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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Boston, Massachusetts – Research and Entrepreneurship - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and work experience through an academic internship in Boston, Massachusetts. On this program you will:

    • Undertake a professional internship in research or entrepreneurship in Boston: a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship!
    • Earn academic credit for your internship via a ten-week online course
    • Take an additional online course through UC Berkeley Summer Sessions and make progress towards your degree!

    Program Location:

    Both dynamic and historic, Boston is a world-class hub of intellectual advancement and entrepreneurship. Home to more than 30 colleges and universities, the Boston area is one of the world’s great academic centers. It is also a hive of innovation and business activity in a range of industry sectors, from finance and technology to healthcare and marketing.

    Boston offers a wide variety of cultural activities, from historical sites and museums to theatre, dance, music, and sports. Boston is a beautiful and manageable city, easily explored with its excellent public transportation system – the first in the U.S.!

    With all these advantages, Boston is a hub of opportunity – and an ideal venue for a challenging and rewarding internship program.


    The Airola-Murveit Mobility Scholarship is giving three awards of $7,500 for eligible AB540 students to participate in Berkeley Global Internships- Boston program!



    Boston: June 14 – August 8, 2020
    Online Course: June 8 – August 14, 2020
    Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • One online course through UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

    And your choice of:

    • UGBA W155: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment (3 units)

    • UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development (3 units)

    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)



    • Students will live in townhouse apartments in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston.
    • Students will have access to a shared bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals.
    • Students will be housed with other program participants in shared rooms of  2 students per room. Please note that there are gender-inclusive rooming options available for this program. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff.


    • Currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last 12 months
    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher
    • At least 18 years old at the time of application
    • International students must have completed one year of full-time study at a college in the United States in the year immediately preceding your internship, be authorized for F-1 Curricular Practical Training or J-1 Academic Training under federal visa regulations, and have a valid visa for the extent of the program.


    • Application opens January 15, 2020
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is February 17, 2020

  • Courses

    In addition to your internship, you will be required to take two online courses for a total of 6 Berkeley units. 

    Possible Course Combinations

    • UGIS 155 + Additional UC Berkeley Summer Sessions Online Course
    • UGIS W157 + Additional UC Berkeley Summer Sessions Online Course
    • UGIS W158 + Additional UC Berkeley Summer Sessions Online Course

    Internship Courses

    Option 1:

    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W157
    Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
    Dates: June 8 - August 14, 2020
    Instructor: Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    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 examples for examining management and organizational theory and practice.

    Option 2:

    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158 
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 8 - August 14, 2020
    InstructorJeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    Option 3:
    Course: Undergraduate Business Administration W155 
    Title: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment 
    Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020 
    Instructor: TBD 
    Units: 3 units 
    Prerequisites: None

    In this course, students will explore the concept of leadership, how it differs from authority, and how it feels when an authority figure fails to lead as expected. People are tremendously dependent on authority; expectations and assumptions about authority can impact how an authority figure has to lead. The purpose of this course is for the students to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of leadership in various organizational settings. It is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop leadership skills through experiential exercises, behavioral and self-assessments, case studies, class discussions, and lectures.

    Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements these courses may fulfill.

    Summer Sessions Online Courses

    Please choose one of the courses offered through the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education listed here. It is your responsibility to make sure you meet any course-related prerequisites as these are general UC Berkeley courses. Please note, these courses do fill up, so the earlier you apply, the higher the likelihood of you getting your first choice.

    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.


    Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development

    Dr. Joel Clark is a graduate of the University of California 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 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 an Associate Professor in the Department of German at the University of California 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

  • Internship

    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 Boston are available in a variety of fields but will focus specifically on research and entrepreneurship. Internship placement is guaranteed.

    Opportunities can vary year-to-year due to such factors as market trends, time of year, and economic trends. Common industry sectors for internships include, but are not limited to:

    Health Sciences

    • Bioengineering
    • Chemical Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Cognitive Science
    • Integrative Biology

    Technology & Innovation (Engineering)

    • Computer Science
    • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Nuclear Engineering
    • Civil Engineering

    Environmental, Earth, & Atmospheric Sciences

    • Astrophysics
    • Atmospheric Science
    • Chemistry
    • Conservation and Resource Studies
    • Energy Engineering

    Mathematics in Context: Design & Urban Development

    • Applied Mathematics
    • Engineering Mathematics & Statistics
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Statistics

    Additional Placements Available In:

    • Business Services
    • Communications and Marketing

    • Education and nonprofits
    • Tourism and Hospitality

    • Academic research

    Some challenging internship fields to place in Boston are:

    Finance – alternate placement in small firms in roles including accounting, auditing, financial research and analysis.
    Government - alternate placements in nonprofits or NGOs that work with government-related issues.
    Psychology and Healthcare - alternate placements in research or health-related nonprofits.

  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    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:

    2020 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee* $4,289 $4,289
    Total Cost $6,803 $7,589

    *Program fee includes accommodations. Students have the option to opt-out of program housing and find their own accommodations. These students will pay a reduced program fee of $1,595.

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $60.


    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    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.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $540
    Additional Meals $2,226
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $2,017
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $4,993


    Financial Aid

    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.


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost: 

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing, if you choose to stay in program housing
    • One-on-one meetings with the internship placement coordinator
    • Resume review
    • Interview preparation
    • Professional development seminars
    • Pre-internship orientation
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application, is applied to the program fee

    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:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Meals (access to kitchen facilities will be provided)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your courses

  • Timeline
    Application opens January 15, 2020
    Application closes February 17, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection March 20, 2020
    Attend internship pre-placement orientation* March 2020
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Boston Global Internships team* March 2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend professional development workshops* April-May 2020
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-June, 2020
    Interview onsite with your direct internship supervisor April-June, 2020
    Internship course begins June 8, 2020
    Program begins June 14, 2020
    Internship course ends August 14, 2020
    Last day of program August 8, 2020

    * 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.