Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Germany
88% Rating
(6 Reviews)

Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Germany

The Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Germany provides students the chance to improve their German language skills and experience life and culture abroad while gaining valuable professional work experience.

Our personalized internship placements are available in a variety of fields and are tailored to students' specific skill sets, ambitions, and career aspirations.

Students can be placed in locations all over Germany. Most internships are 3-12 months in length, with flexible start dates.

While many internships are paid, those who receive unpaid placements are eligible to receive scholarship funding from us.

Highlights
  • Our internship programs are affordable - many of our internships are PAID and we offer scholarships!
  • We work closely with an array of partner organizations to place participants in customized professional internships that meet their individual goals and career interests.
  • Cultural Vistas offers the opportunity to enroll in language classes to make sure you're confident in your German skills before you get started interning.
  • We offer help drafting a Lebenslauf (German resume), plus a cultural immersion and orientation seminar upon arrival in Germany.
  • Once you get back home, we'll give you re-entry information and tips on marketing international experience to U.S. employers.
Locations
Europe » Germany
Industry
Accounting
Advertising
Agriculture
Animal Science
Anthropology
Archaeology
Communications
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Culinary Arts
Design
Ecology
Film
International Business
Performing Arts
Psychology
Tourism
Length
1-3 Months
3-6 Months
6-12 Months
Accommodation
Apartment
Host Family
Language
English
Steps
Online Application
Statement of Purpose
Resume
Cover Letter
Phone / Skype Interview
Language Requirement
Weekly Hours
1
Starting Price
$500.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
In addition to individualized internship placements, participants receive assistance with housing, language training, and foreign language resume writing, as well pre-departure cultural and logistical information and in-country and re-entry support. Health insurance can also be provided for a nominal fee.

Questions & Answers

I took a look at their website and it seems that international and U.S. students that are enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, as well as Canadian students enrolled in U.S. or Canadian colleges or universities are eligible. I hope this is helpful! Here's the link: http://www.culturalvistas.org/programs-for-students-and-professionals/internships-abroad/internship-program-in-germany

Program Reviews

  • Growth
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  • Support
    75%
  • Fun
    78%
  • Housing
    82%
  • Safety
    93%

Program Reviews (6)

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Alison
Female
23 years old
East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University

A Summer of Change

10/10

I participated in the Cultural Vistas Internship Program in Germany during the summer of 2015. To improve my German I took one month of classes at a language school in Berlin. I then spent the next to months in a very exciting internship with Fields GmbH. My internship experience was everything I expected and more. Not only didn't I improve my German proficiency and increase my work experience, but I also made so many German friends and professional connections. I was very nervous before going on the program, but the support staff at Cultural Vistas helped me through the entire process. They also made sure to create events for networking and connecting with other participants. Throughout my experience I truly felt the support of Cultural Vistas and I am happy to say my life has changed dramatically since my time abroad.

How can this program be improved?

The one thing I would change is more days of orientation. The orientation was informational but seemed a little short for my liking. I would have liked to have more time with the staff and other participants in Berlin in the beginning.

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Ross
Male
27 years old
Berkeley, California
University of California- Berkeley

Cultural VIstas can help you further your education and experience.

10/10

I was fortunate enough to travel abroad to Germany with the help of Cultural Vistas. They provided accommodations, insurance providers, and a language course when I first arrived in Berlin. They also arranged an internship with a world renowned research institution that I would otherwise not have the opportunity to work with. Overall the experience is a huge step forward in my academic experience and I would suggest it to everyone.

How can this program be improved?

An introduction upon arrival of new students or participants in your program would be useful. This is not a huge remark.

Response from Cultural Vistas

Thanks so much for your note, Ross.

We're so glad to hear you had an enjoyable experience!

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George
Male
25 years old
Champaign, Illinois
University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign

All was great despite no job placement

8/10

The cultural vistas team was extremely insightful and supportive through my unique, eventful experience abroad.

My initial offer was abruptly withdrawn, throwing myself and my CV advisors into a state of confusion. My initial travel dates were postponed while the search continued.

They easily arranged my language school courses and continued to offer advice and support until the hard deadline had passed.

Although I was unable to secure an internship, all of the other processes involved were run well and amazing.

How can this program be improved?

There was a sense of ambiguity on how much of the internship searching process was through them compared then through the applicant.

Response from Cultural Vistas

Despite some of the obstacles that we encountered together, we're glad to see that overall you had a very positive experience.

Providing customized placements is never an exact science and we're glad that things worked out in the end.

A positive attitude goes a long way :)

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Megan
Female
22 years old
Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Michigan

Loved Germany but this Program…

8/10

Although I greatly enjoyed my experience at my internship, Cultural Vistas was not very helpful during the process. They find your internship for you, but mine was not relevant to my university work or future careers. I also struggled to find housing. They did not adequately assist with this search. I encourage you to intern abroad, though!

Response from Cultural Vistas

Megan,
We are sorry to hear about your mixed experience.

Securing customized internship placements that fit one's exact career aspirations is never an exact science - particularly in an international environment.

There are always a lot of moving parts, including the company's specific needs and capacity for hosting an intern.

Sometimes the downside we encounter in providing personalized experiences is that obstacles can crop up when matching individuals to appropriate hosts.

For that reason, we always try to be upfront with our participants about what to expect and how best to manage their expectations.

All things aside, we are glad that this experience showed you the value of interning abroad.

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Anon
Male
32 years old
Berkeley, CA

Great Internship: Terrible Support

8/10

Though I can understand that it may be difficult to find some internships for participants, I feel Cultural Vistas didn't appropriately handle the situation. Not only was I forced to plan a summer abroad in 2 weeks, but upon arrival I found out there were still a number of participants arriving in Germany who had not yet been given an internship.

There were also students who didn't have a place to live upon arrival (including myself) and to that end, our "program specialist" didn't provide any helpful solutions other than a couple of websites that are easily found in the top 5 results while Google searching "Housing in Berlin". After finally finding housing, I was not informed that certain areas of the city should be avoided. Not only was I in somewhat of a ghetto, but my landlady was a complete nightmare. (I could go on at some length here, but I digress)

This is not to mention the atrocity that was the orientation seminar. Our "program specialist" gave 90% of the presentation, which was a mixture of obvious facts about Germany that could be found in our previous reading material as well as some (sometimes embarrassingly exaggerated) generalizations of the Germans and German culture.

The German woman that was part of the seminar didn't get the chance to speak much, which I found odd simply because I would trust her more on the subject than the ramblings of a (seemingly) ignorant American who was telling us more about the time she stayed in Köln than actually preparing us for working abroad. We were also not informed as to who would be "looking out for us" after the seminar, as she would be on vacation visiting her German friends for the following week after orientation.

Once situated, Cultural Vistas offered little support to the participants I stayed in touch with. Many felt that the program was unorganized and tried little to help participants who found themselves in sticky situations.

Though I have my criticisms, I love the company I worked for. The people are fantastic, location ideal, and I was actually asked to come back to work more for them with a paid internship and (hopefully) a job. I am currently back in Berlin for this purpose. Without CV, this wouldn't have been possible, so I am VERY grateful that I found this opportunity. Though I must say I am also very lucky to have been placed in Berlin, because other participants were located in small villages with no nightlife or entertainment opportunities.

Response from Cultural Vistas

First thing’s first – we’re glad to hear you are back in Berlin with a paid position as a result of your internship experience!

We are sorry to hear that you felt the support was not up to your expectations.

We provide very independent internship placement programs, but we certainly do not want our participants to feel unprepared. Our team appreciates your feedback and will certainly take it into account in planning future orientations.

We are glad that you had an otherwise positive experience.

At the end of the day, we want our participants to have a fruitful internship experience and gain the valuable skills they need to be successful in today’s increasingly competitive and interconnected world.

It sounds like your internship did just that and led to further opportunities to work abroad.

We wish you all the best in those endeavors!

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Singingshooter
Female
24 years old
Raleigh, North Carolina
North Carolina State University

Summer in Radolfzell

9/10

Because if this experience with this internship program, I was not only able to improve my language abilities, but also my cultural knowlage about Germany. I was able to learn about how language can be taught and how to plan activities for students of varying backgrounds.

How can this program be improved?

I would change how quickly people are informed about their internships.

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Founded in 1963, Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions. We develop international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens. Our programs empower people to drive positive change in themselves, their organizations, and

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