Washington Center

Summer 2022 FAQ

UCDC Summer 2022 Term

Frequently Asked Questions 

Last Updated May 24, 2022

UCDC is very excited to welcome students back to the nation's capital this summer! Our priority is keeping our students, staff, and instructors healthy and safe in this very fluid COVID-19 environment. We communicate updates directly to our students by email and update this page as guidelines and requirements from the University of California, the District of Columbia, and the CDC change. Please review our FAQs frequently.

Housing and Student Services | Safety | Internships | Engagement

Questions about Housing and Student Services

What will living arrangements be in DC? We will be housing at full capacity in the Summer, which means students can expect to live in four-person apartments. Each apartment has two bedrooms, each of which houses two people. Most students can expect to have one roommate and two apartment mates. 

Who will I be living with? If you and one other person mutually requested each other, you will be assigned to reside with that person. You may also select two additional people (who must also request each other and request you and your selected roommate) to create a full apartment. We do not honor requests for 3 people in an apartment. Only requests for pairs and full apartments will be honored. 

  • If you do not have someone you want to live with (or if that person does not also request you), you will be assigned to a roommate and your apartment mates based on the preferences listed in your Housing Preference Form.

Am I required to live at the Washington Center to participate in the program? Yes. UCDC participants are required to live in our building, which is in a lively, centrally located neighborhood six blocks from the White House.

What if I need ADA housing accommodations while I live at the Washington Center? Contact accommodations@ucdc.edu immediately so that we can do our best to meet your needs. If you are registered with the student disabilities office on your home campus, you should contact them as well. The accommodations you have there do not automatically transfer to DC; you will have to inform them and us about your needs at UCDC. Please let us know what you need to make your time here successful.

Where can I find information about arriving in DC and moving into the Washington Center? Move-in dates for Summer Semester are Saturday, May 28 - Sunday, May 29, and Summer Quarter are Saturday, June 11 - Sunday, June 12. For detailed information about transportation, shopping, and getting settled in DC and at the Center, see our webpage for arriving students.

Graduating Seniors: You may move in as late as the Thursday after your scheduled move-in date. In the weeks prior to your arrival, we will ask you for your arrival dates via our Pre-Arrival form. Please let us know through that form. Please DO NOT email us with your arrival information.

Can I have family or friends visit me while I’m in DC? Due to the pandemic, UCDC will maintain a stringent guest policy. Students are not permitted to have guests. This includes the move-in weekend. Your loved ones are welcome to accompany you to DC, and they are welcome on the first floor of the building. They will not be permitted to go beyond the first floor or enter your living spaces. 

What happens if I contract COVID-19 while I'm in D.C.? We have a protocol for testing, reporting and for quarantine and isolation. You can find details in our COVID-19 Requirements for Residents, Updated April 2022.  Note: the protocol is subject to change as health and safety requirements and guidelines change.  

Will there be social programs so I can meet other UCDC students? Yes, but UCDC reserves the right to transition to virtual events as needed to manage pandemic needs and protocols. We will evaluate health and safety guidelines and update students as soon as we can. We will do our best to create an enriching social experience while adhering to safety regulations.

Will I be allowed to travel to other states once I arrive in DC? We follow DC policies for local requirements and currently the District has no travel restrictions to other states and does not require any quarantine upon return. This may change and we will inform you if it does. 

Will I be able to access Basic Needs resources at UCDC? Yes. Remote resources from your home campus are always accessible to you. This is the best place to start for your Basic Needs support. If you are not already connected to those resources, you should connect to them before you come to Washington D.C. As a supplement, UCDC operates a food pantry and provides other forms of assistance, to which you will have access.

What should I do about health insurance? UCDC strongly advises you to contact your insurance company's provider network to identify a local health care provider you can use while in D.C. There are local clinics near the Center, but we don't know where your health insurance can be used. If you are not covered by family health insurance, we strongly encourage you to sign up for SHIP, if you're eligible. There are local D.C. providers who accept SHIP insurance, but it may be much more difficult to use MediCal in D.C. 

Are counseling services available at UCDC? Yes, counseling services are available at the Center. Additional information about accessing and scheduling will be available when you arrive.

Additional questions? Email StudentServices@ucdc.edu for housing and other student services questions and BasicNeeds@ucdc.edu for basic needs questions.


Questions about COVID-19 Safety

Will I be tested for COVID when I get to DC? You will be required to test when you arrive at the Washington Center, even if you are vaccinated and boosted. We will provide rapid antigen tests for all students. 

What precautions are being taken to minimize the risk of COVID-19 in the building? We have implemented many procedures to quickly identify cases and contain spread. Protocols for testing, surveillance, and masking during the Summer term can be found here (updated). 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. See the Housing and Student Services section above for move-in dates and details.

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. Students who test positive 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 (updated).

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.

UC SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination and COVID Prevention Documents

UCDC COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures


Questions about Internships

Will internships be offered in-person or remote? More than three-quarters of this spring's internships are either in-person or a combination of in-person and remote. We expect more internships will be in-person as summer approaches, depending on local COVID-19 conditions and regulations.

Our team is in contact daily with hundreds of organizations in DC to update employers’ plans. It is important to remain flexible. An internship that begins hybrid or remote 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 39 percent of internships are offered as hybrid, combining both in-person and remote work for interns.
  • Remote. Roughly 16 percent of internships are offered remotely. Interns will work on projects from the UC Washington Center, either from their 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.

What are the dates for the internships? Summer Quarter internship dates are June 14 - August 19, 2022.  Summer Semester dates are June 1 - August 5, 2022.

How many hours per week are students expected to work? Generally, students intern 24-32 hours of work per week, but students can work more hours if both parties agree. Schedules are determined by agreement between the internship supervisor and the student.

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 hybrid or 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? What should I do if I arrive in Washington, DC, without a confirmed placement? Students who are enrolled in the Summer Internship course offered by UCDC and UCLA Summer Sessions can contact their Program Administrator:

Questions about the Summer Academic Program? Please contact UCDCsummersessions@ucdc.edu or chantal.quintero@ucdc.edu.


Questions about Student Engagement and Getting Out and About

What other programming is planned?  There may be a few UCDC events for students during the summer depending on interest and COVID health and safety requirements. We’ll update students when we know more.

How open is Washington D.C.? Museums, restaurants, theaters, and most bars are open and the mayor of D.C. has modified the masking and vaccination entry requirements (pp. 3-5, effective February 28, 2022). 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, most recently on March 17, 2022. Check these frequently for updated information.