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 business, computer science, or nonprofit
• Earn academic credit via UC Berkeley coursework
• Live with other program participants in shared dormitory-style accommodations in Tokyo
With a population of over 13 million people, Tokyo is a world-leading metropolis and the center of Japanese business, government, and finance. The capital of Japan is bustling cosmopolitan city, a major transportation hub, and a world economic and industrial center.
The city boasts a large number of world-class institutions of higher education, the highest concentration of universities in Japan.
An international business center, Tokyo is also home to 76 percent of the foreign-affiliated companies in Japan. The city also ranks top in the world in a number of Fortune Global 500 company headquarters.
With all these advantages, Tokyo is an ideal venue for a challenging and rewarding internship program.
• Tokyo: May 24 - July 18, 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
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 fully-furnished apartment-style accommodations in Tokyo, close to public transportation lines.
• Students will have access to a shared room with a private bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals.
• Students will be randomly assigned to apartments with other program participants. Please note that there are gender-inclusive rooming options available for this program. 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
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 opens January 15, 2020
• Space is limited and the application process is competitive.
• Deadline to apply is February 17, 2020
If you apply for the Tokyo 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 Tokyo Application Process for more information.
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: IAS 196
Title: Historical Origins of Modern Japan
Dates: May 24 - July 18, 2020
Instructor: Dr. Michael Burtscher
Units: 3 units
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 8 - August 14, 2020
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 8 - August 14, 2020
Instructor: Jeroen Dewulf, PhD
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.
Course: Undergraduate Business Administration W155
Title: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment
Dates: June 8 – August 14, 2020
Units: 3 units
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 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. 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
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.
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 2020, internships will be limited to the following areas:
• Computer Science
• Nonprofit and NGO
Examples of internships include:
• Brand Communication Intern
• Marketing Intern
• API Development Intern
• System Development Intern
• Nonprofit Program 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.
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 $2,986 $2,986 Total Cost $5,500 $6,286
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 $1,683 Additional Meals $1,279 Books $210 Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,792 Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $4,964
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.
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 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
Participate in an individual placement meeting with a
member of the Tokyo 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 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 Tokyo April-May 2020 Attend onsite orientation activities First week of program Online course begins June 8, 2020 Arrive in Japan May 24, 2020 Last day of program July 18, 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.
Berkeley Global Internships