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Independent U.S. Summer Internship Credit Option

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The Independent U.S. Summer Internship Credit Option gives you the means to receive academic credit via an online course for an internship that you have obtained on your own.

This is a great opportunity for students who have found an internship and:

  • Need academic credit
  • Want to reflect upon their internship experiences in a structured manner


In order to be eligible for this opportunity, you need to:

  1. Be a current UC Berkeley undergraduate student
  2. Have accepted an internship for Summer 2021 (please contact us if employer is requesting pre-approval before making you an offer)
  3. Not be enrolled in Global Internships concurrently

In addition: 

  1. You need to receive academic credit while you are in the internship.
  2. Your internship should involve professional work related to your career interests or academic major.
  3. Your internship should aid you with potential career opportunities and assist you in clarifying your personal career goals.
  4. Your internship has a clearly defined duration (typically summer internships are 9-13 weeks long, 20 or more hours a week; inquire if you are unsure).
  5. A professional staff member from your internship employer will supervise you. 
  6. Your internship can be paid or non-paid.
  7. Your internship should be located and completed in the United States. Remote internships based in the US are eligible.

Please Note: These guidelines are being used by the Career Center to determine whether academic credit should be granted for an internship and to provide criteria to assure the integrity of an internship. These guidelines exclude departmentally-based internship programs operated as part of an approved degree.


  1. Review the eligibility criteria (above) to see if you and your internship are eligible.
  2. Determine if getting credit for your internship is the right option for you.
  3. Fill out the application form completely by Friday, May 7, 2021 (incomplete submissions will not be approved).  The application link is at the bottom of this page.
  4. Your submission will be reviewed and approved or denied within one week of submission, unless notified otherwise.
  5. If approved, you will be emailed the Class Number for the online internship course, UGIS C151, offered through UC Berkeley Summer Sessions.
  6. Students who are approved must enroll in UGIS C151 by Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
  7. If you are an international student, your CPT form can be signed by Summer Sessions after you are approved and have registered for UGIS C151.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Summer Sessions enrollment begins (application link below) Monday, February 1, 2021
Deadline to request course credit Friday, May 7, 2021
Deadline to enroll in UGIS C151 Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Course dates June 7-August 13, 2021


Course Information

Please note: For summer 2021, the required course for your Independent U.S. Summer Internship Credit Option is UGIS C151. The primary course, UGIS W157, will not be offered.

Once your internship has been approved by the Career Center, you will be given the Class Number to enroll in the following online course:

Course Number: UGIS C151

Course Title: Leadership: Purpose, Authority, and Empowerment

Instructor(s):  Professor Dan Mulhern and Laura Andersen

Units: 3

Grading: P/NP or graded

Dates: June 7 – August 13, 2021

Description: UGIS C151 is an online course that facilitates students’ exploration of the concept of leadership, how it differs from authority, and how it feels when an authority figure fails to lead as expected. People are tremendously dependent on authority; expectations and assumptions about authority can impact how an authority figure has to lead.

Students will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills through experiential exercises, behavioral and self-assessments, case studies, class discussions, and lectures. 

Please Note: You must obtain approval from the Career Center in order to be registered for this course. Students who have not obtained this approval will not be allowed to participate. If you register without the necessary approval, you will be automatically removed from the course. Registration for UGIS C151 must be completed by May 26, 2021. Late registrations will NOT be accepted.


Academic Requirements
Students are encouraged to consult with their academic adviser to see which major/minor or breadth requirements this course may fulfill.

Note: This course is cross-listed with UGBA C155, which is available only to participants of the Summer Sessions Global Internship program. Though these two courses are cross-listed, UGIS C151 does not satisfy Haas upper division credits and approval for the Independent U.S. Summer Internship Credit Option does not grant you access to enroll in UGBA C155.

Course Fees
Summer Session fees are $419 per unit, plus any additional registration or campus fees. This course is 3 units.  For more information, refer to Registration Fees at http://summer.berkeley.edu/registration/fees

Financial Aid
In order to qualify for financial aid, students must be registered for at least 6 units during the summer. This course is 3 units. You will need to enroll in an additional 3 units of coursework in order to qualify for aid.

Tuition and Refund Policy
Once you have registered, all course related fees will appear on your CalCentral account. A refund of unit fees will be issued if you cancel by the Friday of the first week of class. Regular Berkeley Summer Sessions refund policies and deadlines apply to the refund of unit fees. For detailed information about these policies, please go to: http://summer.berkeley.edu/registration/refund.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:
UC Berkeley Career Center at 

Application Form

Summer 2021 Application Period is open from Feb 1, 2021 - May 7, 2021


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