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This orientation series is offered to prepare and orient you to participate in UCDC next quarter.  It will guide you through all the required steps you will need to search out internships of interest, prepare your application materials, hone your interview skills, choose and be prepared for UCDC courses, and get the most out of your internship.  It will also inform you about the support services and other programming we offer to ensure that you have a successful UCDC experience.



Helen Shapiro, Executive Director, UCDC        

Mike Nieto, Program Administrator, UCDC

Additional Presenters:  UCDC Staff and Alumni



Every other Wednesday

Start Date:  May 19, 2021

Time: 5pm – 6pm Pacific / 8pm – 9pm Eastern

Offered remotely in the summer for students accepted into the ​2021 UCDC Fall Quarter & Semester

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify your professional goals and research internship opportunities of interest;
  • Articulate your skills and attributes both in writing and orally;
  • Create resumes and cover letters that best express your abilities and interests;
  • Develop interview skills;
  • Learn professional skills, including how to engage online;
  • Learn basics about DC;
  • Meet and engage with other incoming UCDC students.

Tentative Course Schedule:

  • May 19: Welcome / Organizing Your Internship Search

  • June 2: Creating and Editing Your Resume & Cover Letters

  • June 16: Interview Advice from the Experts – An Employer Panel

  • June 30: The UCDC Academic Experience

  • July 14: The UCDC Residential Experience

  • July 28: Networking and Being a Self-Advocate

  • August 11: How to be a Successful Intern

  • August 25: History and Civics of DC

  • September 8: How to Make the Most of your Internship – Alumni Panel

How to Sign Up:

To access these sessions, we have created a Canvas course to help you follow along and organize the videos and information presented.  Register for the orientation series.