McCarthy Fellows Student Application
Summer in Sacramento
This opportunity is offered by the University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good.
Thank you for applying to the program! We appreciate your interest in this service-learning experience exploring the California state legislative process. During the summer 2013 semester, participants will engage in a California politics course and research seminar at USF’s Sacramento Regional Campus. They will simultaneously work full-time at internships based on their interests for approximately ten weeks. Housing within walking distance to the Capital will be provided. Upon successful completion of the program and its requirements, participants will earn 8 units of summer course credit that transfer back to their home institution (transferability subject to home institution approval).
Eligibility criteria are as follows:
Required: Current junior or senior status (graduating students are eligible) and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Applicants should also have a demonstrated interest in public policy.
NOTE: This program runs the full length of USF Summer Session I (5/20-8/09). You must able to commit to working at an internship for this time period to participate in the program.
Program Cost: Program cost is based on USF discounted summer tuition rate and the tuition rate of the student’s home campus. Housing cost is included in tuition rate. Additionally, upon acceptance, your student account will automatically be charged a refundable $300 housing deposit, to secure your place in the program. This deposit will be returned to you at the end of the program once you have completed a successful move-out inspection. Failure to adequately clean your apartment and/or any damage will result in forfeiture of your deposit.
Please complete and submit this application by March 1, 2013.
Your application consists of:
- Letter of Recommendation
- Official Transcript
Please complete the application below. We will not process your application if any of the requested information is missing. Please ensure that we receive your application (including all supporting documents listed above) by the application deadline: 03/01/13.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and interviews may be conducted as needed. You will be notified of acceptance by March 14.
I. Personal Information
* University accounts frequently block large attachments. Please provide us with an alternate email account for correspondence during the application process.
Please copy and paste your resume in the box below.
III. Statement of Purpose
Please use the space below to address the following questions in a 1-2 page statement of purpose. Be as specific and concrete as possible. Statements will be judged according to both content and writing quality. Please proofread.
- How do you see this program contributing to your studies at USF?
- What would you like to experience, learn, and achieve through this service-learning program?
- What are the challenges that you expect to encounter, and how are you prepared to deal with them?
- In your opinion, what is the most significant issue facing the state of California?
IV. Cover Letter
In the space below, complete a cover letter to a potential internship office describing why your skills and experience make you an ideal candidate for an internship in Sacramento. If you are accepted to the program, this letter may be forwarded to potential internship sites.
V. Placement Interests
The preferences you indicate below will be used to identify the most appropriate internship site for you. It is to your benefit to be as clear as possible about your interests and priorities. While we will do our best to match you with an office that interests you, we cannot guarantee placement at any specific internship site.
Rank in order of preference all that apply.
Please identify the sub-issue(s) within this field that you would like to focus on and the type of work you hope to do at your internship.
Skills and Knowledge you would like to apply:
Skills and Knowledge you would like to develop
VI. Emergency Contacts
Please provide the names and contact information for two individuals you authorize USF to contact on your behalf in the case of emergency.
Primary Emergency Contact
Secondary Emergency Contact
VII. Personal Reference
Please provide the contact information for one faculty member or employer
who is familiar with your skills and abilities and can serve as a reference.
In addition to providing the contact information of your referee, please have him/her submit a letter of recommendation
. We encourage you to request such a letter from someone who knows you well in a variety of settings. Please do not request a letter of reference from a member of your family.
Indicate who will provide the letter of recommendation in the space provided below. Provide your referee with the information and form on the following page. Please ensure that the reference is submitted to email@example.com
by or before March 1, 2013