Democracy camp-ers 2018

How do you take a desire to serve others, to be a change-maker, to have an impact on the issues you care about, and transform that into a meaningful public service career? Democracy Camp is designed for Cal undergraduate students interested in enhancing our democracy through public service.

Over Cal Spring Break, students will gain exposure to different facets of a public service career: legislative paths, community organizations, local, state and federal government, and philanthropy. Participants will learn from presenters about the opportunities available in these fields and will network with presenters and amongst themselves to create a cohort on campus—and beyond—to support their career goals. Additionally, there will be a trip to Sacramento and skill-building modules that focus on practical and tangible takeaways.

Democracy Camp will take place over Cal Spring Break, from Monday, March 23–Thursday, March 26, 2020. Participants are expected to attend ALL program sessions during this time. Please do not apply if you cannot attend the full program. Democracy Camp is held on the Berkeley campus with a trip to the California State Capitol in Sacramento. There is no cost to students—all meals and course materials are included.

All undergraduate students currently enrolled at UC Berkeley, including international students, are encouraged to apply! All majors and all years welcomed!

Congratulations to the 2020 cohort of Democracy Camp Fellows!

   Leslie Nunez       Michael Papias       Saida Cornejo       Griselda Vega Martinez

   Jaileen Perez       Esteban Salazar    Victor Vasquez      Socorro Galindo-Hernandez

   Aidan Pearson     Jia En Wu             Roxanna Jarvis      Aaron Harvey     Rocio Lopez Martinez

Apply to be a Democracy Camp Fellow!

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 Democracy Camp Fellowship. Please check back in the fall for 2021 application information.

Have questions about the program? Contact the Matsui Center program assistant, Sonia Moctezuma, at soniamoctezuma [at] or 510-642-0922.

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To reach a larger audience and raise funds for the program, we have partnered with the UC Berkeley crowdfunding platform. Please take a look at our page, share with friends, and consider making a donation!  

Thank you for your support!