UCDC Winter Quarter/Spring Semester 2022 Term
Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated October 21, 2021
UCDC is thrilled to welcome students back to the nation's capital this year! We plan to open at full capacity for the winter quarter/spring semester. As is always the case, our opening plan will change with updated information about COVID-19 and safety guidelines. Please check back regularly.
What precautions are being taken to minimize the risk of COVID-19 in the building? Multiple precautions are being implemented to quickly identify cases and contain spread. The details can be found in our reopening report to D.C. here and in our summary of the report for students here. In addition to reducing occupancy, anyone entering the building will be required to wear a mask in all public spaces, including hallways and elevators. Contactless faucets and soap dispensers have been installed in all public bathrooms. Mandatory surveillance testing may be required of students, faculty, and staff. We are in regular contact with the UC Office of the President’s risk management team and will comply with all DC Department of Health requirements.
Will vaccines be required for everyone in the building? The University of California has released its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine policy, which you can access here. In accordance with this policy, all students who plan to attend UCDC are required to be fully vaccinated, with allowable exceptions. Proof of vaccination (or application for an exemption) must be provided to the relevant office on your home campus no later than two weeks before UCDC move-in. You may be asked to complete a UC Vaccination Policy survey and provide proof of vaccination directly to UCDC.
- Move-in for Winter Quarter/Spring Semester is January 2 - 3, 2022. Be aware that campus offices are likely to be limited in operation if not completely closed for the holiday break so plan accordingly.
What happens if someone in the UCDC building tests positive for COVID-19? All potentially exposed parties will be notified and contact tracing will occur. Infected students may be moved to a quarantine/isolation space in the building. A protocol will be distributed for meals and managing your internship and class commitments. Details about the protocol for students who test positive for COVID-19 can be found here.
How can I stay up to date on national and DC COVID information? We use the following websites for regular information about COVID health and safety recommendations and requirements. Please check them frequently for updates.
- Government of the District of Columbia
- DC Mayor’s Orders
- DC Testing Information
- DC Guidance for Colleges and Universities in DC
- CDC Guidance for Colleges and Universities
- Johns Hopkins University Dashboard for national and international information
UC SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination and COVID Prevention Documents
UCDC Reopening Documents
Will classes be taught in person or remotely? We plan to hold classes in person only. One exception to this is Dr. Demessie's semester elective course, which will be remote. Depending on the local DC requirements and UC and national guidelines, masks may be required in classrooms regardless of vaccination status.
What can I anticipate from the courses being offered? All classes are small, seminar-style and are scheduled in three-hour blocks. Most seminars are offered during the day and electives in the evening. All internship organizations know that students require a day off to attend classes and office hours. Our courses are offered across the week to provide choices for our students depending on their internship schedules. All seminars include individual research and writing assignments. Other assignments depend on the subject matter, and instructor and typically include quizzes, presentations, infographics, video projects, or group discussions. Electives may include midterm and final exams.
What courses will be offered? You can find information about seminars and electives on the Academics section of our website. You will find course titles and descriptions, faculty bios, and past syllabi to give you an idea about what to expect. Winter Quarter/Spring Semester 2022 syllabi will be forthcoming.
Who are the instructors and what will they bring to the classroom experience? Our instructors are experts in policy, government and media who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to UCDC courses. Most have been teaching in the program for years and are invaluable resources for connecting theory to practice in our classes.
How do I enroll in classes? Enrollment will open to students in mid-November. More information will be emailed to you.
What date will instruction begin? Winter Quarter/Spring Semester instruction begins on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
Can students be enrolled part-time in UCDC for internship credits only? No. All students must enroll in a UCDC seminar.
What if I have academic ADA accommodations? Contact your campus disability services office and ask them to send your accommodation letter to Professor Diascro, UCDC Associate Director and DSP Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org. When the term begins, Professor Diascro will share your letter with your instructor(s) and support them and you in providing the necessary accommodations.
For further questions regarding UCDC academics, please contact Professor Diascro, Associate Director, at email@example.com.
Will internships be offered in-person or remote? Our team is in contact daily with hundreds of organizations in DC to update employers’ plans for re-opening. Many offices' back-to-work plans are evolving as employers adjust to changing local conditions and regulations. It is important to remain flexible. An internship that begins remotely may shift to in-person (or visa-versa) as the term progresses. Currently:
- In-Person. Roughly 40 percent of internships are offered in-person, with interns expected to report to a local office to work beside supervisors and other staff.
- Hybrid. Roughly 20 percent of internships are offered as hybrid, combining both in-person and remote work for interns.
- Remote. Roughly 40 percent of internships are offered remotely. Interns will work on projects from the UC Washington Center, either from their own apartments or in work areas designated for interns at the Center.
If the organization I am applying to states that internships will be remote or hybrid, what kind of work will I do as an intern? Remote assignments mirror those assigned in person. Projects vary based on the organization and could include research, analysis, news monitoring, social media management, or logistical support. Employers are encouraged to assign projects that relate to the goals of the organization and short-term projects helping with the day-to-day work of the office.
Where can I find a list of organizations offering internships (in-person, remote or hybrid)? We distribute a newsletter to students each Wednesday with internship leads and pertinent details. Remote internships can also be identified in our database by clicking on the Winter/Spring 2022 Internship Opportunities banner.
What are the dates for the internships?
- Winter Quarter: January 5 - March 11
- Spring Semester: January 5 - April 15
How many hours per week are students expected to work? Students intern 24-32 hours of work per week. Schedules are determined by agreement between the internship supervisor and the student. Additional hours are permitted if both parties agree.
Are internships compensated? Some positions include compensation, though a majority are unpaid. You should review the description prior to applying and inquire about compensation during the interview with the organization. We encourage internship sites to offer compensation when possible. There are no restrictions on UCDC students receiving compensation while also receiving academic credit.
If remote, will a DC internship increase my chance of securing other internships or employment once organizations re-open to in-person work? The ability to connect with employers in a remote professional setting is a great asset. Since March 2020, thousands of organizations in the DC area have shifted to remote operations. Your creativity, collaboration, empathy, desire to learn, and flexibility are qualities that future employers will value. The connections you make and the experiences you will be able to share will make you a stronger candidate for future opportunities.
Who should I contact if I have internship questions? Members of the Academic Internship Team (AIT) are assigned by campus affiliation. For further information, contact your program administrator:
What other programming is planned? UCDC is more than internships and classes. We work with alumni to pair interested students with mentors in fields of interest and develop professional development workshops to help students convert their internships into jobs. We offer a speaker series, to give students a chance to ask questions of policymakers, journalists, and lawmakers.
Will the UCDC Preparation Series (formerly the UCDC Orientation Series) still be offered? Yes. The UCDC Preparation Series began on September 29 and is offered every Wednesday at 11a PDT.
How open is Washington D.C.? Museums, restaurants, theaters, and most bars are open but the mayor of D.C. has instituted mask guidelines for patrons regardless of vaccination status. Many of Washington’s attractions are outside, which makes them more accessible than they might otherwise be. We have heard that some D.C. businesses may require proof of vaccination before entry; consider this when you are preparing for your stay in the city. D.C.-specific information is at the Government of the District of Columbia site, which includes the D.C. Mayor’s updates. Check these frequently for updated information.