2010/11 Executive Summary

Center for California Studies

Capital Fellows Programs ($2,132,000)

The Center for California Studies operates as a public education, public service and applied research office of CSU, Sacramento devoted to promoting the understanding of California's history, cultures and public policies. As part of its public service responsibilities, the Center administers the nationally renowned Capital Fellows programs. The programs include the California Senate Fellows, the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellows Program, the Executive Fellows Program, and the Judicial Fellows Program. Through these programs, 64 fellows are selected to spend a year [10-11 months] working with the California legislative, executive or judicial branches of government. Fellows receive a modest stipend and benefits in exchange for fulltime professional work in state government. The fellows are enrolled as graduate students (12 units) at CSU, Sacramento and participate in a carefully planned educational program built around their governmental experience.

The four fellows programs provide the Legislature, the Executive branch and the state Judiciary with individuals that have proven academic and professional achievements, knowledge of California government, and a strong commitment to both public and community service. Fellows serve a 10-11 month term, providing staff assistance in the State Capitol offices of legislators and legislative committees; Executive branch agencies, departments, boards, commissions and constitutional offices; and the Judicial Council, the Administrative Office of the Courts and consolidated county courts.

The direct costs of the Capital Fellows programs consist of stipends, benefits and student fees for the 64 fellows. There are also operating expenditures associated with administering the program calculated at 10 percent.

Participants in the four Fellow Programs are enrolled as graduate students at CSU, Sacramento and the fellows' program budgets have always included funds to pay required graduate student fees. Currently (for 2009-10) the enrollment fee for a full time graduate student is $2,918; the 2010-2011 budget request proposal presumes an additional 20% increase.