12th A.D. College Graduates Encouraged to Apply for Nation’s Oldest and Most Prestigious Legislative Fellowship Program

SAN FRANCISCO – Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) announced Friday the availability of applications for the 2004-2005 Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program. The 11-month fellowship program gives college graduates the opportunity to become full-time Assembly staff members working on fiscal and policy issues in an Assemblymember’s Capitol or committee office.

“The Assembly Fellowship Program offers post-baccalaureate students and mid-career professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge and understanding of the legislative process,” said Assemblymember Yee. “Many of these fellows become leaders in the public and private sector as a result of their experience here in the Capitol.”

Fellows participate in a weekly academic seminar with Assemblymembers, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists and state government officials, earning 12 graduate credits from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). Fellows are also paid a monthly stipend of $1,882, plus health, dental and vision benefits.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for college graduates, especially Asian students, to increase their political activism,” said Assemblymember Yee. “I encourage anyone who is interested in this program to contact my district office for an application.”

The California State Assembly in conjunction with the Center for California Studies at CSUS administers the program. The only requirement is applicants must have earned their undergraduate degree by September 2004 and no specific major is preferred. Individuals with advanced degrees, or mid-career professionals are also encouraged to apply. Applications are available by contacting Assemblymember Yee’s district office at (415) 557-2312 or visiting the Center for California Studies at Final selection of the 18 Assembly Fellows will be made in May 2004 after an initial screen and subsequent panel interview. The postmark deadline for submitting applications to the program is February 25, 2004.