Berlin Summer Internship
Experience Berlin—the economic and political center of Germany. This capital city also boasts a thriving arts scene (with more than 175 museums and galleries) and some of the world’s most spectacular architecture. When you intern in Berlin, you’ll be able to walk, bike, or take a bus, tram, or train (U-Bahn) to work. Over lunch, stroll through one of Berlin’s countless parks and gardens. At night, enjoy live music or theater in this Kulturhaupstadt (cultural capital) of Germany. Interning in Berlin will boost both your résumé credentials and your cultural competence.
An IES Internship in Berlin develops your professional skills and your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.
You’ll be guaranteed an unpaid placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 25 hours per week. You’ll also enroll in a 3- or 6- credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in the workplace.
Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills to prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.
Spend your free time getting to know Berlin and its surroundings through IES Abroad-organized cultural events and optional field trips to places like Potsdam and the Sanssouci Palace.
Arts & Arts Administration
Cooking & Catering
Media & Communications
Museums & Galleries
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local residents are living. Our goal is that when you leave Berlin, it will feel like home.
Homestays - Live with local residents throughout the city. Hosts may be single adults, single parents, families, or German university students. (no meals provided)
Shared Student Apartments - Live with other IES Interns in apartments with fully equipped kitchens (no meals provided)
You can participate in field trips and extracurricular activities in and around Berlin, and cultural events at the IES Abroad Berlin Center.
All field trips are optional for Internship students and additional costs apply. These trips are academic, not solely touristic, in nature. Potential destinations include:
- Potsdam & Sanssouci Palace
Visit the capital and crown jewel of the state of Brandenburg and admire Sanssouci’s fabulous palaces and surrounding gardents.
- Berlin city tour
Tour the various neighborhoods of Berlin and learn this city’s fascinating history.
- 18 years of age
- In good standing at your home school
- 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
- At least sophomore standing prior to application; rising junior status at time of program departure. (Students who have completed one year of undergraduate study may apply and will be considered on a case-by-base basis.)
- Students must be enrolled in a full-time degree program, or a graduate intending to begin their internship no more than 12 months after their graduation date (solid academic credentials related to studies or experience in desired field of placement required); graduate students enrolled in a full-time degree program may apply and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Non-U.S. citizens must refer to their local consulate to learn about visa requirements and determine eligibility; IES Internships cannot advise on visa regulations for non-U.S. citizens.
- Two or more semesters of college-level German, with conversational proficiency; enrollment in a German language course within one year of the program start date.
- Online Application
Applications may be considered after the published deadline on a space available basis. Please note that late applicants may be required to submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit upon acceptance in order to secure a place in the program. Please contact us with questions about applying after the deadline.
Submit the following in your MyIESabroad account after your Online Application is processed:
- Home School Authorization
Your on-campus study abroad advisor will instruct you on approval for this program. If you will not be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or will graduate prior to the IES Summer Internship start date, this form is not required.
- Official Transcript(s) for each college/university you have attended since high school.
- Summer Internship Approval Form
- Cover Letter
This letter should not be addressed to IES Internships. Instead, it should be targeted toward prospective internship hosts in the field in which you would like to work. Your letter will allow potential host organizations to better understand your interest, skills, and background experience.
- Brief statement of interest and goals (approximately 250 words)
This statement should explain your goals and objectives for the internship placement. Include information about the type of organization you would like to work for, the skills you would like to gain, or any requirements from your home school about the type of placement you receive. Our internship staff will use this as a starting point for your placement.
- Professional Letter of Reference (optional)
Submit a letter of reference from a previous employer or supervisor.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS IF CUMULATIVE GPA IS BELOW 2.5:
- Professor Recommendation Letter
Although there is no length requirement, the recommendation must indicate a professor’s opinion of the applicant’s academic ability to pursue university-level coursework in a foreign country, in addition to any information that would help IES Abroad gain a better understanding of the applicant.
- Personal Academic Essay
Although there is no length requirement, the essay must address GPA, any particular academic challenges faced, and goals for interning abroad in your selected location.
A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. Visit travel.state.gov to locate U.S. passport agencies in your area.