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Forming a New Generation of Civil Servants

Forming a New Generation of Civil Servants

November 8, 2012
By Stephanie Thara

Civil servants are the foundation behind proposed legislative bills, passed laws and political campaigns. Their dedication to serving the needs of the public is at the heart of federal, state and local governments. CSU’s public administration programs provide endless opportunities for students to pair that dedication with a comprehensive education in public policy.    

Each fall, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy—a nonpartisan center for the study of public policy located at CSU Monterey Bay—hosts students for its Congressional Internship Program. The internship gives selected students from each of the 23 CSU campuses an opportunity to get a firsthand look at the legislative process by working in a congressional office in Washington, D.C.

Cal State Fullerton recently launched the City Management Fellowship Program, where city managers mentor graduate students to give them a behind-the-scenes look at local government.  Students learn firsthand how critical decisions are made by public sector executives, are able to ask questions on a one-on-one basis, and can experience all angles of public service.

Sacramento State even hosts leadership events that give students as young as highschoolers the tools to succeed in leadership and government. Sacramento State’s Annual Youth Leadership Conference brings in groups such as the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, African-American Leaders for Tomorrow program and California Youth Leadership Forum, to expose students that come from economically disadvantaged homes to the benefits of civic engagement.