Senator Jack Scott–on January 16–announced the availability of applications for the 2001-2002 California Senate Fellows program.
The program provides college graduates an opportunity to become full-time Senate staff members for 11 months beginning in October 2001. Fellows are assigned to the personal or committee staff of a Senator and also participate in academic seminars with Senators–senior staff–journalists–lobbyists–and state government officials. The fellowship program is operated jointly by the California Senate and the Center for California Studies at California State University–Sacramento (CSUS).
Fellows are paid a stipend of $1,882 a month plus health and dental benefits. They earn 12 units of graduate credit from CSUS for the academic portion of the program.
"Being a Fellow provides an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process," said Senator Scott. "Whether your career goals are in the public or private sector–the Senate Fellows program provides valuable training."
Senator Scott said Fellows will experience the broad range of activities conducted in busy Senate offices. Their responsibilities include helping develop legislative proposals–researching and analyzing bills–assisting with constituent casework–and writing press releases and speeches. A four-week orientation at the beginning of the program provides a background on state government–the legislative process–and major policy issues.
Anyone who will graduate from a four-year college or university by September 2001 is eligible to apply. There is no preferred major–and there is no need to be a recent graduate. Individuals with advanced degrees–or those in mid-career–are also encouraged to apply.
Applications may be requested from Senator Scott’s office at 215 N. Marengo Avenue #185 Pasadena–CA 91101–or by calling the program office at (916) 322-7563. Applications and brochures are also available at the Senate’s website: www.sen.ca.gov/ftp/sen/fellows/_home/ and the program website: www.csus.edu/calst/Programs/senate_fellows.html.
The deadline for submitting applications is February 28–2001. Eighteen Fellows will be selected in May after an initial screening and a subsequent panel interview of semifinalists.