Applications for the 2019-20 California Senate Fellows program are now available, according to state Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Riverside County.

The program provides college graduates an opportunity to become full-time Senate staff members at the state Capitol in Sacramento for 11 months beginning in October 2019.  Fellows are assigned to the personal or committee staff of a Senator and also participate in academic seminars with Senators, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists, and state government officials.  The fellowship program is jointly operated by the California Senate and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

Fellows are paid a stipend of $2,698 per month plus health, vision, and dental benefits.  They earn six units of graduate credit from California State University, Sacramento for the academic portion of the program.

“Being a Fellow provides an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process,” Stone said in a prepared statement.  “Whether your career goals are in the public or private sector, the Senate Fellows program provides valuable training.”

Former Senate Fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges, and numerous other elected officials and community leaders.

Stone said Fellows experience the broad range of activities conducted in busy Senate offices.  Responsibilities include researching public policy issues, helping develop legislative proposals, analyzing and staffing legislation, assisting with constituent inquiries and casework, participating in meetings as the Senator’s representative, writing press releases and speeches, and performing other delegated tasks.  A five-week orientation at the beginning of the program provides background on state government, the legislative process, and major policy issues.

Anyone who will be at least 20 years of age and a graduate of a four-year college or university by Sept. 1, 2019, is eligible to apply.  There is no preferred major.  Individuals with advanced degrees and those in mid-career are encouraged to apply.

Brochures can be requested online and are also available in the Senator’s Indio and Murrieta offices.

The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.  Eighteen Fellows will be selected in May after an initial screening of applications and a subsequent panel interview of finalists.
Stone is seeking re-election in the Nov. 6 election. His challenger is Democrat Joy Silver. Stone currently represents California’s 28th Senate District. The district, which is entirely in Riverside County, stretches from the vineyards of the Temecula Valley to the Colorado River and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Wildomar.