About the Program

About the Program

Live in the Heart of the Nation

This is your opportunity as an undergraduate student to live in Washington, DC for three months amongst other like-minded determined UC students. The UC Washington Center is located six blocks from the White House in the center of DC. The building is home to students, faculty, and staff creating a unique experience for every student. 

Every student will stay in a fully furnished apartment with three housemates. Each apartment is equipped with two bedrooms and one bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, and a living room with a TV. There will be housekeeping provided on a weekly basis and maintenance services available. Amenities include Wi-Fi, fitness center, computer lab, laundry rooms, recreation room, and convenience store.

The UCDC staff puts on programs throughout the quarter for students to participate in. Monday Night Forums are hosted every Monday night where they invite an exciting speaker from the DC area. Food is brought in and interesting conversation is had. Aside from this, the staff also hosts many nightly events throughout the week in the building for students. These social events include murder mystery parties, postcard sending, game board night, and much more. Beyond the building events, the UCDC staff sets up field trips to exciting places in and around DC such as visiting Arlington Cemetery, exploring historic Philadelphia, marching across Gettysburg, and touring the Capitol. 

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One of the many advantages of taking courses at the Washington Center in DC is the small class sizes. The smaller classes offer an unparalleled learning environment and low teacher-to- student ratios. Students have incredible access to professors, receiving a hands- on learning experience. Faculty at the UCDC Center pride themselves on teaching and creating an interactive learning environment. In addition, UCDC courses stand apart from UC Davis courses due to the field trips, guest speakers, and discussion based setting. You will experience a learning environment that is not available on campus.

Students will only be able to take courses during an academic year program (the summer program is internship only). Every student will be required to take a 4 unit Core Seminar and may enroll in an optional 4 unit Core Elective. The Core Seminars are upper division courses with their center focus being a research project that puts the students' internships into a scholastic framework. These courses meet once a week for three hours, and students will typically take the day off from their internships on the day their seminar meets. If a student chooses to take a Core Elective, these are also upper division courses with a discussion focus meeting in the evening once a week.

UC Davis students looking to participate in the UC Davis Washington Program are responsible for checking with their campus major advisors to ensure the UC Davis courses taken in DC can be applied to their major, minor, graduation, general education, and college breadth requirements. Students are encouraged to talk about their DC course options with an advisor in their college or department. Each department on campus has a different procedure for petitioning major/minor credit for DC coursework. However, UC Davis offers the following advice on what information will be needed for departmental advisors to assist with the petition: Course Syllabus and Course Textbook name or Reading List.

Intern in the Nation’s Capital

Our program is open to ALL majors because you are the one who decides where you intern at while in DC. Washington, D.C. hosts thousands of interns every year. UC Davis students have interned at hundreds of organizations throughout the D.C. metro area, and they’re not just on Capitol Hill. Students have interned at international organizations, non- governmental organizations (NGOs), scientific and medical institutions, museums, regulatory agencies – and the list goes on. The Washington Program can help you find an internship that is of value to you, no matter what your major is.

The UC Davis Washington Program Office will help all accepted students find an internship. We will review your resumes and cover letters providing feedback to make them better. Every week we host workshops for accepted students to help them with crucial elements of the Washington Program including application materials, internship search help, networking, and much more. Students will be expected to do the work of finding their own internship, but we will be with you along the way.

If you intend on doing the program during the academic year (Fall, Winter, or Spring), you will get to intern 24-32 hours a week earning 8 units of credit for your internship experience. During the summer, you will intern for 40 hours a week with the option of earning 8 units of credit. These internship experiences offer you the opportunity to explore a professional career in Washington, D.C. being treated not as an intern but as an employee to the organization. You will be given important tasks and duties to fulfill and will return to Davis ready to conquer any work setting.