Part II of our series about Summer Internships in Germany! Don’t forget that today is the info session for interested students.
In the summer of 2017 four of our German majors and minors lived and worked in Germany. The students applied to internship programs that the Department of German and Russian facilitates each year.
The internships are three months long (Mid-May to Mid-August), well paid, and include work permits as well as insurance.
The summer internships are fantastic opportunities for students of German to work and live in a German-speaking environment, make new connections at international companies, experience work and culture first hand, and to learn new skills!
And, of course, students with international work experience are very marketable on the U.S. job market.
Our department is working with two organizations that provide summer internships in Germany:
- German-American Exchange, Inc.
Internships with this group are geared toward students with a background in Business and STEM. The internships are competitive and often, but not always, with bigger, international companies.
Internships with this group are geared toward students with a background in Humanities, Languages, and Arts. The internships are with medium-sized German companies.
Stay tuned this month for more information and conversations about summer internships in Germany!
Here are the stories of our 2017 interns:
Part 2): Jessica Wu: ARAG Headquarters, Düsseldorf
My internship during Summer 2017 was with the ARAG Group at its headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany. My job responsibilities were carrying out a company-wide installation of Office 365 and Microsoft Teams, along with my coworkers. I was also responsible for translating the Belgium website from Dutch to English. I absolutely loved my coworkers and the other intern that they hired. My company treated me very well, and I could go to them with any problems I had. They were very generous and paid for my travel within Germany, along with a beautiful and spacious flat all to myself in the middle of the city. I met a lot of people from around Europe, as ARAG is a multinational company. My coworkers in my department were mostly middle-aged German men, so my German improved a lot because many of them were not comfortable speaking English. They were very kind to me and would invite me to their house for dinner, so I got to become close with their families as well.
Düsseldorf is a great city. There are not that many young people and it can feel posh at times. However, it has one of the highest numbers of Japanese expats in the world, so as an Asian food-lover, I ate incredibly well. Outside of work and besides eating, I spent a lot of time outdoors. Düsseldorf is on the river, and my apartment was only a ten minute walk from the riverbank, so I enjoyed riding bikes and running along the river. I also traveled a lot around Europe and visited friends in other European cities.
Generally, I was impressed with the internship. The company was very advanced and I got an accurate taste of the corporate world, from coffee breaks, to sitting in on meetings, to having my own desk, to eating lunch at the company canteen with my coworkers and friends. I had a great time and would definitely recommend it to other people. It has definitely been beneficial for my future. I think that completing an internship is already an impressive feat in the eyes of many employers, and successfully completing an internship abroad in a different language and culture is even more impressive.
Düsseldorf am Rhein, Germany