Experience Berlin—the economic and political center of Germany. This capital city also boasts a thriving arts scene (with more than 175 museums and galleries) and some of the world’s most spectacular architecture. When you intern in Berlin, you’ll be able to walk, bike, or take a bus, tram, or train (U-Bahn) to work. Over lunch, stroll through one of Berlin’s countless parks and gardens. At night, enjoy live music or theater in this Kulturhaupstadt (cultural capital) of Germany. Interning in Berlin will boost both your résumé credentials and your cultural competence.
An IES Internship in Berlin develops your professional skills and your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.
You’ll be guaranteed an unpaid placement at a local business or organization, where you’ll work for at least 25 hours per week. You’ll also enroll in a 3- or 6- credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns, where you’ll gain context for your internship placement by examining cultural issues in the workplace.
Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, and hone your communication and interview skills to prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.
Spend your free time getting to know Berlin and its surroundings through IES Abroad-organized cultural events and optional field trips to places like Potsdam and the Sanssouci Palace.
Arts & Arts Administration
Cooking & Catering
Media & Communications
Museums & Galleries
Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
While working in Berlin, you’ll enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns. Topics include:
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local residents are living. Our goal is that when you leave Berlin, it will feel like home.
Homestays - Live with local residents throughout the city. Hosts may be single adults, single parents, families, or German university students. (no meals provided)
Shared Student Apartments - Live with other IES Interns in apartments with fully equipped kitchens (no meals provided)
Part of making you feel at home in Berlin is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that helps you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or networking and social events with Berlin professionals, we’re all about our student services.
The staff at our Berlin Center will welcome you for orientation. This includes an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Berlin Center is your central place for instruction, support, and meeting other interns.
You can participate in field trips and extracurricular activities in and around Berlin, and cultural events at the IES Abroad Berlin Center.
All field trips are optional for Internship students and additional costs apply. These trips are academic, not solely touristic, in nature. Potential destinations include:
About the Center
The IES Abroad Berlin Center is located in Mitte, the central district of Berlin, and is within easy walking distance of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate, the Berliner Dom, and other sights.
The two IES Abroad programs at the Berlin Center are conducted on separate floors of the building.
Barbara Gügold has been the Director of IES Abroad Berlin since 1992. She is a member of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin faculty where she teaches the methodology of foreign language teaching. She received her doctorate from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle in English Literature, and obtained a master’s degree in English and Russian from Leipzig Universität. She has worked in Sweden, Poland, Belgium, and the U.S. as a frequent guest lecturer. In her spare time she takes full advantage of the wealth of cultural opportunities in Berlin.
IES Abroad Staff
Katrin ArendtAssistant Director
Rolf-Dieter StaudtCoordinator of Student Services, Office Manager & Accountant
Britta TonakHousing & Special Programs Manager
Liane WyschkaAcademic & Cultural Advisor
IES Abroad Faculty (Summer and Semester Programs)
Sabine BerkingCultural StudiesDoktor philosophiae, Kolumnistin der Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung Projektleiterin at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
Wolfgang BialasPolitical and Social ScienceDoktor philosophiae, University of Leipzig; Research Associate, Hannah-Arendt-Institute, Technical University Dresden
Ulrich BrücknerInternational Business
Doktor philosophiae, Gastprofessor, Political Science Department, Szczecin University, Poland
Berlin School of Economics
and Law Berlin
Reinhard IsenseePolitical Science, American
Privatdozent Dr. habilitates
Bernhard MaleckPolitical Science, History
Doktor habilitates philosophiae
Michael OpitzTheater, Media Studies
Times and Freitag;
Abteilung Kultur und Literatur
Carola Opitz-WiemersGerman and Feminist Literature
Deutschlandradio Berlin, Abteilung
Kultur und Literatur
Dorothea LöbbermannLiterature, Film StudiesDoktor philosophiae in American Literature, Humboldt Universität zu BerlinAdjunct Faculty, Humboldt Universtät zu Berlin