Latin American, Asian, and European influences meet in San Francisco, the dynamic center of business activity from healthcare and human services to culture and communications. It’s also just a short drive to Silicon Valley, the global epicenter of technology innovation and research.
CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you! All of our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals.
As a CIEE Global Intern, you’ll work in a non-paying position with a leading organization, diving into a field of interest, exploring how to best navigate cultural differences between your organization and its international clients, and expanding your professional portfolio and network.
You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the many communities that influence the local culture, from the historic Mission District to vibrant Chinatown and Japantown to Italian-inflected North Beach.
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Each internship is determined on an individual basis, taking into account your background and experience as well as current employer work cycles and projects. Our team on the ground has a personalized process to work with you in the months leading up to the program to find the best match.
- Individual pre-placement meeting, personalized matching process, and coaching for each student throughout the internship placement
- Materials to guide creation of a resume appropriate for local business culture as well as guidance on application materials relevant to industry area of interest
- Interviewing skills webinar based on local business culture in addition to individual student feedback to help prepare for Skype interviews with potential internship supervisor
- Professional development workshops such as:
- Making the Most of your Internship
- Networking and Informational Interviewing
- Understanding Working Styles
- Leveraging your Internship for a Global Career
- Midpoint review from student and supervisor
- Final written evaluation from student and supervisor
Co-curricular excursions and cultural activities in and around San Francisco complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city. You might visit the Cable Car Museum and other area museums, Explore Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, take a trolley tour around the city, and walk the Golden Gate Bridge. Get locked up on Alcatraz Island, or explore the many options for Dim Sum in Chinatown, North America’s largest and oldest Chinatown, and lots more in this iconic American city.
A community-based activity, such as structured volunteering or a service project, is typically offered at least once during the program.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
The program fee includes:
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Summer 2017 (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes internship placement and supporting services, coursework, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advsising.
Participation Confirmation *
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** Does not include a meal plan
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* Roundtrip based on U.S. East Coast Departure
** International students participating in this CIEE program who are not currently enrolled at a US university will be charged this fee for all services, including insurance, related to the J1 intern visa.
- Overall GPA 2.5
- Rising Sophomore standing and above at time of participation
- *Certain visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process
Total credit for this program is 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.
Students participate in a weekly integrated academic seminar alongside the full-time internship placement.
About the City
About The City
The San Francisco Bay Area combines natural beauty and a rich history with vibrant commerce in a region where quaint meets cosmopolitan. At its center stands San Francisco, a beautiful, hilly city on the bay where Latin American, Asian, and European influences meet, from the historic and hip Mission District to vibrant Chinatown and Japantown to Italian-inflected North Beach. The Bay Area is a dynamic center of business activity of all kinds, from healthcare and human services to culture and communications. Just a short drive south is Silicon Valley, the global epicenter of technology innovation and research.
The Bay Area is also a respected center of arts and entertainment, from world-class museums to theatres and concert halls.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Ken joined AIC in October 2014 to manage internship programs in San Francisco and the Bay Area. He brings extensive experience in the legal and business fields, having worked as a lawyer and legal technology expert in the US and Asia. Most recently, Ken consulted with major West Coast law firm clients while in the legal information services division of Bloomberg. His passion for international experiential education started in 1987 with his first extended experience abroad as an American Field Service high school exchange student in Finland. After earning his degree in Political Science and East Asian studies from McGill University in Montreal, he was a participant on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, teaching English at two public junior high schools in the Kanto region.
Ken received his law degree from Northeastern University in Boston, where he experienced firsthand the positive impact of internships on professional career development. Although a rare treat, his favorite activity is free diving and bodysurfing in places such as Coron (Philippines), Curaçao,and around the Andaman Sea (Thailand).
Originally from Minnesota, Fallon’s passion for international education started with an exchange program to France when she was in 5th grade. This has led to a strong background of international education and work experience while living in countries such as Argentina, Costa Rica, and Spain. Most recently, she completed a bilingual master program in conjunction with a practicum that focused on creating cultural and linguistic understanding of the English language in Spanish schools. She also has prior experience in conference coordinating, international student relations, and teaching English as a second language.
Fallon holds a Master’s degree in International Education from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Communications from the Honors College at College of Charleston.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
Classroom activities take place at UC Berkeley and Impact Hub, Berkeley. Impact Hub description follows: part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center, Impact Hubs offer their members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities.
Students commute to their internships and most program activities via local public transportation. Introduction to the system is provided during orientation and students are responsible for securing their own public transportation pass. Program housing is convenient to public transportation and all internship locations are accessible.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Program housing is in student dormitory or apartment-style accommodations and meets the following requirements:
- Shared (double or triple) rooms
- Kitchen facilities
- Laundry facilities
- Internet access
- Convenient to public transportation
Meals are not included in the program housing but students do have access to cooking facilities and are given a briefing during orientation about local markets and stores.
Your experience abroad starts now! Before you’ve even left home, you will participate in a one-on-one Skype conversation with a program director who lives and works in San Francisco. Our directors are extremely knowledgeable about their programs and cities, and will share information about the program, provide you with helpful tips, and answer any questions you may have. You will also have an opportunity to take part in an online webinar and connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. And if that’s not enough, once you touch down in San Francisco, you will receive an on-site city orientation with other interns on the program. This may feature a tour of the neighborhood, where to shop for food, tips on affordable living, an introduction to the transit system, language crash courses, and even cooking classes that take advantage of the best local fare.
CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple, to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals. Don’t worry - you’ll arrive in San Francisco with the knowledge to succeed.
Housing, classroom, and internship locations all have internet access. Students are encouraged to bring Wi-Fi enabled laptops.
Students on this program should expect to spend approximately 30-32 hours per week (200-240 hours total) doing internship project work. In addition, the academic internship seminar will meet for approximately 4 hours per week (30 contact hours total). Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations.
Nature of Classes
Students will participate in classes alongside other CIEE students only.
Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the integrated academic seminar, as outlined in the syllabus. Assignments and activities include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopses of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analyses of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.
Internship supervisors and students each provide a written evaluation of progress towards goals during their placement. In addition, resident directors seek out individual conversations and group feedback through formal and informal channels throughout the program.
Language(s) of Instruction
All courses are taught by local adjunct faculty who typically have a terminal degree in their field, relevant professional background, and experience teaching an international cohort of students. Most faculty are also associated with and/or have taught at a local university.
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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INSH 3806 SFUS
Academic Internship in San Francisco
The CIEE Global Internship Program combines a full-time internship with an integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The 8-week program includes between 220 and 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopses of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analyses of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.