Washington DC

UCDC Washington Program Provides Hands-On Experience

College of Letters and Science Majors Rule the Political Universe The UC Davis Washington Program (UCDC) offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students with majors of all kinds – from English to animal science – to live, work, and study for an academic quarter in the nation’s capital. No matter their major, students integrate compelling coursework with exceptional work experience from an array of organizations throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Megan Pynes (International Relations and Spanish '18)

Megan Pynes, International Relations and Spanish ’18 Megan Pynes attended the UC Davis Washington Program in Fall 2017.  Intern, The Latin America Working Group

“There was no better place for me than D.C. to put the skills I learned at UC Davis to work.”

With interests in foreign policy and international advocacy, what better place for Megan Pynes to be than “the” major political center: Washington, D.C.?

Michaela Worona (Political Science-Public Service '18)

Michaela Worona, Political Science-Public Service, ’18

Michaela Worona attended the UC Davis Washington Program in Fall 2017. Communication Intern, Governance Studies Department at The Brookings Institution

“Keep an open mind, have lofty goals, and be ready for anything.”

Michaela Worona set high goals before embarking on her journey to Washington, D.C. From making professional connections to gaining political experience, Michaela was ready to personally and professionally grow in an environment different from Sacramento.

Ryan Calbreath (Political Science-Public Service and Economics '18)

Ryan Calbreath, Political Science-Public Service and Economics ’18 Ryan Calbreath attended the UC Davis Washington Program in Fall 2017. Intern, Office of Congressman Raúl Grijalva

Interning at the office of a U.S. congressmember, Ryan Calbreath expected to be nearly invisible among such powerful political figures. What he didn’t expect was the welcoming and supportive environment that embraced him.

Sage Lauwerys (Linguistics '19)

Sage Lauwerys, Linguistics ’19
Sage Lauwerys attended the UC Davis Washington Program in Fall 2017. She shares her experience below. Intern, Office of Senator Kamala D. Harris

Despite living in Northern California her whole life and feeling slightly hesitant about moving across the country, Sage Lauwerys fell in love with all that the East Coast has to offer.

Allyson Nicole Camino (Political Science-Public Service and Chinese ’17)

Allyson Nicole Camino, Political Science-Public Service and Chinese ’17 Allyson Nicole Camino attended the UC Davis Washington Program in Fall 2017. Political Affairs Program Assistant, US-Asia Institute

“As someone who was often soft-spoken and inactive in the political space, this program instilled in me a deeper understanding of public service.