Student Programs

Senate App Challenge

The Senate App Challenge is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. This event allows K-12 students the opportunity to compete against their peers by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.  The submission period is now closed, but you are invited to join our Awards Ceremony on Friday, Feb 21st. RSVP to is required.

District Internship Program

One of the chief roles of a district office is to keep the local community connected with the legislative work taking place in Sacramento. This is done through constituent correspondence, community events, and everyday involvement with the community. Our district internship program provides an excellent chance for students to get involved in the legislative process while exploring a career in public service.

Successful interns are enthusiastic, willing to learn, detail-oriented, have excellent phone manners and a positive attitude. In the fast-paced environment of a State Senate office, the ability to ensure timeliness and accuracy of work is essential. Interns will develop strong research and communications skills and will gain valuable experience working in a team environment.

All interested applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and dates of availability to

Student Advisory Council

Students are key stakeholders in our community, and this council offers participants the opportunity to represent their classmates and help solve issues in California. The council meets regularly to discuss issues affecting our district and the state as a whole.

My 2020 Senate Student Advisory Council (SSAC) is currently full. If you are interested in joining the next class, please contact Cameron Griffin at  

Senate Art Contest

This competition is open to all students of California’s 29th State Senate District. The contest winner will have his or her artwork sent to Sacramento, where it will remain on display in our state’s Capitol for one year.

I look forward to your participation this year and would like to wish your students the best of luck.  Should you have any further questions, please contact Cameron Griffin in my Brea office at (714) 671-9474 or

Apply for the California Legislative Fellows Program

Established in 1973, the California Senate Fellows (CSF) program is one of the oldest and most distinguished service learning programs in the country. The CSF program grew out of a desire to provide people with insight into the legislative process through experiential learning. It offers college graduates a paid, full-time legislative staff position in the State Capitol for 11 months.

Apply for the California Center on Science and Technology Fellows Program

Each year, CCST recruits a corps of PhD scientists and engineers to spend one year in Sacramento serving the California State Legislature. Working as legislative staff in the State Senate or State Assembly, these scientific minds get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of lawmaking in the State of California. Talented scientists and engineers gain valuable career training in public policy, and lawmakers gain access to science-savvy staff to help them craft fact-based policies for California's future.