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California Executive Fellowship Program

This is a not a Stanford fellowship. It is included in a database of paid fellowship, internship and service program opportunities offered by external organizations as a resource for all college and university students. A FISP listing does not mean that Haas Center staff have direct experience with or professionally endorse the program.

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The Executive Fellowship Program is sponsored by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) and the Office of the Governor to provide an experiential learning opportunity in California state government. California’s executive branch is one of the most dynamic in the United States.  Executive Fellows function as full-time professional staff in executive offices at various levels of California’s executive branch which includes the office of the governor, constitutional offices, cabinet secretaries, commissions and departments.
This ten-month program uniquely integrates work experience with academic and professional development. The fellowship experience begins with a comprehensive training about California state government, including briefings by the governor’s staff, constitutional officers, legislative staff, academicians and others. Orientation is also designed to give the fellows a well-rounded introduction to the interactions of the executive branch with state, local, federal government and the private sector.  Additionally, fellows leave orientation with a core set of professional skills that are applicable to placements in the Executive Fellowship Program and a future career. 

  • Applicants must be 20 years of age by the beginning of the fellowship and have completed their undergraduate degree by September of the fellowship year.
  • Applicants must be prepared for full-time employment, Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.
  • The depth of the Executive Branch creates opportunities to utilize individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, including advanced degrees as well as, degrees in science, technology, business and others  (e.g. JD, Ph.D., MPA/MPP, MBA). 
External or Stanford Fellowship: 
Open to: 
Graduate students
Graduating students
Recent graduates/Alumni

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