Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions regarding what we do and the programs we offer? See if we’ve already answered them below!
1. What is the difference between the UCDC Academic Internship Program and the UCDC Summer Internship Program?
The UCDC Academic Internship Program is offered during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Students who intern in D.C. during the academic year combine internships with coursework or field research as full-time students. Financial aid eligibility is maintained. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. Juniors and Seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are recommended.
The UCDC Summer Internship Program sends students to Washington D.C. during the summer for internship experiences, with coursework being optional. Each student admitted into the UCDC Summer Internship Program works closely with the student coordinators and staff advisors in preparation for the internship application and living experience in D.C. Students from all majors and class standing (including seniors graduating in June) are encouraged to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is recommended but not required.
2. Are students covered through Financial Aid for the program?
Financial aid eligibility is maintained when participating in UCDC Fall, Winter, or Spring quarters. Students may qualify for Summer financial aid if enrolled in coursework at the UC Washington Center or through UCI Summer Session.
3. Isn’t UCDC only for students interested in law and politics?
Absolutely not! UCDC is open to students of all majors and interests. There are many opportunities for students interested in journalism, communications, computer science, engineering, physical sciences, biology, theater, and much more. See the Internships page for more information on the various opportunities in Washington, D.C.
4. How long is the UCDC Internship Program?
The UCDC Internship Program is typically 10 weeks long, depending on the quarter. The summer program starts immediately after finals week in June (typically mid-June through mid-August). Students residing at the UC Washington Center must arrive by a certain date (announced early in the program) to attend a mandatory orientation. June-graduating seniors participating in the summer program may seek a waiver to avoid the fee for missing the orientation.
5. Where do students live when they are in Washington D.C.?
Students from each UC stay at The University of California Washington Center. The UC Washington Center provides fully furnished apartments, classroom and conference facilities, a computer lab, a gym, a TV room, a laundry room, and much more. The Washington Center is under 24-hour security surveillance and requires students and staff to present their UC Washington Center ID Card prior to reentry. The facility is located a few blocks away from the White House in the heart of the city and is within walking distance from the metro.
Please visit the UC Washington Center website for more information about housing, including what to expect in your apartment and what items are necessary for you to bring with you.
6. Do students intern part-time or full-time?
In most cases, your internship site will allow you to set your own hours. Some students may choose to work full-time while others will work a few days during the week so that they have more time to experience the city.
7. How do I find an internship in Washington, D.C.?
Once you are accepted into the program, there are many resources available to you through the Office of Civic Engagement, the Division of Career Pathways, and the UC Washington Center that will help you find an internship. We frequently refer to various websites and directories to inform our students about internship opportunities. UCDC staff work closely with each individual student in assisting them with their resumes, cover letters, and interview techniques. Please see the Internships page for more information.
8. Can I earn units for my internship?
During the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, all students enroll in an internship course and earn units for their internships.
During the Summer, there are several ways you may earn units for your internship. Students affiliated with a school or program that requires field study, practicum, or an internship (e.g., School of Social Ecology or Program in Public Health) may elect to use their internship to fulfill their major/program requirement. Students should speak to their respective academic program directly about this process and enroll in units before Spring quarter to get approval. Another option is University Studies 193, a course that offers 2 and 4 units for approved internships. Individuals can also approach a faculty member for a 199 Independent Study for the Summer. Finally, students may enroll in a course through the UC Washington Center to earn up to 8 units of credit for the internship.
9. Can I take other UCI courses while in D.C.?
All students must enroll in 12 units of UCDC courses (consisting of a 4-unit UCDC seminar and 4-8 units of UCDC internship, with the option for a 4-unit UCDC elective). While we generally don’t recommend taking additional courses while in D.C., it is possible to take 1 UCI online course concurrently with UCDC if you would like to fulfill more UCI degree requirements. If the UCI course is offered on a synchronous basis, you will need to ensure that the course times to do not conflict with either your internship hours or UCDC seminar course time.
10. Do I have to be accepted into the UCDC program before seeking internships in D.C.?
Most students apply to the UCDC Internship Program first and then apply for internships while in the program. Students interested in applying for sites with early deadlines (i.e., FBI, CIA, U.S. Department of State, etc.) can apply to those internships prior to applying to the UCDC Internship Program. In addition, more motivated students tend to seek out and apply for internships before they get accepted into the UCDC programs.
11. What happens if I don’t get an internship before leaving for D.C.?
There are so many opportunities in D.C. that it is very rare for students to leave Irvine without an internship secured. However, if you do not have an internship secured prior to leaving for D.C, you may still go through the program. There have been several students who have found their internships after arriving in D.C. As part of the UCDC program, we do our best to make you the strongest candidate and applicant possible. We also directly assist you in the internship-seeking process.
12. I’m an undocumented student; can I apply for the UCDC Internship Program?
You are welcome to apply for the program regardless of your immigration status. If you have any concerns about your ability to travel to Washington, D.C. for this program, we encourage you to seek counsel at the UCI DREAM Center. We have had many undocumented students participate in the past and secure internships.
13. I’m an International Student; can I apply for the UCDC Internship Program?
If you are a degree-seeking international student, you are welcome to apply for the program, but you must have the appropriate visa and documentation required to work in the US. (Please check with the UCI International Center for proper documentation). While there are some sites in DC that require U.S. citizenship to participate, we have had many international students participate in the past and secure internships.
Learn more about UC Center Sacramento!
1. Who is eligible for the UCCS program?
UCI undergraduates who meet the criteria below are encouraged to apply to the UCCS program:
- 3.0 GPA or above.
- Junior or Senior standing – Sophomores with a B or better in at least two upper division courses may apply. Transfer students with 1 completed quarter at their UC campus are eligible to apply.
- UC degree seeking International students and DACA/AB540/Undocumented students are eligible to apply.
2. Where do students live when they are in Sacramento?
Students have a number of options when making living arrangements for their term in Sacramento. Please visit the UC Center Sacramento website for more information about housing.
3. Do UCCS students complete courses while in Sacramento?
UCCS students take a full term’s worth of courses in addition to their internships. A description of all UCCS courses is on the UC Center Sacramento website.
4. I’m an undocumented student; can I apply for the UCCS Internship Program?
You are welcome to apply for the program regardless of your immigration status. If you have any concerns about your ability to travel to Sacramento for this program, we encourage you to seek counsel at the UCI DREAM Center. We have had many undocumented students participate in the past and secure internships.
5. I’m an International Student; can I apply for the UCCS Internship Program?
If you are a degree-seeking international student, you are welcome to apply for the program, but you must have the appropriate visa and documentation required to work in the US. (Please check with the UCI International Center for proper documentation). While there are some sites in Sacramento that require U.S. citizenship to participate, we have had many international students participate in the past and secure internships.
CCE Minor FAQs
Learn more about the Civic & Community Engagement Minor!
1. Who is eligible to participate in the Civic & Community Engagement Minor?
All UCI undergraduate students are eligible for the CCE Minor!
2. How will the Civic & Community Engagement minor enhance my scholarship?
The minor elective component allows for students to choose their own focus of engagement and learn about environmental, social, educational, and other public problems from diverse disciplinary perspectives. Within the internship component, you will experience how community and non-profit organizations affect policy to tackle social and environmental issues. This approach empowers students in enhancing their majors and understanding the connections between public problems about equity and social justice.
3. Where can I find the list of approved electives and courses for the Minor?
The full list of pre-approved courses, electives, and internship options for the CCE Minor is on the UCI General Catalogue.
4. What if there is a different course I would like to take as an elective or internship?
In some cases, elective courses or the internship course may be substituted by petition. To petition, students must complete the petition form and provide compelling evidence of how the proposed substitution fits within the purposes of the Minor. After submitting the petition, students will receive notification of the status of their petition via email to their UCI email address.
5. When will the Leadership Track courses become available?
The Leadership Track of the CCE Minor (which requires UNI STU 85A and 85B) is not currently available. Instead of completing the Leadership Track, we recommend students complete the general CCE Minor with no track.
That will allow you to instead choose among the other approved elective courses and complete the overall CCE Minor.
6. Can I use courses to count for both the CCE Minor and my major?
As per the UCI General Catalogue, a maximum of two courses for the CCE Minor may overlap with courses required for a student’s major or for another minor.
For specific questions about your course schedule and how the Minor courses will interface with your major, we recommend meeting with your academic advisor.
7. How do I declare the minor?
To declare a minor, contact the academic advising office of your major. This applies even if your intended minor is outside of the school of your major. Contact your academic counselor to update or remove your minor.
8. Can I make an appointment to ask questions about the CCE Minor?
Absolutely! For general questions about the CCE Minor, we encourage you to make an appointment with our team. For specific questions about your course schedule and how the Minor courses will interface with your major, we recommend meeting with your academic advisor.