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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Los Angeles

  • Summary

    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and professional work experience through an academic internship in the Los Angeles area. On this program, you will:

    • Undertake a professional internship in the field of your choice
    • Earn academic credit for your internship via a ten-week online course
    • Have the option to take additional courses through UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

    Location Summary:

    Los Angeles boasts the third largest metropolitan economy in the world - and its rise to global prominence is a testament to the spirit of its business and residents, and to a culture of thinking big.

    LA’s economy is extremely diversified, with established industry clusters ranging from entertainment, technology, and fashion to financial services, consumer products, and tourism. The city also invests heavily in public transportation, infrastructure, and cost-effective rideshares.

    As a global city and hub of diversity, LA is home to people from 140 countries speaking over 220 different languages.

    Students interning in the Los Angeles area will be placed with companies ranging from innovative start-ups to global organizations and NGOs in a variety of industry sectors.

    If you apply for the Los Angeles Internship Program, you must meet with a member of the Global Internships team within 5 business days of submitting your application. Your admission to the program will be contingent upon completing this meeting. See Los Angeles Application Process for more information.

     

    Dates:

    • June 16 – August 10, 2019
    Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 3 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • One online course through UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

    And your choice of:

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

    OR

    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)

    Eligibility:

    • Currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last 12 months [Graduate students are eligible to apply]
    • 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:

    • Application opens February 4, 2019
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 1, 2019

  • 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 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 10 – August 16, 2019
    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 example for examining management and organizational theory and practice.

    Option 2:

    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158 
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 10 – August 16, 2019
    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.

    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.

    Registration
    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.

    Instructors

    Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
    Email: joelfclark@gmail.com

    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
    Email: jdewulf@berkeley.edu

    Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is 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 the Los Angeles Area are available in a wide variety of fields, and internship placement is guaranteed.

    Example internship placements:

    • Media production and development in the entertainment industry
    • Management and tech consulting services for a start-up company

    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
    • Entertainment
    • Trade
    • Technology, Engineering & Business
    • Fashion
    • Hospitality & Tourism
    • Financial Services

    Some challenging internship fields to place in the Los Angeles Area are:

    • Biotechnology
    • Healthcare - alternate placements in research

  • 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:

    2019 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (3 units) $1,257 $1,650
    Program Fee $4,486* $4,486*
    Total Cost $5,743 $6,136

     *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 $1,495.

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $58.

     

    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 $340
    Additional Meals $2,703
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,362
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $4,615

     

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6-semester units during the summer. Please note that this program is only 3 units. 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 meetings
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application, is applied to the program fee

     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:

    • Airfare
    • Personal expenses (emergency expenses, medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Meals
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your internship

  • Timeline
    Participate in an individual placement meeting with a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Global Internships staff* Prior to applying
    Application opens February 4, 2019
    Application closes March 1, 2019
    Applicants notified of selection March 15, 2019
    Attend internship pre-placement orientation* March 2019
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 5, 2019
    Attend professional development workshops* April-May 2019
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-June, 2019
    Interview onsite with your direct internship supervisor April-June, 2019
    Program/online course begins June 10, 2019
    Last day of program/online course ends August 16, 2019

    * These events take place on the 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.