Advice for Fellows (2016 Edition)

Hoping to head to Sacramento?

Hoping to head to Sacramento?

The Capital Fellows Program, jointly operated by the California State University’s Center for California Studies and the three branches of state government, is an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California.

I recently asked a number of former Fellows for their advice to applicants who will be having their interviews in the next few weeks. The advice included some obvious points like being on time, as well as encouragement from a former Fellow (who later became Senate Majority Leader) to be “prepared to unlearn everything you were told about how laws are made.”

My advice is to be honest about your interests, successes and limitations. The selection panel is trying to find people who will be a good fit (who will add to the institution and also thrive in that environment) and giving them a clear understanding of who you are will benefit you both.

Good luck!