Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that UCDC’s residential program has been suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. For more information about the UCDC Remote Program, visit their FAQ page.

How does the internship placement work? Do I have to pick an internship before I apply?

We expect you to have a general idea of the types of internships you are interested in. There are literally hundreds of internships available in the Washington program, and all of them are open to accepted students.

If you are accepted to the program, we will ask you to give us your top 3-4 internship preferences. These will go to our academic internship person in Washington who will assist you with making a placement. She is very skilled at this and has excellent contacts. It is possible you will have telephone or video interviews with prospective placements. This gives you a chance to find out what your responsibilities might be, etc. Some students choose to make all their own contacts and to secure placement without the help of our Washington staff. Please be aware that the materials that you have given us to apply to this program will be sent to Washington and forwarded to potential internship supervisors. It is very important that what you give us looks professional and is checked over for spelling, grammar, etc.

What courses are offered in Washington? Will any of them apply to my major?

All students take two courses during the program, the centerpiece of the program is a 12 unit internship seminar (UCDC 194A/B). This seminar features group meetings and tutorial sessions related to the internship. In addition, you may choose to enroll in one elective course. Please note that course offerings change quarterly. It is a good idea to talk to an advisor in your major about whether or not any of these courses will give you major credit.

Where should I tell people to send letters of recommendation?

The letter should be sent to Ashley Bayman, UCDC Coordinator, at

What should my letter of recommendation talk about?

The letter writer should clearly articulate how this program fits into your academic and professional goals, and how your academic performance indicates your readiness for this program. They should talk about your strengths and how you might fare on a demanding academic program.  

Are there sample student essays I can look at? I’ve heard that you keep a collection of them.

No, we don’t have sample student essays. But write about what you think makes you a good candidate for the UCDC program. How does this program relate to your overall academic and professional goals? What kinds of internship jobs can you visualize yourself doing? What motivates you to do this program? Give a good picture of who you are, what drives you, and where you want to go in your life!

When will we know if we are selected for this program?

Final decisions will be made approximately one month from the application deadline. A mandatory orientation for accepted students will happen near the end of the previous quarter (e.g., orientation for fall quarter will be held the preceding spring, etc.).

What are the eligibility requirements for non-citizens applying to the program?

Domestic Students

If you are a legal permanent resident, refugee, or asylee and are completing a degree at UCSC, you are considered a domestic applicant. You must only fulfill the general requirements found above in order to be eligible to participate in the program.

International Students

If you are an international student who is completing their degree at UCSC, you only need to meet the general eligibility requirements. You are eligible to apply for fall, winter, and spring quarters.  As an internship is a required component of the UCDC program, you will be required to apply for Curricular Practical Training

Undocumented Students

DACA/AB540/Undocumented students are eligible to apply to the Washington Program.

When the in-person program resumes, if I go to Washington for spring quarter in my senior year, will I be able to get back to Santa Cruz in time for graduation?

Yes, you will. It is very important that you talk with your department and your college BEFORE you leave for Washington about any requirements you will need to fulfill before you graduate — both in terms of course work, and also such things as ordering caps and gowns, signing last-minute forms, etc. Ordering these things is more difficult from DC.