Public Service Career Resources

Career Preparation

General Resources

Berkeley Career Engagement (formerly UC Berkeley Career Center)

Access a vast array of career preparedness tools:

Professional Attire

Preparing your wardrobe is an important aspect of career preparedness. The linked article describes the differences between Casual, Smart Casual, Business Casual, Business Professional, and Business Formal attire. You can also access the UC Berkeley Career Engagement Pinterest Board for sample wardrobes and inspiration.

Big Interview

Prepare for interviewing with this online system that combines training and practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence. Users can review sample interview questions, watch training videos, follow a step-by-step guide to answering behavioral questions, and participate in virtual mock interviews.

Job & Internship Search Tools


Recruiting platform that helps UC Berkeley students and alumni connect with employers and source jobs, internships, event information, and campus opportunities.

*New students are automatically registered with a Handshake account


The U.S. Federal Government's official website for federal job listings. Narrow your search via Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates, which directs prospective applicants to federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree.

UC Berkeley Career Fairs

Meet with employers in a virtual or in-person setting and learn more about job and internship opportunities offered by companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. (Students interested in public service should attend the Business and Public Service Career & Internship Fair.)

Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) – Career Resource Links and Job Boards

The UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Poilcy website includes a robust list of job boards for job seekers interested in a career in public policy or a related public service field. 

Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students

Experiential learning not only enriches a student's academic life and studies, it is also an important step in career preparation. Examples of experiential learning include work-study and other jobs, internships, fellowships, research opportunities, student leadership roles, community service, and more. By pursuing opportunities outside the classroom, you can explore different fields of interest, acquire hands-on professional experience and leadership skills, find community and mentorship, and build your professional network.

There are many career engagement and experiential learning resources, programs, and awards available to current and recent students. Below, we have listed opportunities specifically tailored for students interested in public service.

UC Berkeley Public Service Programs & Awards

*NEW* Discovery Hub

The Discovery Hub is a centralized database of opportunities and search engine for UC Berkeley undergraduates, including research opportunities, internship programs, scholarships, etc. The purpose of the Hub is to help students apply their academic learning and get experience in the field prior to graduation.

The Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service

Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS)

Public Service Center
Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS)
Labor Center

Other Public Service Programs & Awards

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) – Congressional Internship Program The CHCI Congressional Internship Program (CIP) provides Latine/x college students of any major with a paid placement in a congressional office for a period of 12 weeks (Fall) or 10 weeks (Summer). Students gain work experience, participate in community service, and receive educational and professional programming provided by CHCI.
JusticeCorps (Student Members)

JusticeCorps is a collaborative project of the Judicial Council of California, the Superior Courts of California, legal aid partners, and public and private universities. The program’s purpose is to provide assistance to "self-represented litigants"—people who have legal matters to adjudicate, but are not represented by an attorney. JusticeCorps members receive training in order to provide legal information to self-represented litigants, and are placed in court-based legal access centers where they work on small claims, housing law, and family law issues. Student members are recruited from local Bay Area Colleges and Universities and are expected to serve 300 hours a year.

Partnerships for Public Service – Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program

*Must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible

The Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program helps bring diverse young talent to government and offers students the opportunity to apply their educational training to work at a federal agency. Selected participants in the program will receive: a semester-long internship at a federal agency, a stipend, and professional development sessions, including orientation and networking events throughout the duration of the internship. The program is offered year-round during the fall, spring and summer terms. Part-time and full-time opportunities are available, as well as both remote and in-person internships.
Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) – Junior Summer Institute

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program is a rigorous academic graduate-level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service and is intended to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or a joint degree in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field.

During the summer following their junior year, Fellows will study at one of seven participating universities: Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard Kennedy School, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, the Univ. of Michigan, the Univ. of Minnesota, or the Univ. of Washington. Following completion of the program, Fellows are eligible to receive a scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master's degree.

U.S. Department of State – Pathways Internship Program

*Must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible

The U.S. Department of State’s Pathways Internship Program includes both the  Internship Experience Program (IEP)  and the  Internship Temporary Program (ITEP). Both programs provide students with opportunities to explore Federal careers while being paid for the work performed. IEP interns are appointed to non-temporary, excepted service appointments, expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled, while ITEP interns may work during seasonal and holiday breaks or year-round. 

Resources for Seniors and Recent Graduates

Post-Graduation Fellowships & Awards

Capital Fellows Programs

The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy fellowships which offer unique experiences in policymaking and development in each branch of California's state government. Fellows complete 10-11 month paid internships.

Coro Fellowship The Coro Fellows Program develops emerging leaders to work and lead across different sectors by equipping them with knowledge, skills, and networks to accelerate positive change.
Govern for America (GFA)

The Govern For America Fellowship is a two-year paid opportunity for recent graduates to serve in high-impact roles in governments across the country as a part of a diverse community of engaged leaders. Selected Fellows complete a two-year leadership development program with training, coaching, mentorship, and skills-building sessions alongside their peer cohort.

Govern for America (GFA) – Civic Impact Corps

The Civic Impact Corps is a 12-month program that connects early career professionals to full-time, paid government jobs and supports them to develop as leaders through training and community. While Govern For America will be placing Civic Impact Corps members in agencies across multiple issue areas, broadband and digital equity work is an area of focus for this program. Civic Impact Corps members are placed all over the country, in the cities with high need for entry-level talent. Locations are selected on an as needed basis within national regions.

John Gardner Fellowship

Fellows from the graduating classes at UC Berkeley and Stanford University receive a $50,000 stipend to work for 10 months in the governmental or nonprofit organization that matches their public service interests.

Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and contribute to the public good. The award gives motivated students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a special project after their graduation. Recipients may be awarded as much as $25,000, which is intended to support project costs, materials, and living expenses for a period of up to one year.

JusticeCorps (Graduate Fellows)

JusticeCorps is a collaborative project of the Judicial Council of California, the Superior Courts of California, legal aid partners, and public and private universities. The program’s purpose is to provide assistance to "self-represented litigants"—people who have legal matters to adjudicate, but are not represented by an attorney. JusticeCorps members receive training in order to provide legal information to self-represented litigants, and are placed in court-based legal access centers where they work on small claims, housing law, and family law issues. JusticeCorps Graduate Fellows must hold a bachelor's degree. Fellows commit to serving 1,700 hours over one year, and receive a $33,000 Living Allowance and healthcare benefits.

Partnerships for Public Service – Cybersecurity Talent Initiative

*Must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible

The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative aims to recruit, train and retain a world-class cybersecurity workforce. The program is a selective opportunity for students in cybersecurity-related fields to gain access to vital public sector work experience, develop a cross-sector cyber professional network and build leadership skills. Fellows selected for the program will be placed at a federal agency with cybersecurity needs for two years. During this time, they will receive opportunities to network with program partners and CTI alumni, and learn alongside first-year cyber professionals serving in government.

United States Digital Corps

The U.S. Digital Corps is an early‑career technology fellowship for those who wish to contribute in any way — technical or otherwise — to creating a government that better serves all Americans. The initiative encompasses five broad skill tracks: software engineering, data science and analytics, product management, design, and cybersecurity. Fellows are matched with federal agencies based on their skill sets and interests and will work on pressing priorities to better serve the public. Priorities include: economic recovery, equity, customer experience, public health, and immigration.

U.S. Energy Department – Community Energy Fellowship Program

The Community Energy Fellowship Program (CEFP) sponsors candidates to spend 18 months embedded in state, local, and tribal governments (Hosts) learning about and assisting in the implementation of clean energy projects and programs. Fellows will be matched with one or more local or tribal governments to apply their knowledge and experiences to the Host’s current activities. CEFP is sponsored by the Office of State and Community Energy Programs (SCEP) to support its mission of providing on-site clean energy technical assistance to its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) recipients.

Community Energy Fellows will receive hands-on experience that provides an understanding of the mission, operations, and culture of the local or tribal government and first-hand experience implementing new clean energy projects and initiatives. The goal of the Community Energy Fellowship Program is to increase access to clean energy career opportunities across the country and accelerate the national transition to resilient and affordable clean energy. Fellows will receive a stipend to support their participation in the program and an allowance for education and professional development opportunities.

U.S. Energy Department – Science, Technology, and Policy (STP) Program

The DOE Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Fellowship Program will focus on advancing workforce development strategies in the energy sector, with a focus on job quality and inclusion. During the appointment, participants will be mentored by a group of highly trained policy experts who will provide them with hands-on experience in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Policy (OP), Office of Energy Jobs (OEJ) in Washington, DC. The goal is to develop future leaders through the educational and professional development that will later create the workforce needed to support DOE's missions, and to support the successful transition of the American energy sector by ensuring that job creation, job quality, and equitable access to jobs are taken into consideration in DOE funding, initiatives, and priorities.

U.S. Department of State - Recent Graduates Program

The U.S. Department of State Recent Graduates Program (RGP) targets recent graduates of qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion.