Internship Program in Germany

The Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Germany provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable international work skills, improve German language abilities, and experience German life and culture firsthand.

Internship placements are available in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to business, engineering, finance, tourism, IT, media/communications, international relations, the nonprofit sector, German studies, and economics.

Most internships are 3-to-12 months in length and have flexible start dates.

Many internships are paid and scholarships are available to qualified participants who receive unpaid internships. Participants will receive a scholarship application following acceptance to the program. A limited number of language course stipends are also available for those who qualify.

Program Benefits

Cultural Vistas works with an array of global partner organizations to place participants in professional internships that reflect their background and career goals. Companies range from small family-owned businesses to multinational holdings. For more information about the internship search, please see our FAQ page.

From the application process through your return to the United States, Cultural Vistas  will provide you with the following:

  • Assistance drafting a German resume (Lebenslauf)
  • Customized placement in an internship in your field of study
  • Pre-departure packet with tips, hints, and advice on life in Germany
  • Financial assistance for unpaid internships through the Cultural Vistas Scholarship Fund (apply separately, based on need)
  • Work authorization for Germany
  • Health insurance (optional)
  • Language course stipend (apply separately, based on need)
  • Housing assistance
  • Support in Germany throughout the internship
  • Reentry information and tips on marketing international experience to U.S. employers

Eligibility

  • Students, international and U.S., enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities and Canadian citizens enrolled in U.S. or Canadian colleges and universities are eligible for the program. 
  • At least two years of university level studies in the field of your major
  • Two years of post-secondary instruction in German or the equivalent (extra language training is available, if needed)
  • Practical experience in target internship field (summer employment, prior internship, lab position, etc.) does not need to be extensive, but is preferred. The more experience you have, the more desirable you are to a potential host company.

* Canadian citizens enrolled at an accredited Canadian college or university are also eligible.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Please apply at least five months prior to your desired start date.

For more information, please contact usabroad@culturalvistas.org.