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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: London, UK

  • Summary

    Summary

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

    • Undertake a professional internship in your field of interest
    • Earn academic credit for the internship via a ten-week online course
    • Learn about British culture and history through an on-site course
    • Live with other program participants in central London

    About London

    The birthplace of Shakespeare and the Beatles, England boasts a rich history and heritage. London is the center of British politics and business and is a world power in media and advertising. London is also deeply multicultural, with one in three Londoners born in another country. Outside of your internship, share a traditional English breakfast with mates, ride to new heights on the London Eye, or whisk around the city on the underground.

     

    Program Details

    Dates:

    • London: June 8 – 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:

    • HISTORY N100G: British Life and Culture (3 units)
    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)

    Housing

    • Students will live in fully-furnished apartment-style accommodations in central London.
    • Students will have access to a shared bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals.
    • Students will be randomly assigned to shared rooms. Gender-inclusive housing options are available on this program. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff.

    Eligibility

    • 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

    Application

    • 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

    Courses

    In addition to your internship, you will take an on-site local history course and an online internship course for a total of 6 Berkeley units.

    On-site Course

    Course: History N100G
    Title: British Life and Culture
    Dates: June 8 – August 3, 2024
    Instructor: Dr. Dominic Janes
    Units: 3 units
    Prerequisites: None

    This course compares several important aspects of British life and culture. It explores the complexities and ambiguities hidden in the idea of culture and considers the historical roots of contemporary British attitudes, institutions, and practices. Key topics this term include political and social institutions—an introduction to British governmental, educational, medical, religious, communications and other structures and institutions, looking backward—how the British understand and respond to their history and cope with historical change, London the incomparable—an exploration of London's dominance in British cultural life, and impure culture—the impact of foreign ideas, words, commodities and people on British life and culture.

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Online Course

    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.

    Registration

    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.

    Instructors

    Dominic Janes, Ph.D.

    HISTORY N100G: British Life and Culture

    Dominic Janes has MAs from Oxford University in History and from Birkbeck in Education and a PhD from Cambridge. In addition to a spell as a lecturer at Lancaster University, he has been a research fellow at London and Cambridge universities. He then worked as a director of studies for international students before moving to Birkbeck, University of London and then to Keele University where he is a professor in the Modern History department. He has lived in several countries including Malawi, Iraq, Indonesia and the United States.

    Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.

    UGIS W158: Global Citizenship
    Email: jdewulf@berkeley.edu

    Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is 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

    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 London are available in a wide variety of fields and internship placement is guaranteed. Internships will be three days a week, with the other two days of the week consisting of program-related coursework and activities.

    Examples of past internships:

    • Marketing: A fashion marketing internship at a local London fashion boutique. Previous interns have been involved with creating visual content, updating website and social media pages, as well as assisting on communications via a monthly newsletter.
    • Finance: A finance based internship within an advisory firm. Previous interns have been involved with corporate finance, equity research and data mining, as well as presenting pitches.
    • Economics: An internship within an economic forecasting firm. Previous interns have got involved with report writing, research and programming, as well as attending events within the industry i.e., at the Bank of England.
    • Business and data science: An internship within a finance firm focusing on predicted data outcome. Students have previously been involved with machine learning and using this to power a predictive algorithm. This internship involves data in a lot of different forms i.e., research, cleaning, modelling, and analysis.
    • Historical and archival research: A history internship within an anthropology department or archives establishment. Previous interns have been involved with filing, updating the archive catalogue and assisting with film negatives. 
    • Theatre: A theatre internship within a central London theatre. Previous interns have been involved with stage management, casting, administration, and ticketing. This usually requires evening/weekend work. 
    • Journalism: A journalism internship within a media organization. Previous interns have assisted with website articles and blog posts, as well as keeping up to date with relevant news and participating in team meetings.
    • Social sciences: A psychology based internship within a private mental health clinic. Previous interns have assisted with therapy sessions, workshops, and additional HR tasks, as well as seeking policy applications.
    • Computer science and fin tech: A fintech internship within a startup. Previous interns have got involved with developing technology platforms, data analytics and financial statistics, as well as general development of the company.
    • NGO and charity: An internship within a British charity focusing on mental health. Previous interns have been involved with general social work duties, administrative tasks, researching fundraising opportunities and assisting with event planning.

    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:

    Architecture/Interior design

    Artificial Intelligence

    Art Galleries/Museums

    Business & Economics

    Charities/NGOs

    Communications

    Conservation

    Construction Science

    Event Planning

    Education & Schools

    Environment

    Fashion

    Film and Theatre

    Finance/Accountancy

    Graphic/Web Design

    Health Sciences

    Human Resources

    IT & Computing

    Journalism

    Law

    Media/Social Media

    Music Industry

    Publishing

    PR/Marketing/Advertising

    Politics/Government

    Research

    Psychology

    Social Work

    Theatre/Arts Management

    Travel, Tourism & Hospitality

    Urban Planning

    Web Development/Programming

  • Costs

    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$4,561$4,561
    Total Cost$7,075$8,131

    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

    Amount

    International Airfare and Transportation$2,046
    Additional Meals$4,514
    Books$318
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.)$3,600
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses$10,478

    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.

    ​​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 travelaid@berkeley.edu 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 co-ed apartments with rooms with double or triple occupancy (rooms will be single-sex)
    • On-site orientation activities and excursions
    • 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 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)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your courses
    • COVID-19 testing fees for travel-related purposes
  • Timeline

    Timeline

     

    Application opensDecember 1, 2023
    Application closesJanuary 16, 2024
    Applicants notified of selectionBy February 15, 2024
    Attend internship placement orientationFebruary 12, 2024
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the London Global Internships teamFebruary 13-16, 2024
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $300 depositMarch 15, 2024
    Attend professional development workshops and pre-departure orientationApril-May 2024
    Receive a provisional internship placementApril-June 2024
    Interview with your direct internship supervisor via Zoom/phone or during your first week in LondonApril-June, 2024
    Online course beginsJune 3, 2024
    Arrive in LondonJune 8, 2024
    Attend onsite orientation activitiesFirst week of program
    Last day of programAugust 3, 2024
    Online course endsAugust 9, 2024

    *All dates are subject to change.