About UCCS

About the Program

The University of California Center in Sacramento (UCCS) provides a unique experiential learning opportunity 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!

*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.

Office Hours:

Location: Library 1576 (ground floor Oceanside)

  • Mondays - Fridays: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Application Deadlines

FALL 2019 WINTER 2020 SPRING 2020   Summer 2020
Passed Passed October 30, 2019  December 5, 2019


Please see the UCCS website for further details.

Upcoming Informational Sessions:

  • April 2, 2019 --  3-4 pm CITRAL
  • April 5, 2019 -- 10 am Career Services
  • April 10, 2019 -- 10- 11 am CITRAL
  • April 12, 2019 -- 3-4 pm CITRAL
  • April 16, 2019 -- 10- 11 am CITRAL
  • April 22, 2019 -- 3-4 pm CITRAL
  • April 25, 2019 -- 10-11am CITRAL
  • April 30, 2019 -- 3-4 pm CITRAL
  • May 1, 2019 -- 10-11 am CITRAL
  • May 6, 2019 -- 3-4 pm CITRAL
  • May 9, 2019 -- 10-11 am CITRAL

Online Info Session


Policy Program

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 section.

Organizations students have recently interned for include:

  • Planned Parenthood
  • Office of Senator Jim Beall
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Consul General of Mexico
  • Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

Policy Program

Go Beyond the Classroom. Create a better California.

Students from all UC campuses may enroll in the Policy Program. It is offered every quarter and in the summer. Internship placements are tailored to students' background, experience, and career goals.

By enrolling in the UC Center Sacramento, you will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of California's public policy challenges and processes. The program includes coursework (up to 16 quarter units) as well as professional experience while living, interning, and attending classes in Sacramento.

Cost of Attendance

Actual costs will vary upon student need and their available financial aid. The following is an estimated average budget. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

2015-16 Policy Program Expense Budget
Tuition $4,845
Health Insurance* $618
Personal Expenses $1,260
Room & Board $3,251
Books & Supplies $540
Program Fee $167
Transportation $898
Total with Health Insurance $11,579
Total w/o Health Insurance $10,961

*May be waived with proof that a student has other health insurance.

Financial Aid

If you already receive financial aid, your aid package will be adjusted to accommodate the costs of housing in Sacramento and will be available for use during your quarter in Sacramento. However, you will need to apply for financial aid through UC Davis. For assistance in this process, please contact the UCCS Campus Administrator.

Health Justice Scholars Award

UCCS is proud to offer The Health Justice Scholars Award for students who have worked to combat health inequities in the past and/or plan to do so in the future and will use their time at UC Center Sacramento to pursue health justice for California’s residents. The HJSA is made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

The Health Justice Scholars Award is a $1,500 award intended for students for whom attendance at UCCS is expected to impose additional travel and living expenses beyond usual costs at their home campus.

Students can apply for the HJSA by completing the short essay question on the final page of the UCCS application and submitting their responses with their application. HJSA applications received by the regular UCCS deadline will receive priority consideration.

Presidential Public Service Fellowship Program

The Presidential Public Service Fellowship is available to students pursuing public service internships in Sacramento and will provide $2,500 in need-based financial support to Fellows.


The general options are:

(A) Live with other students from the program. Contact Sandra Wilson at svrodriguez@ucdavis.edu to set this up if this is your preferred method.

(B) Self-provided housing.

For detailed housing info, go here.

Internship Placements

Internships placements are tailored to a student’s interests, skills, and background. Previous placements include:

Governor’s Office: Communications, Constituent Affairs, External Affairs, Legislative Affairs, Newsroom, Office of Planning and Research, Office of the First Lady, Press Office, Special Advisor for Jobs and Economic Growth

Senators’ Offices: Alquist, Alarcon, Cedillo, Cox, Dunn, Dutton, Figueroa, Harman, Kuehl, McClintock, Migden,Morrow,Ortiz,,Romero, Runner, Simitian, Steinberg, Torlakson, Vasconcellos

Assembly Members’ Offices: Bermudez, Berryhill, Blakeslee, Carter, Chan, Codgill, Coto, Eng, Fuller, Huffman, Jones, Klehs, Lieber, Liu, Ma, Mendoza, Mullin, Pavley, Ridley-Thomas, Runner, Ruskin, Solorio, Spitzer, Strickland,Umberg, Villines, Wiggins, Wolk

Assembly Committees: Education; Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials; Governmental Organization; Health; Higher Education; Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy; Judiciary; Public Safety

Joint Committees: Legislative Audit; Preparing CA for the 21st Century

Senate Committees & Offices: Business, Professions and Economic Development; Environmental Quality; Health; International Trade; International Relations; Research

State Agencies, Commission, & Departments: Air Resources Board; Attorney General; Business, Transportation and Housing; California Conservation Corps; Energy Commission; California First 5; California Performance Review; Postsecondary Education Commission; California Research Bureau; California Service Corps; California Water Board; Chief Economist’s Office; Commission for Economic Development, Commission on the Status of Women; Community Colleges Chancellor's Office; Conservation; Corrections & Rehabilitation; Education, Finance; Food and Agriculture; Homeland Security; Lieutenant Governor; Mental Health; Parks and Recreation; Public Employment Relations Board, Public Defender; Social Services; State Controller; State Treasurer; UC Office of State Governmental Relations; Veterans Affairs; Water Resources Interagency Ecological Program

Media Outlets: Capital Public Radio/Capitol Weekly; Capitol Morning Report; Contra Costa Times; Eastern Group Publications; Gannett News Services; KCRA TV; LA Opinion; New America Media; Orange County Register; Riverside Press-Enterprise; Sacramento Bee; Sacramento News & Review; State Net Capital Journal; San Francisco Chronicle Ventura County Star

Other Placements: Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce; CA Arts Council; CA Association of Homes and Services for the Aging; CA Business Investment Services; CA Center for Civic Participation; CA Coalition for Food & Farming; CA Democratic Party; CA Medical Association Foundation; Common Cause; Council of State Governments; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); EdVoice; Environmental Defense Fund; Family Services Agency of Sacramento; Friends Committee on Legislation; Girl Scouts of California, Legislative Office; Independent Energy Producers Association; Inter-Tribal Council of California; Latino Coalition for a Healthy California; Legal Services of Northern California; Legislative Women's Caucus; Local Government Commission and City of Sacramento; Morgan Stanley, Global Wealth Management; Northern California World Trade Center; Planned Parenthood; Planning and Conservation League; SAIC Inc. (Science Applications International Corporation); SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District); Special Districts Association

More Information

For more information about the UCCS Policy Program, please contact the UCCS Campus Administrator.


To be considered for admission to the UCCS Program, you must be an upper-division undergraduate (from any major) who meets the following criteria:

  • You must be a junior, a senior, or an advanced sophomore. (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.)
  • You cannot plan to graduate in the quarter prior to your proposed participation.
  • By the time your program begins, you must have completed a portion of your upper-division major coursework.
  • You must be a registered student while in the program.
  • You must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • You must be able to build a persuasive case that participation in the UCCS Program will contribute significantly to your education.

While you do not need to secure an internship before applying to the program, your application should contain a well-formulated idea about the type of internship that you will seek and how it will integrate your academic and career goals. Once admitted to the UCCS Program, you will work with UCCS staff to secure an internship position. Please note that some internships require some proof of U.S. citizenship or resident status.