Center for California Studies

​Mission and Overview. The Center for California Studies is a unit of the CSU whose mission is to strengthen democratic governance in California through preparing people for public service and leadership, helping to solve problems of public policy, and enhancing civic literacy through multidisciplinary education. Central to this mission is the administration of a number of fellowship, internship, and other programs, which include:

  • The Assembly, Executive, Judicial, and Senate fellowship programs annually provide experiential education on the policy-making process to 64 college graduates from across the state. At the same time, the fellows provide valuable professional service to the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government. During their fellowships, fellows also take graduate classes on California government issues through Sacramento State.
  • The LegiSchool Project provides high school students a hands-on opportunity to connect with the state Legislature and to participate in debates on issues that directly affect them.
  • The Sacramento Semester Program provides undergraduate students from throughout the state with internship opportunities in a variety of state government and legislative positions in Sacramento. Participants earn six units of internship credit plus six units in an accompanying seminar course in state government and politics, which integrates the internship experience with academic work.
  • The Faculty Research Fellows Program provides for directed faculty and staff research on topics requested by the Legislature and/or executive branch agencies. Faculty from throughout the CSU system are eligible to receive research grants under this program, and projects result in papers, conference presentations, symposia, and similar public service activities.
  • The Federal/State Relations (Washington DC) Fellowship places an outgoing Capital Fellow in a ten-month position on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Fellowship is run under the auspices of the California Institute for Federal Policy Research. Fellows conduct research on Congressional issues of relevance to California.

Budget Background. The Center’s budget covers a range of costs, including: staff salaries and benefits; stipends, benefits, and graduate tuition for 64 Capital Fellows; direct grants for the Faculty Research Fellows program; conference and symposium expenses; and miscellaneous other costs.

Appropriation Request. The Center for California Studies requests an augmentation of $40,000 to cover an anticipated three percent salary increase along with associated increases for benefits for Center staff. This cost-of-living increase is anticipated to be implemented by the university administration as a result of collective bargaining. As such, this will be an unavoidable new cost faced by the Center.​