Please find below a short list of internship programs in Germany. Be sure also to visit the websites of DAAD and Cultural Vistas for additional opportunities not outlined below.
- Research Internship in Science and Engineering
- Émigré Memorial German Internship Program (EMGIP)
- Der Bundesfreiwilligendienst (BFD)
Organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), this summer internship program places students in a research group in the natural sciences at a German university or research institution. All scholarship holders receive stipends to help cover living/housing expenses. No German required. A database with a list of all available research groups becomes available on the DAAD website in early December, and applications are due January 31. Students interested in RISE should also speak to their advisor in the sciences about the Emory-supported International Research Experience in the Sciences (IRES) program for additional funding.
Also organized by DAAD, this two-month program offers internship opportunities for US and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are two months long in positions matching the student's interest and experience. Interns are assigned to the administrative office of a specific legislative committee. In addition to contributing to the administrative work of the office, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament. Advanced German abilities required. Interns receive a living/housing allowance and health insurance. The application is available online and due in early September of each year.
A very interesting program that was started in Germany after compulsory military service for German males was abolished and Germany needed to fill positions formally held by conscientious objectors. There are roughly 30,000 positions available throughout Germany in a range of socially oriented fields (e.g., social work, historic preservation, environmental protection). The program is open to anyone with a high school diploma - there are no limits on one's age, gender, or nationality. Participants are mentored, hold their positions typically for 12 months, and receive room, board, pocket money, and insurance. For more information on the rolling admission process, visit the website above to search the database of available positions and begin the application process