**We’ve asked our newest staff member, Jacob LaViolet, to briefly introduce himself through a guest post on the blog.**
Hi everyone! I’m Jacob, Undergraduate Programs Assistant in the College of Letters & Science here at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to moving west and starting with UCSB, I spent three years working for the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C., first as the office manager/intern coordinator, and later as the social media coordinator.
While not a UC graduate, I still had the opportunity to intern in D.C. through a similar program at my university, and it allowed me to get hands-on experience at an NGO that was invaluable in helping me secure my first job. So, if you’re considering participating in UCDC but are on the fence, I would highly recommend it! The opportunity to live and work in the nation’s capital is an experience different from any other and will provide you with countless learning opportunities. It can be a great stepping stone from transitioning out of life at the university and into life in the workforce. You will have the chance to network, explore and learn with an incredibly diverse and talented group of people, and the opportunities for advancement in D.C. are endless.
Regardless of which quarter you decide to go to D.C., you will find no shortage of things to do or people to do them with. Whether you’re exploring the Smithsonian museums, the monuments or D.C.’s many delicious food spots, there really is something for everyone in this incredible city.
Please don’t hesitate to drop by the UCDC office in North Hall 2110 to discuss any questions you might have about UCDC, internships or life in the capital – my door is always open!