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.
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.
Can 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.)
Are internships paid?
Some, though most internships are unpaid, though some offer stipends. 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. It is still the student’s responsibility to apply for and secure an internship.
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.
Internships with early deadlines
Certain agencies and organizations such as the White House, the Department of Defense, and 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)