The Matsui Local Government Fellowship offers students the opportunity to get firsthand municipal experience in California's political and policy making communities. Each year, students selected for this program intern in a branch of local government of the student's preference.

We will help place you in the internship that you find most interesting, whether it is working in a mayor's office or interning for a local school board. The internship will involve full-time work during the summer. Students will receive a stipend to help with living costs and transportation. 

Students accepted to the Fellowship are also automatically accepted into the Spring Break program Democracy Camp. This will allow Local Government Fellows learn more about public service opportunities and to build a cohort with other students. Participation is optional but encouraged.

All students currently enrolled at UC Berkeley are encouraged to apply!

Please sign up here to receive more information on the Matsui Local Government Fellowship and other Matsui Center and IGS Fellowship and Grant programs. 

Apply to be a Matsui Local Government Fellow!

The application window for 2020 Local Government fellowships has now closed. Please check back in the fall for 2021 application information. 

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

Meet the 2019 Fellows

Ryan SherodDeclan ChinBen HarperDeclan Chin

Congratulations to Ryan Sherod, Jae Won "Jake" Sim, Ben Harper, Meghan Tahbaz, and Declan Chin, selected as Matsui Local Government Fellows for 2020! Read more about the Fellows and their placements on the Local Government Fellows page.