This Study & Internship program combines a minimum 4 week Standard Group German Study program followed up with a minimum 6 week Internship Work Experience placement in the community.
All internship opportunities will work in partnership with local people in a variety of community-based projects. This unique program offers exciting hands-on work opportunities, meaningful cultural immersion, and an enriching language program.
After participating in this Study & Internship Program in Berlin, students will gain unique cross-cultural professional experience, greatly improved foreign language abilities, personal and professional growth and confidence both nationally and internationally, and culturally sensitive yet sound communication skills
All students complete a minimum of 4 weeks in a Group 20 hours per week German study program. Each class consists of a maximum of 12 students per class and each class is 45 minutes in duration.
The goal of each course is to improve the student's active and passive language ability and develop understanding of German culture and the German way of thinking.
All courses are taught exclusively in German and are open to all levels. Students are obliged to attend all lessons on time. All students should bring a dictionary, paper and pens/pencils. All other teaching material will be provided to students.
Levels We teach on 7 levels ranging from A0 to C2 - as defined by the Common European Framework.
A placement test on your first Monday - consisting of a written and an oral part - will make sure that you will be learning with others of a similar level. An evaluation test every Friday allows you to check on your progress. However, you can get personalized feedback from your teacher at any time.
A0 You don´t speak or understand German -Approximately: 1 month.
A1 You understand and can answer simple questions. -Approximately: 1 month.
A2 You are able to participate in everyday conversations -Approximately: 2 months
B1 You can read and write simple texts without errors. -Approximately:2 months and Student will get ZD Zertifikat Deutsch Certification.
B2 You are able to participate in demanding discussions. -Approximately: 2,5 months
C1 You can produce essays and read newspapers and literature. -Approximately: 2,5 months and Student will get TestDaf, DSH Goethe C1 (früher ZMP), ZOP Certification.
C2 You can speak German fluently and understand even idiomatic expressions. -Approximately: 5 months (KDS, GDS Certification.)
German companies participating in the internship program require a minimum German language proficiency level of high intermediate in order to accept individuals into the program and a minimum of 6 week work commitment.
Internship placements are available in the following fields:
-Administration -Advertisement -Architecture -Consulting -Culture and cultural institutions -Ecology -Event Management -Graphic & Design -IT & Communication Technologies -Law - legal internships -Marketing -Political Organizations (NGOs) -PR Public Relations -Real Estate -Social Work -Tourism -Other fields may be available upon request
We can guarantee participants will be placed in the professional field of their choice, but not in a particular company. All host companies are situated in and around Berlin. They want trainees to be available during working hours and employ individuals according to the skills they possess. Students speak directly with prospective organizations before beginning work at any company. Appropriate contact information will be provided for the most relevant organizations. Additionally, the center will finalize the work relationship, and will monitor your progress with the host company.
Internship Placement Location
20-25 minutes from the institute in Berlin
Shared Apartments Students are housed in shared apartments inhabited by one or more Germans. Each student has a single room in the apartment and you will share bathroom and kitchen; a good option if you´d like some service from your German host but don´t want to be confined by having to integrate into their everyday life.
Student Apartments is a popular form of living among Germans, especially in bigger cities. You have a single room in an apartment you share with one or more Germans and take care of all meals yourself. The Germans are between 20 and 40, either students at Berlin universities or professionals. Often you develop close contacts with the Germans in your apartment.
Student Residence 50 studios in 2 houses. You can live right next to the school, in one of 50 studio apartments on site. All studios are mini-apartment, single rooms.
Single rooms include the following: * Breakfast * own bathroom with WC, kitchen and shower * WLAN access for your laptop * Phone, TV, linen & towels
* Knowledge of German on level B1 by the time you start the internship * Participation in a German language course of min. 4 weeks - longer if you need more time to get to level B1 * Minimum age 18 * Finished secondary education * Time budget of min. 10 weeks (course + internship) * Reliability
You will receive 2 certificates, one from the school and one from the host company. The school will certifies your language skills; the host company issues a statement commenting your performance as a trainee.
Internship positions on a space available basis. These are unpaid positions.
Minimum Work Commitment
A minimum of 4 weeks preparatory Immersion language study at the school plus a minimum of 6 weeks commitment to the internship is required.
U.S. citizens traveling on regular passports for tourism or business do not need a visa for a stay of 90 days or less. Those planning a longer visit must obtain a visa in advance of arrival.
• Group - 20 Hours per Week in Group of 5 - 12 Students per class. ( 4 weeks min) • 50 min class hour • Internship Placement in local Business or Organization • Lodging • Arrival Transfer from the airport • Placement Testing • 1-2 Organized Activities Weekly* • Access to E-mail • Access to Multimedia Learning Center • Certificate of Completion • Pre-Departure Information • Planning Guide • Medical, Accident and Sickness Coverage ** • Medivac Coverage • Other Travel Coverage (repatriation, baggage, personal effects, accidental death and dismemberment , etc.) • 24 Hour Emergency Multilingual Hotline (call collect from anywhere in the world)
* Entrance fees, transportation, etc. may be at additional cost. ** See policy for definitions and exclusions.
School closed on January 1; April 6, 7, 8, 9; May 1, 28; October 10; December 24, 25, 26, 2009
10, 12 or 16 weeks. Includes lodging in Shared Apartment - Summer surcharge 6/29 to 8/30 - $35 per week - Single Room, No meals, insurance, placement fees, program monitoring and advising, and certificate of completion from employer. It is possible to stay at the Residence in Campus.
After class activities the school organize activities after classes: * every week min. 3 after class activities and ... * ... one full day excursion every weekend
The guide is free, what you pay for are train tickets, board and accommodation, often less than regular prices, as we get special rates for groups.
This is how a week:
Sunday Arrival in Berlin and transfer to accommodation. The reception is open 24 hours (after 8 p.m. there is no receptionist, but the security guy will check you in). If you stay with Berliners, please try to schedule arrival between 9 am and 9 p.m..
Monday Afternoon: We show you around in Prenzlauer Berg, the neighborhood. Evening, 8 p.m.: old an new students meet in the school restaurant . Depending on the season there usually are between 40 and 120 students present.
Tuesday We take you to see "Kunstwerke", one of the best addresses for independent art in all of Europe - the cafe there has good cakes!
Wednesday Walking tour through Oranienburgerstraße - before the holocaust this used to be a center of Jewish life, and today that street is one of the trendiest in Berlin. Great opportunities for shopping on Oranienburger Straße!
Thursday Visit of the Badeschiff - a swimming pool in the middle of river Spree, with a fantastic scenery and a nice bar At night: every Thursday we show a movie with German subtitles (big screen in the lounge)
Friday Join us for a boat trip around Museum Island - or do a bike tour with us, along the Berlin wall At night our guides take you to Friedrichshain: a young and rather alternative district famous for its nightlife
Saturday Full day excursion with a the school guide: to Potsdam for example or to Sachsenhausen, a former concentration camp. Every second week we arrange excursions to places further away like Dresden, Hamburg or Leipzig.
Sunday Free day for activities on your own - our recommendation: Go to one of the may lakes in and around Berlin.
Please apply no later than 4 weeks prior to arrival with this form, accompanied by:
• To apply for the Internship Program, fill out the Registration Form by clicking the register link and submit on-line or mail including the deposit of $140 US.
• Also, you will have to send your Curriculum Vitae/Resume in German OR English, typewritten by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 414-271-8884.
Note: Your Resume in German - Don´t worry about minor mistakes you may make: If necessary we will correct linguistic mistakes before sending it out to companies. We are also ready to work on your Resume with you once you are here, but we need at least a first draft from you, however imperfect, when you enroll. * Letter of intent in German - describing your language skills, previous professional experiences and expectations regarding the internship in Berlin.
What types of work experience or internships do you offer?
We offer work experiences in fields such as Marketing, Banking, Insurance, Travel and Tourism, Graphics and Design, Social Services, Political Organizations and Communication Technologies. Other fields are possible on request. Please note: we grant a placement in a professional field, not in a specific company.
Will I earn money? No, your internship is unpaid. Some of the host companies or institutions may offer to pay you a little amount afterward, if they were very happy with the work you did, but in general internships are unpaid in Germany. In exchange for your work, your host company grants you insight in the professional field that you are interested in. And you will profit as well by training social skills in a cultural context, different from the one you are coming from.
Do I need a visa or work permit? No, you do not need a work permit or working visa: in legal terms the internship is considered part of the language training and as you don´t earn money, no special visa is necessary. If, however, you need a visa to come to Germany, then this visa - the one for the language course - will be valid for the internship as well.
How do you find host companies? For one, we have been placing foreign interns in Berlin companies for a couple of years by now, so there are contacts coming from there. Secondly, the school does in house language training for lots of companies and institutions in Berlin, which means that we know their Human Resources departments quite well.
Will I have a selection of companies to choose from? Not in the sense, that you have several interviews at several companies and then select the one you liked best. The way it works is this:
Prior to your arrival we preselect potential host companies for you, that match both your requirements re professional field and the background you have. Once you are here and we had a chance to talk to you, we focus on one host company or institution, which emerges as the best possible match. We then will arrange an interview with that company for you, and if the company agrees to take you in as an intern, you are expected to accept that placement. If you reject a placement done by the internship coordinator without good reason, the placement fee will not be refunded.
If I finish my internship sooner than agreed upon - will I get a refund then? No fees are refunded in case of a premature dropping out: Once you accepted a placement, you have a commitment towards your host company and can´t drop out in between: host companies expect reliability in your attendance as well as social skills.
Can I do my German courses in the morning, and the work experience in the afternoon? Host companies expect interns to be available all day and to adapt to their work schedule, so you will have to finish your German course first before starting the work experience. That way you have a chance to explore Berlin by coming along on the after-class activities and excursions we offer.
Can I do an internship, if I don´t speak German, but know English well? No, unfortunately not: even though in bigger companies staff use English a lot, the common working language in Berlin still is German. And neither companies nor institutions will accept you as an intern, if you don´t speak German on an intermediate level at least. To give you an idea: if you start with 0 knowledge of German and want to reach intermediate level, you need between 5 or 6 months of German with 20 lessons per week.
Do I have to take the German course, even if my German is already quite good? Yes, you do: We consider the German course necessary to prepare you for your work experience, as you won´t only train your German, but also learn a lot about German culture and mentality. Plus that way we have a chance to talk to you personally and to get to know more about your professional background - very helpful in order to secure the best match possible.