Internships

Internships are the core of the Berkeley Washington Program and offer an invaluable professional development experience. UCDC staff, both in Berkeley and at the UC Washington Center, work with students to help identify and obtain internship placements that fit their interests and professional goals. See past examples of where Cal students have interned here. Check out the Intern’s Guide to Washington D.C. It’s packed with handy tips about life in the nation’s capital!

What are the expectations?

Students typically intern three to four days a week (24-32 hours), while also taking a research seminar and an elective at the UC Washington Center. Other expectations vary from internship to internship.

Do I earn academic credit?

Yes! Students working 24-32 hours a week at their internship earn 6.5 P/NP units. (Due to visa rules, international students should check with Berkeley International Office about how many hours they can work and if there is paperwork to complete before starting an internship.) 

Are internships paid?

Some internships offer a stipend or hourly wage, though most internships are unpaid.  Any financial agreements are the responsibility of the student to negotiate with the internship supervisor.

How does the internship search work?

Students are encouraged to begin researching internships prior to applying in order to better decide whether a semester in D.C. is right for them. Once students are accepted into the program, staff at the UC Washington Center in D.C. and campus reps work closely with participating students to help them find and apply for internships.  Though the internship search is a guided and supported process, it is still the student’s responsibility to apply for and secure an internship. Students are expected to be organized, proactive, and communicative during the internship search.

What kinds of internships are out there?

Washington D.C. is a vibrant city filled with exciting internship opportunities in a variety of fields: non-profit NGOs, think tanks, museums, health institutes, legal offices, and of course, government agencies and on Capitol Hill. We encourage students from all majors to explore what D.C. has to offer.

UCDC Program Links Internship Search Engines
UC Washington Center Idealist.org
UC San Diego USAjobs.gov
UC Davis Global Jobs
UC Riverside LinkTank
UC Los Angeles Internmatch.com
UC Merced DCjobs.com
UC Santa Barbara Wetfeet.com
UC Santa Cruz HillZoo.com
UC Irvine Indeed.com

Internships with early deadlines

Certain agencies and organizations such as the Department of State require more time to process applications due to security clearances and backgrounds checks, and so application deadlines are much earlier. If you are considering UCDC, please plan accordingly and do the appropriate research to make sure you don’t miss the deadline for internships you are interested in.

A few internship programs w/ Early Deadlines:

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) – 12 months in advance of start date

U.S. Department of State – Jan-Feb (Fall), May-June (Spring)

The White House – April-May (Fall), July-August (Spring)

The Supreme Court – June 15 (Fall), October 15 (Spring