The Washington Program’s mission is to provide the highest quality experiential learning program for UC Mercced undergraduates by offering professional development and internship opportunities that help inform students' transition from study to professional practice.
UC Merced students are strongly encouraged to supplement their undergraduate education with real-world, hands-on experiences through internships. The Washington Program (UCDC) offers eligible undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to combine course work, exciting field research and unparalleled internship experience during a semester's residence in our nation's capital. Students from any major have the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience with professionals and experts in fields that interest them. From NASA, to the Nation Institutes of Health, to the Smithsonian, to the Capitol, students have the chance to test-drive a career, build their portfolio or resume, and make valuable industry contacts that can be essential to landing the ideal job upon graduation. In today’s competitive job market, it's what you know and who you know that often makes the difference.
Students live at the UC Washington Center, nestled in a beautiful shaded neighborhood close to DuPont Circle (6 blocks from the White House) which is served by an efficient public transportation system and subway system. Washington, D.C., is a city that offers a wide variety of academic, professional and wonderful cultural opportunities for undergraduates.