UC Washington Academic Internship Program

How to Apply


Apply HERE to Be a Part of the UCDC Experience!


Spring 2018


Summer 2018

Fall 2018

December 1, 2017 January 12, 2018 To Be Announced!

Selection Criteria

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. Admission is selective. To be eligible for consideration, students must:

  • Have Junior or Senior standing in the participating quarter. Completion of upper-division courses in the major/area of concentration is a plus.
  • Have a strong academic record -- Recommended 3.0 GPA (an official transcript must be provided with the application).
  • Submit a complete application.

Admission will be based on the student's interests, narrative evaluations, letters of recommendation, GPA, and a personal interview, if necessary.

Application Materials

Applications must be submitted in complete form by the published deadline*. This includes:

  • Application 
  • Personal Statement
    • No more than two pages double spaced statement addressing the questions below:

      • What skills and experience do you possess that you will use to market yourself to internship sites in Washington, DC? 

      • What makes you a competitive candidate for the UCDC program?

      • What are your goals and expectations for your internship?
      • What are your plans after graduation with your bachelor’s degree?

      • How will the UCDC program help you realize those goals?

      • Why Washington, DC? What can you get out of an internship in DC that you cannot get
        anywhere else?

  • Two letters of recommendation (Details below)
  • Resume
  • Official UCR transcript We do not need transcripts from any previous universities.

*Incomplete applications will not be evaluated and may be deferred to a future quarter.

Letters of Recommendation

Your two letters of recommendation may be used as a part of your internship applications once admitted to the UCDC Program. Please ask your recommenders to describe your abilities and qualities aimed at potential internship sites as well as admission to the program. It is important that the letters of recommendation include as much detailed information about you as possible. You must provide the form below to your recommenders to provide them with  more information about what we are looking for. Please make sure that it is clear to the letter writers that these letters will be used to support your applications to internship sites as well and that they are submitted on official letterhead. 

 Guidelines for writing a letter of recommendation.

Letters of Recommendation Criteria

  1. One of your letters of recommendation MUST be from a UCR ladder-ranked faculty member. (i.e., Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor. TAs and Lecturers do not fit this category).
  2. Your second letter of recommendation may be from any professional or academic contact. It cannot be from friends or family members.

Applications are considered incomplete if letters of recommendation are not included by the deadline posted. If you are unsure that a letter of recommendation will be submitted by the deadline, give yourself more options (i.e., ask another person to write a letter supporting your application). Applications with more than two letters of recommendation will not be penalized.

Submit Letters of Recommendation via email as a PDF to ucdc@ucr.edu (directly from the writer), mail intracampus to Hinderaker 1100A ATTN: UCDC, or post mail

900 University Avenue
Hinderaker 1100A ATTN:UCDC
Riverside CA 92521

Need help with your resume? Download a Sample Resume or visit the Career Center for assistance with creating a resume.

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Career Opportunities

Undergraduate Education

UCR-UC Washington Academic Internship Program
1100A Hinderaker Hall

Tel: (951) 827-2634
Fax: (951) 827-7745
E-mail: ucrucdc@ucr.edu