Matsui Center Schaeffer Government Fellows

Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service

The Matsui Center is pleased to partner with the Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service program to support undergraduate students pursuing careers in government. Schaeffer Fellows complete 10-week, high-level summer internships at the local, state, and federal levels in order to develop an informed view of government service and operations.

How to Apply to Schaeffer Fellowship


The 2024 Schaeffer Fellowship application is due by Sunday, October 8 at 11:59pm. The application includes:

Brief questionnaire Three ideas for your summer internship Two essay questions (250 words each) Resume Unofficial transcript(s) from all higher education institutions

Resume tips and sample resumes can be found on the Cal Career Center website.

Selection Process

Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a...

About the Program

About the Program

The Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service is pleased to partner with Leonard D. Schaeffer and the national Schaeffer Fellowship program to deliver high-quality enrichment experiences to UC Berkeley undergraduates. The Schaeffer Fellowship is a national program administered at the University of Southern California and encompassing five participating universities: UC Berkeley, Princeton, Harvard, UVA,...

Chloe Park

2023 Schaeffer Fellowship

Having grown up in the Albany-Berkeley area her whole life, Chloe is passionate and fond of the Bay Area’s urban spaces—the bustling culture, events, and diversity. However, along with urbanism often comes a heap of social issues—including discrimination, poverty, and housing crises—that have severely impacted the Bay Area’s vulnerable communities. As a result of her close proximity to these issues, Chloe is striving to learn about the complexities and causes of these urban issues, as well as discover the ways that policy, city planning, and data analysis can address them. At UC Berkeley,...

Gélser Zavala Garcia

Class of 2022
2022 Democracy Camp in DC
2022 Schaeffer Fellowship
Placement: Special Assistant to Mayor Libby Schaaf Placement Location:

Gélser Zavala is a rising senior majoring in Legal Studies after transferring from Laney College with a AA in Paralegal Studies and Social Sciences. He is an East Oakland born and raised native, the son of war refugees from El Salvador who migrated to California in the late 1980s. Growing up in a working class family, Gélser endured challenges in his public education with insidious systems of underfunded policies for school, gang-violence, teen pregnancy, and dropping out of...

Robson Swift

Class of 2022
2022 Democracy Camp in Berkeley
2022 Schaeffer Fellowship
Placement: Bay Area Air Quality Management District Placement Location: San Francisco, California

Robson is a rising senior double majoring in Sociology and Political Science. He wants to either become a lawyer or work in government, but in any career path Robson hopes to participate in public service and improve the community around him. Robson' s passion for public service began in high school when he ran anti-LGBT bullying workshops at his high school. That experience lead him to advocate for student voice in his district...

Cyn Gomez

Class of 2023
2022 Schaeffer Fellowship
Placement: San Francisco District Attorney's Office Placement Location: San Francisco, California

Cyn Gomez is a nineteen-year-old, first-generation, second year at UC Berkeley, studying Social Welfare with minors in Race and the Law & Spanish. Cyn’s pronouns are he/him and they/them and identify as nonbinary and transmasculine. Cyn is an election poll worker, Berkeley Student Cooperative House President, a student worker at UC Berkeley, ASUC Cheif Advisor on QT+ Wellness, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director for the...

Daira Rivera

Class of 2024
2023 Democracy Camp in Berkeley Student Director
2023 Democracy Camp in Berkeley
2022 Schaeffer Fellowship
2022 Democracy Camp in Berkeley
Placement: Placement Location:

Daira grew up in Hayward California and her parents are from Nayarit Mexico. She is currently a sophomore attending UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science with a minor in public policy. Her career is geared towards being a civil rights attorney and one day working in public policy. Throughout her upbringing, she became aware of the systematic failures that affect low-income POC and wants to dedicate her career to aid the effort in changing them. She ultimately wants a career in public service that will fulfill her...