Meet Trinh and Tara

We asked our fall Washington Fellows why they applied for the UCDC program and what they are looking forward to in the Nation’s Capital. Here is what they had to say:

2013 fall Wash fellow Trinh Nguyen IMG_2111

Trinh Nguyen

Trinh Nguyen:
“I hope to intern for a think tank or an advocacy group and research on how lobbying affects policy making. I’ve lived on the Pacific Coast  my entire life, and am looking forward to experiencing the East Coast. I also really want to see  Obama’s motorcade cruising down the street!”



Tara Yarlagadda

Tara Yarlagadda

Tara Yarlagadda:
“My name is Tara Yarlagadda, and I am honored to be a recipient of the Fall 2013 Matsui Fellowship. I would like to give special thanks to the Matsui Center for its vital work to create a more democratically engaged nation and empower individuals to become involved in public service. I have been interested in the UCDC program since I attended an informational session during the first semester of my freshman year at Cal. I have had my heart set on being a part of the program ever since. As a Political Science and South Asian Studies double major, D.C. interests me for several reasons, not the least of which is the plethora of opportunities available to interact and network with knowledgeable professionals and similarly passionate individuals. I am excited to experience D.C. not merely as a tourist, but also as a resident by exploring its various nooks and crannies and understanding its unique culture as a melting pot of diverse peoples and visions. UCDC in particular offers such a well-structured program with much guidance and support from the staff directors, in addition to a variety of classes taught by renowned professors, that I could not pass up the opportunity to apply before I graduated from Berkeley.  I am currently in the process of applying to internships in D.C. Although I am broadly interested in international relations, area studies, and public policy, I am specifically seeking to work with either the Council on Foreign Relations, the Woodrow Wilson Center, or the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center.”




Missed Four More Years?: Obama’s Re-election and the Prospects for a Second Term back in April or just want to see it again? UCTV will be airing the panel beginning June 3! For a full schedule and to see other IGS videos, visit UCTV.

Panelists l-r: Tammy Frisby, Jennifer Granholm, Mark Barabak, Lynn Vavreck and moderator Ethan Rarick

Panelists l-r: Tammy Frisby, Jennifer Granholm, Mark Barabak, Lynn Vavreck and moderator Ethan Rarick

Meet our new Washington Fellows


Last week we co-hosted a reception with the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement to honor our fall 2013 Washington Fellows. Congratulations to Trinh Nguyen and Tara Yarlagadda!

 2013 Fall Washington Fellows, Trinh Nguyen and Tara Yarlagadda

2013 Fall Washington Fellows, Trinh Nguyen and Tara Yarlagadda

Secretary of State Debra Bowen Visits Cal-in-Sac

On Wednesday, May 1 the Cal-in-Sacramento students welcomed California Secretary of State Debra Bowen into their class. The Secretary discussed her responsibilities in her current position as well as life in the legislature. She also stressed the importance of teaching young children about the principles of democracy, as modeled by other countries.