Washington Center


UCDC Orientation Series

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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, Sociology Professor, UCSC;        

 Mike Nieto, Program Administrator, UCDC

Additional Presenters:  UCDC Staff and Alumni



Start Date:  Monday, Oct. 12, 2020

End Date:  Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 

Time: 4pm – 5pm Pacific / 7pm – 8pm Eastern

Open to students accepted for UCDC Winter Quarter/Spring Semester, 2021


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.

Course Outline:

  • October 12: Welcome to UCDC and The Internship Search Process I (Intro to UCDC Internship Database, DC Career Fields, past placements, searching and applying with the UCDC database, organizing the search process, follow-ups)
  • October 19: The Internship Search Process II: Succeeding Virtually – From Online Interviews to LinkedIn
  • October 26: Resumes and Cover Letters; (Advice and tips to stand out)
  • November 2: UCDC Courses (UCDC registration procedures, class structure/expectations, Resources)
  • November 9: Diversity and Student Support
  • November 16: November Elections and the Implications for DC and Internships
  • November 30: Working Remotely, How to be a Successful Intern 

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.