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San Francisco Bay
Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: San Francisco Bay Area - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and professional work experience through an academic internship in the San Francisco Bay 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 Berkeley Summer Sessions

    "[My supervisor] was an amazing mentor at the… law office in Oakland. She gave me a very hands-on experience and always had me accompany her on-court trips, mediations, and depositions. I feel like I got one of the best legal experiences I could have."

    —San Francisco Participant

    Location Summary:

    The San Francisco Bay Area combines natural beauty, rich history, and innovative commerce. The Bay Area is a dynamic center of business activity of all kinds, including healthcare and human services, technological innovation and research, and culture and communications.

    For those who don’t wish to travel too far from Berkeley, an internship in the Bay Area is a challenging and rewarding option.


    • June 8 - August 14, 2020

    Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 3 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    One Required Course:

    • 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)


    • 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

    If you apply for the San Francisco Bay Area 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 San Francisco Bay Area Application Process for more information.

  • Courses

    In addition to your internship, you will take an online internship course for a total of 3 Berkeley units. You will have the option of choosing between one of the two courses listed below. You may also enroll in additional courses through Berkeley Summer Sessions. **Note: If you choose to enroll in an additional Berkeley Summer Sessions course, please keep in mind that your internship placement will require you to commit to a full-time schedule during the work week. To avoid scheduling conflicts, you will not be permitted to enroll in courses that take place in the middle of the day.

    Your choice of one of these three online 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.

    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.



    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 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 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 UC 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 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 the San Francisco Bay Area are available in a wide variety of fields, and internship placement is guaranteed.

    Examples of past internships:

    • Create logo designs, mock-ups, user interfaces, page layout designs, etc. as the graphic design intern
    • Monitor CNC machining process and update CAD drawings
    • Assist in building financial models with credible data in various areas such as a portfolio of individual life care, long-term care insurance protection, asset accumulation strategies, etc
    • Research market information and the estimated value of properties for clients
    • Assist case manager with client intake and assist in activities with families and children

    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
    Cultural Organizations

    Business, Finance & Economics
    Project Management
    Venture Capital

    Event Management
    Public Relations


    Healthcare & Social Issues
    Community Organizing
    Hospitals (non-clinical)
    Social Services & Relief Organizations

    Digital Design
    Graphic Design
    Journalism (Print, Publishing, Radio)

    Politics, Law & NGOs
    Advocacy Groups
    Electoral Campaigns
    International NGOs
    Legal Departments
    Law Firms (Civil, Corporate, Criminal)
    Municipal Government

    Technology & Research
    Electronic Games
    IT (Software Development)
    IT (Systems Administration, Desktop Services)
    Solar/Alternative Energy
    Science (Laboratory)
    Website Design

    Some challenging internship fields to place in the San Francisco Bay Area are:

    Aeronautical or Nuclear Engineering – alternative placements in mechanical or industrial engineering
    Architecture – Most firms require in-depth subject matter knowledge and a portfolio for review; consider other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field.
    Biotech – Extremely competitive field that requires significant experience to gain access to internship opportunities, many limited to graduate students; consider other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field.
    Business – Alternatives in smaller startups.
    Clinical Medicine/Clinical Psychology – alternate placement in organizations that serve patient populations in roles that do not involve direct interaction with patients; social work
    Energy (Oil/Gas) – Although oil and gas companies are located in the area; competition is high for the few opportunities available, consider opportunities in renewables.
    Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Chemical) – Internships in technical fields are competitive and require in-depth subject-matter knowledge, often involve long recruiting cycles focused on attracting potential long-term hires, sometimes of graduate students only; consider other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field.
    Finance, Investment Banking, Banking, Asset Management – Most medium/large finance-related companies have highly competitive formal internship programs with year-long recruiting cycles; consider opportunities in company in-house finance departments, business analyst positions that hone quantitative analysis skills, and at smaller finance-related firms.
    Film/TV/Broadcasting – alternate placement in behind-the-scenes support roles such as research, logistics, and post-production work
    International Relations (Political Organizations) – alternate placement in international NGOs, multinational corporations
    IT (Hardware) – Fewer companies focus on hardware development, which takes longer than software, demonstrated experience in the field often required; consider other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field.
    Classroom Education – Alternative placements in educational non-profits.
    Political Think Tanks – Alternative placements in non-profits.
    Social Services (Healthcare) - Clinical positions require significant substantive knowledge and professional licensure, graduate students often preferred; consider support roles and other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field
    Social Services – Special Ed/School – Working with children often requires lengthy background checks and clearing other related hurdles; consider nonprofits focusing on program and curriculum development in areas of interest to gain exposure to the field
    Science (Biotech) – Alternatives in marketing or operations in biotech firms.

  • 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 (3 units) $1,257 $1,650
    Program Fee $1,595 $1,595
    Campus Fee $337 N/A
    Visitor Registration Fee N/A $4385
    Total Cost $3,195 $3,630

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC 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 costs 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 $136
    Additional Meals $2,703
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e., phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,362
    Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses $4,411

    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: 

    • 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:

    • Housing
    • 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 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/online course begins June 8, 2020
    Last day of program/online course ends 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.