Work Abroad Program: Internships in Germany, Austria and Switzerland


An internship program for students interested in summer internships in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

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The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures offers all Harvard students a unique educational experience in a German speaking country. During the summers, students from all concentrations can be an intern in a company, an organization or a university and be totally immersed in German language and contemporary German society.

On the job, students learn from their daily contacts with co-workers about aspects of life in Germany, Austria or Switzerland not dealt with in textbooks within the walls of a university. The internship allows the students to integrate their expertise in their area of concentration with their knowledge of German language and culture.

While speaking German is not a prerequisite for participating in an internship – it is certainly an advantage. The academic and German language classes at the department prepare students for life in a German speaking country.

By working in Germany, Austria or Switzerland at a German subsidiary of an American/International company, a German institute or non- for – profit, students can explore a career, gain valuable work experience in their chosen field and develop a professional network- in addition to improving upon their German language skills. The internship program introduces the interns to the world-renowned system of education, the dual education system as well as new technologies and the German way of thinking about work, family, politics, history... you name it!

Please click here for the work abroad application

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)

The internship program for students in Germany, Austria or Switzerland offers internships for all concentrators during the summer months. All are welcome to apply and the applications are on a rolling base. However, there are deadlines established by companies and organizations – as well as by Harvard’s office of Career Services for funding. Students will be kept informed through Facebook and by directly contacting the Director of the Work-Abroad Program Ruth Sondermann:

Applications will be accepted until all available internships are filled. Personal consultations can always be requested during office hours. Please click here for a Google form to submit your application. Your application will be discusses in the first meeting with the Director.

You are welcome to contact Ruth Sondermann, program director, any time at and to come to her office hours on Mondays 4:00 – 6:00 p.
Ruth Sondermann, Director
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Barker Center 337
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138