Why Vienna?

Starting Summer 2019, IES Internships will begin offering full-time placements in Vienna—the home of our very first IES Abroad Center.

As an IES intern, you’ll enjoy the history, rich culture, and professional opportunities that the political and economic capital of Austria has to offer. Recently ranked first in the Mercer Quality of Living survey, there’s nowhere and no way better to spend your summer than with a full-time internship in Vienna.

Your Internship

Our program guarantees you an internship in Austria that will help you develop professional skills to jump-start your career and make you more attractive to employers in today’s competitive job market.

IES Internships’ unpaid, academic summer internships place Vienna interns in fields such as the arts, international relations, psychology, and more (see our list below). Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, hone your networking and interviewing skills, and prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.

As a summer intern, you'll work with a local business or organization for approximately 30 hours per week. You will also enroll in a required 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. You have the option of enrolling in a 3-credit German language course at no extra cost, as well, if your work schedule allows.

With IES Internships’ dedicated staff and international connections in Vienna, you can be sure that you’ll have an internship that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out!

PLACEMENT EXAMPLES: 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
  • Business
  • Consulting
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Museums
  • Music
  • NGOs
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!


While working in Vienna, 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 Vienna and when you return home

You may also enroll in an optional 3-credit German language course taught at the Center.


This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

German Language


  • GR 101 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad I Summer German 3
  • GR 201 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad III Summer German 3
  • GR 301 - German Language in Context: Emerging Independent I Summer German 3

Internship Seminar


  • IN 395 - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar Summer English 3
  • IN 395 - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar Summer English 6

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Vienna, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Austria. An internship through IES Internships provides you with a chance to experience the local professional culture while still benefiting from the support of IES Abroad Vienna staff and housing. So experience the city like a true Viennese by living in an apartment with other IES interns or a local residence hall.

In your free time, get to know Vienna, Austria, and Central Europe through IES Abroad-organized cultural events and field trips alongside IES Abroad study abroad students. Possible destinations include: a weekend trip to Prague and Salzburg or Budapest and a day trip to Eisenstadt or Semmering. Trips are optional and generally at an additional cost.


The staff at our Vienna Center will welcome you for a 1-day orientation. This includes an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Vienna Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns.


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 students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Vienna, it will feel like home.

Shared Apartments - Live with other IES Interns in apartments with fully equipped kitchens. No meals are provided.

Get to Know Your New City

1. Experience an Opera at the Wiener Staatsoper

Students have the incredible opportunity to see world-class opera performances for only a few euros.

2. Relax Along the Danube Canal

Enjoy the late afternoon sun while you take in the tranquility of this waterway.

3. Visit a Museum or Two on a Rainy Day

Whether you’re into classic or modern art, history, science, architecture, or nearly anything else, at least one of the 100+ museums of Vienna will interest you.

4. Ride the Praterturm at Prater Park

The “Prater Tower” is the highest swing ride in the world, providing both thrills and spectacular views of the city!

5. Sip Wine at an Authentic Heuriger

These Viennese wine taverns serve locally-produced wines and snacks to thirsty and hungry patrons who sit at long picnic tables.

Vienna Summer – Internship Application Requirements

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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 the time of program departure. (Students who have completed one year of undergraduate study may apply and will be considered on a case-by-case 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 the 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.
  • The previous study of the German language is not required. Basic comprehension and conversational ability may be preferred for competitive placements.

Application Requirements:

  • 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 or academic advisor can either complete the Home School Authorization electronically through IES Abroad’s PartnerPortal system, or by filling out the PDF form linked above. Consult your advisor to determine how they would prefer to complete your Home School Authorization. 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. If you have multiple transcripts, IES Abroad will average the GPAs for all colleges/universities you have attended and use that cumulative GPA when reviewing your application.
  • 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.
  • Placement Interest Form: This form will ask you about your goals and objectives for the internship placement, as well as information about how to best contact you throughout the placement process. Our internship staff will use this as a starting point for matching you with a host employer.
  • Résumé
  • Professional Letter of Reference (optional): Submit a letter of reference from a previous employer or supervisor.
  • IELTS Scores (non-U.S. citizens): Non-native English speakers may be required to submit English language proficiency exam results. Contact your IES Abroad Representative for more information.


  • 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 your GPA, any particular academic challenges faced, reasons you chose this IES Abroad program, and how it fits into your academic career.

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. Visit travel.state.gov to locate U.S. passport agencies in your area.
  • U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Austria for less than 90 days. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival. Please contact us for more information.


  • Language prerequisites: None
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Credits: 3, 6, or 9 credits
  • Housing: Apartment
  • Estimated Cost: Price TBD
  • Upcoming Program Dates: Summer 2019: May 24 - July 19
  • Upcoming Application Deadlines: Summer 2019 - February 15, 2019
Program taught in:
  • English
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