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/p>
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: June 16-August 10, 2019
• Online Course: June 10 – August 16, 2019
Dates are subject to change
Units: 6 units
Language of Instruction: English
Two Required Courses:
• IAS 196
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
• 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 February 4, 2019
• Space is limited and the application process is competitive.
• Deadline to apply is March 1, 2019
Please note: Applicants must meet with Ken Nourse, AIC Director, before applying to the program. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a Skype or in-person pre-application meeting. 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 March. 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.
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
Dates: June 16 - August 10, 2019
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 10 – August 16, 2019
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 10 – August 16, 2019
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.
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. 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 Associate Professor in the Department of German at 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.
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 2019, 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:
2019 Fees UC Students Visiting Students Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300 Program Fee $3,023 $3,023 Total Cost $5,537 $6,323
Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $58.
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.
2019 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.
Freeman Foundation Award
Students enrolled in this program will be automatically considered for the Freeman Foundation Award. See our Scholarships page (under Country-specific Scholarships) 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 February 4, 2019 Application closes March 1, 2019 Applicants notified of selection March 15, 2019 Attend internship pre-placement orientation* March 2019 Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 5, 2019 Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2019 Receive a provisional internship placement April-May 2019 Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Tokyo April-May 2019 Attend onsite orientation activities First week of program Online course begins June 10, 2019 Arrive in Japan June 16, 2019 Last day of program August 10, 2019 Online course ends August 16, 2019
* 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