25 Days Left as a Fellow and OPR Intern

Viviane Nguyen


Posted by Cal in Sacramento Fellow Viviane Nguyen.



“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” ― Steve Maraboli

As of today, July 1st, I have 25 days left in Sacramento as a Fellow in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). My experience in the Cal-in-Sacramento Program thus far has by far exceeded my expectations. I am proud to have made the best of each and every day because I don’t know if I’ll have the opportunity to work in Sacramento again. At the OPR Office, I am helping to research, write, and understand policy, an experience that can’t be learned inside the classroom. As a fellow, I have made friendships that I know will last beyond this summer. This will be my last blog, so I will take this opportunity to share the knowledge I have gained throughout my experience, and then thank the people and the office that have taken the time and resources to open my eyes and heart to policy and politics. Continue reading


Know Your Jargon! – Day 1

Viviane Nguyen


Posted by Cal in Sacramento Fellow Viviane Nguyen.


Bright and early at 9 AM, I arrived with my fellow interns at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), which is responsible for developing environmental policies. We were led down to the basement offices, across the street from the Capitol building. If you’ve ever been to the underground tunnels in Washington, D.C., this basement was very much like that. After the orientation, I attended back-to-back meetings with my supervisor. One was with three staff members, debriefing on the draft for the General Plan Guidelines. The second was a three-hour discussion on the San Joaquin Valley Greenprint Phase 2 with a table of 10-12 CEOs and Directors of various agriculture organizations. It was like entering a science class in the middle of the semester without any background in science. There were different policies of OPR, such as EGPR (Environmental Goals and Policy Report), CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act), and GPG (General Plan Guidelines). Try adding ten other acronyms to the mix and all I heard were letters. They even abbreviated people in agriculture as “aggies.” At times I felt like I was drowning in environmental policy jargon.

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