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Internship Opportunities and Work Experience

Internship Opportunities

There are two types of internship opportunities available through the Business Certificate Programs. Business Essentials students are placed in internship positions within departments at UC San Diego. Business Management students seek internships at companies in the San Diego community with the help and guidance of program staff. All internships are designed to introduce students to the American workplace and help them better understand business practices in the U.S.

Business Management Internship

One of the most rewarding experiences that students have after being accepted into the Business Management Certificate program is an unpaid 120-hour internship with one of San Diego’s dynamic companies. San Diego’s economy is one of diversity, made up of many start-ups, and small and mid-size companies in a variety of industries. International trade is a major contributor to San Diego’s economy, as well as organizations associated with manufacturing, military and defense, and the multi-billion dollar visitor and hospitality industry. Other areas include telecommunications, electronics, computers, software and biotechnology.


Internships provide students with opportunities to build their resumes with excellent, hands-on work experience, and to build confidence to pursue long-term goals. UCSD’s reputation as a premier, world-class university affords interns numerous opportunities with local companies in marketing, human resources, finance and global commerce.

The Business Management Internship Process

To prepare for their internships, students participate during the first quarter in a special course that assists them in preparing resumes that are competitive and flawless. Students are offered tips and techniques on proper business etiquette for interviewing and correspondence, and they are given contact information for targeted companies with whom UCSD Extension has built extensive relationships. They are coached on how to proceed through the process, which includes researching companies, making contact, following up, participating in interviews, and accepting offers.

Students perform their internships during the second quarter, usually working between 12 and 18 hours per week, while attending classes primarily at night.

Business Essentials Internship

Students who have been accepted into the Business Essentials program will intern within departments at UCSD. The 48-hour internships are intended to help entry-level students practice their English skills, gain work experience in an office environment, and be exposed to the American workplace.

Students will be involved in a variety of tasks that may include clerical and administrative duties, market research, database maintenance, customer service, spreadsheet development, resume screening, and more. The internship requires a professional commitment and is considered as part of a student’s overall grade. Former students have worked in departments such as Business Affairs, the School of Medicine, Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities and Plant Services, Early Childhood Education and Development and Academic Affairs.