Germany is an excellent place to get started in the global economy and gain experience. Interning abroad is highly looked upon across all job markets, and there’s no better place than Germany to start.

Germany boasts the third most Nobel Laureates, ranging from Albert Einstein for Physics to Herman Hesse for Literature. Also among Germany’s famous are some of the greatest thinkers and philosophers like Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, are Friedrich Nietzsche. German companies are no less impressive: Adidas, BMW, Porsche, Siemens, Volkswagen, and Bayer to name a few.

With all these big names and accomplishments coming out of Germany, isn’t it time you experienced the country yourself with an internship?

Business: With 34 Global Fortune 500 companies that call Germany home, the opportunities for a business-minded individual in Germany are endless. Interns could work with multinational pu companies headquartered in Germany, smaller private companies, and even local, regional businesses. Different types of companies will have different needs, but interns can expect to develop an international perspective on business after completion.

Health and Social Sciences: Internships are available for those interested in psychology in psychiatry and social services institutions, hospitals, and ics throughout Germany. Interns could work with battered women, fams, children and adolescents in therapy, the elderly, substance abusers, and refugees. The possibies are abundant for interns to make contributions to the German community.

Law: Delving into the German legal system is a unique experience, full of intricacies and intrigue. Interns could be placed in major corporate law firms, learning about taxation, mergers, acquisitions, antitrust and EU laws, labor laws, environmental laws, banking, and media. Sounde a lot? It’s worth it.

Marketing: Germany has a population of over 80 min people, and with so many people come so many different marketing tactics and opportunities. Interns can expect to conduct market research, work with pu relations and communications, and develop competitive analyses. Depending on personal preference, skill sets and specific company needs, marketing interns in Germany could also work with social media and web design.

Pics: Germany has been caught in the eye of pics these days due to its influence in the European Union. Pical internships in Germany are a great way to experience the country’s unique pical tendencies and structure. Placements can be found in mayor’s offices, municipal offices, lobby groups, as well as the Bundestag, the Federal Pament of Germany.

When and Where to Look for an Internship:

As Germany’s capital city, Berlin is home to many major companies and will definitely be an important place for anyone looking to intern in Germany. However, other smaller cities such as Cologne and Bonn also present great opportunities. Cologne has a large metropolitan and industrial area. Bonn is home to beautiful art and architecture for those interested in museum internships. Internships are available throughout the year, depending on your placement program.

Cost of Living in Germany:

According to Numbeo, an average one-bedroom apartment in the city center will cost about 500 € per month, while a similar apartment will cost about 370 € per month outside the city. Similar patterns occur with larger sized apartments. Some placement programs offer their own housing, check with your provider regarding living arrangements.

Work Culture in Germany:
  • Etiquette: Germans often work a much shorter week, usually about 35 hours. However, there is a strong culture of high productivity - there is very little time spent socializing or chatting. Management culture is often very hierarchical. Meetings run on strict agendas and schedules; lateness is generally not tolerated in the German business environment. There is also an emphasis on group efforts and teamwork; attempts to advance individually may be looked down on. Dressing for business situations is often quite conservative and muted; accessories should be kept to a mild minimum.
  • Language: Because Germans learn English in school and many Germans speak English quite well, it is generally the language of choice for business. However, this may also depend on the company you work at and your program’s requirements. It is always useful to have a simple understanding of the language and learn a few basic phrases.
  • Networking: There are many professional networking organizations in Germany that may fit your needs, such as Wirtschaftsjunioren, Marketing Club and Business and Professional Women Germany e.V. More information about networking in Germany can be found at Managementwissen Online.
Work and Labor Laws in Germany

Currently, there are no legal regulations for internships in Germany. There are talks within the German government to outline specifics for internships, but nothing has substantiated as of now.


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  • What is it like living in Germany?

    Living in Germany, depending on the region, can offer huge variations in your day-to-day experiences and routine. There are numerous articles written on modern day German life and culture and they're mostly very accurate.

    Regarding the language barrier, there are always solutions to "bridging the gap". Although most Germans speak at least some English and often another language in addition, you will face moments where German language skills are required. The best advice to give is to never give up learning and bettering your German at every given opportunity. Just remain patient, learn to accept the debilitation that can come from the lack of not being able to properly communicate, and most importantly, learn to be okay with making mistakes.

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    Compared to other European nations, the cost of living in Germany is actually quite reasonable. Rent tends to be on the lower end of the spectrum, and Berlin is recognized as being one of the most affordable capital cities on the continent. Generally, you can expect to need around $1,000 a month to cover all living expenses, including rent.

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