Global Internship Program

Engineering: Internships in Bali

  • Dates

    Internship Abroad: June 23 – August 19, 2023

    Online Courses: June 26 – September 1, 2023

  • Location

    Sanur and Ubud (Bali), Indonesia

  • Vaccine Requirement

    COVID-19 vaccine required for participation by program provider.

  • Program Fee

    UCLA Undergrads (4 – Units): $7,610

    UCLA Undergrads (8 – Units): $8,726

    *Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents. Click here for full fee disclaimer.

***Info Session: Click here to watch our recent info session***

Do you want to use your engineering skills to solve some of the world’s biggest problems at a grassroots level? This program is for students looking to explore engineering careers beyond the traditional corporate career path!

UCLA and its local partner, Start Me Up, have identified organizations in Bali that are offering unique engineering internships for students interested in technology, innovation, and social impact. From small-scale renewable energy to coral reef conservation and agriculture, our Bali engineering program offers the opportunity to intern with nonprofits, social enterprises, and micro enterprises, which are tackling some of the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, while operating in the context of an emerging market country. To support you during your internship, Start Me Up will also allocate you a specialist mentor who will help guide you during the program.

Bali is the most famous island in Indonesia – a diverse archipelago nation of over 270 million people and the largest economy in Southeast Asia. The country also claims the second-highest level of biodiversity in the world and is home to orangutans, Komodo dragons, humpback whales, and manta rays.

Internship placements are approximately 8 week long. While completing the on-site internship, students will also be enrolled in 1 or 2 online courses, earning 4-to-8 units of academic credit. Online courses follow Summer Session A and will last for a total of 10 weeks. Students looking to receive financial aid must be enrolled in 2-courses during the program.

This experience has allowed me to see the endless possibilities for engineers to have a positive impact on the environment!

Blaise SlatteryEngineering: Bali, Indonesia

This Global Internship experience has influenced my future plans because it has increased my interests in renewable energy and also it has made me more interested in travelling around the world.

Eduardo ZepedaEngineering: Bali, Indonesia

Application Timeline

Application Opens:  October 24, 2022

Application Closes:  December 4, 2022

Final Payment Deadline: February 10, 2023

Cancellation Deadline: February 15, 2023

Please do not enroll in a Global Internship Program unless you are sure you intend to participate. Remember that your deposit is nonrefundable. See our Cancellation Policy. The cancellation deadline is February 15, 2023 at 11:59PM. Paid program fees (minus $300 nonrefundable deposit) are refundable until February 15, 2023 at 11:59PM.

Eligibility, Selection and Placement Process

Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate student in UCLA School of Engineering
  • Minimum of 90 units completed by end of Spring 2022
    • Units can include transfer credit
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Good academic standing
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccine required for participation by program provider (Start Me Up).

Selection Process

Students who apply that meet the eligibility criteria will conduct an advising call with Start Me Up, our partners in Bali. Through this advising call Start Me Up will learn more about each applicant’s qualifications, experience and career goals. The call will help Start Me Up determine whether the applicant is a good match for available internship opportunities in Bali. After the call is completed, Start Me Up and UCLA will decide whether to offer the applicant acceptance into the Bali Global Internship Program based on their qualifications and the pool of applicants.

Acceptance Decisions

Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions in early January.

Placement Process

Students selected for the Bali program will need to place their program deposit first, in order to be officially enrolled in the program. After enrolling in the Bali program, a placement coordinator from Start Me Up will work with each student one-on-one to find the best internship match. Internship placements are customized to a students’ personal and career goals, interests and experience. Students will intern approximately 32 hours per week at their internship site. Total work hours will depend on their specific internship site needs.


The Global Internship Program provides all participants with meaningful internship placement opportunities. Students must be realistic, however, about the level of their internship placement. Students with limited or no work experience, limited leadership or volunteer experience, no specialization courses completed, or other kinds of related activities, will be placed in an entry-level position in their requested industry.

Documents to Prepare for Your Application


As part of the application process, you will be asked to upload a current copy of your resume. Please take time to appropriately format and spell check your resume before submitting. For assistance with your resume, you can use the VMock tool provided by the UCLA Career Center.

Motivation to Enroll Questionnaire 

As part of your application process you will be asked to complete a questionnaire. Responses should be well thought out and demonstrate why you are a strong candidate for the Global Internship Program. It’s highly encouraged to prepare your responses in advance on a Word document and then copy and paste to the application once you apply. The maximum word count for each short-answer response is 125 words. Please see the questions below to assist you in preparing your answers.

  • Personal Introduction: Please give some  general background on yourself and why you are interested in participating in the Global Internship Program? (125 word maximum)
  • Location of Interest: What makes you interested in interning in the particular city or country you selected for your program? (125 word maximum)
  • Career Goals: Within your career field, which specific sector are you interested in working in and what do you hope to gain from this global internship experience? How will this experience assist you toward reaching your career goals? (125 word maximum)
  • Why should you be selected? What do you think makes you stand out as a strong candidate for the Global Internship Program? Why should you be selected for the program? (125 word maximum)

Internship Placements

Bali Placement Options:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Blockchain
  • Bioengineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Data Analysis
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Software Engineering
  • Solar Energy Engineering

Examples Placements:

Please note that these are just a few examples of student placements from past years and there is no guarantee that these same placements and/or project roles will be available for future terms. There are many more placements available in Bali than those listed below. Your internship placement will be determined through an interview process to match you with a company or organization aligned with your skills and interests.

Internship Hours

Students will intern approximately 32 hours per week. Total weekly work hours and mode of work (in-person vs hybrid) will depend on the specific internship site needs.


Program Courses

All students are required to enroll in the ENGR 195 course while attending the program. Students who wish to earn more units and/or apply for financial aid, may also enroll in the CESC 130 course as well.

  • ENGR 195 (4 units) ~ Mandatory
  • CESC 130 (4 units) ~ Optional 

Please note that in order to be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled in both the mandatory course AND the optional course (total of 8-units).  

Course Descriptions

ENGR 195: Internship Course (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

Engineering (ENGR) 195 is a 4-unit internship studies course supervised by associate dean or designated faculty members. This course can only be taken as pass/no pass (it cannot be taken for a letter grade). Further supervision to be provided by the organization for which students are doing an internship. The course is open to strictly Engineering majors.

CESC 130: Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace (4 units)

Prerequisites:  None

This 4-unit course is designed to help students critically analyze their own cultural values and beliefs and the impact they have on their communication. It will provide students with strategies and tools to more effectively communicate and to manage intercultural conflicts in the global workplace. Students will study and critique intercultural communication theories, review relevant case studies and discuss first hand experiences from their global internship. This course must be taken for a letter grade. Auditing and pass/no pass is not allowed.

*The CESC 130 course will satisfy the Social Analysis GE for Engineering Majors.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget UCLA Undergrads (4-Units)  UCLA Undergrads (8-Units)
Program Fee $7,610 $8,726
IEI Fee $61 $61
Visa Processing (estimate) $350 $350
Airfare (estimate) $1,800 $1,800
Meals & Incidentals (estimate) $1,500 $1,500

*Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents. Click here for full fee disclaimer.

Program fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Internship placement
  • Single room accommodations in a guest house
  • Airport pickup
  • Local Sim card
  • On-site orientation and on boarding
  • Optional social activities, workshops and networking opportunities
  • Coworking space membership
  • Pre-departure Orientation
  • 24/7  health and safety support from the Start Me Up staff
  • Health insurance.

Personal Expenses NOT Included:

  • Round trip Airfare to Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia
  • Indonesia visa fees and related expenses for mailing
  • Administration or embassy fee associated with issuance of visa
  • Personal travel during program
  • Costs for medical expenses and emergencies
  • Meals and entertainment expenses
  • Transportation to/from housing to internship site

IEI Fee 

All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

Students should not purchase their flight to Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia until informed to do so by UCLA.

*The purchase of a fully-refundable and/or flexible airfare is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Global Internship Programs is available to qualified UCLA students. Students must be enrolled in a total of 8 units (2 courses) to be eligible for financial aid. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this website.

On Location


Students will stay in the towns of Sanur or Ubud (depending on proximity to their internship site). Sanur is a coastal resort in Southeast Bali famed for its white-sand beaches and close proximity to dive sites; whereas Ubud is famed for its monkey temples, jungles and spiritual traditions.


Our partner organization, Start Me Up, will provide airport pickup for your internship program.  You will be responsible for making your own arrangements back to the airport at the end of the program.


You will reside in a single room in a guest house (including possibly with other non-UCLA students interning in Sanur and Ubud). All guesthouses come with bedding, basic Wi-Fi and communal kitchen access. Accommodations are typically within a 30-to-60 minute commute from internship sites.


Meals are not provided. You will have access to fully furnished kitchens shared kitchen space in your guest house to cook.

Optional Social and Education Activities

This program offers weekly organized events and workshops that you are free to participate in with the other internship program participants.


Travel to Sanur and Ubud (Bali), Indonesia

All Global Internship program participants are required to purchase and arrange their own travel accommodations to Sanur and Ubud. Students should not purchase their flight until informed to do so by UCLA. The nearest airport to Sanur and Ubud is in Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia.

*The purchase of a fully-refundable and/or flexible airfare is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.  

Visa Information:

All students are required to obtain a visa to do an internship in Indonesia. Start Me Up will help to guide students with the visa process and providing a letter of support. Students are responsible for making their own embassy appointment.

*Please note that due to the long visa processing timeline it is very important to have your passport as soon as possible. 

Personal Travel

The Global Internship Program is an intensive 8 week experience. Internship sites will expect students to complete their weekly hours and will not be providing vacation days during the program. Although it may be possible for students to conduct short weekend trips, all longer trips should be conducted prior to or after the conclusion of the Global Internship Program.