Applications are now being accepted for four state government fellowship programs, and the deadline is Feb. 23.

The 2011-2012 fellowship programs are the Executive Fellowship Program, the Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program, the California Senate Fellows Program, and the Judicial Administration Fellowship Program.

“These programs, sponsored jointly with the Center for California Studies, are excellent opportunities for students or others interested in state government to gain first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of all its branches,” said State Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood).

Fellows serve for 11 months beginning in November 2011, receiving a monthly stipend of $1,972 per plus health, vision and dental benefits. The only prerequisite for the program is a four-year college degree by fall of the program year.

Fellows are typically recent college graduates, mid-career or re-entry individuals with a demonstrated interest in public policy and government, who have exceptional written and verbal communications skills, well-developed analytical and organizational abilities, and a superior academic background.

No previous legislative, judicial or political experience is required. Fellows earn 12 graduate units from California State University, Sacramento, for courses taught by faculty from the Department of Government or Public Policy and Administration.

A five-week orientation at the beginning of the program provides background on state government, the legislative process, and major policy issues.

“I want to encourage any college students or graduates in my district who have a strong interest in public policy and politics to consider applying for any of the Capitol Fellowship Programs,” said Wright. “Please write or call my office for an application or go online to www.csus.edu/calst/programs.”