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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, and current Legislative Aide for Senator Henry Stern

The purpose of APICA’s Capitol internship program is to provide college students and recent graduates who are dedicated to public service a substantive and meaningful employment and educational experience working in the California State Legislature, with a goal towards creating and promoting a new cohort of Capitol legislative staffers.


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, 11-week internship at the State Capitol in Sacramento, in either the State Assembly or State Senate
  • 2018 dates: Starts on Monday, June 18th and ends on Friday, August 24th (option to stay through the end of the legislative session [Friday, August 31, 2018] if desired, with no additional stipend and subject to agreement with the host office)
  • Interns receive a stipend of $4,500 for the eleven-week period; these funds will be provided in three installments contingent on the successful completion of the program and its academic components
  • Past placements have included Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Richard BloomEd Chau, David Chiu, Evan Low, Phil Ting, Senator Richard Pan, and the Senate Democratic Caucus (this list is not definitive, and placement offices differ on a year-to-year basis)
  • Weeklong orientation; professional and skill development sessions; dedicated mentorship; and access to the APICA network of staff and elected officials.


  • Interns must be current college students or recent graduates who are at least 21 years old when the internship begins
  • Interns must be available to work full-time during the full 11-week internship


  • A personal statement, which may not exceed two pages. The personal statement will be composed of two parts, with each part consisting of one page:
    • First, discuss how your cultural background has helped shape your identity and/or worldview
    • Secondly, discuss and demonstrate your interest in, or passion for public policy
  • A resume, not to exceed one page
  • Official or unofficial transcript(s) from each college or university attended
  • Select candidates will be given the opportunity to interview with APICA Board members
  • The deadline to submit the application is Tuesday, 1 May 2018

You can find the application for the 2018 APICA Internship here.

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