Frequently Asked Questions
Applying for UCDC
All majors are welcome! While many Political Science majors participate in UCDC, there are internship opportunities available for students from any major. Arts majors and STEM majors are welcome year-round at UCDC, but are especially encouraged to apply to special Arts and Science focused quarters.
I'm a sophomore now but will have 90 units by the time the quarter I want to go. Am I still eligible to apply?
I'm a transfer student and this is my first quarter here at UCSD, so I don't have a UC GPA yet. Can I still apply?
Securing an Internship
The internship start and end dates listed on the organizations website are different than our school's quarter dates. Is this a problem?
What should I do if I get offered an internship but I'm still waiting to hear from other organizations that I'd rather work with?
Organizations in DC know that internship applicants are applying to multiple organizations. If you get offered something and you're waiting to hear from another organization you prefer, first thank the organization for the offer and then ask them for time to consider. Make sure to ask what the latest possible date is that you can let them know and remember to follow-up by that date whether you accept the offer or not. It is extremely unprofessional to accept an internship offer and then later tell the organization that you have found another internship.
About DC and The Washington Center
Students usually room with other UC San Diego students and are matched up based on answers to a roommate questionnaire. Students can request a specific roommate, but requests cannot be guaranteed. If you are requesting any special accomodation or consideration, please notify the UCDC Coordinator as soon as possible. Students seeking disability accommodations must be registered with the UC San Diego Office for Students with Disabilities.
Students use the Metro or subway system to get to their internships and to travel around DC. There are several Metro stops within walking distance of the UC Washington Center. DC also has a bus system that students can use. During Orientation in DC, students get a reloadable Smartrip card to use on the Metro and on city buses.