Fall Washington Fellow Placement

Tara Yarlagadda

Tara Yarlagadda

We are happy to announce that fall 2013 Washington Fellow Tara Yarlagadda will be interning at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC)! Of the UCDC experience, Yarlagadda says:

“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.”

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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.”

 

Another Hello from D.C.

We received an update from our other Washington Fellow, Alana Baum. Alana is interning at OtherWords with the Institute for Policy Studies.

Washington Fellows 2013. Austin Bergstrom (middle) and Alana Baum (right)

Washington Fellows 2013. Austin Bergstrom (middle) and Alana Baum (right)

“Everything in DC is going great! The weather is finally warming up, which is very exciting. I’m really enjoying my internship and my classes. I’ve got great mentors and friends at work and wonderful peers in my classes at UCDC. The time is really flying by.

The UCDC center is in such a great location too, there’s never a shortage of things to do nearby.

Again, thanks so much for all of your help at the Matsui center for making this possible for me. I really appreciate it. And let me know if there’s anything I can do for you all!”