Work Abroad


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The Department of Germanic Language and Literature's Work-Abroad Program offers students a unique educational opportunity, a "total immersion" in German language and contemporary German society. On the job, students learn from their daily contact with co-workers about aspects of German life not dealt with in textbooks within the walls of the university. The internship allows the students to integrate their expertise in their area of concentration with their knowledge of the German language and culture. By working in a German company, a German subsidiary of an American/International Company, a German institute or not-for profit, students can explore a career, gain valuable work experience in their chosen field, and learn about the German way of life – in addition to improving upon your German language skills. For a list of companies that have participated in the last years, please click here: List of participating companies.
"Walking Man" at Munich Re (a participating company)

"Walking Man" at Munich Re (a participating company)

The Work-Abroad Program is open to undergraduate and graduate Harvard students and all concentrators are welcome to apply. Although applications are accepted throughout the year, for early placement the deadline is the end of November in every year for placements in the coming summer. Applications will be accepted until all available internships are filled. Information sessions are held in the fall, the spring and upon request for students seeking information about the program. For application materials please contact Ruth Sondermann at

Please click here for A step-by-step guide through the internship process. This will be discussed in the first meeting with the Director. You are welcome to contact Ruth Sondermann, program director, by e-mail at and meet personally in the Department.

Office hours for Spring 2017 are Mondays 4:00 -5:30 p.m and by appointment.

Ruth Sondermann, Director
German Department Work-Abroad Program
Barker Center 337
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138