Sacramento Semester Internship Program
The Sacramento Semester Program is an undergraduate internship program of CSU Sacramento, which
each spring semester places students in a variety of state government and legislative internship positions in
Sacramento. Participants earn six units in internship credit plus six units in an accompanying seminar course
in state government and politics, which allows participants to integrate their practical internship experience
with academic work. The Sacramento Semester Program is open to students from throughout the CSU as
well as other universities. Typically, many alumni of the Sacramento Semester Program apply to a Capital
Fellows program once they graduate. Participation in the program has declined in recent years. Again, the
data indicate the decline is a function of economics. Most CSU students pay for their education by holding
part- or full-time employment. Participating in the Sacramento Semester Program thus demands that students
not only move to Sacramento, but also abandon the very jobs that allow them to attend the university. The
funding provides financial aid to approximately 15 Sacramento Semester students each year, totaling $3,600
each (i.e., an amount approximating the fees and room and board for one semester at CSU Sacramento).
This enables more students of limited economic resources to participate in the Sacramento Semester Program
and, in turn, creates a larger pool for Capital Fellows program applicants in the future. Administrative
overhead is included.