Dear UCLA Colleagues: The DC Fellows Summer in Washington internship program is now accepting applications for 2019. Please feel free to share the following message with UCLA undergraduates from any major. Thank you!
Each year, the DC Fellows Summer in Washington Internship Program supports a cohort of motivated UCLA interns as they build skills and grow their professional networks through a ten-week work experience in Washington, DC. As Fellows, UCLA undergraduates from any major can serve in full-time or part-time assignments with a wide range of government, non-profit, and private sector employers. Since its launch in 1966 as a student-led initiative, this UCLA Career Center program has opened the door to a meaningful DC internship experience for over 2,000 Bruins.
APPLY NOW FOR SUMMER 2019
Applications for the Summer 2019 DC Fellows program are now being accepted. All interested Bruins are encouraged to apply before the January 30 priority admission deadline at: https://sa.ucla.edu/forms/p/8eNPq. The DC Fellows application is non-competitive and simply serves as a starting point for researching and pursuing relevant summer internships with Career Center support. Early applications are encouraged! Note: candidates will be prompted to enter a UCLA Logon ID to access the DC Fellows application.
KEY PROGRAM FACTS AND BENEFITS
- Airfare Scholarship: All eligible UCLA undergraduates who accept a Washington, DC internship offer for summer 2019 will receive a DC Fellows program scholarship to support a portion of their airfare expense. Scholarships are awarded through BruinBill shortly after interns arrive in Washington, DC. As with most summer scholarships, seniors must declare an official UCLA graduation date of summer 2019 or later to qualify for potential funding.
- Summer Coursework Options: Interns may enroll in a summer session 195 class to earn units for their internship experience. Classes may be completed at UCDC or remotely through a 195 course offered by UCLA departments. Summer coursework is not required to participate in the DC Fellows program.
- Summer Financial Aid Options: Bruins who take summer session courses while in DC may be eligible to augment their current financial aid package to cover some internship expenses. Summer financial aid applications are typically accepted by the UCLA Financial Aid and Scholarships office starting in early spring quarter. For updates, visit the summer financial aid info page at: https://www.financialaid.ucla.edu/Undergraduate/Summer-Information
- UCDC Resident Interns (Option 1): Candidates who apply to DC Fellows by the January 30 priority admission deadline are eligible to apply for limited summer housing at the UC Washington Center (UCDC).
- Independent DC Fellows (Option2): Bruins who apply to DC Fellows after January 30, as well as those who prefer to arrange their own housing, are welcome to join the DC Fellows Independent Intern cohort. Independent interns are also eligible for the DC Fellows airfare scholarship.
- Application Support: All DC Fellows applicants enjoy Career Center advice and support as they prepare internship applications. Our Team will host regular afternoon advising hours starting January 8, 2019 (see schedule below).
WHERE CAN BRUINS LEARN ABOUT DC EMPLOYERS WHO ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW?
- The UCLA Handshake System currently features over 250 live internship listings posted by Washington, DC employers. Each of these employers has made the choice to target UCLA candidates. Registered students can log in to their Handshake account at https://ucla.joinhandshake.com to search and apply. Note that many employers who promote internships on Handshake will redirect candidates to an external application site. DC employers list new internships on Handshake every day.
- The Brad Traverse Group is a UCLA Career Center paid subscription service which currently features over 750 live DC internship listings. Most DC Fellows find their summer internships through this helpful resource. Personal UCLA login information will be provided instantly to each Bruin after she or he completes the DC Fellows application.
- The outstanding UCLA CAPPP Quarter in Washington Program Database includes over 900 employers who may be recruiting interns now or who have recruited interns in previous years. Many listings feature helpful employer contact info. Learn more at: http://cappp.ucla.edu/quarter-in-washington/internships/
CAPITOL HILL: HOUSE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT AND PLACEMENT SERVICE (HVACPS) – DC FELLOWS PRIORITY
All Bruins who apply to the DC Fellows program are strongly encouraged to post their resume in early January on this official resume bank service for the U.S. House of Representatives. A parallel internship resume bank for Representatives who were newly elected in November 2018 can also be found at this same link: https://www.house.gov/employment/positions-with-members-and-committees. This step allows resumes to be reviewed and considered by all House member offices and House Committees. Hiring managers can then contact candidates directly for an interview. Note that House Committees typically hire interns for both the majority and minority party staff, so there are plenty of opportunities for Bruins who may have a party preference. Students with wish to intern with a specific Congresswoman or Congressman may also all each Representative’s office directly to get the most current application instructions. Find contact info for all Reps at: https://www.house.gov/representatives
CAPITOL HILL: U.S. SENATE EMPLOYMENT BULLETIN – DC FELLOWS PRIORITY
The United States Senate Employment Bulletin lists many (but not all) internships and full-time jobs with Senators and Senate Committees at https://www.senate.gov/employment/po/positions.htm. Note that all Senators typically provide more internship information and deadlines on their individual member pages at: https://www.senate.gov/senators/index.htm This same link lists all Senate Committees and Subcommittees. A phone call to the individual Senator’s office or a Senate Committee is often helpful.
TOP DC INTERNSHIPS ON HANDSHAKE – UPCOMING DEADLINES
Handshake currently features over 250 DC internship listings targeting UCLA candidates. And, more employers will continue to list great internships throughout winter quarter. Bruins may log in at https://ucla.joinhandshake.com to research and apply for assignments. Note: any of the following internships may change deadlines or be removed from listing at any time.
- International Relations: Social media and videography internships with Meridian International Center – (Deadline 1/10/19)
- Think Tanks: Paid Communications internship with Third Way – (Deadline 1/10/19)
- Wildlands Conservation: 3 paid internships with The Nature Conservancy – (Deadline 1/10/19)
- Science Policy Intern with the Consortium of Social Science Associations – (Deadline 1/10/19)
- Digital Technology Equity: The Upturn Digital Technology Fellowship offers up to $8,500 in funding (Deadline 1/14/19)
- Public Policy Fellowship with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) – Nine-month paid fellowship for 2019 grads (Deadline 1/14/19)
- Economics Consulting: Summer Analyst Internship with Analysis Group, Inc. – (UCLA On-Campus Interview) – (Deadline 1/19/19)
- Corporate Communications Strategy: Summer Fellowship with Ketchum (Deadline 1/27/19)
- Public Policy, Law Enforcement: White House Office of National Drug Control Policy – (Deadline 1/31/19)
- Government, Non-Profit, Think Tanks: Multiple $5,000 public service scholarships sponsored by the Council of Korean Americans – (Deadline 1/30/19)
- Museum Programming and Digital Marketing: 10+ internships with Smithsonian Associates – (Deadline 1/31/19)
- Public Health and Food Security: Paid internships with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) – (Deadline 1/31/19, Early Apps Prioritized)
- Pre-Med Experience: ARCHES Summer Program with Georgetown University School of Medicine – $4,000 undergraduate stipend – (Deadline 2/3/19)
- Political Studies Fellowship with the Hudson Institute – $3,000 stipend – (Deadline 2/17/19)
FIND MORE DC INTERNSHIPS ON BRADTRAVERSE.COM
All Bruins who complete their application to the DC Fellows program will receive an instant reply with UCLA login info for the Brad Traverse subscription job search site. BradTraverse.com currently lists over 750 DC internships which are accepting applications now. This site is the main place where most Fellows find their future DC employer.
- Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Consulting, Latin America: Paid summer internships with FTI Consulting
- Capitol Hill: As of 1/7/17, there are 140 total internships listed on bradtraverse.com with Senators, Representatives, and House/Senate Committees
- Nonprofit, Government Innovation: Multiple paid internships with the Partnership for Public Service
- Journalism, Broadcast News: Multiple paid internships in 12 program categories with CNN – also open to international students (Deadline is flexible but summer positions will fill very quickly)
- Journalism, Broadcast News: Multiple paid Summer Associate internships with the Fox News Channel (Deadline is 3/29/19, but summer positions will fill more quickly)
- Renewable Energy, Business: Five paid internship job titles with the Solar Energy Industry Association – also open to international students (Deadline is flexible until positions filled)
- Government and External Affairs, Corporate: Paid summer internships with The BMW Group – (Deadline is 1/20/19. A start date of May 20, 2019 is listed, but inquire about flexibility)
- International Relations, Political Science: Paid 6-month internship for 2019 grads with Halifax International Security Forum – (Deadline is 3/4/19, but early apps encouraged)
- Library of Congress: Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program – 30 openings offering a $4,500 stipend – (Deadline is 1/9/19, required start date is 5/28/19).
DC FELLOWS RESEARCH SUGGESTION: HACU NATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (PAID)
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program funds a paid summer internship with many U.S. federal agencies, think tanks, and other top DC employers. HACU staff interviews and selects interns to affiliate with the HACU summer program based on academic qualifications and leadership experience. Intern compensation is provided by HACU at the rate of $580/week for undergraduates. As stated on the organization’s website, “the HACU National Internship Program is open to all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, or veteran status.” The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019. To learn more about program eligibility and benefits, visit: https://www.hacu.net/hacu/Eligibility.asp
SUMMER HOUSING OPTION AT THE UC WASHINGTON CENTER (UCDC)
All Bruins who apply to DC Fellows before the priority admission deadline of January 30, 2019, will also be eligible to apply for a limited number of shared apartments at the UC Washington Center (UCDC). On February 1, DC Fellows candidates who have already secured their summer internship with early-hiring employers such as the Department of State, international embassies, or intelligence agencies will enjoy first priority on UCDC housing. In addition, candidates who are currently serving as interns with a DC-based employer such as the Virtual Student Federal Service or a Congressional field office will also have this housing priority. The UC Washington Center requires all UC programs to submit a list of resident summer interns on February 4, 2019. However, every Bruin who applies to DC Fellows at any time during winter quarter will be welcome to join the UCDC housing interest list (or to consider many independent housing options). For general information regarding the UC Washington Center, please visit: http://www.ucdc.edu/
LEARN MORE AT A DC FELLOWS Q&A SESSION
Prospective DC Fellows should plan to join a program Q&A session during early winter quarter. Starting January 8, 2019, drop-in Q&A sessions will take place during most afternoons in the 2nd Floor Career Lab at UCLA Career Center. For more information, please contact DC Fellows program coordinators at DCinterns@career.ucla.edu.
DC Fellows Drop-In Q&A Sessions
January 8-29, 2019
All sessions are hosted in the 2nd Floor Career Lab at UCLA Career Center. An RSVP is not required, but all questions and updates are welcome at DCinterns@career.ucla.edu. Our Career Center Team looks forward to supporting all interested Bruins as they explore DC summer internship options.
DC FELLOWS SUMMER IN WASHINGTON
Schedule for Drop-In Q&A Sessions
Tuesday, January 8: 3-5PM
Wednesday, January 9: 3-6PM
Thursday, January 10: 4-6PM
Friday, January 11: 2-4PM
Monday, January 14: 3-5PM
Thursday, January 17: 5-7PM
Friday, January 18: 2-4PM
Tuesday, January 22: 3-5PM
Wednesday, January 23: 4:30-6PM
Thursday, January 24: 4:30-6PM
Friday, January 25: 2-4PM
Monday, January 28: 4-6PM
Tuesday, January 29: 3-5PM
Wednesday, January 30, is the DC Fellows Priority Application Deadline