Program Preparation Guidelines: Juniors

You are probably starting to think about what you will be doing after college. Now you need to gain the experience to launch your career. The Washington Program can help you search and obtain an internship in Washington DC that accomplishes your goals.

What can I work on now?

  • As a third-year student, you may apply for the Washington Program now by clicking the following link and clicking "Apply Now": Application instructions.
  • Meet with your academic advisor. See whether courses offered at the program during the quarter you are interested in will apply towards major requirements.
  • Visit the ICC and set up a Handshake account. Check out jobs/internships, learn tons at a workshop, have your resume and cover letter reviewed, and do a mock interview. (It’s a great way to prepare your resume for our application)
  • Explore different career paths. Visit career fairs, get a part-time job, secure an internship— figure out what you want to do when you graduate. This makes it easier to find an internship once you are in the Washington Program.
  • Build relationships with supervisors and faculty members. Continue to develop relationships with those who can offer advice regarding where to apply when it comes time to find an internship in DC and can serve as a reference. We require you to submit one letter of recommendation. Choose someone who could speak to your academic or professional work.
  • Gain professional experience. Explore different careers by interning, volunteering and working in a field related to your future career plans. The more experience you have, the better you are able to narrow down internship searches.
  • Learn about the Washington Program. Go ahead and visit our website, come to an info session, drop by our office, or send us an email. Google search to see what types of internships are available in DC.
  • Join our listserv. We send students on our listserv lots of helpful information about new developments with the program, changes in deadlines, and special events. Sign up so that we can let you know the latest and greatest about the Washington Program!
  • Friend us, pin us, and follow us! Check out our LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter pages to learn more about the program, Washington Program participants, and receive all the updates.

Are you a transfer student?

If you are a transfer student, it is important that you solidify your academic plan and decide what quarter is best to go. We recommend that you meet with your academic advisor. If you have been attending Davis for less than 3 quarters, we require you to submit your previous college’s unofficial transcript(s).

Attend an Information Session

Meet Washington Program staff and ambassadors! Come join us for a brief overview of the program followed by a Q & A session. For more information on time, date, and room, visit this page

Meet with an Advisor

Our office is in The Grove (formerly Surge III), Room 1350. We welcome you to come in during our drop-in advising hours or request an appointment by emailing washingtonprogram@ucdavis.edu. Please include the days and times you are available to meet, and someone will get back to you.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you answer any questions you may have about the program!