Senator Jim Battin Announces Availability of Senate Fellowships

Senator Jim Battin, announced today the availability of applications for the 2008-2009 California Senate Fellows Program. The program provides college graduates an opportunity to become full-time Senate Staff Members at the state Capitol in Sacramento for 11 months beginning in October 2008.  Fellows are assigned to the personal or committee staff of a Senator and also participate in academic seminars with Senators, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists and state government officials.  The fellowship program is jointly operated by the California Senate and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).

 Fellows are paid a stipend of $1,972 per month plus health, vision, and dental benefits.  They earn 12 units of graduate credit from CSUS for the academic portion of the program. 

 “Being a Fellow provides an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process,” said Senator Battin, whether your career goals are in the public or private sector, the Senate Fellows program provides invaluable training.”  Former Senate Fellows include current members of congress and the California Legislature, judges and numerous other elected officials and community leaders.

 Anyone who will be at least 20 years of age and a graduate of a four-year college or university by September 1, 2008, is eligible to apply. There is no preferred major.  Individuals with advanced degrees and those in mid-career are encouraged to apply.

 Applications may be requested from Senator Battin’s Palm Desert Office: 73-710 Fred Waring Drive Suite 112; Palm Desert, CA 92260 or you may call (760) 568-0408.  In addition you may also contact the Senate Fellows program office at (916) 278-6906.  Applications and brochures are also available on the Senate’s Web site: and the program website:

 The deadline for submitting applications is February 27, 2008.  Eighteen Fellows will be selected in May after an initial screening of applications and a subsequent panel of finalists.