Each year the Matsui Center's Cal-in-Sacramento program sends approximately 30 Cal students to California’s capital for eight-week public service internships. Cal-in-Sacramento is the University of California’s largest — and one of the nation's most prestigious — campus-based public service internship programs. For more than four decades, hundreds of Cal students have gone to Sacramento under our auspices to garner first-hand experience in the most dynamic state capital in the country. Many of these students have gone on to careers in politics, government, and public service.
Cal-in-Sacramento Fellows work for eight weeks in Sacramento internships in the offices of Senate and Assembly members, the Governor's Office, state agencies, or nonprofit groups. The program provides free housing for students and a free light-rail pass so students can travel to and from work. Students prepare for their summer internships by taking PS110B in the spring semester.
This year, in an enhancement of our program, we are adding a research component and increasing the course units of PS110B from 2 to 3 units. During the spring, in addition to receiving instruction that will prepare students to succeed in their internships, students will also receive training in developing a research proposal on an issue of their choice that they will investigate during their summer internships. At the end of the summer, Fellows will write a blog post or op-ed based on their research findings. They will also receive a $500 stipend to support them in doing this important work.
In the summer of 2020, as concern over the coronavirus pandemic grew and legislative offices began to cancel summer internships, we formed a partnership with the California Research Bureau (CRB) that provided our Fellows with a meaningful summer learning opportunity and a chance to contribute to the state's response to the crises caused by the pandemic. Eighteen Cal-in-Sac Fellows worked with CRB staff to gather data (at the Assembly and Senate district level) on impacts and responses to the pandemic, especially with regard to existing inequalities and vulnerable communities. The data visualizations, dashboards, fact sheets and case studies created by the students are being shared with state officials and will be made public soon. Read more about this remarkable collaboration and view the research products developed by CIS Fellows.
For 2021, we will continue our collaboration with the CRB, adding a permanent research component to the fellowship in addition to the students' in-person internships this summer.
Questions? Contact IGS and Matsui Center Program Manager Sonia Moctezuma, soniamoctezuma [at] berkeley.edu.
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We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Cal-in-Sacramento Fellowship Program. Complete and Submit an application here.
Congratulations to the 2021 cohort of Cal-in-Sacramento Fellows!
Minh Anh Van
Kai Serrano Eusebio
Pedro De Anda
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Questions? Come to a Cal-in-Sac Info Meeting: October 1 at 6pm or October 9 at 5pm. The Info Meeting will be through Zoom. Please fill out this form to receive a Zoom link to the Cal-in-Sac Info Meeting.
Contact: Matsui Center Program Manager, Sonia Moctezuma, at soniamoctezuma [at] berkeley.edu or 510-642-0922.