Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Singapore. On this program, you will:
"I liked that I was able to explore my field of interest with people from different backgrounds in a new country. It was definitely an eye-opening experience."
Units: 6 units
Language of Instruction: English
Two Required Courses:
The Singaporean government requires participants on this program to hold a Work Holiday Pass. To apply for the pass, you must:
Additional requirements apply. Visit the Work Holiday Pass website for full eligibility requirements.
In addition to your internship, you will take an on-site local culture course and an online internship course for a total of 6 UC Berkeley units. The on-site local culture course will be set, but you will have the option of choosing one of two online courses.
Course: International and Area Studies 196
Title: Singapore: The Social Experiment
Dates: June 4 – July 29, 2017
Instructor: Paulin Straughan, Ph.D.
Units: 3 units
This course serves as an introduction to Singapore society, covering its recent history and current issues. Students will get a good sense of what went into the construction of modern Singapore as a nation, a home, and a place to make a living and raise a family, as well as various policies and processes dealing with "deficits", such as low fertility rates, afflicting Singapore. Where possible, students will have the opportunity to go on field-trips where history "comes alive," or to meet the people—front-line, back room or boardroom—who have a hand in keeping Singapore going.
|This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.|
Your Choice of One of These Two Online Courses
Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W157
Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017
Instructor: Joel Clark, Ph.D.
Units: 3 units
This is an online course that facilitates students' learning and self-reflection about various types of organizational contexts, structures, and cultures as well as the development of practical strategies to promote successful internship experiences. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will guide students through all stages of their internship experience. The course will also present a range of theories, methods, and real-world example for examining management and organizational theory and practice.
Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
Title: Global Citizenship
Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017
Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
Units: 3 units
With this course, you will be able to add a new dimension to your internship experience: a reflection on global citizenship. You will be challenged to use your internship experience as an opportunity to critically explore cultural differences, modes of conduct and values. A series of audio-visual lectures, practical exercises, writing assignments, projects, and online group discussions will stimulate you to leave the comfort zone of what you are familiar with and to explore alternative views on right and wrong, good and bad and the beautiful and the ugly. The course will also encourage you to interact with locals and to engage with the city/region/country where you live during your internship. It is our hope that this course will help to increase your consciousness about the challenges of being a global citizen.
Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements these courses may fulfill.
Global Internships staff will register you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.
Paulin Tay Straughan, Ph.D.
IAS 196: Singapore: The Social Experiment.
Paulin Tay Straughan is a sociologist from Singapore who served as a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) from 2009 to 2011. She is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where she is also the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She was educated at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus and Catholic Junior College, before going on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and statistics at the National University of Singapore. She then went on to the University of Virginia in the United States, where she earned a Master of Arts and a PhD in sociology. She has been teaching at NUS since 1991.
Joel Clark, Ph.D.
UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
Joel Clark is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara where he earned his Ph.D. in political science. Clark has authored two books involving careers and professional development: Intern to Success (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and Careers in Political Science (Longman 2003). His grant work includes the development of web-based learning resources for Arlington (VA) County Schools, and the production of a 12-part video series, Democracy in America. Prior to his current appointment with UC Berkeley, Clark helped create and direct the University of North Carolina in Washington Program from 2004-2008. Before that, he directed the Michigan State University Washington Program from 2001 to 2004. He has taught at American University and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Clark is currently at University of Wisconsin, Madison as a Career/Internship Instructor for the Social Sciences.
Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
UGIS W158: Global Citizenship
Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is Associate Professor in the Department of German at UC Berkeley where he teaches courses in German Studies and Dutch Studies. He is also Queen Beatrix chair as well as Director of Institute of European Studies and Director of Dutch Studies.
Born in Ostend, Belgium, Dr. Dewulf graduated in Dutch and German Philology at the University of Ghent. He holds a Master's degree from the University of Porto and a Ph.D. from the University of Bern. His areas of specialization are European Studies, particularly related to (multi)cultural identity in Belgium and the Netherlands, and Post-Colonial Studies, in particular Dutch colonial history and literature.
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 Singapore are available in a wide variety of fields and internship placement is guaranteed.
Examples of past internships:
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:
Business & Industry
Politics & Law
Some challenging internship fields to place in Singapore are:
The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:
|2017 Fees||UC Students||Visiting Students|
|Tuition (6 units)||$2,460||$3,120|
Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.
In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated amounts for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.
|International Airfare & Transportation||$1,200|
|Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.)||$1,738|
|Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses||$4,276|
|It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary travel documentation for your program destination (i.e. passport, visa, etc). This may require you to pay fees of up to a few hundred dollars depending on the type of paperwork required.|
Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.
Tuition is based on a per unit cost:
The program fee includes the following items:
|Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.|
The following items are excluded from the program fee:
|Application opens||February 1, 2017|
|Application closes||February 26, 2017|
|Applicants notified of selection||March 10, 2017|
|Attend internship pre-placement orientation*||March 2017|
|Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Singapore Global Internships team*||March 2017|
|Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit||April 3, 2017|
|Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation*||April-May 2017|
|Receive a provisional internship placement||April-May 2017|
|Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Singapore||April-May 2017|
|Arrive in Singapore||June 4, 2017|
|Attend onsite orientation activities||First week of program|
|Online course begins||June 5, 2017|
|Last day of program||July 29, 2017|
|Online course ends||August 11, 2017|
* These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.
All dates are subject to change.
The Republic of Singapore is an urban Southeast Asian island country and city-state, located on a series of islands at the end of the Malay Peninsula. It is considered one of the Four Asian Tigers, and has been a center for international trade and a gateway to Asia for centuries. Today, Singapore hosts the headquarters of many multinational corporations, making it an exceptionally diverse business community which embraces a wide variety of industries, including trade, tourism, finance, oil refining, foreign exchange, and investment.
Some 5 million people live in Singapore, most of whom are of Chinese, Malay, or Indian descent. Singapore combines an ultra-modern skyline with the rich cultures of its past. The city's excellent public transportation system makes it easy to explore Singapore's exciting blend of cultures and cuisines.
The host institution for this program is the National University of Singapore (NUS). NUS is Singapore's oldest university and is consistently ranked among the world's top universities. You will have access to many campus services and the IAS 196 course will be taught on the campus by NUS faculty.
You will live in student housing at the National University of Singapore’s main Kent Ridge campus. Housing includes a single air-conditioned room with a shared kitchen, living area, bathroom, and access to laundry facilities. Students will not be provided with meals, but will have access to a fully equipped kitchen.
|Please note that accommodations are subject to change.|
A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as on-site. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, internship and local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.