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Capital Experience Details

Program Description

CapEx students spend their days immersed in a capital city workplace learning from dedicated public servants and experienced policymakers. Minutes away, on the Sacramento Graduate Campus, students deepen their understandings of lawmaking and policy development through instruction and discussion guided by faculty from the law school, its public policy masters programs, and various undergraduate major programs. CapEx is open to current college students as well as high school seniors who have been admitted to start college in fall 2017.

The CapEx academic program combines:

  • Internship work experience tailored to students' specific career goals
    • 2016 participants worked in the California Department of Public Health, city council members' offices, California Forward, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, and the California Republican Party;
  • Broad exposure to the systems and methods of policy development and lawmaking through coursework and class discussion reinforced with site visits and guest lectures by key policymakers and government officials
    • 2016 hosted visits include a California Assemblymember's office, a legislative hearing, the Attorney General's Office, the Governor's Office, the California courts generally and the mental health and family courts, a water district, federal courts, Fair Political Practices Commission, lobbyist and trade association, and a nonprofit policy advocacy organization;
  • Core skills development class sessions and exercises in confident public speaking, public policy advocacy, negotiation and professional behavior and networking;
  • Exposure to fundamental business, professional and public service ethics and civility norms, through instruction, example and role play;
  • Production of concrete work products, including a resume updated to include the CapEx internship and career goals, and a professional portfolio with a record of CapEx visits and contacts, a writing sample, and to-do list with next steps.

CapEx co-curricular activities take advantage of the capital city’s active political environment during the hectic end of the legislative session, the law school’s connections and contacts in the capital community, and the many arts, entertainment, and outdoor recreation opportunities in the greater Sacramento area.

Program Dates

May 22 to June 23, 2017. Students may extend their internships with the permission of the host and without faculty supervision.

Program Costs for Summer 2017

  • Tuition: $7,288 for eight (8) credit-hours
  • Program Fee: $512 for co-curricular activities
  • Housing: $750 for on-campus housing.
    • Submit a Deposit: A $250 deposit is required to secure a seat in the program. Deposit will be applied towards the cost of the program. Deposits are non-refundable after May 1, 2017.
  • Variable meal plans will be available.

Additional costs:

  • With no meal plan, estimate of $30/day for meals.
  • Transportation, estimate of $15/day if using Lyft- or Uber-type taxis.
  • Parking on-campus is free.
  • Appropriate business attire, $150-$400.

Limited Scholarships Available

Priority consideration for a $1,000 Dean’s Scholarship for complete applications submitted before March 24.

Academic Components of the Program

There are two academic components to the program, a four (4)-unit class and a four (4)-unit internship:

California Politics & Process (SACR 011): A course that allows students to explore and experience first-hand the practical operation of California's government units through faculty instruction, group discussion, guest lectures and site visits.

Sacramento Internship (SACR 187): A structured internship where students work in a governmental, nonprofit or, in appropriate circumstances, private entity engaged in lawmaking or policy development or advocacy.

Program Open to all Majors

CapEx is open to undergraduate students from all majors.

Political science and pre-law majors, and students pursuing careers in policy change in particular subject areas, will benefit from the broad governance focus of the coursework and internships, the leadership skills training and the McGeorge Law School instruction and resources. Students in many other majors will find internship placements that give them specialized experience and contacts in their chosen subject areas, and will benefit from exposure to the government and advocacy entities that will impact the work they will do in their field and skills training that enhances communication and collaboration in any profession.

Internships Offered

Internship placements will be identified and supported through a CapEx program agreement with the McGeorge Externship Office and Pacific's Career Resource Center (CRC) and will qualify for four credit hours of academic enrollment. Students may also propose internships they have identified and arranged that meets the program criteria.

Possible internship sites include:

  • California Governor's Office
  • California State Senate
  • California State Assembly
  • California Environmental Protection Agency
  • California Department of Health Care Services
  • California Department of Public Health
  • California Attorney General's Office
  • California State Courts
  • Congressmembers Doris Matsui & Ami Bera
  • City of Sacramento
  • County of Sacramento
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • California Insurance Commissioner
  • California Secretary of State
  • California State Controller
  • California State Treasurer
  • Professional Trade Associations (Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, etc.)
  • Non-profit Legislative Advocacy Organizations
  • Business Advocacy Organizations


"I went to the Capitol frequently, testified in committee on behalf of MALDEF, and spoke with members of the Senate and Assembly." — Courtney Chan, Business Law and Marketing, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund

"Every day I learned something new." — Ameer Othman, Political Science, California Forward

"What incredible networking! The contacts I made in California gave me a leg up in Washington, D.C." — Sarah Gamble, Political Science, California Republican Party

"They made me part of the team." — Alex Gianini, Political Science, Office of City Councilmember Jay Schenirer

"By interviewing program managers and creating a report on food security for the department, I made an impact on public health." — Rachel Jacobs, Global Studies, California Department of Public Health

Transportation Options

CapEx participants will have the opportunity to experience living in the heart of the state capital and utilizing the full suite of transportation options the city provides. Program participants living both on and off campus will have the option of utilizing a personal vehicle for daily needs in getting to and from their internship work sites, but are encouraged to capitalize on public and non-motorized transportation options. Students are responsible for all transportation costs during the program. They are not included in program costs. There are no costs for parking on campus for program participants.


Capital Experience
Email | 916.340.6183
3200 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817