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For students wishing to gain career specific and practical experiences while studying in Berlin, NYU Berlin introduces a for-credit internship course that includes field work. NYU Berlin has partnered with Cultural Vistas, a non-profit organization that specializes in providing enriching placements in Germany that will ideally be tailored to students' specific skill sets, academic, professional and personal goals. If accepted into the program, students will work with Cultural Vistas to find an internship placement. This for-credit program offers a semester long internship component (12-15 hours per week) with a required weekly seminar for a total of 4 credits (application required, details below).

Students in this program learn about German society, culture, and professional life through placements in a wide variety of agencies and organizations. You must be flexible, open-minded, adaptable, a self-starter, and ready for the challenge of new situations and cross-cultural engagement.

Note: Students are required to have German Intermediate I language proficiency, which will be verified with a verbal evaluation.  Students with a proficiency of German Intermediate II or above will not require an additional language evaluation.  Key competencies in German listening, reading, writing and speaking will be used in each placement.  Without this minimum proficiency, students are not eligible to participate in the internship program.

If you are hoping to participate in this program during Spring 2015, we encourage you to attend our webinar on Tuesday, March 10, 12:30pm. RSVP and receive the webinar link via NYU CareerNet. Please direct all questions to


Required Internship Seminar Course Description

Enrollment by permission only.  Application required.

The seminar portion of the course explores many different aspects of your internship site. The goal is to finish the semester with an in-depth understanding of the company or organization, including its approach, its policies, and the context in which it operates. We will also discuss more generally the state of the contemporary workplace and ourselves as workers. Finally, you will use the seminar to reflect critically and analytically on the internship experience and as a way to refine your own personal and professional goals.

Internship Opportunities

Responsibilities vary by agency but we require all students to be involved in projects that contribute to their understanding of the organization and its approach to social issues.  This might include project implementation, participation in relevant meetings, research, and production of documents or other materials.

Upon acceptance into the program, each student will have an individual placement meeting with the Cultural Vistas team to determine the best options for the student.  Form more information about the placement process, please watch the video below.

The following is a list of examples of the types of organizations in which students might be placed.  Upon acceptance into the program, each student will have an individual placement meeting with the Cultural Vistas team to determine the best options for the student.  Flexibility is important as specific organizations and industry placements cannot be guaranteed:

Arts & Museums
Communications & Public Relations
Non-Profit and Civic Engagement
Environmental & Sustainability

Placement Process

Watch this brief video below for additional information about the internship placement process.

Application Instructions

Note: The application is only for students intending to enroll in the 4 credit Internship Seminar & Fieldwork course.

Interested Fall 2015 NYU Berlin students should complete the online application by Wednesday, April 1 if they are interested in the program.  Students that fill out the application by the deadline will receive notification by Friday, April 10.

While there is no cost to participate in the internship program, students who withdraw from the program after officially committing, are subject to the financial penalty outlined in their offer letter.

For consideration to the internship program in Berlin, students must complete the following steps:

  1. Have your resume reviewed by a career coach at the Wasserman Center using this Resume Review Form. Please note completion of this form is a required part of the application process. Review the form carefully for further instructions. 

  2. Complete the NYU Berlin Internship Application. This application requires you to answer a series of questions designed to help you think systematically about what you would like to learn and accomplish from an internship experience in Berlin, and to indicate what type of internship placements you would be most interested in. You will also be required to upload a personal statement and a resume in .pdf or .doc format.

Please note the following:

  • Students who participate in the internship program at NYU Berlin must acquire a student visa before arriving in Germany for the semester. The process for obtaining the visa will be provided in the NYU Berlin blog once students have been notified of participation in the internship program.
  • Students must also be able to dedicate 12 -15 hours per week for their internship. If you are planning to participate in the internship program, please keep this in mind as you finalize your courses.  In addition, students must have language proficiency of at least Intermediate II German to be eligible for this internship program.

**If you are a GLS student, please contact before completing this application.

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