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 a ten-week summer internship in Washington, DC.  UCLA undergraduates from all majors serve in full-time and part-time internships with a wide range of government, non-profit, and private sector employers based in the Metro DC area.  Since its launch as a student-led initiative, this UCLA Career Center program has opened the door to a meaningful work experience for over 3,000 Bruins. Our team welcomes you to connect, learn more, and start exploring your summer internship options! As of February 2021, most Washington, DC employers will continue to offer their summer internship programs remotely, while others will keep their programs on hold until interns can work in person. The opportunity to intern while living in Washington, DC is expected to resume in 2022.

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Applying to UCDC for Summer 2021

To get started, please fill out the UCLA@UCDC application form

The UCLA@UCDC Summer in Washington Program is open to all UCLA undergraduates who meet four basic qualifications:

  • Maintain good academic standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Declare a graduation date no earlier than Summer 2021
  • Uphold True Bruin Values before, during, and after the UCLA@UCDC Summer program
  • Secure an internship with an employer based in Washington, DC before June 15, 2021

The UCLA-UCDC Program is Non-Competitive. Every Bruin who meets these four basic requirements is accepted upon application to the UCLA@UCDC Summer in Washington program! Please read further to understand why our unique program offers a non-competitive admission policy.

Program Support Services and Funding Options

UCLA@UCDC will remain a fully virtual program for Summer 2021. The UCLA@UCDC Team will assist all applicants in exploring their internship and funding options for Summer 2021. Our program communications will highlight paid internships in the nation’s capital.

As of February 12, 2021, it has been confirmed that the UC Washington Center (‘UCDC’) will remain closed for student housing through Summer 2021.

Scholarship updates and financial aid planning are based on information provided by the UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for each UCLA@UCDC applicant. In addition, the UCLA@UCDC scholarship application will be made available on March 31, 2021. For Summer 2021, scholarships will be awarded based on financial aid eligibility and are expected to range from $500 to $1,500.

All UCLA@UCDC applicants are encouraged to submit the FAFSA financial aid application for the 2020-2021 school year. This advice applies even if your family does not typically qualify for UCLA financial aid. A submitted FAFSA form allows the UCLA@UCDC Team to help you explore all funding options. You can find the FAFSA form and information on summer 2021 financial aid on the Financial Aid website


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!