General Requirements
All students must meet the following criteria in order to apply to the Washington Program:
  • Applicants must be registered as full-time UC Davis student during their quarter in DC.

    • Exceptions are only granted to students who opt to complete the program without receiving units during the summer term.

    • Seniors graduating in the Spring may apply for the summer quarter directly following graduation. For graduation requirements please go here.

  • Applicants must have completed 89.9+ units by the time of their participation in order to be eligible.

    • Junior or senior class status is preferred, but not required.

  • Preferred applicants will have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Applicants who have a GPA below a 3.0 however, will still be considered.


Domestic Students

If you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, refugee, or on asylum and are completing a degree at UC Davis, you are considered a domestic applicant. You must only fulfill the general requirements found above in order to apply.

International Students

If you are uncertain about whether you are able to participate in the Washington Program because of your international status please contact SISS here before applying.

  • Degree seeking: If you are an international student who is completing their degree at UC Davis you only need to meet the general eligibility requirements above. You are eligible to apply for fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters.
  • Non-degree seeking: Students that are completing their degree at their home university are not eligible to apply for the Washington Program at this time.

Education Abroad Program (EAP) Students

EAP students are eligible to apply for fall, winter, and spring quarters; but are not eligible for the summer quarter.

Global Studies Program (GSP) Students

Unfortunately, students under the Global Studies Program are not eligible for the Washington Program at this time.

Undocumented Students

Undocumented students are eligible for the Washington Program.

Application Materials

Please ensure all of the following components to the application are submitted in order to be considered for a successful admission into the program:

  1. Washington Program Online Application
    • Students will be asked to respond to essay questions that constitute their personal statement for the program application.
  2. One recommendation letter or endorsement form
    • The recommendation letter or endorsement form can be from a professor or TA, or former employer.
    • Please note, your letter of recommendation must be sent directly from your recommender. Letter may be submitted via one of the following methods:
      • Email to
      • US mail to 1350 The Grove (formerly Surge  III); One Shields Avenue; Davis, CA, 95616
      • Or hand delivered in a signed and sealed envelope to 1350 The Grove (formerly Surge III).
    • Signed endorsement form must be submitted by:
  3. Transcripts
    • Domestic Students (California residents and international students completing their degree at UC Davis) do not need to provide a UC Davis transcript because the program has access to this information via student records.
    • International EAP Students will need to provide an unofficial transcript from previous colleges/universities.
  4. TOEFL scores (EAP students ONLY)
    • Scores can be requested from EAP office and sent directly to the Washington Program at
    • English Proficiency Requirements:
      • Students must meet at least one of the English proficiency requirements below:
        • Complete 2 transferable college courses (3 semester or 4-5 quarter units) in English composition with "C" grades or better at an accredited U.S. college or university.
        • Achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL or iBT 79-80. TOEFL scores must be less than 2 years old. For more information visit the TOEFL website
        • Achieve a minimum score of 7 (academic module) on the IELTS. For more information see the IELTS website
        • Achieve a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB), Higher Level examination in English (Language A). Achieve a minimum score of 560 on the SAT II Writing Section (taken prior to March 2005)

Application Deadline and Program Dates
Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019
Application Deadline* April 2, 2018 Sept. 4, 2018 Nov. 12, 2018

Move-In Date

Sept. 22-23, 2018 Jan. 5-6, 2019 Mar. 23-24, 2019
Internship Start Date Sept. 25, 2018 Jan. 8, 2019 Mar. 26. 2019
Internship End Date Dec. 8, 2018 Mar. 15, 2019 June 7, 2019
Departure Date Dec. 9, 2018 Mar. 16, 2019 June 9, 2019

* The online application and all application materials MUST be submitted on or before 11:59 PM on the day the application is due.

  • If the deadline is marked "opened until filled," applications will continue to be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the program is full. Please ignore the deadline on the application if the quarter program deadline is marked “opened until filled.”

Application Tips

Take steps to strengthen your application - it’s never too early to start! Ways to improve your application:

  • Form relationships with faculty members or supervisors who could attest to your academic and professional abilities in a letter of recommendation.
  • Make sure your resume is well rounded by attaining leadership positions in extracurricular activities.
  • Become a better candidate for DC internships by engaging in job, internship, or volunteer work.
  • Network within your areas of interest through jobs, career fairs, and informational interviews with professionals of interest.
  • Aim for a GPA of 3.0 or above to make yourself a more competitive applicant.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to create a four year plan and determine how the Washington Program can fulfill major requirements.
  • Revise your cover letter with the Internship and Career Center to enhance the maturity and sophistication of the document.
  • Learn more about the Washington Program by attending info sessions, joining our listserv, and exploring our Pinterest page!
Application Review

We give careful consideration to all the credentials presented by the applicant. We seek to determine if the applicant has not only the academic qualifications for admission, but also the skills and experiences that facilitate a successful internship experience in DC. This holistic approach ensures that no single factor leads to either accepting the student or excluding the student from admission. 

We consider all of the student’s credentials in the application review which include:

  • Essays: We consider the maturity and sophistication of the statement.
  • Experience (jobs, internships, volunteer work, research and/or leadership experience): We want to hear about your previous experience and get to know about the skills you possess.
  • Academic qualifications: We gauge this based on your academic transcripts.
  • Recommendation Letter: Ask someone who can speak to your academic/professional work.