DC Fellows Summer Internship Program

Untitled Document

An Opportunity for Bruins to Gain Career Experience in Washington, D.C.

OVERVIEW: DC FELLOWS PROGRAM FOR SUMMER, 2017

Each summer, UCLA Career Center’s DC Fellows Internship Program supports a cohort of Bruins eager to gain work experience in the nation’s capital.  Benefits include a shared apartment at the UC Washington Center (UCDC) and the option to earn a program scholarship. Fellows apply for internships with employers that they select. Current students can earn academic credit through classes offered through UCDC, but coursework is not required. Since 1966, this program has made a Washington, D.C. career experience possible for hundreds of Bruins. We look forward to supporting your goals. For more information on the UC Washington Center, please visit ucdc.edu

APPLICATION AND ADMISSION TO D.C. FELLOWS FOR 2017 

All UCLA undergraduates who will declare graduation for Summer 2017 or later are eligible to apply to the program. Current UCLA graduate students are eligible to apply for housing at UC Washington Center, while scholarships are subject to approval by each grad student's academic department. For the 2017, undergraduates and grad students who have already accepted a Washington D.C. internship will receive priority admission to the D.C. Fellows program.

Applications to the D.C. Fellows Program will be accepted on a rolling basis through March 15, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received. To apply, please send the following materials to dcinterns@career.ucla.edu

  • Current resume
  • Unofficial transcript (a copy of your Degree Progress Report in a PDF or Word file)
  • A target list of 10-20 preferred Washington, D.C. employers, noting your application status
  • Acceptance letter from your internship employer (if you have confirmed your internship)

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Students in good standing who will graduate during or after Summer Quarter 2017
  • Commitment to apply for and accept an internship in Washington, D.C.
  • Students living in UCDC must be available to start their lease on Monday, June 19
  • All majors and class levels are encouraged to apply

BENEFITS OF COLLEGE/DC FELLOWS PROGRAM 

  • Priority on shared apartments at UC Washington Center
  • Option to earn a program scholarship for summer UCDC residents
  • Resume referral to UCLA alumni and employers in Washington, D.C.
  • Support in the application process with regular updates on new internships

QUESTIONS?

For questions or further information, please email dcinterns@career.ucla.edu.

BUDGET & COSTS

During their ten-week UCDC experience, most Bruins will invest $6,000-7,000 for housing, transportation, living expenses, and some entertainment or side trips.  Some interns will spend less by actively managing their budget, while others will spend more based on discretionary expenses or summer class tuition.  The expected cost of housing at UC Washington Center is $3,400 per resident for ten weeks.  Airfare runs about $500, a local Metro pass costs approximately $600 for ten weeks. There is never any program fee charged for the DC Fellows Program.

COURSEWORK & ACADEMIC CREDIT

Interns are not required to take classes concurrent with their summer work experience.  However, UCDC offers a number of interesting classes and seminars for up to 12 units.  Enrollment is through UCLA Summer Session.  Other options include a “195” course offered remotely by UCLA’s Center for Community Learning or an independent study/research course directly with a professor in their department.  Note: for Bruins who have a current financial aid award, taking six units during summer may qualify you for a summer award supplement through the financial aid office.

FOR BRUINS WHO RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID 

For undergraduates who have a current financial aid award, note that the Financial Aid Office & Scholarships Office may count program scholarships as additional income when reviewing your financial aid award.  However, the additional expenses you will incur during summer are also considered, so that your financial aid package is often not impacted.  Financial aid recipients who maintain at least half-time student status during summer may be able to apply for an aid supplement, and applications for this supplement are usually available through the Financial Aid Office during the first week of Spring Quarter. Please plan to consult your assigned counselor in the Financial Aid Office for questions on how a D.C. Fellows scholarship or stipend may affect your current financial aid award. Graduate students should consult their departmental advisor to determine if they can receive an additional scholarship.

HOUSING

Most Fellows stay at UC Washington Center (UCDC) with students from UCLA and other UC schools.  Signing a 10-week lease at UCDC is required to receive a scholarship. UCDC offers two-bedroom apartments shared by four students, and the cost for 2017 is  $3,400 total per resident for the 10-week term.  Students may request specific roommates.  The total amount is payable to the UCLA Housing Office in two installments (early April and mid-May). All UCDC residents must schedule their arrival on Sunday, June 18 or on Monday June 19 during business hours, and all must be available for orientation on the afternoon of Monday, June 19.  A standard housing contract runs 10 weeks beginning June 19, and contracts can often be extended on a per day basis for longer internship assignments. For more information, visit ucdc.edu.

UCDC CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES

UCDC hosts a number of popular excursions, for students' benefit and enjoyment. Students may earn credit for their internship experience, or they may take a course that covers a specific topic. For more information, check ucdc.edu.

INTERNSHIP SEARCH SUPPORT & RESOURCES

All Bruins are encouraged to request support on searching and applying for internships.  Please note that we are not able to “place” you in assignments, and not every candidate will secure his or her first choice of the most competitive internships (Supreme Court, White House, etc.).  Students are advised to select at least ten potential employers, and to apply for internships consistently.  The Career Center will provide job search resources to all applicants and a regular update with current leads.  Some useful resources where you can find internships now are:

BRAD TRAVERSE GROUP D.C. JOB LISTINGS

The Career Center subscribes to the Brad Traverse Group website (www.bradtraverse.com), which is considered the premier source for D.C. internship job listings. Bruins will find hundreds of internship listings with a wide variety of employers located in the nation's capital. To receive the current UCLA login information for the Brad Traverse site, please do one of the following: 

UCLA CAPPP INTERNSHIP DATABASE

The UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) offers a well-researched list of internships in the Washington D.C. area. The link also features other useful search sites, http://cappp.ucla.edu/quarter-in-washington/internships/

IDEALIST.ORG

Great site for nonprofit internships.  The best way to search is by going directly to the Idealist database for more than 50,000 organizations.  Open the site, enter “District of Columbia” in the search box and “Organizations” or “Internships” in the drop-down menu.  Note that many orgs list more opportunities on their own sites, www.idealist.org.

JOBCENTRAL.COM

Good comprehensive search site for business, media, and technology internships.  Best site for paid assignments.  Open JobCentral and enter these keywords in the search box:  “intern OR interns OR internship OR internships” … then enter the zip code “20002.”  Use filters to the left to find specific companies or agencies.

REMINDER:  INTERNSHIP RESEARCH AND EARLY APPLICATIONS

A number of internship programs have earlier deadlines.  This is especially true for employers who offer student programs in foreign policy or national security; the U.S. Department of State, for example, has an early November deadline for summer internship in DC.  The White House Internship Program has a summer internship deadline in early January. Please check their websites for updated deadline dates. Other employers accept applications on a rolling basis and may consider an early hiring decision.

INTERNSHIP APPLICATION SUPPORT & RESUME REVIEWS

For a coaching on resumes or cover letters, Bruins may take advantage of the Career Center's drop-in service Tuesdays,Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am-2pm. 

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

A letter of recommendation is not required for the DC Fellows program application, but this may be requested by some employers.  A number of internship programs (White House, Supreme Court) request one or more letters of recommendation from professors or professional colleagues.  Candidates are encouraged to request these letters well in advance of application deadlines.