Global Internship Program

Engineering: Internships in Berlin

  • Dates

    Internship Abroad: June 21 – August 14, 2021

    Online Courses: June 21 – August 27, 2021

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany

  • Program Fee

    UCLA Undergrads (4 – Units): $7,276

    UCLA Undergrads (8 – Units): $8,392

    *Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

*Cancelled for Summer 2021 due to COVID-19. Please see Virtual Global Internship Program opportunities.*

Berlin is recognized as one of the most dynamic economic regions in Europe. It is a magnet for attracting the top talent from around the world and has become the start-up hub in Germany. With its extensive public transit system, Berlin is easy to navigate to view its numerous cultural wonders, as well nearby lakes, forests, and castles.

Internship placements are approximately 8 weeks long. UCLA partner’s with CIEE to place students at internship sites  based on personal career goals, interests and experience. 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. Student’s looking to receive financial aid must be enrolled in 2-courses during the program.

Registration Dates

Registration: November 2 – February 26, 2021

Priority Registration: November 2 – December 13, 2020

All Global Internship Programs have a limited number of placements available for each location. Priority registration for all programs will be from November 2 – December 13, 2020. Students who apply within this time frame will be given first consideration for internship placement. Students registering after December 13 will still have an opportunity to apply for and be placed in internship programs, however, some programs may be already filled.

Cancellation Deadline: March 10, 2021

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 March 10, 2021 at 11:59PM. Paid program fees (minus $200 nonrefundable deposit) are refundable until March 10, 2021 at 11:59PM.

Eligibility, Selection and Placement Process

Eligibility Criteria

  • Undergraduate student
  • Minimum of 90 units completed by end of Spring 2021
    • Units can include transfer credit
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Good academic standing

Selection Process

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

Placement Process

Students selected for the Berlin program will need to place their program deposit first, in order to be officially enrolled in the program. After enrolling in the Berlin program, a placement coordinator from CIEE will work with each student one-on-one to find the perfect internship match. Internship placements are customized to a students’ personal and career goals, interests and experience. Students will work approximately 32-to-40 hours per week at their internship placement.

Documents to Prepare for Your Application

Resume

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.

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. 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?
  • Location of Interest: What makes you interested in interning in the particular city or country you selected for your program?
  • 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?
  • 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?

Internship Placements

Berlin Engineering Placement Options:

Strengths

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Analysis
  • Computer Science
  • Hardware
  • IT
  • Math/Stats/Big Data
  • Programming and coding
  • Software

Limited

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical

*Please note that placement options for traditional fields like mechanical and electrical engineering are not very prevalent in Berlin, although there may be a few. Please see the Osaka or Toronto programs for a better chance of being placed in one of these fields. 

Examples placements include:

Please note that these are examples of student placements in the past and does not guarantee availability for future terms.  Click here for details on internship placement examples.

Curriculum

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 $7,276 $8,392
IEI Fee $61 $61
Airfare (estimate) $1,600 $1,600
Meals & Incidentals (estimate) $1,800 $1,800

**Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Program fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Internship placement
  • Shared room in student dormitory
  • On-site orientation (including welcome meal)
  • Optional social and cultural activities
  • 24/7 on-site health and safety support from CIEE staff
  • Health insurance.

Personal Expenses NOT Included:

  • Roundtrip Airfare to Berlin
  • 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.

Budgeting

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 wait until final internship placement confirmation prior to purchasing their flight to Berlin.

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

Arrival

Our partner organization, CIEE, will provide you with directions to get from the airport to your program housing.

Accommodations

You will reside in shared dormitory or apartment accommodations with 2 people per room (including possibly other non-UCLA students interning in Berlin). All dormitory or apartment rooms come with bedding, basic Wifi and communal kitchen access. Accommodations are typically within a 30-to-60 minute commute from internship sites.

Meals

Meals are not provided. Students have access to fully furnished kitchens shared kitchen space in their dormitory or apartment to cook.

Optional Social and Cultural Activities

This program offers weekly organized events around the city that you can are free to participate in with the other internship program participants.

Travel

Travel to Berlin

All Global Internship program participants are required to purchase and arrange their own travel accommodations to Berlin. Students should wait until CIEE confirms placement and visa issuance prior to purchasing their flight to Berlin. Students will receive specific arrival instructions to assist with arrival to program housing.

Visa Information:

U.S. citizens are required to obtain a temporary residence permit to do an internship in Germany. For U.S. citizens this permit is free. The permit will require a supporting letter provided by CIEE.

For non-US citizens you may be required to apply for a Schengan Visa to intern in Germany, please contact the Global Internship Program manager if you have additional questions regarding your visa eligibility for the program. Students are responsible for making their embassy appointment once they receive their visa paperwork.