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 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. Placements will be conducted in German. 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.
Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.
- Arts & Arts Administration
- Cooking & Catering
- Cultural Institutions
- Environmental Organizations
- Media & Communications
- Museums & Galleries
- Political Organizations
- Social Organizations
- Center: IES Abroad Berlin
- City: Berlin
- Country: Germany
- Program Credits: 3, 6, or 9 credits
- Language of Instruction: English
- Language Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college-level German
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
To ensure that you are abiding by German laws and regulations, contact your IES Abroad advisor if you plan to arrive in Europe before the start date of your program or to depart Europe later than the end date of your program.
May 22 - July 21
Upcoming Application Deadlines:
Application deadline has passed
IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
While working in Berlin, you’ll enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns. Topics include:
- Understanding business culture
- Improving communication in the workplace
- Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
- Resolving conflicts
- Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Berlin and when you return home
Although your internship seminar will be conducted in English, please note that internship placements in Berlin are conducted in German.
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
GR 321 - German for Professions: Emerging Independent (Summer)
- IN 395A - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar - 3 Credits (Summer)
- IN 395B - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar - 6 Credits (Summer)
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 are provided.
Shared Student Apartments - Live with other IES Interns in apartments with fully equipped kitchens. Apartment placements are limited and no meals are provided.
The staff at our Berlin Center will welcome you for orientation. This includes an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Berlin Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
Redefine the way you live and learn in Berlin through cultural events during your free-time, such as:
- German history museum visit
- German Parliament visit
- Berlin city tour
- Potsdam day trip
- 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.
- Non-U.S. citizens attending school outside the U.S.: Native English fluency or IELTS score of 6.0 or above, taken within the last two years. Visit the IELTS website to find a test location near you. IES Abroad reserves the right, in its sole discretion, not to accept students who it believes do not have the necessary English language competency to succeed in an Internship Program, irrespective of the applicant's score on a language proficiency exam.
- 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.
Passport & Visa Requirements
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.
Summer 2018 3 Credits
- Tuition: $3,370
- Housing: $1,690
- Insurance: $135
- Total: $5,195
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.