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Program Information

Program Information 2021-2022

Founded in 1965, CITC is a student-managed internship program housed in the Public Service Center. CITC students intern full-time from early June through mid-August, while exploring their interests, enhancing their professional and leadership skills, learning about national issues and current events, networking with Cal alumni, and exploring the dynamic life of our nation’s capital. During their summer in DC, previous CITC students have drafted legislation, researched national security issues, reported news, assisted in curating museum exhibits, and advocated for innovative public policy. Because of our reputation, many DC employers look to CITC for student interns every summer.

CITC does not place students in internships, but rather supports students in their search for the right internship. CITC utilizes connections and alumni relationships to share great opportunities with students. CITC directors provide students with the appropriate resources based on their interests and career aspirations. Upon acceptance in Fall, students will begin editing their cover letter and resumes. CITC interns are required to take a Spring 2022 DeCal. The course will be taught by CITC student directors where students will be walked through the essentials of internship hunting; and discuss current social issues and the many stakeholders and players in DC. Experts from across campus and the community teach résumé and cover letter writing, share successful interviewing techniques, and facilitate discussions about national policy issues and current events. Students will plan and participate in local service projects during the spring semester.

During the summer, CITC students are required to live at the UC Washington Center, located in the heart of downtown DC at Dupont Circle. Housing costs are approximately $3700 for 10 weeks (final housing fee will be announced in the spring). Students are also responsible for additional living expenses, such as airfare, local transportation, food, and entertainment; thus, the summer can cost $6000. Please review Cost and Scholarship Information as a reference for how previous CITC interns have financially supported themselves in the past. While in DC, CITC students have the option of attending career panels, networking events, conferences, guest lectures, and social events with other interns and local Cal alumni in the DC-Maryland-Virginia region.

PLEASE NOTE: Fees are only applicable if UC Washington Center opens for Summer 2022 and allows students to live in DC for in person experience.

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Students who demonstrate interest in public service and creating change, regardless of their academic concentration or year, are encouraged to apply (includes graduating seniors).
Due to Spring Semester DeCal requirement, students planning to study abroad during Spring 2022 are NOT eligible.


  • Sunday – October 3 at 11:59pm– applications due
  • Wednesday, October 13 – invitation for interview sign-up goes out
  • Friday, October 15 – applicants must accept interview invitations by 11:59pm
  • October 19-22 – interviews
  • October 27 – offer extended (consult with your family regarding cost before accepting offer)
  • Friday, November 5 – deadline to accept or decline offer
  • Tuesday, November 30-Mandatory Welcome Reception