Tom Truax Sacramento Semester Internship at the California State Capitol

Past Recipients

Michael Casas, 2014
Heather Daniel, 2014
Stephanie Perez-Morales, 2014
Amanda Marshall, 2013
Matthew Lim, 2013
Christina Branche, 2013
Vincent Tice, 2012
John de Los Angeles, 2012
Melissa Peterson, 2010
Nathan Block, 2009
Laura Parra, 2009
Jesus Gomez, 2008
Anthony Harrison, 2008
Steven Neese, 2008
Raul De La Rosa, 2007
James Tran, 2006
Danny Martinez, 2006
Meghan Bishop, 2005
Lynsey Galh, 2005
Alanna O'Hea, 2005
Siobhan O'Brien, 2004
John Sobel, 2003
Shawn R. Vasquez, 2003
Brian Hautau, 2002
Travis Linquist, 2002
Greg Lomori, 2001
Monica O'Toole, 2001
Alexander Kobayashi, 2000
Todd Brown, 2000
Suzanne Sullivan, 1999
Julius Cruz, 1999
David Heckler, 1998
Peggy Mitchinson, 1998
Ethan Winston, 1979


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SJSU students are eligible to spend the spring semester in the state capitol interning with a member of the California State Legislature, an executive branch agency, or a lobbying firm through CSU’s Sacramento Semester Program.  Students earn academic credit for their work. The Tom Truax Scholarship, honoring a well known lobbyist and SJSU alumnus, is available exclusively to help assist SJSU students taking part in the Sacramento Semester Program.

Students interested in Sacramento Semester Program and financial support from the Tom Truax Sacramento Semester Scholarship should submit a completed application to the Political Science Department.

Scholarship applications are due on October 24, 2016 

Applicants for Semester Sacramento Semester Program need to submit the following:

  • A completed Sacramento Semester Application Form

  • An unofficial transcript

  • An essay describing one’s interest in the Sacramento Semester Program

  • A graded essay from an SJSU class (minimum 3 pages)

  • A list of three SJSU faculty references

Interviews to select finalists will be held shortly after the October 24, 2016 application deadline.  Questions about the Sacramento Semester can be directed to Professor Garrick Percival, Director of the Political Science Department’s Internship Program, or Michael Wadle (, Director of CSU’s Sacramento Semester Program.