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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Toronto, Canada - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Toronto, Canada. 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
    • Live with other program participants in student housing at the University of Toronto

    About Toronto:

    Canada’s economic capital, Toronto is a city with an impressive list of credentials - the largest city in Canada, the fastest growing financial center in the G7, and one of the most dynamic, yet livable, cities in North America. The city’s excellent public transportation system makes navigating Toronto easy and convenient.

    While offering robust opportunities for internships in English, Toronto set itself apart from internships in the United States through its distinctively Canadian culture, politics, and charm. Toronto’s wide-ranging industry sectors and multi-cultural setting create an ideal backdrop for a valuable internship program.


    • Toronto: June 14 - August 8, 2020
    • Online Course: June 8 - August 14, 2020

    Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • One online course through UC Berkeley Summer Sessions

    And your choice of one of three online courses:

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

    •  UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)

    • UGBA W155: Leadership (3 units)


    • Students will live in University of Toronto apartment-style accommodations. 
    • Students will have access to a single room with a shared bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals.
    • Students will be 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
    • Note: Non-U.S. citizens (specifically Chinese and Indian passport holders) may require additional processing time for a visa. As such, please plan to submit your program application as early as possible to allow for ample admissions and visa processing time. The inability to obtain the appropriate travel documentation to participate in the program may not be considered as a basis for a refund of program-related fees. If you are a non-U.S. passport holder interested in applying to the Toronto Global Internship program, please check-in with Breanne by emailing


    • 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 be required to take two online courses for a total of 6 Berkeley units.

    Possible Course Combinations:

    UGIS W155 + Additional UC Berkeley Summer Sessions Online Course

    UGIS W157 + Additional UC Berkeley Summer Sessions Online Course

    UGIS W158 + Additional UC Berkeley Summer Sessions Online Course


    Internship Courses

    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. We 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 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. Before his current appointment with UC 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 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.

  • 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 Toronto are available in a wide variety of fields and internship placement is guaranteed.

    Examples of past internships:

    • Assist local Councilor with research, community events, data analysis, and work with local constituents
    • Coordinate community engagement opportunities while supporting multi-stakeholder civic engagement initiatives for Senior Manager of Agency Relations
    • Generate web content and blog posts as Marketing and Communications Intern while also conducting research and community outreach
    • Work on production development, marketing, sales support, and database management for local company
    • Investigate neural mechanisms and cognitive systems that underlie working memory

    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:

    Arts, Culture & History
    Art Galleries
    Auction Houses
    Dance Schools
    Historical Sites

    Business, Finance & Accounting
    Crowd Sourcing
    Real Estate
    Social Innovation
    Supply Chain Management

    Community Services & Education
    Children's Services
    Community Organizations
    Food Justice
    Social Work

    Hospitality & Travel
    Tourist Destinations

    Marketing & Advertisement
    Advertising Agencies
    Corporate Communications
    Graphic Design
    Media Buying
    Public Relations

    Media, Television & Film
    Film & TV Production
    Literary Agencies
    Record Companies

    Politics, Law & NGOs
    Governmental Agencies
    Legal Departments
    Municipal Government
    Public Defenders
    Trade Associations
    Urban Planning

    Research, Technology & Medical
    Environmental Issues
    Public Health
    University Research

    Some challenging internship fields to place in Toronto are:

    Banking & Finance – alternate placement in accounting or general financial services.z

    Clinical placements involving direct patient contact - alternate placements in research.


  • 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 $2,584 $2,584
    Total Cost $5,098 $5,884

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC 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 $1,134
    Additional Meals $672
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,825
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $3,841

    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 room at the University of Toronto's Innis College with a shared kitchen, living room, and bathrooms
    • On-site orientation activities, including an introduction to the city of Toronto, the University of Toronto campus, Canadian 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 Toronto Global Internships team* March  2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2020
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-June, 2020
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Toronto April-June, 2020
    Online course begins June 8, 2020
    Arrive in Toronto June 14, 2020
    Attend onsite orientation activities First week of program
    Online course ends August 14, 2020
    Last day of program† August 8, 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.