Assemblymember Chris Holden Announces Availability of Assembly Fellowship Program Applications

Friday, January 27, 2017

Pasadena, CA –Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) today announced the availability of applications for the 2017-2018 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 Assemblymember Chris 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.

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.

“I am excited for the challenging days that will provide me this incredible learning experience not available outside the capitol,” said Morisse Richardson, 2016-2017 Assembly Fellow for Assemblymember Holden.  Richardson is a recent graduate from University of California Riverside and double majored in Public Policy and Ethnic Studies.

“Being an Assembly Fellow was a unique opportunity to learn about politics and policy at the state level, while learning how I can better serve my community,” said Naima Ford, 2012-2013 Assembly Fellow and current Legislative Director for Assemblymember Holden. “My greatest highlight from the fellowship was meeting incredibly knowledgeable people that were passionate about making California a great place to live.”

Applications for the 2017-2018 Assembly Fellowship Program are due Monday, February 13, 2017. Applicants must have earned their undergraduate degree by September 2017. 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 or (916) 278-6906. The online application is available at