The Global Internships team works one-on-one with you to find an internship that matches your career goals, interests, and experience level. Internships in the San Francisco Bay Area are available in a wide variety of fields and internship placement is guaranteed.
Examples of past internships:
- Create logo designs, mock-ups, user interfaces, page layout designs, etc. as the graphic design intern
- Monitor CNC machining process and update CAD drawings
- Assist in building financial models with creditable data in various areas such as portfolio of individual life care, long-term care insurance protection, asset accumulation strategies, etc
- Research market information and estimated value of properties for clients
- Assist case manager with client intake and assist in activities with families and children
Opportunities can vary year-to-year by such factors as market trends, time of year, and the economy.Common industry sectors for internships include, but are not limited to:
Arts & Culture
Business, Finance & Economics
Healthcare & Social Issues
Politics, Law & NGOs
Some challenging internship fields to place in the San Francisco Bay Area are:
- Aeronautical or Nuclear Engineering – alternative placements in mechanical or industrial engineering
- Architecture – Most firms require in-depth subject matter knowledge and a portfolio for review; consider other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field.
- Biotech – Extremely competitive field that requires significant experience to gain access to internship opportunities, many limited to graduate students; consider other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field.
- Business – Alternatives in smaller startups.
- Clinical Medicine/Clinical Psychology – alternate placement in organizations that serve patient populations in roles that do not involve direct interaction with patients; social work
- Energy (Oil/Gas) – Although several oil and gas companies are located in the area, competition is high for the few opportunities available, consider opportunities in renewables.
- Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Chemical) – Internships in technical fields are competitive and require in-depth subject-matter knowledge, often involve long recruiting cycles focused on attracting potential long-term hires, sometimes of graduate students only; consider other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field.
- Finance, Investment Banking, Banking, Asset Management – Most medium/large finance-related companies have highly competitive formal internship programs with year-long recruiting cycles; consider opportunities in company in-house finance departments, business analyst positions that hone quantitative analysis skills, and at smaller finance-related firms.
- Film/TV/Broadcasting – alternate placement in behind-the-scenes support roles such as research, logistics, and post-production work
- International Relations (Political Organizations) – alternate placement in international NGOs, multinational corporations
- IT (Hardware) – Fewer companies focus on hardware development, which takes longer than software, demonstrated experience in the field often required; consider other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field.
- Classroom Education – Alternative placements in educational non-profits.
- Political Think Tanks – Alternative placements in non-profits.
- Social Services (Healthcare) - Clinical positions require significant substantive knowledge and professional licensure, graduate students often preferred; consider support roles and other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field
- Social Services – Special Ed/School – Working with children often requires lengthy background checks and clearing other related hurdles; consider nonprofits focusing on program and curriculum development in areas of interest to gain exposure to the field
- Science (Biotech) – Alternatives in marketing or operations in biotech firms.