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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Prague, Czech Republic - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Prague, Czech Republic. 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
    Learn about Czech culture and history through an on-site course taught at Charles University, the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic
    Live with other program participants in student housing at Charles University, the first university in Central Europe


    • Prague: June 1 - July 25, 2020

    • Online Course: June 8 - August 14, 2020

    Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • IAS 196: Modern Czech Society and Culture (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 residential college dormitories on the Charles University campus.
    • 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 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 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.

    On-site Course

    Course: International and Area Studies 196
    Title: Modern Czech Society and Culture
    Dates: June 1 - July 25, 2020
    Instructor: Yasar Abu Ghosh, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    The course is conceived as a multidisciplinary overview of Czech society and culture in the context of Central Europe during the 20th century until today. Being the object of repeated buffetings by foreign powers, ideologically driven transformations and internal upheavals, the Czechs often found themselves at the juncture of modernist utopias, social imaginations, and political turns. Drawing on a range of materials from history, sociology, anthropology, film, literature, photography, and architecture to historical narratives and first-hand field insights, we will investigate phenomena such as nationalism, socialism, and dictatorship as well as everyday life and resistance. Lectures and group discussion sessions will be accompanied by field trips and guided tours that will allow a more focused comprehension of architectural landscape, commemoration rituals and other historic controversies inscribed in contemporary Czech society and culture.

    Your choice of one of these two online courses:

    Online Course

    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
    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.

    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 an 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.


    Yasar Abu Ghosh, Ph.D.
    IAS 196: Modern Czech Society and Culture

    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 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 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 Prague are available in a variety of fields, and internship placement is guaranteed.

    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:

    Arts & Culture
    Art galleries
    Music schools
    Recording Studios

    Human resources
    Supply chain

    Public relations
    Social media

    Politics, Law, & NGOs
    Advocacy groups
    Criminal and civil law
    Non-profit organizations
    Public policy

    Computer sciences
    Environmental engineering

    Some challenging internship fields to place in Prague are:

    Architecture and Interior Design – alternate placement in interior design studios, art gallery, modern art museums
    Clinical Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy – alternative placement in community, schools
    Embassy – alternative placement in community, general business, marketing
    Engineering – computer engineering, computer science, general business
    Fashion – alternative placement in retail merchandising, boutique fashion labels, PR
    Film and Music – alternate placement in advertisement agencies, event management, theatre/festivals
    Finance and Accounting – accounting in a business, general business, marketing in a financial institution
    Green Energy, Sustainability – alternative placement in consulting, general business
    International Security/Affairs – general business, community
    Law Enforcement – alternate placement in general business, PR/marketing
    Politics – alternate placement in NGOs or other areas of interest
    Psychology and Health Care – alternate placement in NGOs, preschools
    Radio/TV – alternative placement in production agency, advertisement, PR
    Science – alternative placement in NGOs, university research
    Sports – alternative placement in fitness centers, sports even management, sports marketing

  • 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 $2,307 $2,307
    Total Cost $4,821 $5,607

    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 and Transportation $1,459
    Additional Meals $698
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses $1,992
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $4,359

    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 at Charles University with a shared kitchen, living room, bathroom, and access to laundry facilities
    • Excursions including entry fees to local museums, historic sites, etc.
    • On-site orientation activities including an introduction to the city of Prague, the Charles University campus, Czech 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.)
    • Meals (access to kitchen facilities will be provided)
    • 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
    Participate in placement meeting with a member of the Prague Global Internships team* March  2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 5, 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 Prague April-June, 2020
    Arrive in Prague June 1, 2020
    Attend on-site orientation activities First week of program
    Online course begins June 8, 2020
    Online course ends August 14, 2020
    Last day of program July 25, 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.