty, an accelerated program, and face-to-face interaction.

Courses for the Ed.D. program had been at Sacramento State Downtown but were not held there in the 2021-22 academic year. The Ed.D. program might return to Sacramento State Downtown in the future.