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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 Wednesday

Start Date:  September 29, 2021 (UCSC students) 

October 6, 2021 (All UC students)

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

Offered virutally for students accepted into the ​2022 UCDC Winter Quarter & Spring 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:

  • September 29: Welcome
  • October 6: UCDC Overview -- The Internship Search Process and the UCDC Internship Database
  • October 13: Creating and Editing Your Resume, Cover Letter, and LinkedIn
  • October 20: Interview Advice from the Experts -- An Employer Panel
  • October 27: Peer to Peer Interviews and Reviews 
  • November 3: The UCDC Residential Experience
  • November 10: The UCDC Academic Experience
  • November 17: Introduction to DC and the Political Landscape
  • November 24: Networking and Being a Self-Advocate
  • December 1: How to be Successful and Make the Most of Your DC Experience -- 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.