Internships in California

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Overview

Our internships in California offer comprehensive professional development and cultural immersion for outstanding candidates from all over the world. We offer internships in California across all career fields in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. We are proud to partner with a range of leading companies and organizations in both cities.

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west, and mountains to the north and east, California is one of the most diverse states in the US. Our internships in California offer successful applicants the chance to gain invaluable professional experience in one of the most innovative places in the world. If you are motivated and ambitious, California is the perfect place to grow your global network and boost your resume. The opportunities are endless for an intern. California is world-renowned for its leading companies. Professional experience here will set you apart in competitive job markets around the world.

Our internships in California are based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. San Francisco is an international hub for IT, finance, entrepreneurship, engineering, and business. Los Angeles, on the other hand, is a great option for those interested in television & film, consulting, art, fashion, journalism, media, and PR & marketing. Those accepted to our internships in California have the chance to gain vital professional experience and industry exposure on a global level.

Our program offers much more than a leading placement for an outstanding intern. California will feel like home in no time with the help of our fully inclusive program. We provide all of the support necessary to ensure that your experience is professionally and personally rewarding. Accommodation, advanced professional training, cultural and social events, and 24/7 local support are all included alongside leading internships in California.

You will form lifelong friendships with other program participants, forge long-lasting connections in California, and become part of our global alumni network after the program.

Due to the exclusivity of our host organizations it must be noted that our internships in California are selective.

Apply today for one of our career-launching internships in California and gain a major head start with The Intern Group.

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About California

Known as “The Golden State,” California first became internationally recognized during the Gold Rush. Now home to the headquarters of some of the world's largest companies, Apple, Facebook and Netflix to name a few, it comes as no surprise that California attracts visitors from the world over thanks to its entrepreneurial vibe. You can accomplish anything here. Situated on the west coast of the US, California is home to majestic national parks, like Yosemite and the Redwoods Forest, and famous beaches from TV series. California truly offers the best of both worlds.

The list of things to do in San Francisco is never ending. Whether it’s walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, taking a boat ride to Alcatraz, or reliving the 90s on a visit to the set of Full House, interns in San Francisco will never be bored. Get to know the city best by spending a weekend exploring downtown in its historic trolleys, the world's last manually operated cable car system. Known for its inclusiveness, San Francisco is a melting pot accepting of all. 

If you’re a film or music fanatic, Los Angeles is the city for you. Take in the city’s views from Griffith Observatory, or get inspired while on a hike up to the Hollywood sign. Spend a day on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in hopes of a celebrity spotting. Despite its reputation for being a huge industrial city, Los Angeles is also famous for its beautiful beaches, like Santa Monica, Venice, and Malibu to name a few. LA will leave you feeling starstruck.

There is no better place for your international internship, whatever your interests are. The Golden State is admired for its perfect mixture of modernity and nature. If your interests lie in the corporate fields, San Francisco is the perfect place for you to gain hands-on experience in business, technology, communications, marketing and finance fields. Los Angeles offers interns interested in art, film, television and PR the perfect chance to not only gain experience, but to simultaneously grow their network. There really is something for everybody in California.

Apply today for an international internship in California.

ELIGIBILITY

VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR California

There are many visa options for international students who are selected to take part in our U.S Internship Program.

The most common is the J-1 visa. You must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be enrolled as a full time student at a tertiary educational institute or have graduated within 12 months.
  • Be studying towards/have obtained a degree.
  • Secure a U.S internship that is related to your field of study and submit a Training Plan as completed by your Host Company in the USA. We will arrange all of this.
  • All applicants must have sufficient return evidence in order to be approved by the US Embassy. Return evidence can be a letter from your University/College stating that you will return to resume or continue your studies after your internship in the USA. For applicants not intending to return to study, this should be a letter from an employer stating that when you return from the US there will be a job available for you. If you hold a property deed for a property this will also be accepted in some cases.
  • Proof of funds. You must show proof that you will have access to at least $750 for every month during your internship in the USA. This can be in the form of original bank statements and/or a Guarantor’s letter. You must submit your proof of funds with your application and at your US Embassy interview.
  • Be prepared to leave the US 30 days after completion. These days can only be used for the departure and for traveling.
  • The estimated cost of the sponsored J-1 visa is 1,135 USD. Please note that this could vary slightly depending on your specific embassy or consulate’s fee.
  • You will also need to purchase insurance.
What is the age requirement?
If you have finished high school, you qualify for our programs. We have a number of participants that are on their gap year, although the majority are completing undergraduate university degrees. Our programs are also suitable for recent university graduates, MBA graduates, and even experienced professionals in career transition. The key point is this: every internship we arrange is customized for each individual accepted onto our program, and for their unique background/stage of career.
Do I need prior work experience?
No. As we are a customized internship program, our roles coincide with each person’s education level and professional experience. We have a range of program participants – from those doing their first internship to executives with extensive, impressive careers who wish to experience a new career field/destination.
Who do you accept onto the program?

Our program participants have included Harvard MBA graduates to a 17 year old on their first overseas trip. What our thousands of alumni have in common is more fundamental than any educational or professional qualification – it is an international mindset, combining a desire and ambition to further themselves with a keen curiosity to learn more about the world.

To read about how international internships are beneficial for all age groups, visit our blog article.

HOUSING

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We offer interns in California accommodation in shared apartments with other interns and international students. You will have your own lockable private bedroom. All apartments are equipped with bedding, basic cooking utensils and WIFI internet service. We take care to make sure that all of our housing options are located within safe areas with a reasonable commute (about 30-60 minutes is normal) to your internship in California.

What's Included

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  • 1 Professional Internship
  • 2 Career Training
  • 3 Accommodation
  • 4 Social Events
  • 5 Cultural Immersion
  • 6 24/7 Support From Local Staff

Included in Every Program

All participants on The Intern Group program automatically benefit from a host of unique advantages.

In addition to a professional internship placement and housing, our California internship program provides you with the following:

A full array of top class professional and cultural development resources. The focus of our international internship programs is on participants’ personal and professional growth. Alongside developing the independence and cultural awareness of living and working in a new country, our program places equal emphasis on the enhancement of the skills and experience required to fulfill their career ambitions. There are 4 key components to our professional and cultural development suite.

  • Workplace skills workshop focusing on many areas including professional development and core communication skills required to succeed in any environment
  • Self assessment HR tool typically reserved for CEOs and corporate leaders
  • A wide array of training materials to ensure you have the guidance and support to maximize the benefit of your internship experience.
  • A personalized, one hour session with a professional Alumni Success Coach. Our experienced career coaches specialize in a wide variety of topics ranging from landing your dream job, to Linkedin branding and negotiating salaries. You choose from our portfolio of experts who you would like to guide you through your next steps after your international internship. 

A full calendar of social and cultural events: Our full-time local team in California knows the city inside out and will show you the best of it. The California internship program includes many events, free to participants.  

A pre-loaded public transportation card for your first month in California.

An active international community in California where optional meet-ups are constantly planned. At all times of the year we have large numbers of talented participants on our programs from all over the world. You will immediately become part of an international community, providing you with friends and networks to last a lifetime.

Great support from our full-time local team with local expertise, from start to finish. Our full-time team in California are all experts on the state and are incredibly proud of it– they want to show you why. They will organize your airport pick-up when you arrive in California as well as your airport drop-off at the end of your internship.

The experience

This is the California Experience. The Intern Group in California will make sure that you have all of the resources necessary for your professional development and cultural immersion. We want you to work hard but also have the time of your life. Your internship program in California includes a wide range of cultural and social events. Check out our participants in California:

Dates & Program fees

Program Fees

Coming soon.

Program Start Dates

Programs are available all-year-round on a rolling admission schedule starting in January 2019. 

2019

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  • December
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Discounts

Alumni Discount – If you have already completed an internship program with us in the past, you are eligible for an Alumni Discount*.
*10% Alumni Discount for program start dates year round excluding peak season (June and July).
*5% Alumni Discount for program start dates in June and July.

Discount for Financial Aid Recipients– If you are a college student in the US receiving a Pell Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are a college or university student in the UK receiving a Maintenance Loan of over £8200 or a Maintenance Grant, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are a college or university student in Australia receiving Youth Allowance, you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs. If you are a college or university student in Canada receiving the Canada Student Grant (CSG), you are eligible for a 500 USD discount off any of our programs.

Please view our financing page for more information on funding your international internship program.

To see if you’re eligible for the California Program, please click here.

Payment Schedule

Please see our Terms & Conditions for full details.

APPLY

No application fee.
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Submit application online.
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Schedule an interview by phone or skype with our admissions team.
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Evaluation of your interview and resume/CV by our admissions team.

ENROLL

If you are accepted into the program, congratulations!
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Confirm your place in the program by making a deposit of 600 British Pounds.

Half of balance due

50% of your remaining fee is due within 30 days of enrollment. Our money-back guarantee covers you through the entire process.

remaining balance due

You will be asked to pay the remaining balance within 21 days of having your internship role confirmed.

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You are ready to start the adventure of a lifetime!

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