The UCDC Summer Internship Program is an internship program in Washington, D.C., sponsored by UCI’s Career Center. The program was founded in 1982 by four UCI undergraduates and has experienced rapid, exciting, and dynamic growth ever since. Each year the program selects 40 to 50 outstanding UCI undergraduate students (including graduating seniors) for ten week internships in Washington, D.C. It is an ideal vantage point for students to examine behind- the-scenes activities that shape and implement our nation’s future course.
Our goal, as the UCDC Summer Internship Program, is to prepare each student both professionally and personally for the internship experience in Washington D.C. Students admitted into the UCDC Summer Internship Program work closely with the Coordinators and Advisors in developing a competitive portfolio. The program begins in Fall quarter with the recruitment process. Once accepted into the program, students meet regularly throughout Winter and Spring quarters for a workshop series which provides them valuable information on how to successfully secure an internship and encourages them to meet their peers.
The UCDC Summer Internship Program strives to promote a sense of civic responsibility in students by encouraging them to take an active part in public service. While in D.C., student interns become directly involved in each organization’s goals and objectives, and may perform such tasks as project research, responding to constituent concerns, attend hearings, direct investigations, and program development. Interns live in the UC Washington Center in the heart of D.C. and have direct access to the country’s best form of public transportation. There are numerous internship opportunities in various industries such as non-profit public service organizations, governmental agencies, communications and entertainment. Therefore, students from all academic backgrounds and majors are encouraged to apply.