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Internships are essential to developing real work experiences outside the classroom. Valuable skills such as multi-tasking, prioritizing, effective communication, and problem-solving are essential to student professional development.

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UC Center Sacramento

UC Center Sacramento Internship Program

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)



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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California Assembly's Chief Clerk Internship Program

Each year, the Office of the Assembly Chief Clerk hires five interns from the University of California, Davis (UCD), the California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), and the University of California, Merced (UCM). The program provides students with a unique opportunity to work at the State Capitol and learn the legislative process in a non-partisan office. Interns are placed in the office as full-time staff for a period of four to seven months. Students perform duties as legislative clerks, including amending and proofreading bills; processing legislation, analyses, and paperwork; and, serving as the liaison between the Assembly, Senate, Secretary of State, and Governor's Office. Interns are granted Assembly Floor privileges.

For more information on the program and to find deadlines for upcoming terms, please visit the California Assembly’s Chief Clerk Internship Program. (UC Merced Contact: Lizbeth Lupi and Juan Morales)


Maddy Institute

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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Yosemite Leadership Program

The Yosemite Leadership Program (YLP) offers internships with the National Parks Service for UC Merced students. The YLP fosters synergy among government, business, and academia to develop tomorrow’s thoughtful, ethical, and innovative leaders.

For more information on the program and to find deadlines for upcoming terms, please visit the Yosemite Leadership Program Website



Research is the cornerstone of the University of California. At UC Merced, our innovative faculty and students conduct cross-disciplinary research that will solve complex problems affecting our region, California and beyond!

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Blum Center for Developing Economies

The aim of this multi-campus initiative is to advance research and education to alleviate the burdens of poverty in the short term, and to end world poverty.

For more information, please visit their website.