What is the CAPPP Quarter in Washington Program?

Spring 15 UCLA CAPPP Students at the White House

“The CAPPP program offered a fantastic opportunity to really immerse oneself in an interesting idea and see it evolve into a meaningful project, all the while meeting friends for life.”

Tobias Thorsted
Program Overview
  • Programs from 10 to 12 weeks each fall, winter and spring quarter
  • Earn up to 16 upper division units
  • Intern three to four days a week (M195DC, 4 P/NP units)
  • Research Seminar Political Science / Sociology / History / Communication Studies M191DC (8 graded upper division units)
  • 20-30 page research paper
  • Eligible to take up to one additional elective course (4 upper division units)

Since fall 1990, the UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) has offered students the only UCLA opportunity to intern in Washington, DC while remaining a full-time UCLA student.

CAPPP sends 30 UCLA undergraduates to study in Washington each fall, winter, and spring quarter. Each quarter offers the same one-on-one faculty interaction and meaningful internship placements.

The program offers a structured and supportive introduction to independent research, intensive attention to students’ intellectual development and writing skills, exciting internships, and the chance to make life-long career connections at the national level.

Eligibility: Who Can Apply?

  • All majors welcome
  • Minimum 3.0 UCLA GPA
  • At least sophomore standing
  • 1 upper division course that provides background for research interest

“My Quarter in Washington was both the most productive and the most social experience I’ve had at UCLA.”

Kendall Starkman