Our Matsui Center undergraduate fellows share their unique and transformative experiences in public service, research, and public policy opportunities.
Blogs: IGS Fellows in the World
My time in Washington D.C was one of the most eye opening experiences in my life. Each day I was able to be enveloped in the beauty of the city and challenge my writing and research abilities in my congressional internship for Representative Glenn Ivey of the fourth district of...Read more about UCDC Spring 2023: The Washington D.C Forest and the Journey as a Hilltern, Part 2
UCDC Spring 2023: Empowering Constituents, Engaging Energy and Environmental Policy Advocacy at Congresswoman Matsui's DC Office
As I have interned for the Washington Office of Congresswoman Matsui, I have gained a greater appreciation for congressional public service work. Not only do most representatives and congressional staffers work long hours, but they care about their constituents’ opinions and...Read more about UCDC Spring 2023: Empowering Constituents, Engaging Energy and Environmental Policy Advocacy at Congresswoman Matsui's DC Office
UCDC Spring 2023: Exploring the Region via Amtrak and Witnessing the History of Resilience at the Public Defender's Service
My semester in D.C. flew by far more quickly than I could have ever imagined. Working forty hours each week while taking classes and exploring the city made the time speed by, but I truly believe that I made the most of my time on the East Coast. I toured the Capitol, House...Read more about UCDC Spring 2023: Exploring the Region via Amtrak and Witnessing the History of Resilience at the Public Defender's Service
UCDC Spring 2023: A Semester of Full of Potential - Exploring Intersecting Pathways into Public Service in DC
Living in Washington DC and being a part of the UCDC program has been an incredible experience. One aspect that I’m definitely taking away from this experience is the sheer amount of possibilities that are potentially open to graduating students. Working in Development was something I...Read more about UCDC Spring 2023: A Semester of Full of Potential - Exploring Intersecting Pathways into Public Service in DC
Growing up in the Bay Area, a field trip to the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is a rite of passage for many elementary school students, but it is also a well known gathering place for the community. When I was searching for a placement with the Gardner Fellowship, OMCA was...Read more about 2022 Gardner Fellows: Rebecca Jacobson and her mentor, Caitlin Evans
As an undergraduate, I was drawn to public health due to the breadth of topics that play a pivotal role in community health. When selected to be a John Gardner Fellow, I knew I wanted to pursue health policy and continue advocating for traditionally marginalized communities. I am...Read more about 2022 Gardner Fellows: Equal Pay and its Implications on Health
Taking part in the UCDC program was one of my main goals for my academic career since the first day I transferred to UC Berkeley. Public service is a field I have been interested in for a long time, but due to my circumstances I did not have the opportunity to be in that environment,...Read more about UCDC Spring 2023: The Washington D.C Forest and the Journey as a Hilltern, Part 1
Currently, I am an intern with the Washington Office of Congresswoman Matsui, who represents California’s 7th Congressional district encompassing the Sacramento and Elk Grove area. As a legislative intern, I am responsible for responding to constituent mail, conducting...Read more about UCDC Spring 2023: Understanding Political & Cultural Life in DC through Observation & Communication
Being a deferred transfer, coming to Washington DC, and having the opportunity to work and live here has been an incredible and still unbelievable experience. At the American Enterprise Institute, I work in the development department, which means I get to work on the business and...Read more about UCDC Spring 2023: Fundraising and Development at the American Enterprise Institute
UCDC Spring 2023: The Practice of Law in DC: From the Public Defender's Service to the Supreme Court
Since coming to Washington D.C., I have been extremely busy—but in the best way! As an intern with the Public Defender’s Service, I have been immersed in criminal defense investigations, trial preparation, and post-trial sentencing. Not only have I had access to the guidance of...Read more about UCDC Spring 2023: The Practice of Law in DC: From the Public Defender's Service to the Supreme Court
Being back in sunny California, I still have not fully processed that my time on Capitol Hill and in D.C. have concluded. Looking back, it was a bitter-sweet ending. On one hand, I desperately missed California’s weather, the diversity, the food, and of course, my friends and...Read more about UCDC Fall 2022: Farewell D.C....for now
As I closed the zipper of my last suitcase, I could not believe that my adventures in Washington DC were coming to an end. Spending an entire semester in Washington DC was not only a dream come true, but a transformative and fulfilling experience. I deeply enjoyed having the...Read more about UCDC Fall 2022: Centering Intersectional Identities to Increase Bilingual Literacy at ULC
My last few weeks in Washington, DC were full of uncertainty but I left with a few opportunities to consider in the future. Being in D.C. exposed me to unlimited possibilities, and the city itself was refreshing to live in for almost four months. I really enjoyed having access to...Read more about UCDC Fall 2022: "They Are the Authors of Their Own Story"; Social Work isn't about 'Saving' People
UCDC Fall 2022: From the Shores of Mt. Vernon to Murder Mysteries with Friends; Finding Self-actualization through Humility and Personal Agency
People tell you that as you get older the years go by faster. I have found that as I worked harder over the years, and the opportunities added up, my years felt longer—so many more experiences in so little time. The growth I experienced in my first year at Berkeley was...Read more about UCDC Fall 2022: From the Shores of Mt. Vernon to Murder Mysteries with Friends; Finding Self-actualization through Humility and Personal Agency
Fireflies are replaced by falling leaves in every color of the rainbow. The warm air that wrapped you like a blanket every time you stepped outside, now takes leave for a refreshing cold crispness that wakes you up and gets you ready for the day. This fall I have the privilege to...Read more about UCDC Fall 2022: Following in the Footsteps of Public Service Leaders
As a first generation low income student, having the opportunity to intern in Washington DC for an entire semester has been the most surreal experience of my undergraduate career so far. Over the past few months in the nation's capital, I have interned for the Urban Libraries...Read more about UCDC Fall 2022: Leveraging Cultural Identities to Uplift and Engage Marginalized Communities
I’m currently interning at HIPS: Honoring Individuals Power and Strength a nonprofit organization that serves the underserved population in the DC metropolitan area focusing on harm reduction and the sex trade. As a direct service intern, my role is to assist drug users and sex...Read more about UCDC Fall 2022: Centering Self-Care and Compassion as a Core Principle of Professionalism
On my first day in D.C., I cried myself to sleep. Being thousands of miles from home, where I did not know anyone and did not have a secured internship, was overwhelming.
Since then, however, everything has settled into place. For the past few weeks...Read more about UCDC Fall 2022: Public Service in Style
UCDC Spring 2022: Navigating nonprofit work as a student of color person of color in high-level political spaces
Being a participant in the UCDC program has been an informative and enlightening experience. It has given me a taste of the D.C city culture and political climate which has brought value into deciding my career choices. I have had the opportunity to learn just how many options there are in...Read more about UCDC Spring 2022: Navigating nonprofit work as a student of color person of color in high-level political spaces
UCDC Spring 2022: Press and public service; Capturing the power of politics 'happening before my eyes'
As a Delawarean, Washington D.C. has always been just a drive away, but my past two months in the nation’s capital have been eye-opening, filled with learning, adventure, and discovery. Over the past few weeks, I have worked for Senator Chris Coons of Delaware as a press intern. My...Read more about UCDC Spring 2022: Press and public service; Capturing the power of politics 'happening before my eyes'