2019

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Vanessa López is a rising junior double majoring in Social Welfare and Sociology with a minor in Public Policy. Her career interests include developing and implementing education policies in areas of child development and curriculum reform...
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Stephanie Mendez is currently a junior at the University of California, Berkeley. She is majoring in Political Science and plans to minor in Ethnic Studies. She currently works as a student assistant at the Institute of Governmental...
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Brian Ramírez is a third year from Paramount, CA double-majoring in Urban Studies and Public Health. He grew up in the low-income poc communities of South-East Los Angeles and the Inland Empire which exposed him to overwhelming...

2018

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Esteem Brumfield is a senior double majoring in Rhetoric and Political Science. His career interests involve the relationship between poor health outcomes and increased risks of incarceration.  Esteem grew up in Berkeley and got...
2018-hassan-arabi
Major:
Sociology
Placement:
Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement
Arabi Hassan is a rising senior studying Sociology. Her career interests include developing effective and equitable policies to address inequalities in the education system. She grew up in Bangladesh and was exposed to the devastating...
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Karina is a rising third-year Political Economy major with a Chinese minor. Her heart for public service first began when she had the opportunity to sit on her school district's Board of Education and has only grown since. Inspired by this...

2017

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Placement:
Assemblymember Anna Caballero
Yvonne is a rising third year majoring in Political Science and pursuing a minor in Conservation and Resource Studies. Through participating in speech and debate tournaments and working closely with the Migrant Education Program for many...
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Placement:
City of Brisbane, City Manager Clay Holstine
Daniel Fields is a rising fourth year Interdisciplinary Studies Field major specializing in immigration and forced migration. Daniel’s interest lies in the intersection between migration and community building, specifically regarding ways...
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Placement:
City of Vacaville Community Development Office
Dulce was born in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. At the age of 11, she came to the United States with her family and settled in Fairfield, CA. She graduated in 2015 from Solano Community College with an A.A in Social Science, an A.A in...
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Placement:
San Francisco Department of Technology
Zack Weinberg is a rising fourth-year Cognitive Science major with Computer Science and Public Policy minors. His passion for working to bridge inequality gaps emerged from his experience as a Leadership Council-member for PHE, teaching...

2016

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Major:
Urban Studies
Placement:
Southern California Association of Governments
Melody Gu is a fourth-year Urban Studies major with a focus in transportation planning and Geospatial Information Sciences. Using a growing abundance of digital information, she hopes to use data science to influence public policy...
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Major:
Political Science
Placement:
Los Angeles Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Araceli Hernandez is a third year Political Science major specializing in American Politics. Through her experiences on various political campaigns in her home district, interning at the United States Department of Education in Washington...
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Major:
American Studies
Placement:
Antioch Unified School District
Elizabeth Householder recently graduated in American Studies with emphasis on Politics, Policy, and Justice. After spending her final semester in the UCDC program working at the U.S. Department of Education, she plans to dedicate her...
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Major:
Political Science; Sustainable and Equitable Cities
Placement:
Berkeley City Councilmember Jesse Arreguin
Matthew Lewis is a rising fifth year majoring in political science and sustainable and equitable cities with minors in public policy and sustainable and equitable cities. Passionate about affordable housing and Berkeley city politics, he...
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Major:
Political Science
Placement:
Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo & San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs
Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Dalia migrated to the United States with family at the age of 8 and is currently the first one in the family to attend college. Dalia L. Nava transferred from Pasadena City College to UC Berkeley in fall 2015 and...

2016

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External Affairs, Area Representative East Area
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Placement:
Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Public Engagement
Sonnie Martinez is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science with a specialization in American Politics and minoring in Chicana/o Studies. She has previously interned with with the California State Legislature, nonprofit...

2015

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Major:
Sociology
Placement:
West Oakland Toxics Reduction Collaborative
Zachary Raden is fourth year Sociology major with a focus in social movements and environmental sociology. Passionate about environmental justice and social theory, Zachary aims to address inequalities by working within academic/government...
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Major:
Political Economy
Placement:
Alameda County Office of Education
Gladys Rosario is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Economy and minoring in Global Poverty and Practice. She is concentrating on socioeconomic inequality in the United States for her major and education for her minor. She is...

2015

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Major:
Forestry & natural resources
Placement:
Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks
Korbi Thalhammer is a first year student in the College of Letters and Sciences. He is focused on conservation and environmental protection, and is particularly interested in the intersection of scientific research and public policy.

2014

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Major:
Political Science with a double minor in Education and Public Policy
Placement:
San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Education
Sally Ching is a third year at UC Berkeley studying Political Science, Public Policy, and Education. She is interested in learning how policy is developed at the local level. She hopes her experience as a Matsui Local Government Fellow...
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Major:
Legal Studies & Psychology
Placement:
Oakland City Attorney’s Office
Kenna Falk is a graduating senior at Cal, graduating with a dual degree in Psychology and Legal Studies. She has pursued her interest in government and law by participating in Cal in the Capital, where she interned with the Grants...
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Major:
Urban Studies with a double minor in Public Policy and Geospacial Information Systems and Technology
Placement:
San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
Denim Robert Ohmit is a second-year at UC Berkeley studying Urban Studies, Public Policy, and Geospatial Information Sciences & Technology. He is interested in how community participation, big data, design, and law can work together to...

2014

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Major:
Political Science with a minor in Public Policy
Placement:
Orange County District Attorney's Office
Brandon Wong is a junior at Cal studying political science and public policy. He is interested in the complex intersection of law and public policy at the county level. He has previously worked as a public policy analyst for Orange County'...

2013

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Major:
Political economy and Public policy
Placement:
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Office of Economic and Workforce Development
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be working in the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development helping to attract and retain businesses in San Francisco. The office of Business Development will be an ideal place to...
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Major:
Environmental Science
Placement:
Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
Grecia Elenes is a 4th year studying Environmental Science in the College of Natural Resources. She is really interested in working in an office dealing with the policy and/or environmental injustice issues. She would like to intern in San...
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Major:
Gender & Women's Studies
Placement:
LA Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
"In deciding on the office of Mark Ridley-Thomas I am hoping to embark upon a summer that challenges my way of thinking and requires me to think outside of the box when figuring out ways to better my community. Specifically in working...

2012

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Placement:
Orange County Public Works and OC Planning
"My experience interning for Orange County Public Works and OC Planning was an indispensable part of my summer that expanded my knowledge of urban planning at the local level. As an Urban Studies major, I am always searching for new ways...
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Placement:
Mayor's Office of Communications, San Francisco
"Interning this summer for the Mayor's Office of Communications in San Francisco was a valuable learning experience for me as I head into my senior year at UC Berkeley. The internship gave me a unique glance at the role of communications...

2011

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State and Federal Policy Director
Campaign for College Opportunity
Placement:
San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener
Jake Brymner, senior, spent the summer in the office of San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener. Wiener was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010 to represent District 8, which covers the Castro, Eureka Valley, Upper Market, Noe Valley...

2010

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Placement:
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
What should a Cal student do during the hot summer days between semesters? Work at a frozen yogurt stand? Hang out with high school friends? Sarah Belford had other ideas -- like working for the mayor of one of the largest cities in the...

2009

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Placement:
San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty
Read Claire's evaluation of her internship:"Since being chosen as the Matsui Local Government Intern, I have had the opportunity to work closely with the Center's staff to explore where my interests might place me, and with their...