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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Singapore

  • Summary

    **Due to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, Singapore is not issuing entry or transit visas to Chinese passport holders and those who have recently traveled to China: Please discuss alternative locations with a study abroad adviser.**

    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

    Learn more about the Global Internships-Singapore experience from UC Berkeley student Carissa T., who participated in this program in the summer of 2019.

    "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 participant

    About Singapore:

    A crossroads of international trade for centuries, Singapore is the dynamic gateway to Asia and one of the world’s most globalized cities. This island city-state hosts the Asian headquarters of many multinational corporations across a range of industry sectors, making it an exceptionally diverse business economy embraces everything from finance and pharmaceuticals to technology and tourism.

    Singapore combines an ultramodern skyline with the rich cultures of its past. The city’s excellent public transportation system makes it easy to explore Singapore’s exciting blend of cultures and cuisines.

    With all that it has to offer, Singapore is an ideal venue for a challenging and rewarding internship program.


    • Singapore: May 31 - 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:A History of Singapore in Ten Objects(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 National University of Singapore campus.
    • Students will have access to a shared bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals.
    • Students will be housed with other program participants in single rooms. 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
    • 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 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: A History of Singapore in Ten Objects
    Dates: May 31 - July 25, 2020
    Instructor: Dr. Kevin Lawrence
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    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, backroom 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

    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 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. It is our 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 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.


    Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development

    Joel Clark is a graduate of the University of California, 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 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 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 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
    Business Development
    Interior Design

    Graphic Design
    Public Relations

    Financial Services

    Politics & Law
    Legal Departments
    Law Firms
    Trade Associations
    Think Tanks

    Biological / Chemical Research
    Biomedical Research
    Computer Programming
    Embedded Design

    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)

  • 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 $2,480 $2,480
    Total Cost $4,994 $5,780

    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 $1,268
    Additional Meals $770
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e., phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,758
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $4,006

    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 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 single and air-conditioned room at the National University of Singapore with a shared kitchen, living area, bathroom, and access to laundry facilities, or alternatively, a double air-conditioned room, in a 3 bedroom house in Holland Village with a shared kitchen, living area, bathroom, laundry facilities and backyard.
    • 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

  • Timeline
    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
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Singapore 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-May 2020
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Singapore April-May 2020
    Arrive in Singapore May 31, 2020
    Attend onsite orientation activities First week of program
    Online course begins June 8, 2020
    Last day of program July 25, 2020
    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.