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Vienna Summer – Internship

Why Vienna?

Starting Summer 2019, IES Internships will begin offering full-time placements in Vienna—the home of our very first IES Abroad Center.

As an IES intern, you’ll enjoy the history, rich culture, and professional opportunities that the political and economic capital of Austria has to offer. Recently ranked first in the Mercer Quality of Living survey, there’s nowhere and no way better to spend your summer than with a full-time internship in Vienna.

Your Internship

Our program guarantees you an internship in Austria that will help you develop professional skills to jump-start your career and make you more attractive to employers in today’s competitive job market.

IES Internships’ unpaid, academic summer internships place Vienna interns in fields such as the arts, international relations, psychology, and more (see our list below). Before you depart, we work with you to fine-tune your résumé, perfect your cover letter, hone your networking and interviewing skills, and prepare you for working in a new cultural environment.

As a summer intern, you'll work with a local business or organization for approximately 30 hours per week. You will also enroll in a required 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. You have the option of enrolling in a 3-credit German language course at no extra cost, as well, if your work schedule allows.

With IES Internships’ dedicated staff and international connections in Vienna, you can be sure that you’ll have an internship that meets your goals. You’ll learn, and learn to stand out!

PLACEMENT EXAMPLES: Past students have interned in placements like the examples listed below. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. We encourage students of all majors to apply.

  • Composite-materials manufacturing company building snowboards, surfboards, and more
  • Educational technology company creating an innovative, multi-sensory learning tool for speech therapy
  • Technology startup providing chatbot services for local retailers and customers
  • Producer and publisher of alternate and indie music
  • Animal welfare research firm
  • Sound production and technology at a music studio
  • Nonprofit connecting expats in Vienna with mental health professionals
  • NGO producing an interactive database of Jewish memory as the first oral history project of its kind
  • Viennese opera house
  • Recording company producing albums across genres
  • Sustainable farming and food production company
  • Radio station focusing on creating content for the African continent

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

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Vienna, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Austria. An internship through IES Internships provides you with a chance to experience the local professional culture while still benefiting from the support of IES Abroad Vienna staff and housing. So experience the city like a true Viennesse by living in an apartment with other IES interns or a local residence hall. 

In your free time, get to know Vienna, Austria, and Central Europe through IES Abroad-organized cultural events and field trips alongside IES Abroad study abroad students. Possible destinations include: a weekend trip to Prague and Salzburg or Budapest and a day trip to Eisenstadt or Semmering. Trips are optional and generally at an additional cost.

$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 Vienna, 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 Vienna and when you return home

You may also enroll in an optional 3-credit German language course taught at the Center.


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 101 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad I Summer German 3
GR 201 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad III Summer German 3
GR 301 - German Language in Context: Emerging Independent I 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

All field trips are optional for Internship students and additional costs apply. Possible destinations may include:

  • Prague & Salzburg or Budapest
  • Day trip to Eisenstadt or Semmering, a historic resort in the nearby Alps

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in Vienna is doing our best to help you fell safe and cared for.  Whether it is an orientation program that makes you fell prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or networking and social events with Vienna professionals - we're all about our student services.  This is just one of the fields we're known for.


The staff at our Vienna Center will welcome you for a 1-day orientation.  This includes an introduction to the city including housing, commuting, and professional and cultural expectations. The Vienna 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 reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Vienna, it will feel like home.

Shared Apartments - Live with other IES Interns in apartments with fully equipped kitchens. No meals are provided.

Get to Know Your New City

Experience an Opera at the Wiener Staatsoper

Students have the incredible opportunity to see world-class opera performances for only a few euros.

Relax Along the Danube Canal

Enjoy the late afternoon sun while you take in the tranquility of this waterway.

Visit a Museum or Two on a Rainy Day

Whether you’re into classic or modern art, history, science, architecture, or nearly anything else, at least one of the 100+ museums of Vienna will interest you.

Ride the Praterturm at Prater Park

The “Prater Tower” is the highest swing ride in the world, providing both thrills and spectacular views of the city!

Sip Wine at an Authentic Heuriger

These Viennese wine taverns serve locally-produced wines and snacks to thirsty and hungry patrons who sit at long picnic tables.

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
$3,860 $1,355 $135 $5,350

Summer 2019
6 Credits
$4,360 $1,355 $135 $5,850

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

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.

Barbara A. Barker Vienna Summer Internship Scholarship
Up to $2,000

Barbara Barker is an alumna of the University of South Carolina, and a member of the IES Abroad Vienna Class of 1968-69. Her year in Vienna, in which she discovered a passion for European art, music, culture, and travel with classmates, was life changing. Barbara passed away from a medical condition in Vienna in 1970, cutting short her new-found direction and purpose. Her father, George A.

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

Also known as the Palais Corbelli, the IES Abroad Vienna Center is an elegant 17th-century palace in the heart of the city and is just minutes from many of the museums, theaters, and other major cultural attractions that have bestowed international fame on Vienna.

Features include:

  • Classrooms
  • Student lounge and small library
  • Computer lab
  • High-speed Internet and printer access
  • Practice rooms and instrument storage for music students
  • Concert hall for music students

Visit the IES Abroad Vienna Center from home with our brand new VIRTUAL TOUR! Please go to: http://www.youvisit.com/tour/iesabroad/86047?tourid=tour2

Our Staff

Morten Solvik, Ph.D.

Center Director

An international scholar, Dr. Solvik holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Music and Intellectual History from Cornell University. Born in Norway, he speaks Norwegian, German, and English fluently, and uses French as a research language.

Dr. Solvik was instrumental in setting up the IES Abroad Vienna Music Program, which he has coordinated since 1999, and has also designed and taught numerous courses in Music History. In addition to his work with IES Abroad Vienna, Dr. Solvik has served as lecturer at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (The University for Music and Performing Arts). His teaching and administrative experience is augmented by his active and productive scholarly career as an expert on Gustav Mahler.

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Vienna Staff
Ginte Stankeviciute, M. Sc.
Academic Program Manager

Elizabeth English
Summer Internship Coordinator and Special Programs Assistant

Katherine Mawdsley
Special Programs Manager

Helmut Summesberger
Manager of Student Affairs

Meral Kölblinger
Student Health & Safety Coordinator / Student Affairs

Maria Gabler
Program Assistant /Student Affairs

Mathias Schmerbach
Accounting and Finance Manager

Tobias Sigmund
Student Housing Coordinator / Student Affairs 

Kaja Ciupinska
Events and Trips Coordinator

Dieter Strobl
Facilities Coordinator / Library Services