The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy fellowships which offer unique experiences in policy-making and development in each branch of California’s state government.

Capital Fellows spend 10-11 months as paid, full time employees working in a Legislative, Executive or Judicial Branch office. Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.

All Fellows receive:

  • a monthly stipend of $3,253, as well as medical, dental and vision benefits;
  • a one-time moving allowance of $875 (non-taxable);
  • fully-paid enrollment and earn six graduate units;
  • student loan deferment; and
  • upon successful completion of the fellowship, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy and Government

Applications are now open for the 2024-25 fellowship year. Deadline to apply is Monday, December 4, 2023 at 11:59PM, PST

Learn more about the Capital Fellows Programs!

Capital Fellows 101: Information Sessions with the Capital Fellows Directors (10/26/2022 recording)