2009/10 Support Budget II

Center for California Studies and Special Funds

Sacramento Semester Internship Program

The Sacramento Semester Program is an undergraduate internship program at 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 all CSU students as well as students from other universities. Typically, many alumni of the Sacramento Semester Program apply to a Capital Fellows program once they graduate. The funding for this program will provide financial aid to approximately six Sacramento Semester students each year in the amount of $3,600 per student (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.