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 that you can pair up with your major.
See also: UCEAP Research Programs and Undergraduate Research Awards
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: Australian National University Competitive Parliament Internship 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, Meji 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 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 direct questions by phone, email, or online chat through our website (1-4 pm weekdays).
Phone: (805) 893-4762
Scholarships for Internship Programs
UCEAP Internship Awards
When you participate in an internship with UCEAP, we recommend that you document your experience in photos, in a blog, with video, or other creative ways for a few reasons:
1. Leverage the internship experience into your remaining studies at UC or in graduate school
2. Add to your résumé and LinkedIn profile for post-graduation opportunities
3. Enter to win a UCEAP Internship Award (see Reasons to Consider an Internship Abroad)
Success Stories from 2013-2014 Internship Award Winners:
“This internship required me to not only speak both Catalan and Spanish, but it also gave me the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with both judges and district attorneys…Most of all, I had the opportunity to observe a rehabilitative justice system that distinguishes itself from the United States’ punitive justice system...My ability to adapt to a foreign environment that speaks a different language and works with different workplace methods allowed me to demonstrate to law schools my ability to overcome a demanding environment.”
Heriberto Meza, UC Irvine
Internship at Department of Juvenile Justice
“When you work in a place that has a completely different culture to what you are used to, you realize that the world is made up of shades of gray, and things are not always as they seem. Reading about other cultures and concepts in textbooks is not the same as experiencing them for yourself in real life, and doing an internship is a great way to experience it.”
Sarah Vella, UC San Diego
Internship with an NGO that defends the rights of migrant workers in the sex industry
“A few times that I would arrive to the school—using a rickshaw as the sole mode of transportation—the principal who was my advisor would not be at the school and would fail to inform me. On these days, rather than be annoyed by the inconvenience, I would attempt to find my own tasks to do. I found that these unstructured days were my most productive and rewarding; I often would ask teachers to hand me exams and a few students and I would work on their reading comprehension and writing in the school’s library for hours.”
Anjuli Dasika, UCLA
Internship with an English Medium government school
Jane Huson (UC Santa Barbara) interned at a local high school in Bologna, Italy.
See her internship video here!