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
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.
• June 14 – August 8, 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 apartment-style accommodations in the Westside neighborhood of Los Angeles.
• 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 [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 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
In addition to your internship, you will be required to take two online courses for a total of 6 Berkeley units.
Possible Course Combinations
- UGBA W155 + 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
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
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.
Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
Title: Global Citizenship
Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020
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.
Course: Undergraduate Business Administration W155
Title: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment
Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020
Units: 3 units
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 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
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:
• Technology, Engineering & Business
• Hospitality & Tourism
• Financial Services
Some challenging internship fields to place in the Los Angeles Area are:
• Healthcare - alternate placements in research
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 $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 is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6-semester 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 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:
• Personal expenses (emergency expenses, medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
• Course materials (textbooks and readers)
• Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your internship
Participate in an individual placement meeting with a member of the Los Angeles Global Internships staff* Prior to applying Application opens January 15, 2020 Application closes February 17, 2020 Applicants notified of selection By March 20, 2020 Attend internship pre-placement orientation* 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 Program begins June 14, 2020 Program/online course begins June 8, 2020 Last day of program August 8, 2020 Last day of online course August 14, 2020
* 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.
Berkeley Global Internships