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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 2015 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 4-8 units of summer course credit that transfer back to their home institution (transferability subject to home institution approval).

Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Current junior or senior status (graduating students are eligible).
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public policy.
  • This program runs the full length of USF Summer Session I (May 25 - August 14, 2015). You must be able to commit to working at an internship for this time period to participate in the program.

Program Cost: The McCarthy Center covers the cost of summer tuition and student housing in Sacramento and provides a small monthly stipend to contribute toward other living expenses.


Please complete and submit this application by March 8, 2015.

Your application consists of:

  1. Application
  2. Resume
  3. Letter of Recommendation

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: March 8.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and interviews may be conducted as needed. You will be notified of acceptance by March 27.

How did you hear about this program?

I. Personal Information

Last Name: First Name:
CWID: Date of Birth:
Current Address: City:
State:      Zip:
Permanent Address: City:
State:      Zip:
Current Email:
(No .edu accounts*)
Secondary Email:
Current Phone: Permanent Phone:
Major: Minor: (if any)
Cum. G.P.A. Home Institution: 

* University accounts frequently block large attachments. Please provide us with an alternate email account for correspondence during the application process.

Current standing
If you are a senior, are you graduating this spring?   

II. Resume

Please email your most recent resume to the McCarthy Center at Note that your application will not be considered until your resume is received.

III. Statement of Purpose

Read the quotes and accompanying questions below, and choose two out of three to which to respond. Statements will be judged according to both content and writing quality. Please copy and paste or type in the box below your statement of purpose. Please proofread.

  1. "There isn't a student on this campus in any major who could not be an effective force in public decision-making if they bring to the fight a personal commitment to build a more just and humane world." - Leo T. McCarthy
    Provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated a commitment to building a more humane and just world. How will the McCarthy Fellows program strengthen your capacity to continue this commitment?
  2. "You need a set of convictions based on moral values and you need to be introspective every day so you're truthful with yourself about how close you are to sticking to those values." - Leo T. McCarthy
    The McCarthy Center's core values that guide our work include: diversity and inclusion, social justice, collaboration and co-determination, humility, innovation, growth and improvement, and invitational dialogue. Choose two of the values from the McCarthy Center's list of core values and discuss why they resonate with you. How will you incorporate them during your Sacramento experience? 
  3. "If a moral commitment does not drive a person in public office, he or she will waiver and maybe wither in the face of all the forces that may tear him/her apart." - Leo T. McCarthy
    In pursuit of social justice, we may be challenged by internal forces such as apathy, fear, and bias, as well as external forces including systemic injustice and bureaucratic red tape. Provide one specific example of both an internal AND an external force that have challenged or threatened your moral commitment to service and describe how you strive to overcome those forces.


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. 

Issue Area:

Rank in order of preference all that apply. 

Human Rights
Women's Issues
International Issues
Community Development
Housing & Homelessness
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.

Your Skills:
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
Name: Relation:
State of Residence: Primary Phone:
Secondary Phone: Email:

Secondary Emergency Contact
Name: Relation:
State of Residence: Primary Phone:
Secondary Phone Email:

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. Please ensure that the reference is submitted to by or before March 8, 2015.

Reference Information:
Name of Referee
Months/Years of Acquaintance
Primary Phone
VIII. Interview Availability

Interview Availability

Please list your availability for an interview from (3:00pm-6:30pm), March 23-24. If you are called for an interview, we will schedule it within one of the time periods you listed, so please be prepared with those time slots available.

Check all available 3-3:30pm
3:30-4pm 4-4:30pm 4:30-5pm
5-5:30pm 5:30-6pm 6-6:30pm 6:30-7pm
Monday, March 23
Tuesday, March 24
ATTENTION: Once you hit the "submit" button, a message should appear confirming that your application was submitted successfully. If you do not see this message, please either try to resubmit your application or contact us to make sure we did receive it.