Assembly Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden Announces Availability of Assembly Fellowship Program Applications

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden (AD – 41) today announced the availability of applications for the 2016-2017 Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program.

The Assembly Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for aspiring public servants of all ages, background and experiences to directly participate in the legislative process. The 11–month fellowship provides an introduction to public policy formation and adoption through full-time work as professional staff in the Assembly.

“The Assembly Fellowship Program offers college graduates the unique opportunity to learn and craft public policy through hands-on work with elected officials and staff,” said Assembly Majority Floor Leader Holden. “The program provides a challenging, professional work experience that serves as the foundation for successful careers in both the public and private sectors.”

As fellows work to pass legislation on behalf of an Assemblymember, they’re in a position to make a real difference for everyday Californians on issues that may include education, consumer protection, labor or the economy.

“Being an Assembly Fellow was an outstanding way for me to learn about state government, and have the opportunity to give back to my state, which is always rewarding,” said Aaron Bonner, 2014-2015 Assembly fellow for Assemblymember Holden. He now works full time as a Legislative Aide in the State Capitol on issues related to health, job creation, and economic development. “My greatest highlight from the fellowship is having two bills I staffed get signed by Governor.”

Fellows also participate in a weekly academic seminar, earning graduate credits from California State University, Sacramento. Fellows are paid a monthly stipend of $2,627, plus health, dental and vision benefits. The Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento administers the program in conjunction with California State Assembly.

Applications for the 2016-2017 Assembly Fellowship Program are due Monday, February 8, 2016. Applicants must have earned their undergraduate degree by September 2016. No specific major is preferred and individuals with advanced degrees and mid-career professionals are also encouraged to apply. Brochures are available at Assemblymember Holden’s Capitol or district office at 600 N. Rosemead Blvd., Suite 117, Pasadena, CA 91107. Please contact the Center for California Studies with any questions at calstudies@csus.edu or (916) 278-6906. The online application is available at www.csus.edu/calst/assembly.