Democracy Camp in DC

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DC in DC Student Journals

Program Overview

  • A cohort of 15 undergraduate students travel to Washington, DC for a 9-day immersive experience in our nation’s capital.
  • Students stay in shared housing at the UC Washington Center (UCDC), situated in the heart of DC, and have opportunities to explore the city and visit sites of cultural and historical significance.
  • The program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing public service careers at the federal level. Students participate in a series of meetings with political appointees, career staff, and elected officials in the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches, and learn about career opportunities in these fields.
  • Students have opportunities to expand their network and form meaningful connections with each other and with public service professionals (many of whom are Cal alumni).
  • The program provides professional development and skill-building workshops, such as a resume workshop, networking practice, and more.

Program Dates

Democracy Camp in DC commences one week after the end of the spring semester and lasts 9 days (Friday, May 17 – Saturday, May 25, 2024). Students are expected to attend mandatory orientations and may also be invited to attend additional program activities throughout the spring semester (more information will be shared with accepted program participants prior to the start of the semester).


  • Open to all majors.
  • Eligible students must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors who will graduate in May 2024. First-year transfer students are eligible.
  • Students must be enrolled at UC Berkeley in Spring 2024 and available to participate in mandatory orientations and workshops during the spring semester (approximately 1 per month).
  • This program is designed for students who are beginning to explore careers in public service at the federal level. We encourage first-generation, transfer, or non-traditional students to apply! 


There is no cost to participate in Democracy Camp. The program covers roundtrip flights from either LAX or SFO, lodging at UCDC, ground transit, group meals, and group activities. Personal expenses, such as souvenirs, unofficial activities, travel supplies and professional clothing, are notcovered by the program.

Is this program right for me?

  • Democracy Camp in DC is focused on federal government; students who are curious about pursuing a career or internship in government in Washington, DC, are encouraged to apply.