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UCLA @ UCDC: Move your career forward via Washington, DC

Each year since 1966, the UCLA@UCDC Summer in Washington Program has supported a cohort of motivated Bruins as they build skills and explore career options through an summer internship in Washington, DC. Since its launch 55 years ago as the student-led UCLA EXPO Internship Program, UCLA@UCDC has opened the door to a meaningful work experience for over 2,500 Bruins.

For our Summer 2022 cohort, UCLA undergraduates from all majors will have the opportunity to serve as virtual on in-person interns with a wide range of Government, NGO, and Non-Profit employers based in the Washington,DC area.  Our team welcomes you to connect, learn more, and start exploring your summer options by signing up for UCLA@UCDC Summer in Washington Updates at: https://sa.ucla.edu/Forms/p/764cN

About the UCLA@UCDC Summer in Washington Program

The guiding principle for UCLA@UCDC is that our nation’s capital offers relevant internship options for Bruins from every major who decide to explore a career in public service. There are well over 10,000 government, non-profit, and NGO employers with offices based in or near Washington, DC. At the same time, DC is also the most competitive summer internship market in the world, drawing student interns from almost every university nationwide. For all of these reasons, UCLA@UCDC is structured as a highly inclusive program where every applicant is supported in pursuing their ideal internship. Please read the following program profile to learn how the 56th UCLA@UCDC Summer cohort may be a strong fit for you.

  • 100 Percent Inclusion: Every UCLA undergraduate in good academic standing is offered provisional acceptance to UCLA@UCDC as soon as they submit the program interest form. This approach reflects UCLA Career Center’s core commitment to support everystudent in exploring advancing their public service internship goals. Whether a DC internship is an early-stage idea or your top priority, our Team ‘meets you where you are’ to support your best independent decisions.
  • You will be competing for DC Internships, not UCLA program admision:Washington, DC is by far the most competitive summer internship market in the world. Our Career Center Team is eager to help every interested Bruin devote their full attention to competing for DC assignments as early as possible. For this reason, the number of Bruins who join each year’s UCLA@UCDC cohort is flexible. Our UCLA@UCDC Team does not request or evaluate a separate application for cohort acceptance, and Bruins are never required to compete against each other to participate.
  • Consistent independent action is essential to UCLA@UCDC participation and advancement:Your UCLA@UCDC Team does not ‘place’ students in specific internships, and securing a DC assignment is never guaranteed. Rather, our Team invests its energy to make sure you are aware at all times of internships in the marketplace that may fit your goals. You yourself then take the steps to apply, interview, and accept a position. UCLA Career Center offers a range of workshops, resources, and direct services to help you feel confident in approaching employers. Note that almost every Bruin who successfully secures a summer internship in DC will apply for at least 25-30 separate positions.
  • Moving fromprovisional UCLA@UCDC acceptance tofull cohort admission is based on two simple factors:
    (1) The independent actions and commitment you make to research and apply for 20 or more competitive summer internships;
    (2) Your independent decision to accept and follow through on an internship offered by a DC- based employer.
  • Once you and a future employer confirm your summer internship, UCDC housing and scholarship resources may become available. UCLA@UCDC offers a limited number of program scholarships and limited summer housing at the UC Washington Center. Accepting and sticking with an internship is your key to access these resources.

How to Start Your Internship Search

  • Your UCLA Handshake systemis where over 500 DC-based employers promote their internships to UCLA candidates.
  • TraverseJobs is a Career Center subscription service that connects you to current internship and job listings in Washington, DC.
  • Idealist.org is the major search site for Non-Profits and NGOs. Open the main page and use the drop-down menu to search over 5,000 organizations in the Metro DC region.
  • Pay attention to early deadlines!Many Washington, DC employers have summer internship application deadlines in early fall quarter. Some deadlines occur before the UCLA quarter even begins.

Questions?

Please contact our UCLA@UCDC Team at internships@career.ucla.edu. You are also welcome to contact UCLA@UCDC Program Coordinator Chris Howell at chowell@career.ucla.edu. We look forward to working with you!