UCDC Cost & Affordability


The total cost for a 10 week UCDC summer internship is approximately $6,500, if you do not elect to take classes. This cost includes round-trip transportation (arranged by the individual), room and board at the UC Washington Center (Summer 2017 rate was $3,460), and any incidental expenses. This is only an estimate and is largely impacted by travel and food costs.

Once students are accepted into the program, there will be a $500 non-refundable initial housing payment due in early February.

If a student elects to enroll in courses, the cost of participation goes up considerably to account for tuition, fees, and books or supplies.


There are numerous avenues to afford the unique opportunity offered through the UCDC program, including scholarships offered to students who meet specific criteria. Some students do obtain paid internships, but it is important to note that most internship are unpaid and those that are paid are much less common and considerably more competitive. We do not encourage students to focus only on paid internships to make the program more affordable. Instead, here are several options that may assist individuals in affording the experience:

  • Fundraising

    As part of the UCDC Summer Internship Program, students may take advantage of, and participate in, numerous fundraising opportunities. In the past we have done a See’s Candy fundraiser and participated in Wayzgoose. Some students have even solicited their family members and friends through fundraising letters.

  • Part-time Jobs in D.C.

    Obtaining a part-time job in Washington D.C. while interning is not uncommon. It is a great way to earn extra cash to pay for travel opportunities, food, and other incidentals that may occur.

  • Start Saving Your Pennies!

    The recruiting process for UCDC begins in early Fall Quarter. Students are accepted into the program in early to mid-November and don’t leave for D.C. until mid-June – that gives you 7 months to start saving your pennies! If you’re serious and committed to the program, we encourage you to plan your finances accordingly. After all, this is an extremely unique opportunity!

  • Financial Aid and Funding Assistance

    The Division of Career Pathways currrently offers housing stipends to a select number of students who meet certain criteria.  Once accepted to the program, you can apply for a housing stipend in the winter quarter.  In addition, if you select to enroll in optional courses, you may qualify for financial aid. However, you should know that by taking courses, the overall cost of the program will go up. See the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

There are also internships available during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters through the UCDC Academic Internship Program. During the academic year, you must enroll in courses and your financial aid applies.