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 28 participants. Nineteen 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 2014, USA-Interns placed three Boston College students:
- Stephanie Blumenstock (A&S '17) did research at the Chemical Research Center (IKFT) of the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT).
- Robert Henry (CSOM 2016) interned in Bad Homburg near Frankfurt at FERI AG, a financial management service.
- Eric Schmitt (A&S '17) was also at the Karsruher Institut für Technologie at the Institute for Technology and Genetics (ITG). He spent the summer working on a project studying how superhydrophobic and super hydrophilic surfaces can be used with cell droplet microarrays.
In addition 2014 A&S graduates Lee Hill, Elma Meskovic, and Terese Rutkowski were accepted to participate in the 2014-2015 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a highly competitive year-long study and internship program.
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 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. If you would like information about these or any other internships please contact Agnes Farkas, German Studies Department.