With Sacramento, the state capital, right in our backyard, UC Davis undergraduates have easy access to internship and professional programs to prepare for a career in public policy. There are also a number of ways for students to gain experience in government right on campus.
The Associated Students, University of California, Davis (ASUCD) is the main student government at UC Davis.
It is run on a three-branch, federal model with some city council-style modifications. It consists of an executive branch, a legislative branch, and a judicial branch, as well as administrative support units.
The executive office consists of the ASUCD President, Vice President and ASUCD Controller as well as their respective staff. Elections for the offices of ASUCD President and Vice President are held annually during the seventh week of winter quarter. After this election, the new President appoints the ASUCD Controller. The executive office oversees all ASUCD units, but the President often takes a more direct role in Advocacy Units, while the Controller manages Business Units.
The legislative branch consists of twelve ASUCD Senators, seven commissions, an Outreach Assembly, and various permanent and special committees. Elections for ASUCD Senate are held twice a year, with six senators elected during each of the two, yearly elections. The first election occurs during fall quarter and the second election coincides with the executive office elections in winter quarter. On a quarterly basis, the Senate also elects a Senate President Pro Tempore from its membership.
The judicial branch consists of the ASUCD Court. Its membership comprises nine justices appointed to four-year terms. The Judiciary is responsible for interpreting legislation whenever conflict arises.
Other On-campus Student Government Offices
Off-campus Opportunities in Government
Since UC Davis is conveniently located just 20 minutes from the California state capital, another option available to UC Davis students who are interested in getting some political experience is to enroll or get an internship with UC Center Sacramento. Students from all UC campuses, including UC Davis, may enroll. The mission of UC Center Sacramento is to provide an exceptional experiential learning opportunity for UC degree-seeking students. The academic program is offered every quarter, including the summer, and internship placements are tailored to students' background, experience and career goals.
UC Davis students can also apply for internships at the California State Capitol and other government organizations through the Internship and Career Center (ICC). Here is a small sampling of organizations where UC Davis students have previously held internships:
- Office of the Governor
- State Assembly and State Senate Offices
- California State Department of Justice
- California State Attorney General
- Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce
- Environment California
- California Department of Education
- Planned Parenthood
- League of United Latin American Citizens