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This UCDC Prep 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.

All UCDC participants will automatically be enrolled into the UCDC Prep Canvas course. The course is not required, but all participants are strongly encouraged to participate.  You will receive an email once the Canvas course is created each term.


Mike Nieto, UCDC Staff
Additional Presenters:  UCDC Staff and Alumni

Every Wednesday each term

Time: 11am – 12pm Pacific / 2pm – 3pm Eastern

Offered virtually (Zoom Link here) for students accepted into the UCDC Program the term prior to enrollment

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

Topics Covered:

  • UCDC Overview -- The Internship Search Process and the UCDC Internship Database
  • Creating and Editing Your Resume, Cover Letter, and LinkedIn
  • Employer Panel: Interview Advice from the Experts
  • Alumni Panel: Searching and Interviewing – The Student Perspective
  • Interview Advice and Preparation
  • UCDC Residential Experience
  • UCDC Academic Experience
  • Introduction to DC and the Political Landscape
  • Alumni Panel:  How to be Successful and Make the Most of Your DC Experience