Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Singapore. 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 Singaporean culture and history through an on-site course taught by National University of Singapore faculty
• Live with other program participants in student housing at the National University of Singapore
"I liked that I was able to explore my field of interest with people from different backgrounds in a new country. It was definitely an eye-opening experience."
- Singapore: June 4 – July 29, 2017
- Online Course: June 5 – August 11, 2017
Dates are subject to change.
Units: 6 units
Language of Instruction: English
Two Required Courses:
- Required: IAS 196: Singapore: The Social Experiment (3 units)
AND your choice of:
- 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
- At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
- 2.0 GPA or higher
- Be eligible for a Singapore Work Holiday Pass
The Singaporean government requires participants on this program to hold a Work Holiday Pass. To apply for the pass, you must:
- Be between the ages of 18 to 25
- Be enrolled at a university that is ranked among the top 200 world universities (includes Berkeley)
- Be a resident and full-time student at your university for at least 3 months prior to submission of the Work Holiday Pass
- Not have held a Work Holiday Pass within 12 months from submission
Additional requirements apply. Visit the Work Holiday Pass website for full eligibility requirements.
- Application opens February 1, 2017
- Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
- Deadline to apply is February 26, 2017
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.
Course: International and Area Studies 196
Title: Singapore: The Social Experiment
Dates: June 4 – July 29, 2017
Instructor: Paulin Straughan, Ph.D.
Units: 3 units
This course serves as an introduction to Singapore society, covering its recent history and current issues. Students will get a good sense of what went into the construction of modern Singapore as a nation, a home, and a place to make a living and raise a family, as well as various policies and processes dealing with "deficits", such as low fertility rates, afflicting Singapore. Where possible, students will have the opportunity to go on field-trips where history "comes alive," or to meet the people—front-line, back room or boardroom—who have a hand in keeping Singapore going.
This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth 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 Online Courses
Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W157
Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017
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 example for examining management and organizational theory and practice.
Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
Title: Global Citizenship
Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017
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.
Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements these courses may fulfill.
Global Internships staff will register 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.
Paulin Tay Straughan, Ph.D.
IAS 196: Singapore: The Social Experiment.
Paulin Tay Straughan is a sociologist from Singapore who served as a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) from 2009 to 2011. She is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where she is also the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. She was educated at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus and Catholic Junior College, before going on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and statistics at the National University of Singapore. She then went on to the University of Virginia in the United States, where she earned a Master of Arts and a PhD in sociology. She has been teaching at NUS since 1991.
Joel Clark, Ph.D.
UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
Joel Clark is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara where he earned his Ph.D. in political science. Clark 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, 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. Clark is currently at 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 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.
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 Singapore are available in a wide variety of fields and internship placement is guaranteed.
Examples of past internships:
- Produce a local musical which requires the management of a group of local children and parents, communication with the show director and choreographer, ticketing requests for the show, marketing, etc.
- Assist in various audit engagements including but not limited to developing strategic plans and carrying out the audit steps which include vouching, tracing, calculating, testing , closing and finalization of audit files
- Research potential projects in various industries, including water, cement, oil and gas, while developing training and marketing videos for organizational partners
- Conduct legal research and draft legal submissions while also attending various sessions at both the State Courts and High Court for criminal, civil and commercial cases
- Support all commercial activities on new business and client services including new client prospecting, marketing, resource planning, event planning, and client engagement coordination
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 & Industry
Politics & Law
Biological / Chemical Research
Some challenging internship fields to place in Singapore are:
- Banking – alternate placement in financial services (such as wealth management, research and analysis, or corporate finance) require students to have superb analytical and modeling skills, demonstration of strong Excel skills, knowledge of Asian financial markets, and sometimes mastery of relevant programming languages. Other alternatives include accounting and audit internships
- Engineering – alternate placement in research at local universities
- Fashion – alternate placement in retail or export/import and event-based costume design or staging
- Government – alternate placement in political parties or NGOs
- Hospitality / Tourism – alternative placement in marketing / public relations in the food and beverage industry
- IT / Computer-related internships - there are many opportunities for those who are strong in programming. Areas like: Database Administration, Computer Networking, Infrastructure and Helpdesk Administration are however not available for internship
- Psychology/Health Care (with direct patient contact) – alternate placement in research positions or back-end roles in related institutions (e.g. HR, business development at a hospital/clinic)
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:
2017 Fees UC Students Visiting Students Tuition (6 units) $2,460 $3,120 Program Fee $1,923 $1,923 Total Cost $4,383 $5,043
Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.
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 & Transportation $1,200 Additional Meals $1,026 Books $312 Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,738 Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $4,276 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 is available for 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 $410 per unit
- The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $520 per unit
The program fee includes the following items:
- Student housing, including a single air-conditioned room at the National University of Singapore with a shared kitchen, living area, 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 Singapore, the National University of Singapore campus, Singaporean 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
Application opens February 1, 2017 Application closes February 26, 2017 Applicants notified of selection March 10, 2017 Attend internship pre-placement orientation* March 2017 Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Singapore Global Internships team* March 2017 Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 3, 2017 Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2017 Receive a provisional internship placement April-May 2017 Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Singapore April-May 2017 Arrive in Singapore June 4, 2017 Attend onsite orientation activities First week of program Online course begins June 5, 2017 Last day of program July 29, 2017 Online course ends August 11, 2017
* 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