SACRAMENTO–Assemblymember Paul Krekorian Thursday announced the availability of applications for the Assembly Fellowship Program for the 2007-2008 academic year. The Assembly Fellowship Program is one of the most prestigious and competitive academic programs in California for students interested in government, public policy and politics. The 11-month fellowship program gives college graduates the opportunity of a lifetime to become full-time Assembly staff members working on fiscal and policy issues in an Assemblymember’s office in the State Capitol. Fellows also participate in a weekly academic seminar with Assemblymembers, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists, and state government officials, while earning 12 graduate credits from California State University, Sacramento. In addition, Fellows are paid a monthly stipend of $1,972 per month, plus health, dental and vision benefits. "The Assembly Fellowship Program offers a unique opportunity for young people to play an important role in our State’s legislative process and to help shape public policy," said Assemblymember Krekorian. "Assembly Fellows undertake a challenging, professional work experience that will be a strong foundation for successful careers in both the public and private sectors." To be eligible, applicants must have earned their undergraduate degree by September 2007. No specific major is preferred and recent fellows have had various majors (e.g., agricultural science, communications, drama, ethnic studies, political science). Individuals with advanced degrees or mid-career professionals are encouraged to apply. Applications are available at Assemblymember Krekorian’s district service office at 620 North Brand Blvd., Suite 403, in Glendale (telephone 818-240-6330). Applications are also available online through the Center for California Studies at www.csus.edu/calst/assembly. The postmark deadline for submitting applications to the program is February 28, 2007. Final Selection of the 18 Assembly Fellows is made in May 2007 after an initial screening of applications and a subsequent panel interview of semifinalists. Assemblymember Krekorian was elected to the California State Assembly in November of 2006 to serve the residents of the 43rd District which includes the communities of Glendale, Burbank, Los Feliz, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Van Nuys, Valley Glen and Toluca Lake.