Internships and Other Opportunities to Experience Germany

I. The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

They have three programs in German-speaking countries:

A. Berlin, Germany- Students have the opportunity to spend a semester or year at the Humboldt Univ. in Berlin.

B. Vienna, Austria- Similarly, students can spend a semester or year at the Univ. of Vienna. While some of the courses are taught in German, most of them are in English.

C. Freiburg, Germany- Students can study at the Univ. of Freiburg for a semester or a year. There is a second program in Freiburg, The European Union Program, whose courses are in English.

For more information, visit their website at www.iesias.org

II. Cross Scholarship

Several generous scholarships funded by the family of a former German student at the Univ. of the South enables the German Dept. to provide students already on financial aid with additional aid to spend a semester or a summer in a German-speaking country.

III. Intenships

Students wishing to spend a summer in Germany can apply for one of three internships/jobs:

A. A German steel firm in Georgsmarienhütte in Niedersachsen offers two Sewanee students a free room and a monthly stipend to work in their personnel, mailing, production and marketing departments. Duration of the internship is six to ten weeks. The company places you with a family and provides you with an advisor who helps familiarize you with the work. This has been well received by the three students have worked there since 1998. For more information about the company, visit www.georgsmarienhuette-gmbh.de.

B. The Tonya Foundation offers internships for Sewanee students which may be used abroad if the students develop a suitable project in economics or public policy. A student who received one of these in the past spent part of the summer in Weimar which was chosen as the European capital of the year to study how the city would rise to meet the many demands placed on its people, facilities and infrastructure as a result of its choice. Such an internship pays about $2000. For more information about this program, please visit www.sewanee.edu/internships/econ.html.

C. Students can take summer German courses of various durations at the Goethe-Institute or did:Deutsch in Deutschland Institute in one of a number of German cities. These are excellent ways to improve one's language while seeing the country. The cost is ca. $3500 for a 4-week course. Previous participants have loved the did courses.

For more information about any of these programs, please contact Prof. James Davidhesier at jdavidhe@sewanee.edu or Professor Reinhard Zachau at rzachau@sewanee.edu.


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