Eligibility

  • Must be a registered UC Berkeley undergraduate.
  • Must find (with our help) and complete a summer internship in politics or public affairs at the city or county level anywhere in California. Internships run for eight weeks.
  • All majors and all years are encouraged to apply.
  • Graduating seniors are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Fill out the application form

Please be prepared to upload a single PDF document that contains your essay, your resume, and your transcript.

Essay

Briefly elaborate on your interest in the Matsui Local Government Internship, addressing some or all of the following questions. Why are you interested in local government? What do you hope to learn from working in local government? Why do you believe local government plays an important role in people’s lives? Please limit your response to two double-spaced pages.

Resume Instructions

Submit a one-page copy of your resume. Include relevant employment, volunteer experiences and extracurricular activities. 

Transcript Instructions

Please attach an unofficial transcript (such as from BearFacts):

Make sure your name appears on the document.
Transfer students: Include a copy of your transcripts from previous schools.
First Semester Freshman: In lieu of a transcript, include a copy of your current course schedule.

Selection Process 

After all applications have been received, the following process occurs:

  1. The selection committee reviews all application files.
  2. Top candidates will be contacted and invited to a personal interview before the Selection Committee. Interviews usually last about 10 minutes.
  3. The Program Administrator notifies the finalists about whether or not they have been awarded a Fellowship.

Selection Criteria

Students will be selected based on the strength of their written applications and personal interviews. Interest in learning about and participating in governance, policymaking, politics and/or other related topics and the ability to articulate this interest are essential.

Obligations

Must find (with our help) and complete a summer internship in politics or public affairs at the city or county level anywhere in California. Internships run for eight weeks.

Questions?

Contact Matsui Center Program Assistant Sonia Moctezuma (soniamoctezuma [at] berkeley.edu) | 510-642-0922.