Cal-in-Sacramento Fellowship

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Applications for the 2024 Cal-in-Sacramento Fellowship program are now closed

Cal-in-Sacramento is one of the University of California’s largest and most prestigious campus-based public service internship programs. For the past five decades, hundreds of Cal students have gone to Sacramento under our auspices to gain 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.

Program Overview

  • Cal-in-Sacramento Fellows enroll in a 3-unit course (PS 110B) during the spring semester.

  • Fellows move to Sacramento in late May and complete an 8-week summer internship in the offices of Senate and Assembly members, the Governor's Office, state agencies, think tanks, or nonprofit organizations.

  • Fellows conduct original research over the summer and produce a research product (research brief, op-ed, blog post, etc.).

  • The program provides Fellows with free shared housing during the 8-week Sacramento residency, as well as a free Sacramento RT Light Rail pass so they can travel to and from work, and a modest stipend for living expenses.


  • Open to all majors and years, including freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will graduate in May 2024, as well as transfer students.
  • Students are required to enroll in a 3-unit course (PS 110B) during the spring semester and complete all course requirements as outlined in the syllabus.
  • This is a fully in-person program; 2024 Fellows must be enrolled at UC Berkeley in Spring 2024.

Is this program right for me?

  • Cal-in-Sacramento is designed for Berkeley students who are beginning their public service journey and are seeking additional career preparation through hands-on training and professional experience.

  • Fellows receive highly structured support applying for internships. While Fellows can request to apply for an internship outside the Cal-in-Sacramento network, all internship sites must be negotiated and approved by the program staff, and Fellows are encouraged to work within the existing network.

  • Fellows can intern in any non-partisan public service organization, including both government and non-government/non-profit organizations.