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 2020 WINTER 2021 SPRING 2021   Summer 2021
Closed Sept. 3, 2020 Nov. 5, 2020 Dec. 3, 2020


Please see the UCCS website for further details.

Upcoming Informational Sessions:

  • TBA


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.