Employers today are looking for a lot more than a degree. They want confident and experienced candidates who can thrive in a multicultural world. An internship with UCEAP enables you to:
- Develop professional fluency in a new language
- Adapt to workplace practices in another country
- Connect with international experts in your field
- Create a lifelong and global network
- Meet personal, academic and career goals
- Earn UC credit
One of the distinct advantages of studying abroad with UCEAP is the wide range of internship opportunities and support:
We offer internships across over 50 UC majors in 30 countries worldwide.
With these study abroad programs, the internship is the focus of your program, and the academic experience is integrated with the internship opportunity:
Add an Internship to Study Abroad
You may want a more personalized internship beyond our packaged options. In the following locations and programs, our Study Center staff abroad will consult and guide you on how to add an internship to your study abroad experience:
- Australia: Competitive Parliament Internship Australian National University in Canberra (number of weeks and hours vary, can substitute 1 or 2 courses)
- Chile: Immersion – Chile Universities (see also Internships in Chile handout)
- Ghana: University of Ghana (8-10 hours per week, can substitute 1 course; see also video
- Germany: Free University, Humboldt University, Technical University (8-15 hours per week, can substitute 1 course)
- Italy: University of Bologna (8-15 hours per week, can substitute 1 course; see also Internships in Italy handout)
- Italy: Rome Through the Ages, UC Center Rome (6-10 hours per week, cannot substitute for coursework)
- Japan: Global & International Studies, Meiji Gakuin University (5-10 hours per week, can substitute 1-2 courses)
- Jordan: Diplomacy & Policy Studies, Amman (11 weeks, 12 hours per week, can substitute 1 course, additional coursework required)
- Korea: International Summer School, Yonsei University (20 hours per week, can substitute 1-2 courses)
- Korea: Yonsei University
- Mexico: National Autonomous University of Mexico (see also video)
- Thailand: Thammasat University (8-10 hours per week, can substitute 1 course)
- UK- England: Arts, Politics, Society & Space, UC Center London (10 weeks, 9 hours per week, can substitute 1 course)
- UK- England: London host universities
- UK- England: Sotheby's Institute of Art, London (10-12 weeks, 2 days per week, can substitute 1 course, additional coursework required)
"At the Korea Productivity Center, I translated professional documents from English to Korean and saw my language skills and Korean vocabulary improve significantly. I embraced the Korean corporate culture and acted as a translator on meetings with major companies such as Siemens and Royal Philips. My internship really helped me understand business planning and the exposure made me very excited about my future career," You Jin Choi, UCI
Set up Your Own Internship
At UCEAP, we believe in helping each student find their best academic experience abroad. When it comes to setting up a personal internship, there are a few extra steps we suggest for your success.
Before departure, carefully research options that match your goals. Do not limit yourself to a single destination. Consider visa requirements, rules for working abroad, and whether an internship requires an application, interview, or other actions to place you before your arrive. To receive academic credit in your major, be sure to consult with your UC major department advisor.
Step 1: Read to understand the guidelines and procedures for securing an internship for credit on UCEAP.
Internship Information for Students
to understand the guidelines and procedures for securing an internship for credit on UCEAP.
Step 2: Read Internship Information for Supervisors if you want to intern with a company or sponsor that is unfamiliar with UC internship requirements. Share this document with your sponsor (it clarifies expectations and procedures).
Step 3: Once you have secured your internship, complete the Special Study Internship Form with your supervisor and submit it to your study center representative.
We are also here to help you along the way with any questions! You can meet in person with a UCEAP advisor on campus or a UCEAP Academic Specialist by phone or email.
UCEAP Internship Awards
The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) honors exceptional internship experiences with the UCEAP Internship Award. Awardees receive $500 and their experiences are shared with the UCEAP community.
The purpose of this award is to recognize students who have distinguished themselves through internships conducted while abroad on UCEAP and to encourage other students to take part in internships abroad.
2015-2016 Internship Award Winners
- Jacqueline Puliatti, UC Santa Cruz, University of Ghana
- Tatiana Ferreyra, UC Berkeley, Pontifical Catholic University- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Cian Cardenas. UC Santa Cruz, Fudan University, China
- Hannah Stroud, UC San Diego, European Transformations, Spain
- Dahee Kim, UCLA, Language & Culture, UC Center Florence, Italy
2016-2017 Fall Internship Award Winners
Justin Leung, UC Santa Barbara, University of Hong Kong
Isabel Soloaga, UC Berkeley, Arts, Politics, Society & Space, UC Center London, UK
Erin Mozdy, UC Davis, Technical University, Berlin, Germany
Gi Liu, UC Santa Cruz, University of Granada, Spain
Priscilla Tenggara, UC Irvine, European Studies, Free University Berlin (FU-BEST), Germany