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Academic Internships

Get out of the classroom and into the community! Immerse yourself in German culture, make connections, and gain invaluable hands-on experience.

Students in the NYU Berlin Academic Internship Program learn about German culture and professional life through internship placements in a wide range of industries. This for-credit program includes two components:

  1. Guaranteed (minimum 16hr/week) internship placement
  2. Participation in the Internship Seminar and Fieldwork course

In order to enroll in this program, students must participate in a competitive application process. Successful applicants are typically adaptable, flexible, goal-oriented, and open-minded.

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.

While there is no cost to participate in the Academic Interrnship Program, students that participate are subject to a financial penalty should they withdraw from the program.

If you are interested in participating in this program in spring 2016, we encourage you to attend our webinar on Thursday, October 8. RSVP and receive the webinar link via NYU CareerNet.  Please direct all questions to

Internship Placements

NYU has partnered with Cultural Vistas, a non-profit organization, to identify custom placements for students in the academic internship program. Unlike a traditional internship search, where students as job seekers are applying directly to organizations and weighing opportunities, Cultural Vistas conducts this entire process on participants' behalves. Cultural Vistas weighs opportunities based on students' academic and professional goals, resulting in one placement.

Please watch this short video to better understand the placement process:

Internship opportunities vary semester by semester; therefore, no specific placement list is available. Placement opportunities reflect trends in the context of the German job market. Some sample placement industries include: Arts and Museums, Civic Engagement, Communications, Education, Environment and Sustainability, Music, and more.  If you do not see your industry of interest or have questions, email

Internship Seminar and Fieldwork Course  

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.

Application Instructions

Students interested in participating in the spring 2016 NYU Berlin Academic Internship Program need to submit an application by Friday, October 23 (11:59pm ET). Students will be notified of admission by Friday, October 30. Students are welcome to apply to the Academic Internship Program prior to acceptance to NYU Berlin. This program is competitive and students are encouraged to take the application process seriously.  

To apply, 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 online 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.

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.   

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

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