UCDC cancels fall in-person program, develops remote option

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Students planning to live in Washington, D.C., in the fall through the UCDC program will no longer be able to do so, as the program suspended its in-person activities Monday due to COVID-19.

The decision was made by UC Provost and Executive Vice President Michael Brown, according to an email sent to participants, in response to uncertainty about the spread of the coronavirus, as well as the program’s capacity to test, isolate and protect participants. The program will still offer a full remote program with classes and internships, however, according to the email.

“We are greatly disappointed and recognize the complications this poses for your academic and professional plans,” the email states. “However, we remain committed to providing you with the opportunity to gain professional experience, participate in small seminars and spend a term quite different than the ones on campus.”

According to the email, the UCDC program is currently working with hundreds of organizations to develop these online internship opportunities, with faculty to adapt classes to be remote as well as with alumni and other professionals to create a program of speakers, mentors and other networking and professional training opportunities.

Check back for updates.

Kate Finman is the executive news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @KateFinman_DC.