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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


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

Offered virtually for students accepted into the UCDC Program the term prior to enrollment

Students can access Zoom information and recorded sessions on the UCDC Canvas Page (Note: this is separate from your home campus Canvas page - invitations sent after acceptance)

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

UCDC Prep Schedule for Fall 2023 Students (offered over summer): All sessions held on Wednesdays @ 11:00 AM (Pacific) / 2:00 PM (Eastern)

  • Week 1 – May 17th: Welcome – Searching and Applying for an Internships 

  • Week 2 – May 31st: Resumes & Cover Letters 

  • Week 3 – June 14th: Interview Advice and Preparation 

  • Week 4 – June 28th:  UCDC Budget / Basic Needs 

  • Week 5 – July 12th: UCDC Academic Experience 

  • Week 6 – July 26th:  UCDC Residential Life 

  • Week 7 – August 9th: DC Experience – Things to See, Do and Expect (Intro to Networking/Mentorship Program) 

  • Week 8 – August 23rd: Making the Most of your UCDC Experience