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Internships

german studies department

Students are encouraged to participate in an internship in Germany to learn first-hand about daily life and business practices.

Brief Program Description

Since the internship program began in January 2004 we’ve had 25 participants. Sixteen of the internships have been obtained via our partners at the USA-Interns Program in Frankfurt.

Our partnership began in 2005 when Vladmir Ilic, a 2006 Carroll School of Management graduate, did a paid internship at the Frankfurt office of Cerberus, a private equity firm. Most recently, in summer 2013, USA-Interns placed four Boston College students:

In addition 2013 SOE graduate Zachary Herhold was accepted to participate in the 2013-2014 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a highly competitive year-long study and internship program.

Photo of Michael George in Berlin

Michael George, a '04 graduate in economics, was our very first intern. He completed a year-long internship at the Munich office of Intel and is now working at Vodaphone in Düsseldorf. Toward the end of his stint at Intel he gave a one-hour presentation at their Zürich office entirely in German. He was rightly proud of this, since his German was only at the intermediate level when he first arrived in Munich.

Michael was succeeded in Munich by interns Craig Zematis and Katherine McDaniel. Craig received a regular position with Intel in the UK and has since moved back to Boston. Unfortunately the Munich office has now been downsized and all future internships are in Dublin and open only to EU residents.

However, there are many other specialized programs through DAAD such as the scholarship for a summer journalism seminar/internship program in Berlin and the RISE summer internship program for biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering majors. Combine a DAAD summer course grant which pays part of your transportation costs and a summer internship in order to spend a whole summer in Germany.

In addition to these internships there are many other possibilities including ones in media-related fields. If you would like information about these or any other internships please contact Agnes Farkas, German Studies Department, Lyons 201 at 617-552-3740 or email farkasag@bc.edu.