Greetings from the Cal
With all the recent rain
and snow, it’s hard to believe spring is just around the corner! Some 1,800
students were notified this month of their admission to Berkeley, including top
California students now in the midst of interviews for a Regents’ and Chancellor’s
scholarship. The remaining incoming class will learn of their admission in the
As Berkeley launches its
busiest season of outreach to prospective families, we are grateful for your
involvement in welcoming them. At the same time, we invite your participation
in growing the number of summer internships available to Cal students. Studies
have shown that completing at least one internship is among the most important
things a student can do to prepare for the world of work. Read on for opportunities
to engage new families this spring, and learn how you can help generate summer
internship opportunities for our Golden Bears.
Admitted Student Receptions
In April, the Office of
Undergraduate Admissions (OUA) and California Alumni Association (CAA) regional
chapters will host 30 receptions nationwide--from Honolulu to New York--for
newly admitted students to learn more about Cal. Volunteers are needed to staff
a Cal Parents informational table. This is a great opportunity to be among the
first to engage with prospective families in your community and share your
enthusiasm for Cal. Unless noted otherwise on the master sign-up grid, weekend receptions
will be in the afternoon, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, and weekday receptions will be
in the evenings, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Click here to check the
location nearest you, see dates and venues, and sign up!
Day (April 22) – Volunteers Needed
April 22, is our campus-wide open house and the day the university officially
welcomes newly admitted students and their families to campus. Cal Parent Ambassadors are needed
for an action-packed day which begins in the early morning at Memorial Stadium
with the Chancellor’s Welcome to New Students and continues throughout the
afternoon in the heart of the campus engaging with hundreds of prospective
parents at the informational tent. Feel free to sign up for both venues and soak
in the Cal spirit that only comes once a year with Cal
Day! Go Bears!
Sign up now to connect
with prospective parents while having fun with your peers:
9:30 Greeting at Memorial Stadium
4:00 Staffing Info Tent on Campus
Internship Referrals to Career Center
for smart, motivated and talented students to contribute to your workplace this
summer? Why not hire and train from Berkeley’s own? Our Career Center’s Internship Assistance page can guide you on how to develop an effective
internship program and recruit the best and the brightest from Cal.
Please notify the Cal
Parents Office if you facilitate an internship through the Career Center so we can acknowledge your participation and measure the contribution of
ambassadors in promoting the career development of Cal students.
Read on for a Cal Parents
(CP) Q&A with Dara Ziegelmeier (DZ), Associate Director for Employer
Relations for Berkeley’s Career Center.
CP: When does your office make a concerted push
for summer internships?
DZ: Internship recruiting starts as
early as the first week of the Fall semester, and timing varies greatly by
industry. Internships usually do start in June, so if an employer wants a
summer intern, we recommend they start planning and acting on that now. That
being said, we do have a “Just In Time Job Fair” in mid-April that many
companies use to recruit interns.
internships need to be paid?
DZ: Employers should comply with Federal
related to paying interns. In general,
most for-profit employers should pay at least minimum wage, and in many
industries the wage should be higher than that to
When do Cal students start looking online
for internship opportunities?
early as fall semester. Many are looking
now. The farther we get into Spring semester the smaller the pool of available
Do companies come on campus to interview
summer internship candidates or do the students go on-site?
DZ: About 250 companies do on-campus
first round interviews, and if a company wants to do that they can - we're
hosting on-campus interviews through mid-April.
Most companies that hire Berkeley interns have first round interviews on the
phone, via Skype or on-site if they're local.
When is the latest that companies can post their summer internships with you?
DZ: There is no
official deadline for posting summer internships. But the best answer is "sooner rather
How quickly do companies let
students know if they've been accepted for an internship?
DZ: This varies but a good practice is to let students
know their status within one to two weeks of interviewing them for an
more info? Contact Dara at email@example.com or 510-642-0464
Facebook “Live” Events for
Join Cal Parents for
upcoming Facebook "Live" sessions and a chance to interact with
campus leaders influential in your student’s experience. You may post questions
in the comments section before and during these 30-minute events, and we will try
to have them answered. Questions on how to participate in these events can be
directed to Director of Parent Services and Communications, David Ortega, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upcoming sessions
March 6 at 6:00 pm (PST) - Facebook Live with
Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell
March 21 at 6:00 pm (PST) -
"Live" with UHS's Dr. Anna Harte/SHIP Mgr. Bahar Navab
Advocate for Berkeley in
Sacramento - NEW Volunteers Wanted!
Join the Cal Alumni
Association (CAA) in Sacramento! CAA is partnering with
the campus’ Office of Government and Community Relations to relaunch the Cal
Advocacy program and mobilize parents, alumni, and friends to advocate on behalf
of the university. Register as a Cal
Advocate – to be among the first to know about legislative issues affecting
Berkeley and to share with elected leaders why Cal matters to
your family, and to California. Your individual stories will combine in a
powerful voice that political leaders need to hear as they make decisions that
impact current and future Golden Bears.
Learn more about
this important effort, then click the yellow
“Join” button to register. Towards the end of the registration page, you will be
asked, “How did you hear about us?” Please enter “Cal Parents Ambassador
newsletter” to help us track your participation for Berkeley.
Senior parents, have you
checked the date and time of your child's department graduation? Make sure to
explore Berkeley’s Commencement page to begin preparing
for the big day! Cal’s campus-wide commencement will be held May 13 at
10 a.m. in California Memorial Stadium. We recommend making
your lodging plans early.
Parents Staff News
have news to share of a transition on the Cal Parents team. Jason Smith, who
has served as Director of Parent Philanthropy & Engagement for the past two
years, has accepted a new position as Executive Director of Leadership Gifts
and Corporate/Foundation Relations at Berkeley.
We are pleased he is staying at Cal and will continue to help shape
Berkeley’s philanthropy and engagement efforts.
Rodebush, who has served as Associate Director of the Parents Program for the
past four years, will serve as interim director, alongside David Ortega who
continues in his role as Director for Parent Services.
Three UC Berkeley faculty elected to the National Academy
Five faculty rising stars receive Sloan Fellowships
Labs picked as winners of Excellence in Laboratory Safety
Campus News and Events
Megamovie project to crowdsource images of August solar
Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center opens
New Student Housing Task Force Report
Grad Students Compete to Keep It Simple
Important Dates to Note
March 2 - FAFSA Priority
March 6 at 6:00 pm - Facebook Live with
Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell
March 14 - Registration Fee
Due for students on installment plan
March 21 at 6:00 pm- Facebook
"Live" with UHS's Dr. Anna Harte/SHIP Mgr. Bahar Navab
March 27-31 - Spring Recess
April 22 - Cal Day
April 28 - Classes End
May 1 - 5 - RRR Week
May 9 - 12 - Final Exams
May 13 - Commencement
August 13 -14 - Move-In for
August 15 - 22 - Golden
Bear Orientation for new students
If you have problems replying to any links or have questions
about the Ambassador Program, please contact Rose Hsu. As always, we are grateful for your continued commitment
and enthusiasm for Berkeley! Go Bears!!
Cal Parents Staff
- David Ortega, Director of Parent Services & Communication, email@example.com
- Karla Rodebush, Interim Director for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Colleen Cahill, Assistant Director for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, email@example.com
- Rose Hsu, Assistant Director for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michelle Mielke Walsh, Senior Development Analyst for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, email@example.com
- Kelly Yun, Development Associate for Parent Philanthropy & Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the Cal Parents website and Facebook page for more information just for parents.
Stay up-to-date with the latest news and events at Berkeley: Berkeley NewsCenter, UC Berkeley Events.