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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

  • Summary


    Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and professional work experience through an academic internship in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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
    • Have the option to take additional courses through Berkeley Summer Sessions

    "[My supervisor] was an amazing mentor at the… law office in Oakland. She gave me a very hands-on experience and always had me accompany her on-court trips, mediations, and depositions. I feel like I got one of the best legal experiences I could have."

    —San Francisco Participant

    Location Summary

    The San Francisco Bay Area combines natural beauty, rich history, and innovative commerce. The Bay Area is a dynamic center of business activity of all kinds, including healthcare and human services, technological innovation and research, and culture and communications.

    For those who don’t wish to travel too far from Berkeley, an internship in the Bay Area is a challenging and rewarding option.

    Program Details


    • June 3 - August 9, 2024

    Dates are subject to change.

    Units: 3 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    One Required Course:

    • UGIS W158: Global Citizenship (3 units)


    • Currently enrolled in a degree program or have graduated within the last 12 months [Graduate students are eligible to apply]
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Not on academic probation or under censure for student misconduct at any point from application review to the end of your 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 take an online internship course for a total of 3 Berkeley units. You may also enroll in additional courses through Berkeley Summer Sessions. **Note: If you choose to enroll in an additional Berkeley Summer Sessions course, please keep in mind that your internship placement will require you to commit to a full-time schedule during the work week. To avoid scheduling conflicts, you will not be permitted to enroll in courses that take place in the middle of the day.

    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. We 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.


    Jeroen Dewulf, Ph.D.

    UGIS W158: Global Citizenship

    Dr. Jeroen Dewulf is Associate Professor in the Department of German at UC 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 the San Francisco Bay Area are available in a wide variety of fields, and internship placement is guaranteed.

    Examples of past internships:

    • Create logo designs, mock-ups, user interfaces, page layout designs, etc. as the graphic design intern
    • Monitor CNC machining process and update CAD drawings
    • Assist in building financial models with credible data in various areas such as a portfolio of individual life care, long-term care insurance protection, asset accumulation strategies, etc
    • Research market information and the estimated value of properties for clients
    • Assist case manager with client intake and assist in activities with families and children

    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:

    Artificial Intelligence
    Business Services
    Cloud Computing
    Computer Hardware
    Consumer Goods
    Data Science
    Data Storage & Management
    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 the San Francisco Bay Area are:

    • Aeronautical or Nuclear Engineering – alternative placements in mechanical or industrial engineering
    • Architecture – Most firms require in-depth subject matter knowledge and a portfolio for review; consider other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field.
    • Biotech – Extremely competitive field that requires significant experience to gain access to internship opportunities, many limited to graduate students; consider other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field.
    • Business – Alternatives in smaller startups.
    • Clinical Medicine/Clinical Psychology – alternate placement in organizations that serve patient populations in roles that do not involve direct interaction with patients; social work
    • Energy (Oil/Gas) – Although oil and gas companies are located in the area; competition is high for the few opportunities available, consider opportunities in renewables.
    • Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Chemical) – Internships in technical fields are competitive and require in-depth subject-matter knowledge, often involve long recruiting cycles focused on attracting potential long-term hires, sometimes of graduate students only; consider other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field.
    • Finance, Investment Banking, Banking, Asset Management – Most medium/large finance-related companies have highly competitive formal internship programs with year-long recruiting cycles; consider opportunities in company in-house finance departments, business analyst positions that hone quantitative analysis skills, and at smaller finance-related firms.
    • Film/TV/Broadcasting – alternate placement in behind-the-scenes support roles such as research, logistics, and post-production work
    • International Relations (Political Organizations) – alternate placement in international NGOs, multinational corporations
    • IT (Hardware) – Fewer companies focus on hardware development, which takes longer than software, demonstrated experience in the field often required; consider other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field.
    • Classroom Education – Alternative placements in educational non-profits.
    • Political Think Tanks – Alternative placements in non-profits.
    • Social Services (Healthcare) - Clinical positions require significant substantive knowledge and professional licensure, graduate students often preferred; consider support roles and other functional areas within firms (marketing, operations, etc.) to gain exposure to the field
    • Social Services – Special Ed/School – Working with children often requires lengthy background checks and clearing other related hurdles; consider nonprofits focusing on program and curriculum development in areas of interest to gain exposure to the field
    • Science (Biotech) – Alternatives in marketing or operations in biotech firms.
  • 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 (3 units)$1,257$1,785
    Program Fee$1,895$1,895
    Campus Fee$434N/A
    Visitor Registration FeeN/A$550
    Total Cost$3,586$4,230

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC 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 costs 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.

    2024 Estimated Expenses


    International Airfare and Transportation$376
    Additional Meals$2,263
    Personal Expenses (i.e., phone, passport, visas, etc.)$2,800
    Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses$5,757*

    *Housing costs are not included in the Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses for the San Francisco Bay Area program. Students who are not local to the area should budget an additional $4,856 for summer housing.

    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: 

    • One-on-one meetings with the internship placement coordinator
    • Resume review
    • Interview preparation
    • Professional development seminars
    • Pre-internship orientation meetings
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which will be charged on February 1, 2024, is applied to the program fee

    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:

    • Housing
    • Personal expenses (emergency expenses, medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Meals
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Commuting costs for the daily travel to and from your internship
    • COVID-19 testing fees for travel-related purposes
  • Timeline



    Application opensDecember 1, 2023
    Application closesJanuary 16, 2024
    Applicants notified of selectionBy February 15, 2024
    Participate in an individual placement meeting with a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Global Internships staffMarch-April 2024
    Attend internship pre-placement orientationMarch 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
    Online course beginsJune 3, 2024
    First day of programJune 9, 2024
    Last day of programAugust 3, 2024
    Online course endsAugust 9, 2024

    *All dates are subject to change.