Every year, the Matsui Center at UC Berkeley sends 30 undergraduate students to Sacramento to complete an 8-week public service internship. Fellows intern in the office of CA legislators, agencies, and constitutional offices; in non-profit organizations engaged in research, advocacy, or organizing; and in legal offices, media outlets, and other organizations that provide a public service.
Recent Cal-in-Sacramento Fellows have interned in the office of Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, CA State Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-16), the CA State Library's California Research Bureau, the CA Department of Education, the Federal Public Defender's Office of the Eastern District, the California Immigrant Policy Center, among many more.
Mission & Values
Enhancing our democracy through service
We believe that building a sustainable and just future will require individuals who are deeply committed to change and are prepared for the challenges of leadership. It is our mission to train the next generation and create a pipeline for talented and driven students who are interested in public service careers. We rely on partners like YOU to make this possible.
This program is founded on the core belief that experiential learning enhances the academic experience and helps prepare students for success after graduation. We believe that all students deserve the opportunity to do summer internships, but not all students have equal access and opportunity to move to Sacramento for an 8-week internship during the summer. It is our mission to remove those barriers through outreach, fundraising, and scholarships in order to make the Cal-in-Sacramento program accessible to all students.
Benefits of partnering with Cal-in-Sacramento
Our students receive specialized training that prepares them for the internship experience, including professional development, research training, and coursework on California politics and policy.
As UC Berkeley ambassadors, Fellows are held to a high standard of professionalism.
Fellows are provided with summer housing for the duration of their internship, a light rail pass, and a stipend to support relocation and living expenses. Note that we welcome paid internship opportunities for our students, when offered.