Work Abroad Program: Internships in Germany, Austria and Switzerland


Summer Internship Opportunities

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-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

  1. For a list of companies that have participated in the last years, please click here: List of participating companies.
  2. Here are some examples of research opportunities for the summer of 2021 and beyond:
    1. RISE Germany - Research Opportunities at German Universities
    2. Ruhr Fellowship
    3. RWTH Undergraduate Research Opportunity

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 (


Post-Grad Opportunities

Highly qualified final-year undergraduate students or those who have received an undergraduate degree in any discipline may apply for the DAAD Scholarship for a full Master's degree program at a German university, for study at a German university as part of a postgraduate or Master's degree program completed in the home country, or other fellowships and traineeships. International Programs in Germany in English can be found here.

  1. DAAD opportunities:
    1.  DAAD Scholarship for a Master's degree program
    2. International Programs in Germany
  2. Other fellowships:
    1. Congress Bundestag for Young Professional
    2. Konrad Adenauer Foundation
    3. Tech4Germany
    4. Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
    5. Hanns-Seidel Foundation
  3. Traineeships:
    1. Deutsche Welle International Traineeships in Journalism
    2. Musealoge Akademie for people interested in working in a museum
    3. Media Management Trainee at Gruner + Jahr
    4. Creative Management Program at Bertelsmann


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

You are welcome to contact Ruth Sondermann, program director, any time at