Washington Center

UCDC Mentorship Program


The UCDC Mentorship Program facilitates mentoring of UCDC students by UC alumni in the DC Metro area. Mentors are instrumental in supporting students during their internships by providing their insight, advice, access, and network for students' professional development and coaching them on life in Washington DC.

Alumni participants are surveyed in order to determine their eligibility, availability, and specific ‘fit’ for students in different internship and professional sectors. Each mentor arrangement is unique in terms of time spent, activities pursued, communication frequency, and the balance between personal and professional focus. Matched alumni mentors will receive communications outlining program expectations, guidance for engaging their mentee, and contact information to kick off the mentorship experience

The goal of this program is to foster partnerships between students and alumni/industry professionals. Interactions can take place via email, phone, Zoom, or in-person as determined by the mentor and mentee. The expectation is that each pair will connect at least twice during the 10-week quarter or 14-week semester. 

Program Timeline and Details

Duration of Program

Fall: August/September - December

Winter: January - March/April

Spring: April - June


  • UCDC will check-in with mentors and mentees once during the term
  • Mentors and mentees will receive a survey at the end of the mentoring program

Matching Process

  • We match mentors and mentees based on interests indicated in on registration forms for both parties

If you have additional questions, please contact: mentorship@ucdc.edu