UC Center Sacramento (UCCS)

Academics, Research and Public Service

UCSC students spend a quarter at UC Center Sacramento (UCCS)--University of California’s premier teaching, research, and public-service site located just one block away from the State Capitol Building. This is an unique experience for Banana Slugs to combine academics, research, and public service.

The UCCS program is available year-round (fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters), and all majors are encouraged! Past students have interned in the Office of the Governor, the State Capitol (with State Assemblymembers and State Senators, Committees, and Offices), various government departments and agencies (such as the Department of Public Health, Department of Housing & Community Development, the Environmental Protection Agency), and organizations (such as LULAC, California Forward, and more). 

This is an incredible opportunity to expand your professional network with your University of California peers as well  as a range of professionals in a variety of careers - the possibilities are invaluable. 

APPLICATIONS ARE EARLY -- see deadlines below!

  • Available to Juniors and Seniors 
  • Each UC campus selects its own Undergraduate Scholar Interns
  • Earn credits 
  • Internships tailored just for you and your interests
  • OPEN to ALL MAJORS-there are many projects and worksites available
  • UC Center Sacramento: uccs.ucdavis.edu
Connect with Lea Taddonio, Undergraduate Internship Coordinator, to learn more about this and other undergraduate experiences. She's available for virtual–and limited in-person–meetings on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Schedule a time to connect on Handshake!

Click here for most up to date program deadlines


Qualifications and application include:

  • Junior or Senior standing must be achieved before entrance into the program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA*
  • Resume: Include jobs, internships, volunteer work, activities and relevant coursework. Make sure your resume is no longer than one page
  • Official OR Unofficial transcripts, you can print from your student portal. Include copies from ALL post-secondary schools attended.  All original or reproduced transcripts must include your name.
  • Personal essay: What experiences, skills, and knowledge do you hope to gain from a quarter/semester/summer spent interning in Sacramento and why? Please be as specific as possible. Provide examples of activities or experiences that show you are prepared for the professional, academic, and personal challenges of the program. (350 word limit)

*College advisors must sign off on 3.0 academic standing, not departments. While major advisors may have information about whether specific courses  count for major requirements prior to departure, students may need to petition upon return. College advisors cannot effectively comment on whether or not the courses taken will transfer for credit for major requirements, but they can support students by indicating that, at minimum, courses will be applicable towards credits for graduation.

Learn more:

Apply online: 

If you have questions contact:

Lauren Orme
Undergraduate Internship Coordinator
UCSC Career Center


"My experience at UC Center Sacramento was nothing short of amazing. During my time at UCCS, I interned with the California Secretary of State's Press & Communications office where I drafted social media posts, worked on voter outreach and even attended press conferences at the Capitol. 

As a literature major, I was afraid that I might not have enough prior knowledge to intern in politics and public policy, but UCCS helped me understand the basics and referred me to an internship that fit my needs and interests. Before my internship, I had never seen myself going into a political field, but I just accepted another internship in New York this summer at a political fundraising firm. Not only did my internship give me the experience of working in politics, but the confidence to reach beyond my comfort zone professionally and personally." - Ayla O'Shea, Winter 2019 Cohort