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Cal in Local Government Interns

On this page you will find helpful information about many programs place interns at community based organizations, government offices, and schools.

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

Many of these program offer units to students, an extra incentive for them to serve. If you are interested in pursuing this outside of one of these programs, check out our tip sheet.


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 work within campus and community based organizations to recruit volunteers, organize educational trainings with reflection, and coordinate service program activities. 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 Volunteer Opportunities database will be invited to participate. For questions about the program or how to participate, contact Mike Bishop 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

Students spend 4-40 hours/week at your site providing direct support to your organization. The Center or another office coordinates agency recruitment and intern placement. In some cases a placement fee is paid by the host site.

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 from October through May, and sites pay a host fee of $350.  Agencies registered in our database will be invited to propose internships in August 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 students from China who intern with community based organizations from mid-August through December.

Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) Introduction to Policy Analysis (IPA)

Each spring first-year GSPP graduate students work in three-to-five person teams to produce policy analyses for use community based organizations that are confronting a policy problem or opportunity. Proposals are due in mid-November for following spring.

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.

Oakland Community Builders Internship Program

The Oakland 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.

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. 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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