The University of California Center in Sacramento (UCCS) provides a unique experiential learning experience for UCSB students. Participating students not only engage in stimulating internships and coursework, but also have the opportunity to observe public policy processes firsthand in our state's capital. Designed for UCSB undergraduates in their sophomore*, junior, and senior years, the program assumes students have completed a significant part of their upper-division major coursework, and that their internships and research projects will serve to enhance their academic study. Students in all fields are welcome and encouraged to apply!
Two programs are offered in Sacramento: the Policy Program, which is offered every quarter, and the summer Journalism Program, where students immerse themselves as reporters in the world of California politics and government. For more information about each program, please expand the links below:
*Sophomores may apply only for winter or spring quarter and must have earned a B or higher in an upper division major course to be eligible.
The UCCS Policy Program aims to train future state leaders, address challenging public-policy issues confronted by the nation and state, and carry out the University of California’s mandate to assist state government. During this quarter-long program, students receive UC academic credit for working in Sacramento-area internships and for completing a seminar course about California state issues. This weekly seminar involves both individual and group projects and affords students the opportunity to hear a variety of speakers who work in state government. For more specific details about the program, please visit the Policy Program link in the dropdown menu above.
Students in the UCCS Journalism Program participate in an intense, two-week reporter’s “boot camp.” Then, for the remainder of the summer, they work as interns/reporters for major news organizations, completing assignments that often lead to bylined stories. For more specific details about the program, please visit the Journalism Program link in the dropdown menu above.
Organizations students have recently interned for include:
To learn about UCCS from students who have participated in the program, visit uccs.ucdavis.edu/app/student-bios.
To learn more about the program, click the image below to view an informational powerpoint.
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