USF in Washington, DC


USF in DC is a semester-long program in Washington, DC that integrates a full-time internship with relevant coursework taught by USF faculty and University of California Washington Program (UCDC) faculty. Participants take 16 credit hours after choosing from a range of elective courses and commit to obtaining internship opportunities that meet their interests and skill sets.

Students spend either the fall or spring semester engaging with peers from across the country in the heart of the capital, where they will live, learn, and explore all that DC has to offer. Participants also have access to a range of programming, activities, and events while building real-world experience at a public service internship. All majors are welcome to apply.


  • Apply to spend either Spring or Fall semester in Washington, D.C.
  • Enroll through USF in 16 units of coursework and fulfill core service-learning requirement.
  • Engage in a full-time internship meant to hone your professional skills, extend your academic knowledge into real-world applications, and immerse you in the unique political and social culture of Washington, DC
  • Take elective courses through the University of California‚Äôs Washington Center (UCDC Consortium) with visiting professors from University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Notre Dame, and various UC campuses. Current elective courses offered cover a range of topics including American National Politics, Political Journalism and Media, Campaign Politics, US Foreign Policy, Middle East Studies, International Law and Policy, Consumers and Public Health, Sustainability & Environment, International Relations, Washington Ethics, and more.
  • Live at the UC Washington Center, along with students from other campuses.
  • Access a range of Washington Center programming activities, excursions, and events.
  • Attend the UCDC Monday night "Forum" lecture series, as an opportunity to meet with politicians, policy makers, journalists, and prominent scholars.
  • The program is accessible and relevant to students across a variety of majors.
  • Pay USF tuition, other applicable student fees, and travel costs (contact McCarthy Center to discuss whether your financial aid package will apply).

Past Internship Sites

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Office
  • Immigration Equality
  • House Judiciary Committee
  • Members of Congress
  • Federal Agencies
  • United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees
  • Common Cause
  • Sierra Club
  • CBS News
  • White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
  • Department of Education
  • Center for American Progress

Contact Info

Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Masonic, Room 106
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5662 (415) 422-5641