Applying to the UCDC Academic Internship Program

Eligibility

  • Junior or Senior standing recommended by departure
  • Must be an enrolled UCI undergraduate degree-seeking student
  • 3.0 GPA or above recommended at the time of application
  • All majors are encouraged to apply
  • Degree-seeking International students and DACA/AB540/Undocumented students are eligible to apply

Academic UCDC Program Dates

Academic Term Dates in Washington, D.C.
FALL 2024 September 21 – December 7 
WINTER 2025 January 4 – March 15
SPRING 2025 March 22 – June 7

Application Deadlines

Academic Term Application Dates
FALL 2024 Fall 2024 recruitment closed in April 2024.
WINTER 2025 Winter 2025 Priority Deadline: April 24, 2024
Winter 2025 Final Deadline: rolling through August 2024
SPRING 2025 Spring 2025 Priority Deadline: October 30, 2024
Spring 2025 Final Deadline: November 18, 2024

SUMMER PROGRAMS: UCI students looking for a non-academic, full-time internship experience in Summer terms should refer to the UCDC Summer Internship Program.

Before You Apply

  • Review all of the UCDC program information on this website.
  • Get your questions answered by viewing or attending an information session. You can also contact our team by visiting our office, scheduling an appointment, or reaching out via email.
  • Prepare your application materials. Required documents include a revised resume, short essay, sample cover letter, and one endorsement. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
    1. Essay Response. A 1-2 page, double-spaced essay response with Name and Student ID at the top right (Note: you MUST have your name AND student ID on your essay response). In your essay, please respond to these questions: Why do you want to participate in UCDC? What kinds of internships interest you and how will this experience help you achieve your career and academic goals? Be specific and include names of some of the internship sites you are considering applying to.
    2. Revised resume. Have your resume reviewed by a Division of Career Pathways staff member during drop in advising or a career counseling appointment. Revise your resume according to the feedback you receive and then submit the revised resume with your application.
    3. Cover Letter. For your cover letter, find an actual internship on Handshake (or other site) and write your cover letter as if you’re applying to that internship (do not address it to UCDC). You must have your cover letter reviewed by a Division of Career Pathways staff member during drop-in advising or a career counseling appointment. Revise your cover letter according to the feedback you receive and then submit the revised cover letter with your application.
    4. One Endorsement. An endorsement is required to complete your UCDC application. Endorsement can be from a faculty member, TA, employer, staff member, club advisor, etc. It should not be from a friend, family member, or peer. Please see below for specific instructions to share with your endorser depending on if they are UCI faculty/staff or not.
      • UCI faculty and staff endorsers: Send an email to civicengagement@uci.edu with the student’s name and email and indicate that you’re endorsing them for the UCDC program. Please note, you may be contacted by program staff if there are additional questions about the student applicant.
      • Non-UCI endorsers: Complete this Google Form to complete your endorsement. Please note, you may be contacted by program staff if there are additional questions about the student applicant.

Submit Your Application

Recruitment is now open for the Winter 2025 and Spring 2025 UCDC cohorts. Apply online via the UCDC Common Application.

Before applying, make sure to carefully review the information and deadlines above. When ready to proceed, create an account at my.ucdc.edu using your campus email address (@uci.edu). You will receive a confirmation email once your profile is created. The link provided in your confirmation email should simultaneously allow you to verify your identity, and begin the official application.

UCDC Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The UCDC Annual Security & Fire Safety Report is available online at: https://ucop.app.box.com/s/hmk90mq9vlm5ggnfgrbbbrdjzmxk32ja

The report contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (timely warnings and emergency notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures UCDC will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Noncampus buildings or property owned or controlled by UCDC or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in UCDC’s On-Campus Student Housing Facility (the UC Washington Center) during the three most recent calendar years.

A paper copy of the report will be provided upon request. If you would like to receive a paper copy, you can stop by the Residential Life Office in Room 413 (located at 1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Washington, DC, 20036) or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (202) 974-6216 or emailing studentservices@ucdc.edu.