Applying to UCDC

Calendar and Deadlines


2020-2021 Dates and Deadlines

  Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Application deadline April 30, 2021 September 24, 2021 November 19, 2021 January 24, 2022
Move-in Dates TBA TBA TBA TBA
Program Orientation September 20, 2021 January 3, 2022 March 21, 2022 June 19, 2022
First Day of Internship/Class September 21, 2021 January 3, 2022 March 28, 2022 June 20, 2022
Final Program Date December 3, 2021 March 18, 2022 June 10, 2022 August 19, 2022
Departure Date  TBA TBA TBA TBA

Please note: Each quarter there are two mandatory orientations: one on the second day of move-in and one the following day. You must attend. Please contact us with any questions about when you should arrive at the Center.


We are delighted that you are interested in applying to the UCDC program! Please read through the following application process carefully. Please note, as of February 17, 2015, updates have been made to the application process. Contact us if you have any questions about applying.

Application Process

1. Fill out the INTEREST FORM.

Using your UCSB G-mail address, complete all required fields on the interest form (name, major, perm number, etc.) You should hear from us via email with application reminders soon after.

2. Submit your RESUME via email.

Submit a one page resume to as a PDF, listing relevant educational and work experience, any special skills, honors or awards, and any other relevant experience such as internships or volunteer positions. Include your GPA (if 3.0 or higher), major, any minors or emphases, and expected date of graduation. Do not include any activities or work experience from high school. An objective is purely optional. Click for resume tips from Career Services and to download a sample resume.

3. Submit your PERSONAL STATEMENT via email.

Your personal statement must not exceed two pages, whether single or double-spaced. It will be evaluated on content, style, and general mastery of the English language. Your essay may also be used as a writing sample as you apply to internships in D.C. Therefore, do not write about one particular agency, as you may want to use the essay for several possible internships. Please submit as a PDF. 

Please address the following in your essay:

  • Your personal academic and career goals and how UCDC will fit into those goals
  • How your past experiences, academic or otherwise, have prepared you to take advantage of UCDC
  • The type of internship you will seek


ONE letter of recommendation is required. It should be submitted as a PDF on company or department letterhead. Your letter of recommendation may come from anyone you have worked with in an academic, volunteer, or professional environment, with the exception of teaching assistants (TAs), family members, peers, or high school teachers/administrators.

There are specific request forms depending on the type of letter you are using, one for academic and one for employment. Fill in the personal information and deadline date before giving this form to your letter writer. The form does not need to be included with the letter when it is sent in. It is your responsibility to ensure that your recommendation is submitted by the deadline date. 

5. Submit your EAP Reciprocity or transfer TRANSCRIPTS via email.

The UCDC office will obtain unofficial UCSB transcripts for all applicants. Transfer and EAP Reciprocity students who have attended UCSB for fewer than five quarters are required to submit unofficial transcripts via email from all other colleges and universities attended.

Selection Procedures

Admission to the UCDC Program is competitive. The program has a limited number of openings each quarter, and they will be offered to the most qualified applicants. For more information about the selection criteria and procedures, please refer below for further details.

Selection Criteria

If you apply for the UCDC Program, your written application will be evaluated according to your communication skills, academic accomplishments, work experience, extracurricular activities and, most importantly, evidence of the following:

  • Seriousness of purpose
  • Appropriate academic preparation for the proposed internship and research project
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a highly demanding environment
  • Ability to collaborate with others

After screening all applications, the selection committee will ask to interview the students who were rated most favorably on their written materials.

Notification of Admission

Notice of admission to the UCDC Program will be sent by email approximately 7-10 days after interviews are completed. Under no circumstances will results be given over the telephone. Admitted students will receive an electronic "admissions" packet from the UCDC office. The packet contains important information and instructions for finalizing participation in the program. If you have applied to the program, please check your Umail account regularly so you do not miss any correspondence regarding admissions decisions.

Please contact the UCDC staff at (805) 893-3090, or by email at if you have any questions regarding this process.