Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  • Summary


    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and work experience through an academic internship in Boston, Massachusetts. On this program you will:

    • Undertake a professional internship in research or entrepreneurship in Boston: a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship!
    • Earn academic credit for your internship via a ten-week online course
    • Take an additional online course through UC Berkeley Summer Sessions and make progress towards your degree!

    Program Location

    Both dynamic and historic, Boston is a world-class hub of intellectual advancement and entrepreneurship. Home to more than 30 colleges and universities, the Boston area is one of the world’s great academic centers. It is also a hive of innovation and business activity in a range of industry sectors, from finance and technology to healthcare and marketing.

    Boston offers a wide variety of cultural activities, from historical sites and museums to theatre, dance, music, and sports. Boston is a beautiful and manageable city, easily explored with its excellent public transportation system – the first in the U.S.!

    With all these advantages, Boston is a hub of opportunity – and an ideal venue for a challenging and rewarding internship program.

    Program Details


    • Boston: June 9 – August 3, 2024
    • Online Course: June 3 – August 9, 2024

    Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Two Required Courses:

    • One online course through UC Berkeley Summer Sessions
    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)


    • Students will live in shared apartment-style accommodations in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston.
    • Students will have access to a shared bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals.
    • Students will be housed with other program participants in shared rooms of two students per room. 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
    • Not on academic probation or under censure for student misconduct at any point from application review to the end of your program
    • International students must have completed one year of full-time study at a college in the United States in the year immediately preceding your internship, be authorized for F-1 Curricular Practical Training or J-1 Academic Training under federal visa regulations, and have a valid visa for the extent of the program.


    • Application opens December 1, 2023
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is January 16, 2024
  • 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 W158 + Additional UC Berkeley Summer Sessions Online Course

    Internship Courses

    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158 
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 3 - August 9, 2024
    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.

    Summer Sessions Online Courses

    Please choose one of the courses offered through the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education listed here. It is your responsibility to make sure you meet any course-related prerequisites as these are general UC Berkeley courses. Please note, these courses do fill up, so the earlier you apply, the higher the likelihood of you getting your first choice.


    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.


    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 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 Boston are available in a variety of fields but will focus specifically on research and entrepreneurship. Internship placement is guaranteed.

    Opportunities can vary year-to-year due to such factors as market trends, time of year, and economic trends. Common industry sectors for internships include, but are not limited to:

    Business Services
    Cloud Computing
    Computer Hardware
    Data Science
    Environmental Services
    Financial Services
    Food & Beverage
    Human Resources
    Information Technology
    Medical Devices
    Personal Services
    Professional Services
    Public Administration
    Public Health
    Real Estate
    Social Media
    Sports and Fitness
    Travel & Tourism
    Video Game

    Some challenging internship fields to place in Boston are:

    • Finance – alternate placement in small firms in roles including accounting, auditing, financial research and analysis.
    • Government - alternate placements in nonprofits or NGOs that work with government-related issues.
    • Psychology and Healthcare (patient-facing) - alternate placements in research or health-related nonprofits.
  • 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:

    2024 Fees

    UC Students

    Visiting Students

    Tuition (6 units)$2,514$3,570
    Program Fee*$5,359*$5,359*
    Total Cost$7,873$8,929

    *Program fee includes accommodations. Students have the option to opt out of program housing and find their own accommodations. These students will pay a reduced program fee of $1,905.

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $68.

    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


    International Airfare and Transportation$1,030
    Additional Meals$2,263
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.)$2,800
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses$5,922

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer.

    ​​Financial aid estimates for 2024 Berkeley Global Internships programs are now available in the Summer Financial Aid Estimator in your Cal Central account.

    Please FIRST obtain your estimate in the Summer Aid Estimator, then write to if you have any questions about the estimate you receive. Your estimate will include a Berkeley Study Abroad Scholarship if you qualify for one based on financial need.

    How to locate the Estimator:

    1) Log into Cal Central
    2) Navigate to the My Finances Tab, and find the "Financial Resources" card
    3) Scroll to the bottom of the Financial Resources card and click on Summer Sessions
    4) From the Summer Sessions menu, click on Summer Cost and Aid Estimator

    Make sure to adjust the number of units in the estimator if your program offers a choice of course selection. If your program only offers one combination or one course for 6 total units units, you do not need to update the units in the estimator.​

    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 $595 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing in shared, apartment-style accommodations, if you choose to stay in program housing
    • One-on-one meetings with the internship placement coordinator
    • Resume review
    • Interview preparation
    • Professional development seminars
    • Pre-internship orientation
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which will be charged on February 1, 2024, 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)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your courses
    • COVID-19 testing fees for travel-related purposes
  • Timeline



    Application opensDecember 1, 2023
    Application closesJanuary 16, 2024
    Applicants notified of selectionBy February 15, 2024
    Attend internship pre-placement orientationMarch 2024
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Boston Global Internships teamMarch-April 2024
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $300 depositMarch 15, 2024
    Attend professional development workshopsApril-May 2024
    Receive a provisional internship placementApril-June 2024
    Interview onsite with your direct internship supervisorApril-June 2024
    Internship course beginsJune 3, 2024
    Program beginsJune 9, 2024
    Last day of programAugust 3, 2024
    Internship course endsAugust 9, 2024

    *All dates are subject to change.