Live and Work in Berlin, Germany
German workers are the most productive in the world – that’s according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
A competitive mindset and direct style of communication that leads to consensus undoubtedly contributes to the success of the German economy – Europe’s largest – and offers the perfect environment for a rewarding internship.
In Berlin, students have the chance to experience German professional culture in the booming start-up and tech sectors, or at multinational companies or nonprofits. Larger-than-life architecture, vibrant bars and restaurants, efficient public transportation, and friendly, English-speaking locals offer a compelling backdrop – and rich counterbalance – to a challenging internship experience.
"Berlin combines the culture of New York, the traffic system of Tokyo, the nature of Seattle, and the historical treasures of, well, Berlin."
- Hiroshi Motomura, U.S. Law Professor
Students interning in Berlin are placed with companies ranging from innovative start-ups to global organizations and multinationals in a variety of industry sectors:
Communications – advertising, design, media, multimedia
Entertainment/Culture – film, music, television, theater production
Infrastructure – urban planning, transportation, architecture, construction, transportation
Life Sciences – biotech, environmental sciences, medical engineering
Technology – software, hardware, finance tech, mobile apps, e-commerce
A Typical Berlin Internship Program:
While the AIC tailors internship programs to the needs of each academic partner, a typical program in Berlin includes:
Personalized Placement including pre-placement interview, student assessment, resume review; personalized matching with appropriate internship opportunity from the AIC database and ongoing employer outreach; coaching and troubleshooting during the interview process.
Academic Components designed by our university partners or through online coursework.
Housing in student residences convenient to the city center and easily accessible via public transportation. Apartments are fully furnished and include kitchen facilities, access to laundry, and internet connection. Bedrooms are typically doubles.
Student Orientation including a pre-departure orientation on campus and an on-site city orientation, featuring a tour of Berlin's neighborhoods, tips on “can’t miss” culture, introduction to local markets, and guidance on navigating Berlin transportation networks.
Ongoing Local Support from our Berlin Program Team, including full-time program management, coaching and troubleshooting, and 24-hour emergency support throughout the program.
Professional Development opportunities that include workshops, symposiums or materials on interviewing skills, working styles, making the most of your internship experience, and industry-specific networking in Berlin.
Cultural Activities including site visits or social sector briefings with community leaders from various organizations.
Students: Please note that internships are available only through our partner academic institutions. To find out if you can participate through one of their programs, contact us.
CIEE Global Institute Berlin
With all these advantages, Internships in Germany can be both fun and educational opportunities for international students.