Internship Placements in Germany

The European Study Center staff custom arranges internship placements for individual students in companies or institutions which fit your personal interests, academic goals and background as closely as possible. Housing assistance, language preparation and cultural immersion courses are also arranged for each internship placement.

Because we are located in Heidelberg, our search for internship placements begins in this area unless another region of Germany is specifically requested. We do our best to honor requests, but do not guarantee internship location.

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The cost for this type of internship may vary and is based on the location, duration, type of accommodation and other factors.

Your application must be completed and your deposit paid 4-6 months prior to the desired start date for your internship.

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If you have any questions or are interested in pursuing an internship, please contact Cristina Sempertegui at



  • open to students from all study areas
  • Junior or Senior standing
  • minimum GPA of 3.0 (B)
  • basic German language knowledge*
  • related to your field of study**
  • practical experience in the desired field of the internship (summer employment, prior internship, etc.)

* For many areas of study, only basic German language skills are required. However, students seeking an international business or finance internship must be fluent in German (Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or Advanced-mid of the ACTFL proficiency guidelines) to participate in the individual internship program.

** The internship must be related to your current study fields in order to receive a work permit. The local authority's decision will be based on the information provided on the "Certificate of Enrollment" as well as the job description provided by the employer.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of work permit restrictions, you must be able to provide proof that you are enrolled as a student at your home institution of higher education before, during and after the program your internship or an E.U. citizen.

Study Fields:

Internship placements are arranged in companies or institutions which closely fit the student's personal interests, academic goals and background. Students can be placed in a wide range of industry sectors, including but not limited to:

  • Public Administration
  • International Relations
  • Management
  • Business and Finance
  • Media/Communications
  • Photography
  • Hotel & Tourism
  • Music & Theater
  • Education
  • Nursing


Internships of two months or less are usually unpaid. For internships of three months or longer, compensation is subject to the company’s internship compensation policies. If you are not willing to accept an unpaid internship, it should be indicated so in your application. 

Academic Credit:

The ESC does not grant any credits or degrees for the internship program. However, credits may be awarded by your home institution (as arranged by your home university). If you would like academic credit for this internship, it is your responsibility to make sure that your internship meets all academic requirements at your home institution. We only provide the services, which are mentioned here »


You are required by the German government to have health insurance during your internship. You may provide proof of adequate health insurance or purchase CareMed coverage. If you purchase your health insurance through the ESC, our staff will process all claims for you provided you forward the needed documentation to them. We are unable to offer this service to those who have other insurance policies.

If you have any questions or are interested in pursuing an internship, please contact Cristina Sempertegui at