Which Program Is Best For Me?

NOTE: The UCDC program will be Remote for the entire 2020-21 academic year, and the UCCS program will be remote at least in fall 2020, and possibly for the entire academic year. 

No matter which program you choose, you will:

  • Gain valuable hands-on work experience in a field related to your major and/or future career, which will make you more competitive for the job search and/or graduate school.  Internships are available for ALL MAJORS!
  • Network and make valuable connections for your future.
  • When in-person program resumes, live with other UC students in our state or nation’s capital – rich in culture, history, and politics.
  • On academic programs, receive UC credit, fulfill degree requirements, and maintain your financial aid eligibility.  For all programs (academic or summer), certain majors can fulfill specific degree requirements, such as Social Ecology Field Study, Public Health Practicum, and various internship requirements for other majors and minors.

Why Should I participate in a Remote Program?

  • Gain Access to Remote Internship Opportunities Reserved for Participants
    With our vast network of employers, doing a remote internship is a meaningful way to develop professionally – especially by gaining substantive remote work experience, which is the wave of the future.
  • Learn from Experts
    You will have the opportunity to learn in small classes from amazing instructors who live and work in Washington D.C. or Sacramento. Your online course(s) will include combinations of guest speakers, experiential assignments, and small group learning.
  • Pay the Same UC Cost
    Now that the programs are remote, there is no additional cost to participate on the program UCDC program, and only a small $167 program fee for UCCS! Your expenses will remain the same as if you were taking regular UCI classes, and financial aid applies in the same way as usual. In addition, you may be eligible for special scholarships!
  • Get Professional Training and Mentorship
    In addition to all of the internship search assistance we will provide, both programs host a series of professional development seminars to help you grow in your career and make the most of your internship.
  • Hear from Professionals
    Lunch with and learn from activists, experts, and industry professionals on Zoom. Examples include: Social Justice & the Black Lives Matter Movement, Election Polling: How the Calls are Made, Immigration Reform and the Status of DACA – just to name a few.

What Are My Options?

UCI offers both academic and non-academic programs in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento.  The Capital Internship Program houses the academic programs, and the Division of Career Pathways houses the non-academic summer programs.  Below is a side-by-side comparison of your options:

UC Washington, D.C.

 Internships for all majors
Yes
 Internships for all majors
Yes
 Required courses
Yes
 Required courses

No
(optional courses available)

 Financial Aid Available
Yes
 Financial Aid Available

No
(unless taking courses)

 Scholarships Available
Yes
 Scholarships Available
Yes
Housing at UC Washington Center
Yes (when in-person program resumes)
 Housing at UC Washington Center
Yes (when in-person program resumes)
 Internship Search Assistance
Yes
 Internship Search Assistance
Yes
 Terms available
Fall, Winter, Spring
 Term available
Summer
 Estimated costs (all-inclusive)
$12,747 for in-person program
(includes resident tuition)
 Estimated costs (all-inclusive)
$7,000
(higher if taking courses)
 Eligibility
3.0 GPA
Juniors or Seniors
 Eligibility
2.75 GPA
All Undergraduates

 

Sacramento

 Internships for most majors
Yes
 Internships for most majors
Yes
 Required courses
Yes
 Required courses
No
 Financial Aid Available
Yes
 Financial Aid Available

No
(unless taking other courses)

 Scholarships Available
Yes
 Scholarships Available
Yes
 Housing assistance or live on own
Yes
 Housing assistance or live on own
Yes
 Internship search assistance
Yes
 Internship search assistance
Yes
 Terms available
Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer
Term available
Summer
 Estimated costs (all-inclusive)
$12,062 during year
$9,623 summer
(includes resident tuition)
 Estimated costs (all-inclusive)
$3,100
 Eligibility
3.0 GPA
Juniors or Seniors
 Eligibility
2.0 GPA
All Undergraduates

 

Still Can’t Decide?  Do Both!

You aren’t limited to one option, and can even repeat the same program more than once!  Consider doing a Sacramento internship in your sophomore year to gain experience, then a UCDC internship in your junior or senior year to build upon that experience.

Contact us and we can help you find the program that’s best for you!