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“The APICA Internship equipped me with the confidence to navigate the Capitol as an intern and gave me a professional family to belong to.”

-2016 APICA Intern Alex Lee

The purpose of APICA’s capitol internship program is to provide college students who are dedicated to public service a substantive and meaningful work and educational experience in the California State Legislature where they can learn about public policy, participate in the legislative process, expand their professional networks, and position themselves for successful public service careers upon graduation.


2016 Interns Michael Ding, Alex Lee, & Anna To
“From reading over concerns or support of constituents about bills, to watching the action occur on the Assembly and Senate floor and witnessing all of the processes in between, the APICA internship combined impeccable hands on experience to the world of policy and the development of legislation with a foundation to prepare a motivated individual for success on lifelong endeavors.”
-2016 APICA Intern Anna To
“Participating in the APICA internship was an invaluable experience that fortified my aspiration of pursuing a career in politics.”
-2016 APICA Intern Michael Ding

Internship Details

  • Full-time, 10-week internship at the State Capitol in Sacramento in either the State Assembly or State Senate
  • Interns must be current college students, and available to work full-time for the duration of the 10-week internship program.
  • 2017 dates: Monday, June 21 to Friday, August 19 (option to stay through the end of the legislative session, September 15, with no additional stipend if desired and agreed to with placement office)
  • In 2017, interns received a summer stipend of $6,500 per intern
  • Application: 3-page, double-spaced personal statement, resume, transcript, 2 references, & interview
  • Application due: Friday, 5 May 2017
  • Previous placements include Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Ed Chau, David Chiu, Evan Low, Phil Ting, Senator Bob Hertzberg, and the Senate Democratic Caucus (list is not definitive, and placement offices differ on a year-to-year basis)
  • Internship includes mentorship, weeklong orientation & 6-8 “enrichment activities,” including field trips, policy briefings, etc.

You can find the application for the 2017 APICA Internship here.

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