Undergraduate Research & Scholarships


Marisol Sanchez

profile of marisol sanchez

Hello everyone! My name is Marisol. I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Political Science with a minor in Public Policy. I am a first-generation Latina from Los Angeles. I enjoy weightlifting, reading, and eating food. I was part of the Fall 2022 cohort of UC students. This past fall I had the privilege of interning for Congressman Tony Cardenas. Through the UCDC program I discovered new places, networked with fellow interns and congressional staff/representatives, and made new memories. My favorite internship memory had to be the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Gala, where I got to hear President Joe Biden speak on the importance of the next generation of Latino leaders. My favorite memory outside of school and work was visiting new places like New York for a weekend or spending time discovering free DC museums. Feel free to contact me to speak anything about UCDC via calendly. I look forward to helping all of you with this next step! 

Marisol Franco

Hi everyone! My name is Marisol Franco, and I am a fourth year
studying Political Science. I am a first-generation Latina from the
Bay Area. I was fortunate enough to participate in the Fall 2022 UCDC
program and loved every second of it! During my time in Washington,
D.C., I got to explore DC and surrounding states, meet new people, network with Congressmen, and much more. I interned for a lobbying firm, Winning Strategies Washington, where I learned the logistics of lobbying in various government sectors. I focused on writing memos for Congressional hearings, compiling articles for weekly newsletters, and grant research. Apart from interning, I also spent lots of time attending events, such as seeing President Joe Biden speak at a DNC event and touring the White House Garden. I also got to spend a weekend in New York, attend basketball games, hockey games, free museums in DC, and much more! If you have any questions about UCDC or want to hear more about living in DC, please feel free to email me to set up a time to talk.

Christian Aleman

Hi everyone! My name is Christian Aleman, and I’m a third year studying Psychology. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, living in Fremont before I moved to San Francisco. I enjoy trying new foods, going to coffee shops, and visiting museums. I was the recipient of the UCDC Presidential Public Service Fellowship this past Fall semester which empowered me further to head into the unknown that is the nation’s capital. During this semester, I was a communications intern at the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Using my Psychology background, I dove headfirst into the policy side of my major and advocated for underserved populations in the mental health field. On my downtime, I enjoyed visiting the cultural centers and libraries in D.C. as well as traveling out of the district to see more of the east coast. My favorite memory was going apple picking in Charlottesville, Virginia, and seeing the Blue Ridge mountains. You can contact me via email for any questions about the UCDC program or about my UCDC experience. My email is aleman@berkeley.edu

Jennifer Ramirez

Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer. I am a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Economics and Public Policy. I am also a first-generation low-income Latina from the Bay Area, where becoming part of the Fall 2022 UCDC Cohort was a dream come true! This past fall, I had the privilege of interning at a nonprofit organization called the Urban Libraries Council. My favorite memory during the internship was getting to attend the ULC’s 2022 Annual Forum: Creating a Place for Democracy, where more than 150 library leaders gathered to speak on the importance of libraries as pillars of democracy and civic engagement at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Outside of interning, I enjoyed getting to explore the many free museums, monuments, learn the district’s rich culture through guided tours, and attend networking events! Please feel free to reach out to me via. email to set up a time to chat 🙂

Email: jramirez04@berkeley.edu