Vienna Summer – Internship


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Program Description


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 placements like the examples listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • Composite-materials manufacturing company building snowboards, surfboards, and more
  • Educational technology company creating an innovative, multi-sensory learning tool for speech therapy
  • Technology startup providing chatbot services for local retailers and customers
  • Producer and publisher of alternate and indie music
  • Animal welfare research firm
  • Sound production and technology at a music studio
  • Nonprofit connecting expats in Vienna with mental health professionals
  • NGO producing an interactive database of Jewish memory as the first oral history project of its kind
  • Viennese opera house
  • Recording company producing albums across genres
  • Sustainable farming and food production company
  • Radio station focusing on creating content for the African continent

Don’t see what you're looking for? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!

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 Viennesse 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.


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 in Context: Novice Abroad I
  • German Language in Context: Novice Abroad III
  • German Language in Context: Emerging Independent I
  • Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar

Field Trips & Events

All field trips are optional for Internship students and additional costs nay apply to overnight trips. Possible destinations may include:


Day trip to Krems and Donau Valley.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Vienna is doing our best to help you fell safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you fell prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or networking and social events with Vienna professionals - we're all about our student services. This is just one of the fields we're known for.


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.

Program Cost

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.

Term: Summer 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total

Summer 2020

3 credits

$4,360 $1,355 $135 $5,850

Summer 2020

6 credits

$4,710 $1,355 $135 $6,200

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Social Impact Internship Scholarship

Up to 100% of room and board costs based on financial need + $1000 travel grant.

The Summer Social Impact Internship Scholarship was initiated by the Hemera Foundation, whose mission is to foster basic human goodness in individuals and society. This Scholarship, which will be sustained through a foundation collaborative, aims to inspire students to make a social impact through summer internships within philanthropic or direct service/social service organizations.

Barbara A. Barker Vienna Summer Internship Scholarship

Up to $2,000; awarded to one student each year.

Barbara Barker is an alumna of the University of South Carolina, and a member of the IES Abroad Vienna Class of 1968-69. Her year in Vienna, in which she discovered a passion for European art, music, culture, and travel with classmates, was life changing. Barbara passed away from a medical condition in Vienna in 1970, cutting short her new-found direction and purpose. Her father, George A.

Our Center

Also known as the Palais Corbelli, the IES Abroad Vienna Center is an elegant 17th-century palace in the heart of the city and is just minutes from many of the museums, theaters, and other major cultural attractions that have bestowed international fame on Vienna.

Features include:

  • Classrooms
  • Student lounge and small library
  • Computer lab
  • High-speed Internet and printer access
  • Practice rooms and instrument storage for music students
  • Concert hall for music students
Last updated November 2019

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