Democracy camp-ers 2018

How do you take a desire to serve others, to be a change-maker, to have an impact on the issues you care about, and transform that into a meaningful public service career? Democracy Camp is designed for Cal undergraduate students interested in enhancing our democracy through public service.

Over Cal Spring Break, students gain exposure to different facets of a public service career: legislative paths, community organizations, local, state and federal government, and philanthropy. Participants learn from presenters about the opportunities available in these fields and network with presenters and amongst themselves to create a cohort on campus—and beyond—to support their career goals. Additionally, Fellows take a field trip to Sacramento and participate in skill-building workshops that focus on practical and tangible takeaways.

All undergraduate students currently enrolled at UC Berkeley, including international students, are encouraged to apply! All majors and all years welcomed! Participants are expected to attend all program sessions during this time. Please do not apply if you cannot attend the full program. Democracy Camp is held on the Berkeley campus with a trip to the California State Capitol in Sacramento. There is no cost to students—all meals and course materials are included.

Congratulations to the 2020 cohort of Democracy Camp Fellows!

   Leslie Nunez       Ben Harper           Meghan Tahbaz          Randy Cantz          Declan Chin

   Jaileen Perez       Esteban Salazar    Victor Vasquez           Griselda Vega Martinez

   Aidan Pearson     Jia En Wu             Jao Won "Jake" Sim     Julio Rodriguez


Due to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, Democracy Camp was offered virtually this year.

Read Student Director Randy Cantz's daily journal reflecting on the speakers and the insights they offered at Democracy Camp 2020.

Apply to be a Democracy Camp Fellow!

Apply to be a 2021 Democracy Camp Fellow.

Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020 by 4PM

Have questions about the program? Contact the Matsui Center Program Manager, Sonia Moctezuma, at soniamoctezuma [at] or 510-642-0922.

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To reach a larger audience and raise funds for the program, we have partnered with the UC Berkeley crowdfunding platform. Please take a look at our page, share with friends, and consider making a donation!  

Thank you for your support!