Monday, February 27, 2017

Summer Abroad 2017 in History!

Earn 8 units in 4 weeks while studying abroad this summer!
·         Open to all UCB students (freshman through graduating seniors)
·         UCB summer financial aid applies
·         UC Davis courses, led by UC Davis faculty
·         Courses taught in English

Note: UC Berkeley students can request a ninth unit of 199 credit to qualify for financial aid.
Create an online interest profile to receive email updates about programs that interest you (it only takes a minute!). We have 38 faculty-led programs in 25 countries scheduled for summer 2017! 
We’ve highlighted some programs below that may interest you.

Peru, Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture
Courses: History 162 or 103, and History 198
Ponder the layers of history inscribed in Cuzco’s world-class architecture. The program includes a three-day trip to Machu Picchu.

From the Renaissance to the United Nations, experience life and history in one of Europe’s grand imperial capitals.

Courses: Italian 107S & 198 (Taught in English)
Visit Roman, Etruscan, and Greek ruins and discover why Rome is considered an outdoor museum.

Chile, Human Rights and Democracy
Course: Spanish 175 & 198 (Taught in English)
Discover the richness of Chile’s globally significant political history.

Courses: History (HIS) 171D & 198
Explore New Orleans’ French, Spanish, and American colonial history, the roots of jazz, the evolution of Cajun cuisine, and the recovery of The Big Easy after Hurricane Katrina in the friendliest, most lively metropolis in the country.

Participating on a summer abroad program will not only have an incredible impact on you academically and personally, but also allow you to incorporate your international experience in your professional career. 

Let us know if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!

Career Connections: Writing & Media - March 1st, 2017

Career Connections: Writing & Media
Wednesday, March 1, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM @ Career Center, Blue & Gold Room

Considering a career in writing or media? 

Join us for an opportunity to interact with alumni & other professionals for whom writing is an essential component of their work and/or who work in broadcasting, film, TV, radio, journalism, or publishing. 

What is Career Connections? Career Connections events are your opportunity to meet face-to-face with alumni and professionals representing a variety of roles within a career field. The format connects you to individuals & opportunities in a low-stress, approachable environment. A brief kick-off and introductions will be followed by casual networking with alumni, professionals, and peers who share your career interests. Gain insider knowledge about career options and create meaningful connections that could lead to a future internship or job! 

Co-Sponsored by the Cal Alumni Association & Publications & Media Center

RSVP on Handshake highly recommended!

We have a great lineup of alumni and other professionals attending, including:

• Associate Editor at Earthjustice
• Communications Specialist at National Union of Healthcare Workers
• Department Manager, Screenwriter at Pixar Animation Studios
• Freelance Writer and Author
• Freelance Writer and Content Creator
• Grant Writer at UC Berkeley
• Lecturer: Screenwriting, Film Studies at San Jose State University
• Reporter - "Students Rising Above" at KPIX
• Owner at Barany Consulting
• Author, Instructor, and Podcast Host at
• Producer at Retainer Media
• Specialty Sales Assistant at Chronicle Books
• Staff Writer at SF Chronicle

AA Visiting School San Francisco

Space Program San Francisco is a research and design workshop exploring how space is made for living and working today. Two weeks of site visits, research, seminars and designing, concluded with a conference and public exhibition of the work. Available to architects and architecture students.

Organised by the AA School of Architecture and directed by Martin Brandsdal, Magnus Casselbrant and Jesper Henriksson, founders of the London-based architectural practice Hesselbrand. The workshop and conference will be held around the San Francisco Bay Area between March 23 and April 07 2017. 

The application deadline is 10 March. Click here to apply now

Monday, February 13, 2017

Leadership and Community Engagement Grants Application Now Open!

Leadership and Community Engagement Grants Application Now Open!

EOP Leadership and Community Engagement Grants aim to recognize and support a diverse group of low-income UC Berkeley students. Over one hundred $400 grants will be awarded to low-income undergraduates who are committed to contributing and providing leadership to their EOP community. This year, EOP Leadership and Community Engagement Grants will focus on recognizing efforts to support first semester EOP students.
To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be considered a low-income undergraduate (all students who are eligible for pell grant or dream act scholarship financial aid are considered so).
- Plan to be enrolled at Berkeley in Fall 2017.
- Display significant contributions to the EOP undergraduate community at Berkeley, particularly to first semester students.
Examples of "significant contributions to the EOP undergraduate community" include:
- Being selected to serve as a "Golden Bear Orientation (GBO)" Leader. GBO Leaders are part of a team of UC Berkeley students who work collaboratively to welcome, orient, and educate new students to campus. Orientation Leaders will guide a small group of students through their Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) experience, helping them explore academic life, involvement, the diverse community, and everything that UC Berkeley has to offer. To apply, go to
- Volunteering for or creating a program/initiative that targets first semester EOP students.

As a follow up, there will be an info session held on Thurs Feb 16th, 630pm in the Unit 1 all purpose room) where students can learn more about the EOP grants and the GBO leader position.

[GenEq] LGBTQ+ Career Conference

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LGBTQ+ Career Conference 2017:
Strategies for Thriving During and Beyond Berkeley
Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Space is limited and RSVP is required, please register here.

Tips, tricks and tailor-made advice for LGBTQ+ students at UC Berkeley interested in internships, job search strategies and career advice from LGBTQ+ professionals!

Topics covered: coming out in the workplace, gender presentation, resumes and networking, with added considerations for being transgender and/or QTPOC professionals. The event culminates with your ability to connect with LGBTQ+ professionals across various industries such as education, business, tech, non-profit and entrepreneurship.

We will keep up to date with our growing list of presenters and participating employers, which include: Google, Bank of the West, LinkedIn, Stripe, Teach for America, Peace Corps, OSI Soft, SAP, CALSTRS, Goldman Sachs, IBM, PwC, Proviti, Huron Consulting, Department of State and Yelp.

Hosted by the Gender Equity Resource Center and the Career Center at UC Berkeley.  Sponsored by Bank of the West.  In partnership with LinkedIn.

Questions?  Contact Marisa at
For disability-related accommodations see

Apply to the 2017 Cal Energy Corps Summer Internship Program!

Interested in a paid summer research internship in sustainable energy and climate issues at home or abroad??

The Cal Energy Corps (CEC) is an undergraduate summer internship program engaging top UC Berkeley undergraduate students in the design, development and delivery of sustainable energy and climate solutions around the world. All placements are challenging, full-time assignments with leading organizations in the private and public sector, enabling students to gain professional experience working on the technical solutions of social issues in a cohesive learning environment.
During the internship, all participants are expected to keep a blog with regular updates on the progress of their work. Students go on to participate in the annual Cal Energy Corps Symposium in the fall semester to present their research projects to the university community and the public.

EOP Achievement Award

EOP Achievement Awards
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) honors a select number of students each year with the EOP Achievement Award. This award recognizes students who have worked to achieve academic excellence while contributing exemplary community service on campus and/or in the surrounding community

Achievement Award applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Must be an EOP student, meeting ANY of the 3 criteria below:
a. Low income (Pell Grant or Dream Act Scholarship eligible as verified by Financial Aid)
b. First generation college student
c. Historically underrepresented student
2. Must have demonstrated leadership and service on campus and/or the community-at-large
3. Must have a minimum UCB cumulative grade point average of 3.0
4. Must have Junior or Senior standing by the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester. Transfer Students Only: Must have completed a semester at UCB by the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester.
5. Must be registered as a full-time undergraduate student (extenuating circumstances will be considered)

Students who meet the above criteria are encouraged to complete and return the award application, a personal essay, a statement of plans after graduation, a resume, and one letter of recommendation to:

Quamé/John Patton, Academic Counselor, UC Berkeley Educational Opportunity Program Mailing Address: 119 Cesar Chavez Student Center, Berkeley, CA 94720-4210

Email for an application and instructions on how to apply.
PLEASE NOTE: Your Letter of recommendation should come from someone familiar with your community service. Students selected for an award will receive between $300 and $1,000, based upon available resources. Past award winners are not eligible for consideration.


Call for Undergraduate Applications for SMART 2017 - by 2/24/2017

Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART)

Summer 2017 Program for UCB Undergraduate Students
May 26 - August 4, 2017

Application Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017.
SMART Website and Application Materials:

2017 SMART Program Undergraduate Application Informational Meetings:
Monday, February 6, 2017, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall; and
Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 309 Sproul Hall.

Student Mentoring and Research Teams (SMART) is a summer program designed to encourage graduate student professional development and foster undergraduate research through mentoring. Each graduate student participant will receive a summer stipend ranging from $1,000 to $5,000; each undergraduate participant will receive a summer stipend in the amount of $3,500 for approximately 200 hours of work. (Undergraduate students should note that this stipend may affect the amount of financial aid they are eligible to receive in summer 2017.)

To be eligible to apply for this program, you must meet the following requirements:
1) You must be a UC Berkeley undergraduate student in good academic standing at the time of application.
2) Undergraduate students from any UC Berkeley academic department or program are eligible to apply; freshmen and sophomores who have not yet declared their majors are also eligible to apply. Students who graduated in December 2016 or will graduate in May 2017 are not eligible to apply.
3) If you applied in the past and were not selected to be a SMART mentee, you are welcome to apply again. Former SMART mentees are not eligible to apply.
\More detailed information about the application essay is included in the application form.
Information about the SMART Program and a link to the undergraduate application form are located on the SMART website at
Application Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017.
For more information about the 2017 SMART Program, visit the SMART website at or contact Sarah Macdonald, NSF-SMART Postdoctoral Fellow, at

Writing resources for Cal undergraduates

Haas Public Service Leaders Scholarship

Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program

Application deadline: March 31, 2017, 5:00pm

The Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program seeks outstanding student leaders who are engaged in off-campus service activities.  For the 2017-18 academic year, we will select as many as 50 undergraduates to participate in the program and to receive need-based scholarships in the range of $2,000 to $6,000.
Information Sessions in 218 Eshleman Hall:
  • Monday, March 13 from 3-4pm
  • Tuesday, March 14 from 9-10am
  • Wednesday, March 22 from 4-5pm
Through a generous gift from the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, this program provides need-based scholarships making it possible for students to serve 10 to 15 hours a week in off-campus social action activities. Students who are selected will participate in a yearlong leadership development program through the Public Service Center. 
Criteria for selection includes:
  • Must be eligible for financial aid or Dream Act
  • A compelling case for why a scholarship would facilitate your ability to be a public service leader
  • Proposal must be a significant service project that will have meaningful community impact (Does not need to be a new project.  Current projects qualify)
  • Project engages other UC Berkeley students
  • Ability to commit 10-15 hours a week to the project during the 2017-18 academic year
NOTE - Undocumented students who meet the financial aid requirements are eligible to apply

For a complete program description including benefits and commitments please visit

Questions? Contact Fela Thomas at

2017 Summer Abroad and Global Internships Opportunities!

Berkeley Study Abroad is excited to announce that applications are now open for our Summer Abroad and Global Internships programs.

You can participate in a Summer Abroad program and see the world with Berkeley faculty this summer. Or earn academic credit while interning in the SF Bay Area or abroad through our Global Internship programs.

Did we mention that financial aid is available for eligible UC Berkeley students? This year we are offering a guaranteed scholarship of $1,500 to students who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $50,000 or less.

If you have any questions, please contact or

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunities!!

Exciting funding opportunities at the Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarships:

For graduating seniors (Fall 2016, Spring & Summer 2017):

The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize provides up to $25,000 for community-based research, service, or creative projects that address social issues. Projects are to be undertaken in the year following graduation.  For more information, please visit   APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1.

For Sophomores and Juniors:
 The Haas Scholars Program is a senior capstone experience open to students in all majors who want to undertake an independent research project during their senior year.  Scholars receive close mentoring from faculty, the opportunity to present their work at a professional conference, and up to $13,800 each in financial support.  Students graduating in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 with financial need and GPAs of 3.450+ are eligible. Find out more by visiting hsp.berkeley.eduAPPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, Februrary 20.

The SURF L&S fellowship allows UC Berkeley undergraduates in the College of Letters and Science to spend the summer doing concentrated research in preparation for a senior thesis. Fellows receive $4000.  APPLICATION DEADLINE: SURF L&S is February 16.

The SURF RoseHills Experience fellowship allows UC Berkeley sophomores and juniors from Southern California in certain math, science, and engineering majors (L&S, CNR, COE, C. Chem) to immerse themselves in full-time summer research supporting a research project that is designed and directed by a faculty member. Fellows receive approximately $6000.   APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1.

The SURF RoseHills Independent fellowship is for UC Berkeley juniors in the summer before their senior year who are intending to do research projects of their own design as part of a senior thesis for a major OR for eligible graduating seniors who want to carry out research in the summer after they graduate. Students must have permanent residence in Southern California and be part of certain STEM majors. Fellows receive approximately $6000APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1.


Now in its fourth year, the Career Center and Summer Sessions are excited to once again offer a summer internship credit option for undergrads. The Independent U.S. Summer Internship Credit Option is intended to offer a solution to all enrolled undergraduate students needing to get academic credit for their domestic internships during the summer.

This option may appeal to students who have already secured a summer internship and:
  • need or want to receive academic credit for their internships (especially undeclared students)
  • want to reflect upon their internship experiences in a structured manner through assignments and readings

Students who are approved by the Career Center will receive the course control number for the 3-unit online course offered during summer sessions.

For more details and to apply, visit:


2017 Social Impact Career Fair!!

Join us at UC Berkeley's job fair specifically for students seeking opportunities that provide a meaningful, positive impact on the world on February 16!  If you're interested in fellowship, entry level career, and internship opportunities with a meaningful impact don't miss this event!  Recruiters from 50 organizations across diverse industries are eager to share information about what they have to offer. 
  • Thursday, February 16th, 11AM to 3PM @ RSF 
    • Employers: Bay Area Community Resources, Beyond 12, Camp Mendocino, Clarus Power, Fred Finch Youth Center, Justicecorps, Mama Hope, Rising Sun Energy Center, UC Center Sacramento
Preview the entire employer directory in Handshake. 
Prepare in advance to make a great first impression:
1.  Update your Handshake profile to the latest information to be recruiting ready!  Upload a public resume & sign up for CareerMail while you are in there!
2.  Don't miss your favorite employer - Log into Handshake at to review this year's Career Fair Directory.  Directory information is updated up to the day of the fair, so be sure to check back frequently!
3.  Use the Career Center's resources to update and polish your resume.
4.  Watch Career Center Quick Clips on Career Fair Do's and Don'ts
5.  Business casual attire is recommended
Currently enrolled Cal students and Alumni Advantage members only; recruiting all majors!  Be sure to bring your UC Berkeley Student ID and many copies of your updated resume to the fair. Registration not necessary.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CNR is hiring for a work study office assistant position

The College of Natural Resources undergraduate office is looking for a friendly and detail-oriented student with work study status to join our team! 

Responsibilities include:
- General office duties such as reception, filing, copying, data entry, campus deliveries, managing supplies,
- Designing and updating flyers and handouts,
- Assisting with special events and projects, and more!

Only non-CNR students may apply due to privacy rules. 

Required skills:
- Basic computer skills,
- General knowledge of campus,
- Effective communication skills,
- Ability to maintain confidentiality with regard to the information being processed,
- Ability to work with minimal supervision,
- Quick learner, detail-oriented, and reliable

Preferred skills:
Adobe Creative Suite and other technology/social media experience.

The ideal candidate would be available to work 15-20 hours per week between 8am-3pm Monday, WednesdayThursday, and/or Friday. Availability on Wednesday mornings from 9am-11am is critical. The position begins at the start of Spring 2017 semester and runs through the end of Spring 2017 semester with the potential to continue in Summer and/or Fall 2017.
Pay is $13 hourly.

To apply, submit a statement of interest and resume to Helen Sim at cnrteaching@berkeley.eduApplications are being reviewed on an on-going basis, as we would like to fill the position as soon as possible. 

Global Poverty & Practice Minor Info Sessions

You are invited to attend a Global Poverty & Practice Minor Information Session!

The GPP Minor introduces students to the theoretical frameworks, methods, and practical skills necessary to engage with global poverty and inequality in imaginative and effective ways. 

The "Practice Experience" is a central component of the Minor in which students partner with domestic or international non-governmental or community organizations, government agencies, or other poverty or development programs, on various dimensions of poverty action – from community health and food security to economic justice and grass-roots political power.  The combination of the the coursework for the Minor and this real world experience allows students to connect theories and practices of poverty action. Funding is available to support students’ practice experiences.

The deadline to declare the Minor this semester is Wednesday, March 8th.  There are no prerequisites required to declare.

The Declaration Form and additional information about the Minor can be found at:

Our Information Sessions will provide an overview of the Minor and demonstrate how students from all disciplines can benefit from it. The sessions listed below will be held in Blum Hall 100A/B (Ground Floor):
Wednesday, February 1st, 1pm - 2pm
Thursday, February 9th, 4pm - 5pm
Monday, February 13th, 12pm - 1pm
Thursday, February 23rd, 10am - 11am
Thursday, March 2nd, 12pm - 1pm

Contact GPP Minor Advisors at  with any questions or meet with an Advisor during the following drop-in hours in 100H Blum Hall:

Monday, Wednesday10:00am - 12:00pm1:30pm - 4:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday1:30pm - 4:00pm
Friday10:00am – 12:00pm

U.S PIRG Fellowship

PIRG stands for the Public Interest Research Group. We stand up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way, winning concrete results on real problems that affect millions of lives.

Whether it’s stopping the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms, banning Monsanto’s Roundup unless and until it’s proven safe, protecting consumers from unsafe or unscrupulous practices, or other problems, the conventional wisdom says that issues are either 'liberal' or 'conservative.’ But these problems affect each and every one of us, regardless of whether you live in a red or blue state. And our solutions aren't ‘Republican’ or ‘Democratic’ — they're just common sense.

The challenge is that powerful special interests have used their enormous resources to gain influence within our political system, while casting doubt on our solutions. And if the special interests and their allies in the White House, statehouses, or boardrooms push in the wrong direction, we’re ready to stand up for the public, and keep fighting until we achieve real results.

So how do we do this? We start by doing our homework. We break the problem down and make sure we can win the argument on the merits — that’s a given. But we also need to inform the public, get attention for the problem, and show that people are with us.

Visibility alone isn’t enough. In every campaign with PIRG, we need people to mobilize political and public support. We build broad coalitions with other groups and communities who care about solving the problem — regardless of whether they’re on the left or right side of the aisle. We take our message to the media, making sure the public and decision makers know this is an issue they should be paying attention to. We build an online following, mobilizing them to make sure we’re putting political pressure on the right people at the right time in the right way. And we go out and raise the financial support it takes to achieve our goals, and build for the future.

We take this non-partisan, fact-driven, result-oriented approach to all of the campaigns we work on. And we’ve used these strategies to get results for decades, so we’re ready for the challenges ahead.

We’re hiring people to join our team, and help us get concrete results on these real problems at U.S. PIRG fellowship.