Academic Internships in San Francisco

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The San Francisco Bay Area combines natural beauty and a rich history with vibrant commerce in a city where quaint meets cosmopolitan. This beautiful, hilly city on the bay is an extraordinary cultural blend, from bustling Fisherman’s Wharf to Chinatown to the historic Mission District. San Francisco is a center of finance and business activity of all kinds, from healthcare and human services to culture and communications. Just a short drive from the city is Silicon Valley, the global epicenter of technology innovation and research. 

The Bay Area is also a dynamic center of arts and entertainment, from world-class museums to theaters and concert halls. With all these advantages, the San Francisco Bay Area is an ideal venue for a challenging and rewarding internship program.

Learn more about San Francisco and see past internship examples »

What People are Saying

  • “I wasn't expecting to have such an amazing experience. At my initial interview, I instantly knew that it was a great match. We spoke for about five minutes before I was offered the position. I believe this was a perfect match. Argent was the hardest goodbye I had in San Francisco. I learned so much and I had such a fantastic six weeks. I'm so thankful for having this opportunity”

    Jennifer M. - Argent
  • “It was great how I was able to observe and participate in different departments to get an understanding of the hotel and how all the departments are connected to each other. I was very happy to get projects which I was responsible for completing from start to finish and they were always eager for my opinion.”

    Victoria S., Fairmont San Francisco
  • “Thank you for all the hard work put in to make my internship experience something I will never forget. The contacts I have made will last a lifetime.”

    Catherine A., Advance Global Australians

Students interning in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley areas are placed with companies ranging from innovative start-ups to global organizations representing a spectrum of industry sectors:

  • Business, Finance & Economics: including Investment Banking, Commercial & Retail Banking, Insurance, Venture Capital, and Retail
  • Television, Film & Journalism: Film Production, Newspapers, Magazines, Broadcast News, Web-based Publications, and Digital Design
  • Arts & Culture: Art Galleries, Cultural Organizations, Museums, Record Companies, Arts Magazines, and Entertainment Venues
  • Healthcare, Social Issues & Education: University Departments, Research Laboratories, and Human Services
  • Communications: Advertising, Public Relations, In-House Press Offices, and Event Management.
  • Politics, Law & NGOs: Legal Departments, Law Firms, City Government, International organizations, Advocacy Groups, Think Tanks, Trade Associations, and Electoral Campaigns
  • Research: University Departments, Engineering, Hardware, Software and Internet Companies

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A Typical San Francisco Program

While AIC tailors internship programs to the needs of each academic partner, a typical program in San Francisco includes:

Personalized Placement including pre-placement interview, student assessment, resume review; personalized matching with appropriate internship opportunity from AIC database and ongoing employer outreach; coaching and troubleshooting during the interview process. pre-departure orientation on campus.

Academic Components designed by our university partners or through online coursework.

Housing in student residences convenient to the city center and easily accessible via public transportation. Facilities are fully furnished and include kitchen amenities, access to laundry, and internet connection. Bedrooms are typically doubles.

Student Orientation including a pre-departure orientation on campus and an on-site city orientation, featuring a tour of San Francisco’s neighborhoods, tips on affordable entertainment, and an introduction to the Bay Area Transit system.

Ongoing Local Support from our San Francisco Program Team, including full-time program management, coaching and troubleshooting, and 24-hour emergency support throughout the program.

Cross-cultural Support to help interns prepare for success in a multi-cultural workplace and to assist students with their transition to San Francisco.

Professional Development opportunities that include workshops, symposiums or materials on interviewing skills, working styles, making the most of your internship experience and beyond, and industry-specific networking in the San Francisco area. 

Cultural Activities such as visiting the Cable Car Museum and other area museums, Exploring Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, or touring the many options for Dim Sum in Chinatown. 

Optional Recreational Activities such as day trips to Napa Valley or Muir Woods, a tour of Alcatraz, or cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Students: Please note that internships are available only through our partner academic institutions. To find out if you can participate through one of their programs, contact us.