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Berlin Summer - Internship

Why Berlin?

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 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.

Your Internship

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. Placements will be conducted in German. 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. 

Past students have had internships like the examples listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • 3-D manufacturing company creating vehicles, machines and other industrial products
  • Scalable blockchain database company creating a “big data” blockchain database
  • Art gallery and studio
  • University’s infectious disease and pulmonology research lab specializing in diagnosing and treating rare and complex infections and diseases
  • National German history museum
  • Supply-chain management company focusing on US-EU logistics for technology companies
  • Multimedia platform offering accessible national and international news to migrant communities
  • Empowerment organization working to prevent violence among women and girls’ and help them resolve conflicts non-violently, counteract discrimination, and promote equal rights
  • Research lab looking at new resources to advance ear, nose, and throat (ENT) care
  • Environmental studies research center developing solutions for water, air, and soil without chemicals
  • Support center for refugees and homeless populations
  • Local police department

Don’t see what you're looking for? Just talk to your IES Internships Representative—new internships are always being added!

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$5 Million in Scholarships & Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.


While working in Berlin, you’ll enroll in a required 3- or 6-credit academic internship seminar with other IES interns. Topics include:

  • Understanding business culture
  • Improving communication in the workplace
  • Strengthening work attitude and aptitude
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Navigating issues, challenges, and opportunities so you can succeed on the job in Berlin and when you return home

Although your internship seminar will be conducted in English, please note that internship placements in Berlin are conducted in German.


This is a list of planned course offerings.  A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

German Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
GR 321 - German for Professions: Emerging Independent Summer German 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar Summer English 3
IN 395 - Leading Across Cultures: Internship Seminar Summer English 6

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Berlin, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These optional trips are subsidized by IES Abroad, though extra costs may apply. Here are a few possible destinations:

1 day | Summer
Visit the capital and crown jewel of the state of Brandenburg, and admire Sanssouci’s fabulous palaces and surrounding gardens.

Daily Life

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.


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 centrally located for you to reach the IES Berlin Center as well as public transport to your internship institution. We offer same gender shared rooms in student apartments: Live with other IES Interns in apartments with fully equipped kitchens.  Please note, no meals are provided with this housing option.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Berlin through cultural events during your free-time, such as: 

  • German history museum visit
  • German Parliament visit
  • Berlin city tour
  • Potsdam day trip

Get to Know Your New City

Relax in Parks & Green Space

Although the city is known for its vibrant arts and culture, Berlin has more than 2,500 parks and gardens to stroll, cycle, swim, picnic, or just unwind in.

Visit Neighborhoods

From the fantastic art and fabulous nightlight of Kreuzberg to the trendy shopping of Charlottenberg to the hub of sites, attractions, and cafes that make up Mitte, the city's neighborhoods give Berlin its unique character.

Explore Museums

Whether you are into art and design, ancient or modern history, or even currywurst, Berlin is a city full of excellent museums.

Observe the Architecture

Though it was nearly destroyed during World War II, Berlin has rebuilt, with restored historic buildings juxtaposed with some of the world's most breathtaking modern structures.

Check Out the East Side Gallery

The longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall is now an outdoor art exhibition, featuring the work of more than 100 artists.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019
3 Credits
$3,475 $1,740 $135 $5,350

Summer 2019
6 Credits
$3,725 $1,740 $135 $5,600

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
Up to $1,000

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of home campus
Service Learning Summer Internship Scholarship
Up to $5,000

The Service Learning Scholarship was initiated by the Hemera Foundation, whose mission is to foster basic human goodness in individuals and society. This Scholarship, which will be sustained through a foundation collaborative, aims to inspire students to make a social impact through summer internships within philanthropic or direct service/social service organizations.

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Scholarships & Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our scholarship and aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad Berlin Center is located in Mitte, the historical center of Berlin with its vibrant cafés, restaurants, and galleries. It is within short walking distance from Humboldt University, the world-famous Museum Island, the Brandenburg Gate, and the governmental district.
Features at the Center include:

  • Classrooms, student lounges, and study spaces
  • Small library
  • Outdoor terrace
  • WiFi and printer access

Our Staff

Barbara Finke

Center Director

Barbara holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of Mannheim in Germany. She also studied for a year at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore with a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD. Barbara conducted her Ph.D. research on the legitimacy of non-governmental organizations in global governance with a case study on women’s NGOs in the United Nations system. She has taught and published on civil society in global and European politics and on international relations theory. From 2007 to 2017, Barbara was Program Head at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, a distinguished international graduate school that focuses on public policy and international affairs.

IES Abroad Staff

Dr. Barbara Finke Center Director

Dr. Sabine Berking

Academic Program Coordinator
Nadine Birner Internship and Core Coordinator
Gosia Piechowiak

Student Affairs Coordinator

John Schulze Assistant Director
Rolf Staudt Head of Administration
Britta Tonak Head of Customized Programs and Student Affairs
Ella Winter Student Affairs Coordinator