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Presidential Public Service fellows embrace life in the public sector

Students have access to a huge array of internship opportunities through UC Center Sacramento (UCCS). Students intern with lawmakers, nonprofits, think tanks, journalism organizations and more. It’s a great way to test-drive a career interest while gaining valuable work experience.

Alejandra Lamarque & Winnie Chen
Alejandra Lamarque, left, works with the California Department of Education, and Winnie Chen, right, works with the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. Both are UC Merced seniors awarded Presidential Public Service fellowships to pursue internships through the UC Center Sacramento.

With less than a year until she graduates, UC Merced senior Alejandra Lamarque is gaining valuable, resume-boosting experience interning with the California Department of Education.

The political science major signed up for an internship through the UC Center Sacramento. This fall she’s using her interest in education policy to help facilitate local implementation of Prop. 58, a new law that makes it easier for schools to offer bilingual education.

“It’s been really useful professionally to work on this project,” Lamarque said. “It’s something I can say I accomplished, and it doesn’t hurt that I get to put it on my resume.”

Along with seeing first-hand how state laws are enacted, Lamarque is earning academic credit, building her professional network, meeting students from other UC campuses, and getting a taste of what it’s like to live and work in the state capital.

“I wasn’t aware of how cool Sacramento is. Old Sacramento has a lot of very cool attractions,” she said.

Her friend and classmate, Winnie Chen, an economics major, is working with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to help promote and redesign an online portal that provides a one-stop shop for businesses looking to establish a California location.

“It pushes me out of my comfort zone,” Chen said, an experience she’s found so rewarding that she is rethinking whether she wants to go into the private sector after graduation.

 

Full article here: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/presidential-public-service-fellows-embrace-public-sector

 

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