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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Tokyo, Japan

  • Summary

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

    • Undertake a professional internship in business or computer science
    • Earn academic credit via Berkeley coursework
    • Live with other program participants in Tokyo

    Dates:

    • Tokyo: June 17-August 11, 2018
    • Online Course: June 4 – August 10, 2018
    Dates are subject to change

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • TBD

    AND your choice of:

    • UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development (3 units)

    OR

    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)

    Eligibility:

    • 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

    Please note: Internships in an English language work environment are available in addition to those in Japanese. Japanese language skills will offer a larger variety of placement options.

    Application:

    • Application opens February 1, 2018
    • Space is limited and the application process is competitive.
    • Deadline to apply is March 2, 2018

    Applicants must meet with Ken Nourse, AIC Director, before applying to the program. Please contact him at noursek@berkeley.edu to arrange a Skype or in-person pre-application meeting.

  • 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: TBD
    Title: TBD
    Dates: TBD
    Instructor
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    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 4 – August 10, 2018
    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 4 – August 10, 2018
    Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, PhD
    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.

    Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements these courses may fulfill.

    Registration

    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.

    Instructors 

     

    Joel Clark, Ph.D.
    UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
    Email: joelfclark@gmail.com

    Dr. Joel Clark is a graduate of UC 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. Prior to 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
    Email: jdewulf@berkeley.edu
    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.

  • 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 Tokyo are available at multinational and local companies For Summer 2018, Internships will be limited to the following areas:

    • Business
    • Computer Science

    Examples of internships include:

    • Brand Communication Intern
    • Marketing Intern
    • API Development Intern
    • System Development Intern

    Internships in an English language work environment are available in addition to those in Japanese. Japanese language skills will offer a larger variety of placement options.

    Please note: there are a limited number of internships and placement is not guaranteed. The admissions process is competitive. Students will know about their acceptance into the internship program by early April. If you are not selected, you will be given alternative options within Global Internships or Summer Abroad programs, based on availability, or a refund of your $400 deposit.

  • 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:

    2018 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,526 $3,300
    Program Fee $3,384 $3,384
    Total Cost $5,910 $6,684

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $56.

    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 and Transportation $1,983
    Additional Meals $1,279
    Books $222
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,792
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $5,276

    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

    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.

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $421 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit
    The program fee includes the following items:
    • Student accommodations
    • Excursions and program activities
    • 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
    • $400 non-refundable deposit charged at the time you submitted your Global Internships application
    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
    Participate in an individual placement meeting with a
    member of the Tokyo Global Internships staff*
     Prior to applying
    Application opens February 1, 2018
    Application closes March 2, 2018
    Applicants notified of selection March 16, 2018
    Attend internship pre-placement orientation* March 2018
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 6, 2018
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2018
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-June 2018
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Tokyo April-June 2018
    Attend onsite orientation activities First week of program
    Online course begins June 4, 2018
    Arrive in Japan TBD
    Last day of program TBD
    Online course ends August 10, 2018

    * 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.