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Cal in Local Government Interns

Many campus programs place interns at community organizations, government offices, and schools.

There are several ways to formally partner with the Public Service Center or another office on campus, including hosting on-site interns, working with a faculty member through an academic course, or applying for funding with a UC Berkeley department as a partner.

Many of these program offer units to students, an extra incentive for them to serve. See the Resources section if you would like to pursue offering units to students through your organization.



Student leaders spend 6-8 hours/week interning at your site. A formal agreement is signed and a placement fee is paid by the host site.


Bonner Leaders

Bonner Leaders from 2011-12

Bonner Leaders intern with community organizations. Their primary role is to serve low-income communities by providing direct service or capacity building for the organization. Participating students receive a $1100 education award through AmeriCorps and intensive leadership development trainings. Community sites pay $1300 per member to help the Public Service Center cover the costs of program administration and intensive training. Applications are available in Mid-December of each year; all agencies registered in our VolunteerMatch database will be invited to participate. For questions about the program or how to participate, contact Fela Thomas at

Berkeley United in Literacy Development (BUILD) Student Directors

Berkeley United in Literacy Development (BUILD) places reading literacy tutors with programs that serve K-8 youth. We are currently not seeking partners for this program due to lack of capacity. To be placed on a waiting list email Carrie Donovan.

Cal in Local Government Internship Program

Cal in Local Government (CLG) selects and prepares approximately 30 Cal students to intern in local government offices. Internship sites provide substantive, policy-oriented projects that will have a long-term impact on the community. CLG student interns serve for the academic year, from September through May, and sites pay a host fee of $350.  Agencies registered in our database will be invited to propose internships between January and March of each year.

Challenging Poverty Summer of Service: Internships from Bay to Gulf

Each summer, the Center promotes full-time summer internships in the Bay Area and New Orleans.  Post your internship through the Career Center to attract a full-time intern for at least 8 weeks by using the term "Challenging Poverty" in your internship description.

Chan Fellows

Chan Fellow interns are college students from China who intern with community based organizations from mid-August through December. Fellows intern for approximately 30 hours per week.

East Bay Community Builders Internship Program

The East Bay Community Builders program explores what it means to organize and build a community and identify the different methods being used by various community organizers. The program runs two program cycles each year: September-December and February-May.

Magnolia Project Summer Internship Program (New Orleans/Gulf Coast)

Magnolia Project offers full-time, 8-week internships with New Orleans-based organizations each summer. Interns are matched with partner organizations according to their interest and through the selection process. The 8-week internships begin in late-May and continue up to mid-July.

General Internships through the Career Center

If your organization is hiring for a full or part-time position as an internship or job you can advertise the details with the UCB Career Center for free. See and



Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund

The UC Berkeley Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund provides financial support for community-based projects that bring together the ideas, energy, and resources of UC Berkeley and the community to enhance the quality of life in Berkeley.

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