Which Program Is Best For Me?

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.
  • 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.

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
 Housing at UC Washington Center
Yes
 Internship Search Assistance
Yes
 Internship Search Assistance
Yes
 Terms available
Fall, Winter, Spring
 Term available
Summer
 Estimated costs (all-inclusive)
$12,248
(includes resident tuition)
 Estimated costs (all-inclusive)
$6,500
(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)
$10,206 during year
$9,789 summer
(includes UCI 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 an internship in Sacramento in your sophomore year to gain experience, then go to Washington, D.C. in your junior or senior year to build upon that experience.

Come in and talk to us about the differences between your options and we can help you find the program that’s best for you!