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IES Internships Berlin Summer – Internship


Why Berlin?

Experience Berlin—the economic and political center of Germany. This capital city also boasts a thriving arts scene (with more than 175 museums and galleries) and some of the world’s most spectacular architecture. When you intern in Berlin, you’ll be able to walk, bike, or take a bus, tram, or train to work. Over lunch, stroll through one of Berlin’s countless parks and gardens. At night, enjoy live music or theater in this Kulturhaupstadt (cultural capital) of Germany. Interning in Berlin will boost both your résumé credentials and your cultural competence.

Your Internship

An IES internship in Berlin develops your professional skills and your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.

You’ll be guaranteed an unpaid placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 25 hours per week. Placements will be conducted in German. You’ll also enroll in a 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.

Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter and hone your communication and interview skills to prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.

Complete your application for the Berlin Summer – Internship program by January 26th, 2018 to be eligible for one of three Eurail Three Country Select Pass prizes!

Past students have interned in the fields listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • Arts & Arts Administration
  • Business
  • Cooking & Catering
  • Cultural Institutions
  • Education
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Marketing
  • Media & Communications
  • Museums & Galleries
  • Political Organizations
  • Social Organizations
  • Tourism


While working in Berlin, 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 Berlin and when you return home

Although your internship seminar will be conducted in English, please note that internship placements in Berlin are conducted in German.


This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Berlin, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These optional trips are subsidized by IES Abroad, though extra costs may apply. Here are a few possible destinations:


1 day | Summer
Visit the capital and crown jewel of the state of Brandenburg, and admire Sanssouci’s fabulous palaces and surrounding gardens.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Berlin is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that helps you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or networking and social events with Berlin professionals, we’re all about our student services.


The staff at our Berlin Center will welcome you for orientation. This includes an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Berlin 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 residents are living. Our goal is that when you leave Berlin, it will feel like home.

Homestays – Live with local residents throughout the city. Hosts may be single adults, single parents, families, or German university students. No meals are provided.

Shared Student Apartments – Live with other IES Interns in apartments with fully equipped kitchens. Apartment placements are limited and no meals are provided.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Berlin through cultural events during your free-time, such as:

  • German history museum visit
  • German Parliament visit
  • Berlin city tour
  • Potsdam day trip

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Timeframe Summer
Language English
Industry Accounting, Business, Communications, Marketing, Performing Arts
Accommodation Host Family, Apartment
Steps Online Application, Resume, Age Requirement, GPA Requirement, Health Requirement

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