Intern Abroad in Germany

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Interning Abroad in Germany


82 Internships Abroad in Germany

Startup Experienceship in Berlin

If you are looking for a traditional internship then we are not what you are looking for. If you are looking for something new that will act as an exciting career accelerator in an innovative environment that aims to inspire and innovate, keep reading! Join our 28 day Startup Experienceships and develop core professional skills and relevant technical skills to keep you ahead of the game as y...

IES Internships

IES Internships, a unit of IES Abroad, offers hands-on, professional internships in some of the world's most exciting cities. Whether you chose an eight-week, full-time internship in one of our eight international locations, or enroll in a part-time internship while you study abroad for the semester, one thing is for sure: you'll add global brilliance to your résumé. With more than 300 globa...

Environmental Policy in Germany

The German government has established a program to support pilot programs to reduce greenhouse emissions and promote alternative energy use. If you have a background in environmental science or experience in policy related to climate change this is a great opportunity to learn about the progressive policies that Germany has put in place.

Boston University: Dresden Internship Program

Sign up for an academic year internship program in Germany with Boston University Study Abroad. Experience working in a professional environment at one of the companies in Dresden. The program is open to all international participants who are interested in the German culture outside the academic world. Students can study and specialize in their respective fields at the Technische Universitat Dr...

Twin Work & Volunteer

Intern abroad in Germany in fields including Media, Automotive, and Law, through Twin Work & Volunteer. Placements are available in the city of Berlin. Programs include food, accommodation, and excursions.

Paid Internships in Germany

Participants have the chance to strengthen their resumes through these paid internship abroad programs offered by Spain Internship in Germany. Based in the country's capital, Berlin, participants may select among three options including interning as a Market Researcher, a Call Center Agent, or a Customer Feedback Manager.

Fashion Week Internships - Berlin

Fashion Week Internships is the only specialist fashion industry internship provider. Working with over 2,000 industry leading brands, retailers, designers, labels and PR/events companies, our programs give motivated students and graduates the opportunity to experience the fashion industry up close! Berlin is a city like no other. Steeped in history and home to some of the worlds best ...

Intern in Sport - Berlin and Munich

Intern in Sport is Europe's only specialist sports internship provider, dedicated to delivering dynamic sport internships in the European sport industry. Our German programs provide ambitious students and graduates with their first taste of the global sports industry, working with some of Germany's best known sports clubs, academies, coaches, management agencies, brands, and sporting associa...

Cultural Vistas

Gain practical work experience and learn how to speak German in Germany through Cultural Vistas. Placements are available in cities including Freiburg, Heidelberg, and Mannheim. Program fees include a monthly stipend, housing, and a one-month language course.

Instituto Hemingway

Learn about authentic German culture, traditions, and history while partaking in an internship program with Instituto Hemingway in Germany. Participants have the chance to improve and develop their professional skills while exploring the fascinating city of Berlin, learning German, and working alongside locals. Program placements include Accounting, Fashion Business, and Hospitality.

Global Resource Bureau

Be professionally trained in Germany through this internship program with Global Resource Bureau. Available in ten cities including Berlin, Cologne, and Frankfurt, participants get to enrich their skills in the area of Hospitality in an international working environment. Participation is restricted to American, European, Canadian, Australian, Kiwi, and Asian citizens.

Educational Programmes Abroad

Work in an exciting and challenging internship in the field of your choice that helps you gain self confidence, new skills, valuable work experience and an outstanding resume. Study academic courses taught at local universities that broaden your perspective and nurture your personal growth. Explore new ways of thinking and living that deepen your knowledge and understanding of different culture...

trivago GmbH

Work with the latest technology in Germany and with colleagues from all around the world through Trivago. Placements are available in the city of Dusseldorf. Programs include sports activities, independent work, and a pleasant working environment.

Summit Global Education - Summer Multi-Country across Europe

Experience life in Berlin in the summer through a Multi-Country study abroad program offered by Summit Global Education. This is a fantastic 7-8 week program that involves traveling around Germany and across Europe. During the program, students will have a worthwhile opportunity to go to different European cities like Barcelona, Budapest, Prague, London, Vienna, Berlin, and Paris.

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Interning Abroad in Germany

Considering interning abroad? Germany might be the perfect fit for you. Germany is a beautiful and fascinating country that somehow manages to be both modern and medieval. From fast paced modern cities, full of skyscrapers to idyllic, fairytale-esque villages dotted with castles, cathedrals, and vineyards, Deutschland has it all. It is an exciting country to explore and it is bordered by nine other countries, making intercountry travel easy and affordable. There is a real love of learning throughout the country, and Germans enjoy connecting with new people and learning about their different countries, ways of life, and world views. All of these factors come together to make Germany an ideal location for an internship abroad.

Geography & Demographics

Besides the excellent work experience and connections which interning in Germany will bring, Germany itself is hugely exciting and a great draw. Located in Western and Central Europe, Germany has a large and diverse population of over 80 million people. 

To the north, Germany shares a border with Denmark, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France and Luxembourg to the southwest, Belgium and the Netherlands to the northwest, and Poland and the Czech Republic to the east. The capital city is Berlin, and other large and notable cities include Hamburg and Munich.

There are about 70 universities in Germany, the oldest of which is Heidelberg University (established in 1386). Heidelberg also boasts one of the most beautiful and well known castles in Germany. The city even managed to bewitch the notoriously hard to impress American author Mark Twain, and it is the birthplace of well known film actor Michael Fassbender.

Food & Culture

Germany is an especially attractive intern abroad location for Americans and other native English speakers because English is so widely spoken in Germany. School children in Germany begin studying the English language at around five years of age. Plus, American and British movies, television programs, and music are hugely popular. As a result, many of the locals you will meet while interning abroad (especially in the larger cities) will speak English fluently, often with little trace of a German accent. Although it is always a good idea to attempt to speak at least a little of your host country’s language, communication should not be much of an issue, and even if you attempt to converse in broken or halting German, locals will often transition the conversation into English. This will make communicating easier for you, and it is a nice way for locals to practice their English. 

Interning in Germany

Germany has become increasingly popular as a location for international education and internships possibly because of its strength in sciences and mathematics. Engineering, Economics, and Informational Technology internships in Germany are particularly popular. But the humanities are also alive and well so there are many work opportunities in Tourism and Hospitality, Media and Communication, German Studies/History, and International Relations.

Typically, internships will range between three and twelve months. Choose an internship that includes academic credit, or find pre-professional, and paid internships. It is important to note that if you receive an unpaid internship, you still might be able to secure a scholarship, stipend, or some other form of financial aid such as a student loan. The Financial Aid Office at your University can help you explore these different options. Many times, internships can also lead to work offers! This may be extra appealing in the likely scenario that you find yourself yearning for more of what Germany has to offer after your internship has come to an end.

Many universities have a Career Office that will assist you if you would like to join the German workforce after your internship has ended. Of course, participating in the internship itself will help you to learn more about the ins and outs of the German job market, as well as create useful work contacts.

Visas. Regardless of nationality, everyone who wants to intern abroad needs a Visa of some sort. The type of Visa you will need is determined by your nationality and chosen location. American students who wish to intern abroad in Germany for three months are less need only to obtain a Tourist Visa. American students who are intending to work in Germany for more than three months should be prepared to secure a work permit.

If you are participating in an International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) program, the German Academic Exchange Service may be able to grant a work permit waiver. Also worth mentioning, is that if you are in Germany on a Student Visa, you will fall under the 90/180 day rule. This means that you are legally able to work either 90 full or 180 half days per year.

Health Insurance. Many, if not all, intern abroad programs will require you to have obtained health insurance before departure to begin your internship. You should check with your current health insurance provider to see if you’ll be covered while you work in Germany. Also, many programs will include basic health insurance.

Accommodation. Housing is a major concern for potential intern abroad students; after all, it can be difficult to succeed if you are overwhelmed by a stressful living situation. Intern abroad organizations will be able to provide you with quality housing options, or at the very least will have an assistance program to help you find safe and affordable housing hopefully with other interns. Some programs place interns with local families for a full immersion experience. Homestays usually include at least a couple meals per day. 

Academic Credit. Typically, students who are interning abroad are able to earn as many as six academic credits for a summer program, and up to fifteen academic credits for a full semester long program. The number of credits to be issued will be determined by the number of hours worked during the internship. For instance, students may receive up to one academic credit for every forty hour work week they complete.

An internship in Germany promises to be a fantastically, fulfilling experience academically, vocationally, socially, and culturally. Whether you’re a current student, a recent graduate, or someone changing careers, interning in Germany can provide you with an exciting opportunity to see a new part of the world while improving or beginning your German language skills. Build work experience that will be enriching to you and a definite asset to any resume. An internship will provide an upclose look at German life and culture in a more deep and satisfying way than you could ever hope to achieve on a whirlwind Grand Tour style visit.

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