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Virtual Global Internships for Summer 2021
Earn academic credit while gaining practical internship experience from anywhere in the world!
Berkeley Global Internships offers project-based virtual academic internships in a variety of industries in both domestic and international locations.
• One-on-one program advising
• Placement in a virtual internship based on your academic background, experience, and interests
• Professional development workshops to prepare you for your virtual internship
View the 2021 Global Internships brochure.
Benefits of a virtual internship
Accessibility. Gaining international work experience is now possible without even leaving your home. This program option is open to all students, regardless of their ability to apply for and obtain a visa or passport.
Flexibility. It is often difficult for students to fit an internship into their busy summer schedules, while also making progress toward their degrees, juggling part-time jobs, or other responsibilities. This program allows students to create their own schedule and enroll in additional courses, if desired.
Gain valuable skills for today’s global workplace. Develop global competencies and skills such as collaboration, communication, and problem-solving that will prepare students to thrive in a diverse and interconnected world.
Expand your network. This program provides students with the opportunity to expand their global professional network.
Applications open February 1, 2021.
Open to Berkeley students and visitors. Space is limited. All applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Join one of our Virtual Global Internships Program Information Sessions.
For advising information, visit the Global Internships Advising page.
Already have an internship but need academic credit? Visit the Independent U.S. Summer Internship Credit Option.
As part of the Virtual Global Internship program, all participants will be required to enroll in UGBA C155: Leadership - Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment, a 3-unit online course through UC Berkeley.
All locations and sectors are subject to change. Please note that we cannot guarantee placement in any one sector, but will work with you to find the best fit with your experience and goals.
Cape Town, South Africa
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Los Angeles, California
New York City, New York
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Francisco, California
1. Complete the online application (Applications open on February 1, 2021)
2. Notification of selection for the Virtual Global Internships program (on a rolling basis beginning mid-March)
3. Attend virtual placement orientation to prepare for your meeting with the Global Internships Team (March)
4. Attend interview preparation workshop online (April)
5. Be matched with an internship based on your background and interests (April-May)
6. Virtual interview with your internship organization or company (April-May)
7. Confirmation of placement (April-May)
8. Virtual Internship begins (June)
Berkeley Global Internships are open to all majors and undergrads who:
• Are 18 years or older at time of application.
• Have successfully completed at least one year of college coursework by the start of the program.
• Are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or have graduated within the last 12 months.
• Have a 2.0 GPA or higher.
• Meet any additional location-specific requirements.
International students applying to domestic locations must:
• Have completed one year of full time study at a college in the United States in the year immediately preceding their internship
• Be authorized for F-1 Curricular Practical Training or J-1 Academic Training under federal visa regulations
Q: Will summer 2022 internships be in-person?
A: Berkeley Study Abroad is cautiously optimistic about a return to select in-person programs in summer 2022. Please check our website in early November for an update on summer 2022 program availability.
Q: Will there be virtual internships available in summer 2022?
A: Yes, virtual internship programs are now available in four regional locations: Europe, Asia, Domestic U.S., and Latin & South Americas.
Q: Is the virtual internship program synchronous or asynchronous?
A: Your internship responsibilities will be project-based and can be completed on your own schedule (asynchronous). However, check-ins with your supervisor or team meetings may be synchronous and will vary based on local time zones.
Q: Will my placement be in English, or do I need to speak the local language?
A: All placements are anticipated to take place in English, however additional language skills may be helpful based on job scope.
Q: Do I have to enroll in courses? Can I participate in the internship only?
A: Yes, internships are completed for academic credit and oftentimes, course enrollment is required for visa purposes. To participate in the Global Internships program, you must also enroll in the required course(s).
Q: How does the placement process work?
A: Each internship is tailored to the student based on their skills, knowledge, industry trends, and availability each year. As a part of the placement process, you will have the opportunity to articulate your preferences to our partners, who will then work with you to find your personalized placement.
Q: How do I prepare for my placement meeting? Is it a formal interview?
A: The placement meeting is an informal conversation with your international advisor to discuss your internship goals. To prepare, we encourage you to consider: a) What do you hope to gain through your internship experience and how does this program fit into your academic plans, future education and/or career goals? b) What type of internship you are looking for (Please do not request a specific employer, but rather indicate the kind of work and the type of skills you would like to gain). The answers to these questions will help our advisers find a placement that most closely matches your needs.
Q: Are the internships paid?
A: No, internships are unpaid and completed for academic credit.
Q: What does a typical work schedule look like?
A: Typically, students spent Monday through Thursday at their internship site, and Fridays were reserved for academics. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, your work schedule could vary, depending on the employer’s needs. Your team may only go into the office on select days, or your hours could be shifted if after work events or opportunities arise. Please expect your days to be flexible - you may work from a local coffee shop for the day or your projects may require you to be on-site.
Q: Does my financial aid apply to the Global Internships program?
A: Yes, your financial aid can be packaged for your participation in the Global Internships program. Please keep in mind that in order to qualify for summer aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 semester units. For more information on financial aid or resources to calculate your estimated aid, please visit: https://studyabroad.berkeley.edu/finances/financial-aid-advising