Prerequisites

Berkeley’s UCDC Program provides a unique opportunity for junior and senior undergraduates from all majors to spend a semester (Fall or Spring) in Washington, D.C. pursuing course work and an internship for a full semester of Berkeley credit.

By the time of application, applicants should:

  • be in good academic standing 
  • have a 3.0 GPA recommended

By the time students go to Washington, D.C., participants must:

  • have junior or senior status: students who entered Berkeley as first year students must have completed approximately 60 Berkeley units (4 semesters); junior transfer students must have completed at least approximately 30 units (2 semesters) on the Berkeley campus
  • be eligible for UC housing and reside at the UC Washington Center for the duration of the semester
  • clear any registration blocks

Interested students from all majors are encouraged to apply. Washington, DC is home not only to the Federal government but also to some of the world’s best museums, news organizations, libraries and collections, international organizations, advocacy groups and nonprofits. The UCDC Program offers exciting opportunities to the art history or public health student as well as to students of American politics or legal studies. From the Folger Shakespeare Library to the National Institutes of Health to the National Museum of African Art, Washington provides a vast range of opportunities across academic and professional fields of interest. 

Students with disabilities can and do study in D.C. and are encouraged to explore their options. The UC Washington Center is an accessible building, including apartments that meet ADA requirements. Student workplaces, however, will vary in accommodations. Also, a student will need to explore transportation possibilities to and from the internship site. Students who anticipate special needs should also contact the Berkeley Disabled Students’ Office as soon as possible for assistance and advice about participation in UCDC. As with all applicants, the rule is to plan ahead.

The Lois I. Hogan Fund provides financial support to students with disabilities so that they can realistically pursue internship and work experiences. It provides funding for disability-related accommodations including but not limited to transportation, housing, attendant care, interpreter and reader availability, and equipment, based on 1) financial need; 2) relevance of internship to career goals; and 3) limitations or lack of other assistance.