Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an engineering-focused academic internship in Thailand. On this program, you will:
Units: 6 units
Language of Instruction: English
Two Required Courses:
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 Areas Studies 196
Title: Thailand in Historical, Social, and Cultural Perspective
Dates: May 31 – August 6, 2017
Instructor: Wankwan Polachan, Ph.D.
Units: 3 units
This course will give students the opportunity to study Thai society from the aspects of history, culture and knowledge since the period of Siam until the nation state era of Thailand. The focus will be on the making of Thai national identity and the social and cultural development direction in the global context.
The course will cover the formation and social evolution of the kingdom of Thailand from the Tai origin to the Empire of Ayutthaya into Siam Era and the civil society of Bangkok. This will give the basic understanding of Thai civilization, which will enable students to address and examine the national identity, the characteristics and the way Thailand struggles to find its own place in the global stage better. The latter part of the course will cover the concepts and characteristics of Buddhism and materialism, art and literature, standard of values and nation-building which will portray the clear picture of the future direction of Thai society.
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.
AND 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: J oel 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 enroll 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.
Wankan Polachan, Ph.D.
Thailand in Historical, Social, and Cultural Perspective
Dr. Wankwan Polachan is currently a program coordinator of Media and Communication, a full-time lecturer at the Fine and Applied Arts Division, Mahidol University International College, and a freelance actor and acting coach. Prior to this position, she was a Chairperson and a Lecturer at the Department of Performing Arts, Faculty of Communication Arts, Bangkok University, Thailand. She received her BA in Dramatic Arts from Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand; MA in Theatre Practice (Acting) from Goldsmiths College and PhD in Southeast Asian Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies, both from University of London, UK. She is a scholar in Southeast Asian performing arts with specialization in comic performance and the theatrical aesthetics of the region. As an artist Dr. Wankwan has performed in various renowned theatres both internationally such as The Young Vic Theatre, London; The Esplanade, Singapore; and Theatre Na Zabradli, Czech Republic, and nationally at Aksra Theatre and Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok.
Joel Clark, Ph.D.
UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
Dr. Joel Clark is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara where he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science. He 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, Dr. 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 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Clark is currently at the 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 place you in an internship based on your academic background and experience level. Internships will be primarily at PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) at the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Rayong province on the eastern coast of Thailand or at the National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) near the Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) at Thammasat University campus in Rangsit. Internships are limited to the following areas:
Examples of past projects:
Please note that there are a limited number of internships and placement is not guaranteed. The admissions process is competitive. Students will know about their acceptance into the internship program by early April. If you are not selected, you will be given alternative options within Global Internships or Summer Abroad programs, based on availability, or a refund of your $400 deposit.
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 and Transportation||$1,000|
|Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.)||$1,155|
|Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses||$3,419|
|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|
|Interview with Thammasat Mentor for internship||March 2017|
|Applicants notified of selection||April 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|
|Arrive in Thailand||May 31, 2017|
|Online course begins||June 5, 2017|
|Attend onsite orientation activities||First week of program|
|Last day of program||August 6, 2017|
|Online course ends||August 11, 2017|
Students participating in this program will be in two areas of Thailand depending on their internship placement: Rangsit and Rayong. Rangsit is approximately 26 miles north of Bangkok, and is located in the Pathum Thani Province of Thailand. Pathum Thani is a part of the larger Bangkok metropolitan area and is home to the Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) at Thammasat University where students will be learning about Thai history and culture.
Rayong Province is located on the shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It boasts of lush forests, mountains, flat plains and pristine beaches. Because of its proximity to the Gulf, fishing is a huge industry in Rayong, although the auto and chemical industries also have a strong presence there. Students interning at PTTGC will be spending their weekdays here.
Students will be hosted by the Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) at Thammasat University. Founded in 1934, Thammasat University was originally dedicated to the teaching of humanities and social sciences. The University has produced a large number of graduates who have greatly contributed to the development and progress of the country. Realizing the significant impact of science and technology on the country's economic growth, in the 1980's and 1990's Thammasat University initiated degree programs in engineering, technologies, physical sciences, and medical sciences at its Rangsit Campus, Pathum Thani. In 1997, the Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology was inaugurated.
While in class, students will be housed in doubles near the SIIT, Thammasat University campus in Rangsit. Students selected for an internship at MTEC will continue their stay in Rangist for the duration of their internship. Students selected for an internship at PTTGC will be housed in doubles in the Rayong Province during their internship.
|Accommodations are subject to change.|
A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as onsite. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, internship and local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.