With summer quickly approaching, UC Berkeley students are starting to solidify their plans for their three months off. Aside from the usual pool going, and family vacationing, many students take the summer as an opportunity to squeeze yet another valuable experience out of their larger Berkeley one. Usually these experiences come in the form of internships. Internships are plentiful in the Bay Area, and many companies specifically look to Berkeley students for that sweet unpaid labor that gives us real world experience and helps us learn what we want our careers to be more like. In addition to the Bay Area, students go around the nation and abroad for internships. The summer program Cal in the Capital sends students to Washington, D.C. to work in congress and law offices, news stations, or other places suited to each student’s needs and interests. Many people choose to travel abroad for summer, either studying or interning in Europe, South America, or even Africa.
With March coming to a close, many students are wrapping up the application process after applying to a variety of summer internships throughout the Bay Area, the country, and even the globe. Although I do not exactly know where I will be working yet, I am grateful to at least know where I am going.
Perhaps it was my hopes of entering into a career of public service someday, perhaps it was the fact that I love the city, or perhaps it was my obsession with The West Wing that inspired me. All the same, I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work in Washington, D.C. this summer thanks to UC Berkeley’s renowned Cal in the Capital program. Cal in the Capital was founded nearly 50 years ago, and supports students in finding undergraduate internships in Washington. Utilizing alumni connections, networking sessions, and resume and cover letter workshops, Cal in the Capital prepares students for an unforgettable summer where professional skills can be developed in a diverse array of professional opportunities available throughout the D.C. Metro Area. By far, one of the best perks of being involved with the program is the fact that participants are guaranteed housing accommodations right at the UC Washington Center, located in the heart of the city next to DuPont Circle.