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To apply for the Internship Program in Germany, please click the "Apply Now" button below to request access to the online application system. Your request will be reviewed by a Cultural Vistas staff member. If you meet the program’s eligibility requirements, you will receive a username and password which give you access to the online application.

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Application Checklist

We encourage you to submit the majority of your application materials online. However, should you encounter any difficulties in uploading your application materials, please feel free to send them in hard copy to the address indicated below, along with any documents requiring original signatures. The complete application must be submitted by 12:00 am (Eastern Time Zone) on the day of the application deadline (five months before your intended start date), including any letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc. mailed separately.

Application materials to be submitted:

  1. Online Application

    Please click the link above to request a password to the online application. Requesting a password does not mean that you have completed the online application process. After you have requested an application you will receive a username and password to access, complete, and submit an application. You may preview and edit your application at any time until you have clicked on the “Submit” button. To preview your application, click “Print Version.” When editing your application, please be sure to click “Save” before exiting to ensure that all data is saved. We encourage you to print a copy of your completed application before submitting it. Please note that once an application has been submitted it is considered final.

  2. Professional Photo (example)

    Your photo should be the same size and format as a passport photo, taken from the shoulder up in front of a monochromatic background. You should wear business attire. The picture can be taken with a digital camera but should be good quality.

  3. College Transcripts

  4. Resume in English

  5. Letter of recommendation from a current or former employer

    Recommenders can email letters or PDFs directly to us at or they can mail hard copies of the documents to our New York office.

  6. Letter of recommendation from a German professor or instructor

    Recommenders can email letters or PDFs directly to us at or they can mail hard copies of the documents to our New York office.

  7. Copy of the picture page of your passport (example)

  8. Verpflichtungserklärung (Formal Obligation) (example)

    This document verifies support by a third party, typically a parent or guardian. The form is a necessary step for acquiring work authorization and must be submitted even if you support yourself financially. For this reason, please submit a hard copy with an original signature. Please use only the form linked to on this website.

  9. Certificates of Enrollment (example)

    This document must be submitted in hard copy with an original signature. We are unable to accept forms printed on university letterhead.

  10. Language test

    You will need Adobe Reader to submit the language test as part of your online application. Please type your answers directly into the language test and save it as a PDF file before uploading it in the Document section of the online application. If you experience problems filling out the test electronically, please complete it by hand, scan, and email it to

  11. Lebenslauf (example)

    This is the German equivalent of a resume. Please see our example for more details. German resume should reflect the same skills and experience as your English resume.

  12. Application Essay

    • The reason you would like to intern in Germany
    • The field in which you would prefer to intern
    • The type of work you would like to do
    • The skills and experience you have to offer a host company as an intern
  13. $75 Application Fee

    You can mail a check to our New York office made out to “Cultural Vistas.” Once you have submitted the online application we can send you an invoice if you prefer to pay online with a credit or debit card.  

    Please note: The Cultural Vistas application fee of $75 is due at the time of application; the program fee of $700 will be due upon acceptance to the program. Applications will not be processed until the application fee has been paid.

  14. Letter from your college or university if your internship is mandatory

    If you are completing a mandatory internship as part of your degree please provide a letter stating that the internship is mandatory.

    All hard copies of materials can be mailed to:

    Cultural Vistas
    Attn: Internships Abroad
    440 Park Avenue S, Second Floor
    New York, NY 10016

    We encourage you to submit as much of your application online as possible, except for the forms that must be submitted in hard copy or with original signatures.

    If you have questions, please email us at