Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internship: Toronto, Canada - Engineering

  • Summary

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

    Undertake a professional internship in the field of engineering
    Attend special lectures presented by top experts in the field and conduct site visits to local engineering firms
    Earn academic credit for your internship via a ten-week online course
    Learn about Canadian culture and history through an on-site course taught by University of Toronto faculty
    Live with other program participants in student housing at the University of Toronto


    • Toronto: June 11 – August 12, 2017
    • Online Course: June 5 – August 11, 2017
      Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • Required: TBD (3 units)
      And your choice of:
      • UGIS W157: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development (3 units)
      • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)

    Required Activities:

    As part of the program, you will attend special guest lectures and site visits to learn real-world applications and lessons from experts in the field. View speaker schedule.



    • 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 one year of relevant coursework and/or equivalent experience.
    • At least 18 years old at the time of application



    • Application opens February 1, 2017
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is February 26, 2017
  • 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.

    Internship Courses

    On-site Course
    : TBD
    Title: Canada: A Short History of Here
    Dates: June 11-August 12, 2017
    Instructor: TBD
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None
    This introductory survey course makes sense of politics today and develops a deeper understanding of Canadian society and its institutions through the study of the major events and demographic trends that have shaped the development of Canada. Topics will include First Nations/newcomer relations (including treaties and the Truth & Reconciliation report), French/English relations (including Quebec separatism), regionalism, the North, economic history, constitutional developments, and the development of Canadian identity, including common symbols associated with Canada.


    AND your choice of one of these two online courses:


    Option 1
    : Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W157
    Title: Experiential Learning: Organizational Context, Self-Reflection, and Professional Development
    Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017
    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 5 – August 11, 2017
    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.


    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 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

    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 Toronto are available in engineering and related fields, and internship placement is guaranteed.

    Examples of past internships:

    • Develop an Android application for completion of equipment inspections in the field using a hand held device
    • Evaluate the fragmentation of rocks moving through the system and conduct research into drilling and blasting techniques, heavy equipment, geology and help with mine planning activities
    • Make activated biochar for removing target components from gas streams by putting different feed stocks into a tube furnace, and heating the feed stocks to different temperatures under different environmental conditions
    • Work on product development by building models that quantify the value of sustainability and research new features for the model to modify it to be used in Canada as well as the United States
    • Integrate short term planning tool to a new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system by generating the possible combinations of pairs (sending-receiving) using patient transfer historical data

    Opportunities can vary year-to-year by such factors as market trends, time of year, and the economy. Internships are available in the following engineering and related fields:

    Electrical & Electronic
    Environmental Engineering Science
    Math & Statistics
    Mining & Materials

    Computer Science
    App Development
    Gaming Companies
    IT System Design
    Software Programming

  • 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:

    2017 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,460 $3,120
    Program Fee $2,581 $2,581
    Total Cost $5,041 $5,701


    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.



    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 $800
    Additional Meals $945
    Books $312
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $1,817
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $3,874
    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 UC 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 $410 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $520 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.
    • Special engineering guest lectures and site visits from top industry experts
    • 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 February 1, 2017
    Application closes February 26, 2017
    Applicants notified of selection March 11, 2017
    Attend internship pre-placement orientation* March 2017
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Toronto Global Internships team* March 2017
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus deposit April 3,2017
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientation* April-May 2017
    Receive a provisional internship placement April-June, 2017
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Skype/phone or during your first week in Toronto April-June, 2017
    Online course begins June 5, 2017
    Arrive in Toronto June 11, 2017
    Attend on-site orientation activities First week of program
    Attend special guest lectures and site visits June-August 2017
    Online course ends August 11, 2017
    Last day of program August 12, 2017

    * 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.