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California Jesse M. Unruh Assembly 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 California State Assembly Fellowship Program, founded in 1957, is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious legislative fellowship programs. In 1987, the program was renamed the Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program to honor California's former Assembly Speaker and State Treasurer. This unique program provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to directly participate in the legislative process. Each year, 18 individuals are selected to participate in the program. The 11-month fellowship provides an introduction to public policy formation and adoption in the California Legislature through full-time work as a professional legislative staff member.


1. Must be at least 20 years of age and a graduate from a university or four-year college.
2. Must have completed a bachelor's degree.
3. Must furnish academic, employment and activities data, transcripts from colleges attended, a personal statement, a policy statement on a specific topic contained in the application, and three references.

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Graduate students
Graduating students
Recent graduates/Alumni