Because summer internships make such an important contribution to the I School student experience, we welcome inquiries from employers interested in securing the services of Master's students between their first and second years of study. The guidelines and frequently asked questions that follow provide an introduction to offering a summer internship. To learn more about recruiting students and/or interviewing on campus, please contact the Career Services staff at
Job responsibilities should consist of professional-level work suitable to the skills and knowledge of graduate students.
If possible, job activities should center around a project that can be completed within the summer time frame.
Negotiations regarding duration, extent of, and compensation for the internship are between the employer and the student.
If at all possible, students should report to a designated person responsible for guidance and supervision of the project.
Although a formal report to the I School at the end of the internship is not required (except for international students), the I School welcomes feedback from both employers and students regarding the experience.
Upon successful completion of the project, students should receive an evaluative report on their work from the supervisor.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the summer break at UC Berkeley? The Spring semester usually ends by May 20, and the Fall semester begins with the last week of August. A full summer internship could last for approximately 12 weeks. However some employers and some students might want to negotiate for a shorter time frame.
Must the internship be a full-time, summer-long position? Internship length and time commitment are negotiable between the employer and the student.
Are students willing to work outside the Bay Area? Outside California? Many students are willing to re-locate for the summer, although some are restricted to the Bay Area by other commitments. Employers and students can negotiate such arrangements individually.
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