Prestigious California Senate Fellows Program Seeks Applicants

Senator Vidak Urges Valley College Graduates to Apply
Monday, October 17, 2016

Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) is encouraging Valley college graduates to apply for the prestigious California Senate Fellows (CSF) program.

Established in 1973, the CSF program is one of the oldest and most distinguished service learning programs in the country. The CSF program grew out of a desire to provide people with insight into the legislative process through experiential learning.

It offers college graduates a paid, full-time legislative staff position in the State Capitol for 11 months. The fellowship program's primary goals include exposing people with diverse life experiences and backgrounds to the legislative process by providing research and other professional staff assistance to the Senate.

The CSF program is jointly sponsored by the California State Senate and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $2,627 plus full health, vision and dental benefits.

They also earn 6 units of graduate credit from the Sacramento State Government Department.

The 2017-18 deadline is February 13, 2017.  To apply, please visit:

To help encourage college graduates from the Valley to apply, Vidak’s District Representative and former Senate Fellow – Rogelio Caudillo – will be attending the CSU Bakersfield Fall Career Expo and speaking to students in the classroom.  He will be available to answer media questions regarding the California Senate Fellows program.  There are two opportunities to interview Caudillo:


CSU, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93311


Wednesday, October 19, 2016
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. / Politics of Mexico Class, Room BDC-155B
10 a.m. – Noon / Student Recreation Center – Gymnasium

Caudillo was part of the 2013-2014 Senate Fellows Class and served in Vidak’s Capitol Office.  Following his Fellowship, Vidak hired Caudillo to work as a district representative.

Born in Delano and raised in Earlimart, Caudillo is a first-generation university graduate from a rural community.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Bakersfield. It was during his undergraduate studies that he became especially passionate about politics. His passion led to leadership positions in various campus organizations, attending an academic seminar from The Washington Center at our nation's capital, and receiving an award of recognition from the Center for Kern Political Education.

“Former Senate Fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges and numerous other elected officials and community leaders,” said Vidak. “If you have a passion to make a difference and give back to our Valley, like Rogelio, I encourage you to apply for the upcoming program.”

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