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Mumbai, India
Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Mumbai, India - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


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

    Undertake a professional internship in non-profit, education, public health, social welfare, and social services-related sectors
    Earn academic credit for your internship via a ten-week online course that allows you to dig deeper into your experience abroad/that allows you to reflect on your experience abroad
    Learn about Indian culture and history through an on-site course taught by St. Xavier's College faculty
    Live with other program participants in the YWCA International Centre which is located in one of Mumbai’s most vibrant and historical neighborhoods

    "My internship in Mumbai was an absolutely incredible experience, one that consistently challenged, inspired, motivated me to keep striving for long-term sustainable development. Living in the vibrant city of Mumbai only added to the experience, the confidence gained from learning to navigate the exciting and chaotic streets is indescribable. I would absolutely recommend this internship to students looking to get out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves." —Mumbai participant

    Location Summary:

    The fourth and largest city in the world by population and a destination for remarkably heavy urban migration, Mumbai is the commercial capital of one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

    The city formerly known as Bombay houses Asia’s oldest stock exchange, fosters the arts, and hosts India’s Fashion Weeks. Home to Bollywood, the glitz and glamour of Mumbai’s global film industry is reflected in gleaming skyscrapers and revered in teeming slums.

    Throughout their program, interns will have an experience like no other as they encounter the energy, diversity, and disparity of one of the most fascinating cities in the world.


    "Working in India…has enabled me to gain a completely different perspective and learn so much more about a country I had only visited as a tourist previously. The best memories I retain from this trip are undoubtedly from the time spent with locals through my internship."

    —Mumbai participant


    • Mumbai: 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:

    • Required: IAS 196: Economics and Development in Indian Society (3 units)

    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 an air-conditioned guest house located in central Mumbai.
    • Meals are provided at the guest house and included in your program fees.
    • Students will be housed with other program participants in shared rooms of  2 students per room. Single rooms may be available at an extra cost. Please note that at this residence, due to in-country policies, students will be paired with roommates based on the gender listed on their passports. 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


    •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 take an on-site local culture course and an online internship course for a total of 6 Berkeley units. The on-site local culture course will be set, but you will have the option of choosing one of two online courses.


    On-site Course

    Course: International and Area Studies 196
    Title: Economics and Development in Indian Society
    Dates:  June 14 – August 8, 2020
    Instructor: St. Xavier's College Faculty
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This interdisciplinary course will look at contemporary Indian society and cover topics including economics, development, history, and much more. Taught by a group of experts and faculty members from St. Xavier's College, the course is designed to give students an understanding of various aspects of Indian society both past and present.

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement and the Global Poverty & Practice Minor Global & Area Studies elective 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 courses:

    Online Course

    Option 1
    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 example for examining management and organizational theory and practice.

    Option 2:
    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020
    Instructor: Jeroen 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. We hope that this course will help to increase your consciousness about the challenges of being a global citizen.

    This course can count as all three units of Education minor approved fieldwork, given that the internship is in education. See the Education minor advisor for more details. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements these courses may fulfill.

    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.


    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. Before 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 the 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.

  • 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 Mumbai will focus on work with non-profit organizations and NGOs in the areas listed below; however, placement is not limited to these areas. Internship placement is guaranteed.

    Examples of past internships:

    • Develop and conduct training programs to explore the use of dance therapy for victims of domestic violence
    • Survey and analyze the effectiveness of child rights programs, particularly from a legal standpoint
    • Research urban consumption patterns and determine methods for lessening intake and designing urban farming
    • Analyze data from five years of criminal court cases to determine the efficacy of police interventions and outreach programs
    • Develop and test a tool to evaluate the loan affordability of microfinance

    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:

    Digital and Audio Media
    Education and Youth Development
    Human Rights (Children, women, human trafficking)
    Marketing & Advertising
    Media and Journalism
    Poverty Remediation

    Public Health
    Public Relations
    Slum Development
    Social Welfare
    Vocational Training
    Sustainable Design & Architecture
    Women's Rights

    For more information about these industry sectors and possible placements, see the Mumbai Internship Opportunities page.

    Some challenging internship fields to place in Mumbai are:

    Bollywood – alternate placements in areas of independent and social film or media
    Environmental Economics or Policy – alternate placements in environmental research
    Governmental or Foreign Policy – alternate placements in think tanks or social sector organizations
    Psychology/Hospitals/Medical Practice (no clinical or patient-based work) – alternate placements in the social sector (NGO) organizations or social work organizations
    Law and Law Enforcement – alternative placement in Human Rights Law or Policy.
    Wildlife and the Environment – alternate placements in Stray Animals and Environmental Education

  • 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 $3,218 $3,218
    Total Cost $5,732 $6,518

    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.

    2020 Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare & Transportation $1,639
    Additional Meals $714
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,639
    Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses $4,202

    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

    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 including a double room and shared bathroom at the YWCA
    • 2 meals per day
    • Excursions, including entry fees to local museums, historic sites, etc.
    • On-site orientation activities including an introduction to the city of Mumbai, St. Xavier's campus, Indian work culture, etc.
    • Travel Insurance including accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for placement services
    • 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.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your internship

  • 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 Mumbai 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 and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2020
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-June, 2020
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Mumbai April-June, 2020
    Online course begins June 8, 2020
    Arrive in Mumbai June 14, 2020
    Attend onsite orientation activities First week of program
    Online course ends August 14, 2020
    Last day of program August 8, 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.