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Berkeley Global Internships

Global Internships: Toronto, Canada - Engineering

  • Summary

    Summary

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

    • Undertake a professional internship in the field of your choice, and is a particularly good fit for those interested in engineering internships
    • Earn academic credit for your internship via ten-week online courses
    • Live with other program participants in student housing at the University of Toronto

    About Toronto

    Canada’s economic capital, Toronto is a city with an impressive list of credentials - the largest city in Canada, the fastest growing financial center in the G7, and one of the most dynamic, yet livable, cities in North America. The city’s excellent public transportation system makes navigating Toronto easy and convenient.

    While offering robust opportunities for internships in English, Toronto set itself apart from internships in the United States through its distinctively Canadian culture, politics, and charm. Toronto’s wide-ranging industry sectors and multi-cultural setting create an ideal backdrop for a valuable internship program.


    Program Details

    Dates:

    • Toronto: 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)

    Housing

    • Students will live in University of Toronto apartment-style accommodations. 
    • Students will have access to a single room with a shared bathroom and communal kitchen to prepare meals.
    • Students will be assigned to apartments with other program participants. 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.

    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

    Note: Non-U.S. citizens (specifically Chinese and Indian passport holders) may require additional processing time for a visa. As such, please plan to submit your program application as early as possible to allow for ample admissions and visa processing time. Inability to obtain the appropriate travel documentation to participate in the program may not be considered as a basis for a refund of program-related fees. If you are a non-U.S. passport holder interested in applying to the Toronto Global Internship program, please check-in with Breanne by emailing globalinternships@berkeley.edu.


    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 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

     

    Note: For COE students, you must consult your ESS Adviser prior to taking the course if you are planning to have your summer online course count as a humanities/social (H/SS) requirement.

    Internship Courses

    Course: Undergraduate & Interdisciplinary Studies W158
    Title: Global Citizenship
    Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2023
    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.

    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

    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 Toronto are available in a wide variety of fields and internship placement is guaranteed.

    Examples of past internships:

    • Assist local Councilor with research, community events, data analysis, and work with local constituents
    • Coordinate community engagement opportunities while supporting multi-stakeholder civic engagement initiatives for Senior Manager of Agency Relations
    • Generate web content and blog posts as Marketing and Communications Intern while also conducting research and community outreach
    • Work on production development, marketing, sales support, and database management for local company
    • Investigate neural mechanisms and cognitive systems that underlie working memory

    Examples of past Engineering and STEM internships:

    • Develop an Android application for completion of equipment inspections in the field using a handheld 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 feedstocks into a tube furnace, and heating the feedstocks 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. Common industry sectors for internships include, but are not limited to:

    Accounting
    Advertising
    Art
    Artifical Intelligence
    Banking
    Biotechnology
    Business Services
    Cloud Computing
    Communications
    Computer Hardware
    Consulting
    Consumer Goods
    Culture
    Data Science
    Design
    Ecommerce
    Economics
    Education
    Energy
    Engineering
    Entertainment
    Entrepreneurship
    Environmental Services
    Events
    Fashion
    Financial Services
    FinTech
    Food & Beverage
    Healthcare
    Hospitality
    Human Resources
    Information Technology
    Investment
    Journalism
    Logistics
    Manufacturing
    Marketing
    Media
    Medical Devices
    Music
    Personal Services
    Pharmaceutical
    Photography
    Printing
    Professional Services
    Public Administration
    Public Health
    Publishing
    Real Estate
    Research
    Restaurants
    Retail
    Robotics
    Social Media
    Software
    Sports and Fitness
    Sustainability
    Technology
    Telecom
    Trade
    Transportation
    Travel & Tourism
    Video Game



     

  • 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$3,626$3,626
    Total Cost$6,140$7,196

    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 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.

    2024 Estimated Expenses

    Amount

    International Airfare and Transportation$1,350
    Additional Meals$3,604
    Books$318
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.)$3,300
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses$8,572

    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.​

    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, 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.
    • 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 internship
    • COVID-19 testing fees for travel-related purposes
  • Timeline

    Timeline

     

    Application opensDecember 1, 2023
    Application closesJanuary 16, 2024
    Applicants notified of selectionBy March 15, 2024
    Attend internship pre-placement orientationMarch 2024
    Participate in individual placement meeting with a member of the Toronto 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 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 Toronto

    April-June 2024
    Online course beginsJune 3, 2024
    Arrive in TorontoJune 9, 2024
    Attend onsite orientation activitiesFirst week of program
    Online course endsAugust 9, 2024
    Last day of programAugust 3, 2024

    *All dates are subject to change.