How to Apply to the Quarter in Washington Program

“The students I met in the CAPPP program are some of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met at UCLA.”

Angelica Galang

Quarter in Washington Program Application Process

1) Application Documents: An application to the CAPPP program must include six items. Click the plus sign next to each yellow bar heading to expand for detailed instructions for each item. Click here for application deadlines.

Apply online or drop off all application materials to:

UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy
4375 Public Affairs Bldg.
Box 951484
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1484
Campus Mailcode 148402

2) In-Person Interview: If you are chosen for an interview, the email will contain instructions for signing up for an interview in the CAPPPP office with CAPPP Associate Director Professor James Desveaux.

3) Decisions: Acceptance decisions are sent out via email at the end of the interview week. See Important Dates and Deadlines.

4) Orientation: If you are accepted or chosen as an alternate, you must attend a mandatory group orientation session that lasts about an hour. After the orientation, the internship search process begins.

1. Application Form  QIW Application Form
This is a simple, one-page form that summarizes information in the rest of your application. You can fill it out online and upload your application materials,  or download the pdf file, fill it out and bring it to the CAPPP office along with hard copies of your materials.

Online or in person, submit a one-page resumé, listing relevant educational and work experiences, any special skills, honors, or awards, and any other related experiences such as internships or volunteer positions. Include your GPA, major, any minors, and expected date of graduation. Do not include a statement of your career objectives. Do not include any activities or work experience from high school.

Online or in person, submit an up-to-date unofficial UCLA transcript, (NOT a DPR) available as a pdf from your account on Please also include unofficial transcripts from any other colleges you have attended.

Letter(s) of Recommendation
Submit at least one letter of recommendation, preferably from a UCLA professor who is familiar with your academic work. A letter from a professor in your area of interest is best. A letter from a TA is acceptable, though not preferable. You can submit additional letters if you wish.

All letters must be written on letterhead and addressed To Whom It May Concern.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Letters of recommendation can be submitted in one of three ways: 1) uploaded online by the recommender,  2) emailed by the recommender to, or 3) submitted to the CAPPP office, 4375 Public Affairs Bldg., in a sealed envelope signed across the seal by the recommender. We cannot accept letters directly from applicants. Letters must be received by the application deadline.

6. Dean’s Certification
Consideration for admission to the CAPPP Quarter in Washington Program is contingent upon review from the UCLA Office of the Dean of Students. Your signature on our application form authorizes CAPPP to request a  “Dean’s Certification.” No other action on your part is needed. A Dean’s Certification is verification of a student’s disciplinary history at the institution. It is completed in accordance with the guidelines in the UCLA Student Conduct Code. In some cases, students must also complete a second portion that requires certification of their academic history or progress. Please note, the UCLA Office of the Dean of Students will charge a $5.00 fee for the certification. This fee will be charged to your BruinBill account. 

5. One-Page Essay
Online or in person, submit a well-written one page, single-spaced essay on one question or problem you wish to explore in your Washington research.

Your essay might focus on a current domestic policy question, an international issue, an economic or sociological phenomenon, a historical question, or a politically relevant debate in the arts–any area that has national or international policy or political implications, and takes advantage of Washington’s resources.

Discuss what kind of internship environment might be helpful in exploring this subject area. Please do not include specific organizations or agencies unless you are using them as examples of possible internships, because if you are accepted, this essay becomes a writing sample that will be included in your internship applications.

Give the essay a title and include your name.

Need help? Check out our “Guide to Writing a CAPPP Essay”