In a world where leading companies are working effectively in virtual teams around the globe, our Professional Internship Program offers UC Berkeley Extension students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to experience work life in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gain real-world experience at organizations ranging from startups to small– and medium–sized companies in fields such as marketing, data science, finance, UI/UX, business development and entrepreneurship.

Our internship program spans two academic terms and provides hands–on support, one-on-one coaching by the UC Berkeley Extension Career Services team, expert-led workshops and access to career events so you can:

  • Secure an internship in the San Francisco Bay Area.*
  • Learn how to work and thrive in a U.S. company.
  • Create a network of industry experts.
  • Expand your personal brand and résumé.
  • Define the direction of your career.
  • Earn academic credit.

*Please note: Internships are not guaranteed.

Here's how it works:

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1. Meet with the Career Services team to discuss career goals.

After applying, attend a one-on-one advising session to discuss your internship goals, professional interests and the skills you currently have and those you would like to gain from this experience. Résumé revision and support will also be included.

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2. Attend a company fair to network with host organizations.

Meet with a variety of organizations across industries operating in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is a great event to converse with industry experts and learn what roles they have to offer while growing your professional network.

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3. Connect with potential internship opportunities.

In addition to guiding you through the internship search process, we have a diverse network of organizations that have been vetted and pre-approved for this internship program. Individual meetings with our Career Services team will help you identify internship roles that will best meet your academic and professional goals.

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4. Interview for roles.

We provide coaching and guidance on how to schedule and prepare for your interviews with host organizations that have expressed interest in your professional profile.

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5. Secure a full-time internship.

If you successfully complete your interview and are selected by an organization, your internship will be confirmed.

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6. Receive on-going support.

We continue to support you throughout your internship. We provide tools to troubleshoot any situations that may arise as you navigate the professional workplace.

Successful Internships in Various Fields

For more than 15 years, students have been supported by trained staff in obtaining valuable professional experiences in various industries and types of organizations in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. Past students have interned with a range of organizations, including startups, non-profits, and mid- to large-sized firms. Based upon your field of interest, imagine yourself working on projects such as:

User Experience Design

UX/UI Design

Preparing high-fidelity designs based on functional specifications. Collaborating with front-end engineers to improve web and app designs.

Data Science and Data Analytics

Data Science and Data Analytics

Examining large data sets to identify and report on trends to stakeholders. Computing industry benchmarks to determine success.

Project Management

Project Management

Transforming process tools used by a global team. Providing business analysis support to ensure customer satisfaction.



Making recommendations based on business performance, market opportunities and investments. Continually monitoring a fund's operation using key sources.



Creating a full suite of marketing collateral. Performing research on industry trends.



Researching new business opportunities. Working with a project accelerator team.

Internships are not limited to the areas listed above and are available in a variety of fields.

The Professional Internship Program Information Session

You must attend a program information session before applying. Register for one of our upcoming sessions today!

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Program Requirements

To ensure students are prepared for the dynamic, high-intensity work culture of Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area companies, the Professional Internship Program spans two academic terms, which include:

Term One: Sept. 27–Dec. 17, 2021

Requirements Description
Internship Preparation Receive guidance through the process of securing an internship. This includes networking opportunities, one-on-one professional support and access to the UC Berkeley Extension professional community.
Career Development Fundamentals Course (BUS ADM 2054)* 1.5 CEUs Career Development Fundamentals includes access to workshops, such as:
  • Résumé building
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Personal branding

Term Two: Jan. 11–May 13, 2022

Requirements Description
Internship in Academic and Professional Practice Course (BUS ADM X495.2)* 2 units This mandatory course helps you to reflect on the internship experience and gain skills on how to navigate the professional world.
Full-Time Internship at a Company Gain real-world professional experience by completing a 30-40-hour per week internship at a San Francisco Bay Area company.

*Course names are subject to change.

Program Qualifications

To qualify to participate in the Professional Internship Program, you must:

  • Plan on completing a UC Berkeley Extension full-time or part-time professional certificate by January 10, 2022.
  • OR
  • Have completed a UC Berkeley Extension full-time or part-time professional certificate within the past three years.*

*Students on an F-1 visa: Your internship must be an integral part of and directly related to your Berkeley academic studies. Please consult with International Student Services about your eligibility to participate in this program

For paid internships opportunities (Curricular Practical Training or Optional Practical Training), you must complete two semesters of full-time study and obtain pre-authorization from our International Student Services team. Email for more information.


$3,000 (USD)*

This includes:

  • Two required courses:
    • Career Development Fundamentals (1.5 CEUs)
    • Internship in Academic and Professional Practice (2 units)
  • Access to the UC Berkeley Extension network of companies
  • Student services
  • Visa support (for international students)
  • Internship guidance and vetting
  • Professional development events
  • Individualized coaching
  • Ongoing program support

Students on an F-1 visa: In addition to the program fee, you will be required to purchase mandatory health insurance. Please note, health insurance fees are variable based on session. Email for more information.

*Students who are currently enrolled or have previously completed the Career Development Fundamentals course (BUS ADM 2054) will have that course fee deducted from the Professional Internship Program fee.

Note: Fees are subject to change.

Meet the Career Services Team

"We're excited to be a part of your professional journey at UC Berkeley Extension."

Career Services Rep Heather Mason

Heather Mason

Career Services Specialist

Career Services Rep Luis Valencia

Luis Valencia

Internship and Career Development

Program Manager