The Émigré Memorial German Internship Program–German State Parliaments (EMGIP) is a fellowship program that provides U.S. and Canadian students with internships at a German state parliament (Landtag).
Internships afford students an excellent opportunity to gain government work experience, improve their advanced German language skills, and learn about German culture firsthand.
This professional opportunity overseas is ideal for students planning on pursuing careers at a regional level of government in the United States or Canada, or who have an interest in a specific policy issue such as the environment, education, or healthcare.
EMGIP runs three times a year—fall, spring, and early summer—for one to three months, depending on elections, holiday schedules and state offices’ preferences.
- Monthly stipends to ensure a total monthly salary of EUR 670 for U.S. citizens
- One- to three-month internship in a German Landtag in target internship field
- Health insurance (optional)
- Pre-departure orientation mailing
- Housing assistance
- Work authorization services
- Support throughout the program in Germany and the United States
- Re-entry information about marketing your experience abroad in the United States
Candidates for EMGIP must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- U.S. or Canadian citizen
- Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at accredited U.S. or Canadian colleges and universities before, during and after the program may apply. Graduating seniors may also be eligible, so long as their internships begin within three months of graduation.
- 18–30 years of age
- High-intermediate German skills (oral & written). Candidates must be able and willing to communicate in German and possess good command of professional vocabulary in field.
- Minimum two years university level studies in field related to one of the following: International Relations, Public Administration, Political Science, Law, Economics, European Studies with emphasis on Germany, German or German Studies, with a minor in one of the fields listed
- Some relevant work experience (e.g. internship, volunteer work, summer job). It is important that a candidate knows how to adjust to a professional environment and how to use theoretical skills in the workplace.
- October 1, 2012 for Spring 2013
- December 1, 2012 for early Summer 2013
- March 31, 2013 for Fall 2013