Practical experience gained abroad not only tops off your CV and arouses interest among future employers, but also broadens your horizons. Whether you do an internship or voluntary service, you will get to know the world of work on the spot. This allows you to immerse yourself a lot deeper in the host country’s culture than is possible while studying. You will be able to enhance your language skills and to prove your intercultural competence. Those who dare to leave their comfort zone will be rewarded with many exciting experiences.
I completed my twelve-week mandatory internship as a research intern at the School of Psychology at the University of Cardiff. I learned programming and was given the opportunity to participate in a research project from the conception stage through to data analysis. I particularly liked the fact that I was granted a lot of personal responsibility and given many opportunities to help shape things. Even today, I am in regular contact with the research group and continue to be involved in the project. After my experience abroad, I definitely feel like doing research after completing my master’s degree, but I also realized that this career path requires a lot of flexibility.
For my mandatory internship, which forms part of the bachelor’s program in Political Science, I went to Prishtina, Kosovo, where I worked in the foreign office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Being introduced to a political foundation’s international activities and to the local NGOs and political institutions the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung cooperates with to provide a broad range of political education opportunities was particularly interesting. My assignments included the preparation of events and seminars, and I was also allowed to contribute to publications. Thanks to this internship, I can imagine working in the foundation sector in the future, which I am very grateful for.
At the German embassy in Tallinn, I gained profound insights into an upper medium and higher level civil servant’s work in the Federal Foreign Office. I was treated as part of the team from day one and drafted speeches and reports, contributed to the embassy’s web and social media presence, and engaged in general research-related or administrative tasks. My assignments outside the embassy were even more thrilling, though. Shortly before Estonia took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, I attended meetings at Estonian institutions, assisted during evening events at the residence of the German Ambassador, and accompanied German delegations which had come to Estonia to learn more about its pioneering role in digitalization. Being a diplomatic service intern comes with a variety of exciting tasks and duties. I can therefore only recommend students to intern with a diplomatic representation abroad, particularly in Estonia.
My internship as study abroad assistant at the International Office of the University of Exeter was the most exciting part of my studies. In my bachelor’s program, I had the opportunity to gain practical and international experience at the same time. During my internship, I was granted a lot of responsibility, so that I was able to bring in many of the skills I had acquired during my studies, but also gain many new skills. For example, my business English has improved a lot thanks to my stay abroad. In addition, the internship semester helped me find out what I wanted to do after graduating from the bachelor's program. I'm already planning my next internship abroad – because you can't get to know a country and its culture in a any better way than this.
The “Russland in der Praxis” program is designed to support German students and graduates who want to learn right on the spot about the dynamics of German-Russian relations in science and business. The internships will take place between March and September 2021.
German companies based in Russia provide internships for this purpose. Companies and students benefit equally from this offer. The companies have the opportunity to recruit young professionals with fresh, innovative ideas for their future fields of work. The interns get to know the everyday life of a company, including a strong intercultural component.
There are already 59 advertised positions for the summer semester 2021. The list of participating German companies in Russia can be found here.
Bachelor's and Master's students as well as graduate students can apply via the DAAD Portal from 6 October to 18 November 2020.
Detailed information on the internship program is also available from AHK Russia.
The Carlo-Schmid Program is designed to improve the qualifications and prospects of qualified students and graduates for later employment in the international arena.
Program line A
Applications of students who independently obtained an internship commitment at international organizations, institutions of the European Union (EU) or selected non-governmental organizations.
Program line B
Graduates of a bachelor’s program are encouraged to apply if they meet the requirements of the respective job or internship advertisement.
The Schuman Traineeship offers students the opportunity to gain an insight into the work of the European Parliament.
The German-French Parliament Internship program is aimed at German and/
As an intern you will gain an insight into the multifaceted work of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Internships are offered in various areas of the company both in Germany and abroad.
Learn, experience, and move in a networked world! The ASA program is designed to support young people in their commitment to recognize global interdependencies and to contribute to sustainable global development.
This program helps students at German universities to find internships at Israeli companies.
Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation – Studienstiftung (German Academic Scholarship Foundation)
Established in 1986, the scholarship program for China is designed to support highly qualified students from all disciplines (with the exception of sinology, music, film, arts and design) during a one-year stay in the People's Republic of China. The aim of the program is to enable interested students as early as possible to acquire a sound knowledge of China and thus to strengthen German-Chinese relations in the long term.
When planning your studies, please note that the program has a one-and-a-half-year lead time.
Every year, 10 scholarships are awarded.
The application deadline is 30 April.
The program aims to offer German graduates the opportunity to participate in a language- and practice-oriented program in Japan. Scholarship holders are given the chance to learn Japanese from scratch and immerse themselves in the country's culture and economy.
The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) grants a scholarship to support mandatory internships in France, which are recognized by the German home university as part of the bachelor's program.
With the Anke Reese scholarship, the Asienhaus Foundation wants to give financial support to young people who want to do an internship at a non-governmental organization in Asia.
An internship abroad – both inside and outside the EU – can be funded, if:
This funding option is only available for a mandatory internship of 12 weeks!
The international internship manager will be happy to answer any questions you may have about an internship abroad or your application documents. We also invite employers to send us any open internship positions at their company or institution.