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University of California, Washington Center

UCDC (an acronym which stands for "University of California-District of Columbia") is an internship program sponsored by the University of California which places undergraduates in quarter/semester or summer internships in Washington, D.C. Residents are housed in the UC Washington Center, the Washington, D.C. campus of the University of California. The Center also houses the offices of the University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations.

The University of California, Irvine created the UCDC program in 1982 with four undergraduates. The program soon gained popularity throughout the University of California system, and currently offers two distinct programs. The most competitive program is the UCDC Fall Internship Program, which places students in full-time internship positions from September to December. There is also a program held during the winter/spring semester, which places students in full-time internship positions from January to March or April. Alternatively, the UCDC Academic Year Program hosts students for one quarter/semester between September to June, depending upon which UC campus the undergraduate comes from. This program hosts about 20 or fewer students from each campus, each quarter/semester and pairs full-time internships with a course-load of required lectures, electives, and seminars. This program has several prominent alumni in politics, business, and journalism.

The center also hosts students from guest institutions including: the University of Western Australia, University of Sydney, University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

UCDC also allows for regular guest lectures and a number of social activities. Some of these social activities include visits to various federal institutions, day trips to regional attractions, and in-house activities sponsored by the student-run Resident Advisory Council. Additionally, students may freely tour Washington, D.C., and travel across the Eastern Seaboard during the weekends is a popular option.

Facilities

UCDC is housed in the UC Washington Center, a modern 11-story complex located on

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