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Application Deadlines:

The application deadline to apply for Spring 2014 is Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

The application deadline to apply for Fall 2014 is Wednesday, February 26, 2014.


Interested students from all departments 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. The U.C. Berkeley Washington Program provides as much opportunity to the art history or Shakespeare student as it does to students of American politics. 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.

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 meed 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 the Berkeley Washington Program. 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. For more information contact Angela Taylor at

Students who submit a simple preliminary application immediately receive supplementary information about internships.

The main application requires several steps and should be completed with care and attention. The materials the applicant submits (online application form, resume, personal statement, writing sample), along with letters of recommendation and an official transcript are all critical components of the application review process. Candidates are reviewed for their potential to achieve in a rigorous work/study program, for their potential to participate fruitfully in a group experience, and for evidence that they have begun to think carefully and systematically about what Washington has to offer and what they want to achieve as part of their Washington semester. Rather than applying from abroad, the program encourages students to apply early and go through the interview process their last semester on campus prior to their prospective Washington semester. In this regard, the program will expedite review of these applications and consider early acceptance.

Informational meetings will be held on campus each semester. A table of applicable dates is located below.

Students preparing an application may want to take advantage of on-campus "How to Write a Research Proposal" workshops, which are offered several times at the beginning of each semester.

Application instructions and materials are available online. Click here. For further information attend an information session or contact program staff.

Kathy Slusser, Program Coordinator
U.C. Berkeley Washington Program
Location: M24 Wheeler Hall (click here for map)
Enter Wheeler Hall via the NW corner (near Doe Library and Durant Hall). Go in the first door on your left (opposite a UCDC bulletin board). When you’re in the carpeted mezzanine area, step down to the right and follow the hallway to the last door on the right, room M24. Office Hours: Mon-Thurs. 9am-12noon and 1pm-4pm
Mailing address: 231 Evans Hall Hall, MC #2922
Berkeley, CA 94720-2922
(510) 642-9102  Phone
(510) 642-5562  Fax

Alfreda Brock, Program Administrator
1608 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.
Third Floor
Washington, D.C. 20036
ph: (202) 974-6391
fax: (202) 974-6250

Application Process Spring 2014 Information
for Fall 2014 Program
Applications available online. Click here.

Info Sessions in Barrows Hall

January 23 - February 12, 2014
(See below for schedule)

Applications Due in M24 Wheeler Hall Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Interviews will be scheduled Early March
Interviews will be conducted
March 12-14, 2014
Notification of Acceptance into the Program March 21, 2014
Student Commitment Deadline April 2, 2014

Fall 2014 Orientation (Part 1)
(Teleconference with Washington, D.C. staff)

Wednesday, April 9 (1-3 P.M.)
Rm. 33 Dwinelle

Fall 2014 Orientation (Part 2) Thursday, April 10 (10-11 A.M.)
Rm. 291 Barrows Hall
Brown Bag Lunch
with Esther Gulli
Tuesday, April 15 (1-2 P.M.)
in 114 Wheeler Hall (directly above UCDC office)
Fall 2014 UCDC Class Social Thursday, April 17 (3-5 P.M.)
Rm. 9 Durant Hall
1st Housing Payment Due for Fall 2014 August 15, 2014


Tuition and fees shown are for CA residents
Fall 2014
Spring 2015

Housing and Utility

Air Transit
Local Transit
Books and Supplies
Tuition and Fees*

*Fall 2014 resident undergraduate tuition and fees. For the optional Student Health Insurance Plan add $1,095 student health insurance fee per semester. Amount can be waived if the student can show proof of equivalent coverage. Non-resident tuition & fees for Fall Semester 2014: $11,439.

NOTE: Housing alone is $4,447 for Fall Semester 2014

UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) Information Sessions

What will be covered?

The information session will provide an overview of the UCDC Program, including:

- tips for a successful application (writing the personal statement, resume work, obtaining letters of recommendation);
- the selection process;
- the research seminar;
- resources for your internship search;
- making the most of your semester in D.C.(housing, budgeting,travel, etc.)

An alumna or alumnus will share first-hand experiences and answer attendees' questions.

This information session is open to all UC Berkeley undergraduates.

Information Sessions will be held in Barrows Hall:

Thursday, Jan. 23, noon-1:30 P.M., 291 Barrows
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 4-5:30 P.M., 291 Barrows
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 4-5:30 P.M., 291 Barrows
Wednesday, Feb. 12, noon-1:30 P.M., 420 Barrows (location change)

If you would like to meet with Kathy Slusser, Program Coordinator, you may drop in at M24 Wheeler Hall between 9-12 and 1-4 Monday-Thursday or e-mail her to schedule an appointment:






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