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Internships & Volunteer Opportunities

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.

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

Internship Application Form (pdf)

Internship Options

 Standard Internship Package Placement Only
  • Assistance and guidance preparing your resume/CV and internship cover letter for the very different German standards (Lebenslauf)
  • Research and contacting German companies on your behalf to inquire about the internship possibility
  • Preparation and coaching for telephone interviews
  • We apply for the required permits (for students) from the German government on your behalf
  • Internship & pre-departure preparation materials
  • German language instruction (group course for 40 hours or individual tutor for 20 hours)
  • Housing (finding fully furnished, safe and clean accommodation, arranging the deposit, signing the rental contract) – single room in a student residence or something similar (2 months)
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival and check-in assistance at your accommodation, help getting settled in, etc.
  • Orientation & help with cultural immersion
  • Welcome-dinner and weekly meetings with the on-site coordinator
  • Assistance preparing your resume/CV and internship cover letter to meet German standards (Lebenslauf)
  • Research and contact with German companies on your behalf to inquire about the internship possibility
  • Preparation and coaching for interviews
  • Help with the required permits from the German government
  • Internship & pre-departure preparation materials
  • Information about finding housing
  • Continued contact with and support from the European Study Center staff
The price for the above services and
2-month internship: € 3,250
The price for the above services and
2-month internship: € 900

Eligibility:

  • 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.

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.

Compensation:

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). For more information, please contact Cristina Sempertegui at internships@studyabroad-germany.eu

Internship Application Form (pdf)

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

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in actively contributing to the community during your semester in Heidelberg, you can opt to add a  volunteer component to your program. Please contact us for further information – info@studyabroad-germany.eu.