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:

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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.”

 

Meet our new Washington Fellows

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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.

Watch Now! The Annual Review of the Presidency

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Earlier in the week, our Annual Review of the Presidency took place. A stellar group of panelists engaged in a thought-provoking debate, touching on everything from Obama’s campaign organization, to Romney’s candidacy and the likelihood of a Hillary Clinton run in 2016.Though the house was packed, we know some who wanted to attend were unable to do so. The video has just gone live on YouTube, so check it out:

Annual Review of the Presidency Follow Up

Thanks to all who attended Four More Years: Obama’s Re-Election and the Prospects for a Second Term! A packed house was treated to a lively discussion about the 2012 election and the future of President Obama’s tenure.

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

News from a Washington Fellow

Austin Bergstrom

Austin Bergstrom

Just got this update from one of our Washington Fellows, Austin Bergstrom, who is interning at the National Archives, Boeing Student Learning Center.

“Things are going great here, DC is an amazing city. I can’t believe how fast the time is going, there is just so much to do (I still feel like a tourist)! I love being at the Archives, the staff have given me a lot of responsibilities and opportunities for hands on experience in both the museum and with school groups/activities. I’m still kind of amazed every day when I walk in to the building.”

The Matsui Center Washington Fellowship provides financial support and other assistance for Cal students participating in the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC).