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Research and Enrichment Opportunities


Undergraduate Research in the Humanities (UROC-H)

The goal of the UROC-H program is to engage promising undergraduate students each year in faculty-mentored research and prepare them for advanced education in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.



UCDC Internship Program

The University of California Washington, D.C. (UCDC) program is an academic internship program providing UC Merced students with the opportunity to intern for a semester in Washington D.C. while enrolling in UC courses and living in the UC Washington Center.

For more information on the program and to find deadlines for upcoming terms, please visit the UCDC Website. (Contact: Miriam Chavez)


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Maddy Institute Legislative Internship Program

The Maddy Institute selects up to 10 upper-division university students each year as Maddy Scholar-Interns. Interns are placed on assignment in government offices in Sacramento or Fresno. UC Merced students with at least 60 completed units (junior standing) and an overall 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply for the Maddy Institute Legislative Internship Program. Students from all majors interested in providing solutions for public policy issues important to the region, state and nation are highly encouraged to apply. A $1,000 scholarship is offered to those students accepted into the program.

For more information on the program and to find deadlines for upcoming terms, please visit the Maddy Institute Website.


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Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)

The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Being a JET is an opportunity to work and to represent the United States as cultural ambassadors to Japan. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and work in public and private schools throughout Japan; some work as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) as interpreters/translators.


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Peace Corps

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, Volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 225,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide.


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Capital Fellows

The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy felllowships which offer unique experiences in policy-making and development in each branch of government.


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UC Center in Sacramento (UCSAC)

By enrolling in the UC Center Sacramento, you have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of California's public policy challenges and processes. The Policy Program includes coursework (up to 16 quarter units) as well as professional experience while living, interning, and attending classes in Sacramento. In the Journalism Program, which is offered in the summer only, UC Center Sacramento students gain the skills of a seasoned reporter while working 24-40 hours per week as interns for media organizations that report on California government and politics.

For more information on the program and to find deadlines for upcoming terms, please visit the UC Center Sacramento Website. (UC Merced Contact: Miriam Chavez)


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Study Abroad with UC Merced

Study Abroad extends the geographical boundaries of UC Merced through unique educational experiences—within and beyond the traditional classroom—to support students in their academic and career goals.