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Internships in Germany

Internships in Germany
Students will participate in an international internship that allows them to experience the benefits of studying abroad while also gaining real-world professional work experience.
Location: 
Germany
Language of Instruction: 
German
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Business
Engineering
Germanic Languages & Literatures
Program Type: 
Internship
Highlights: 
  • Internships arranged through Lawrence’s sister city, Eutin in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • Internships last around 6 weeks
  • A minimum of 5 semesters college-level German required
  • Housing may be with a host family or in an apartment
  • Gain work experience, earn academic credit, and explore Germany and Europe during free time
Program Summary: 

Participation in an international internship allows students to experience the benefits of studying abroad while also gaining real-world professional work experience. Only a small percentage of students study abroad – and even fewer intern abroad - so participation in an internship overseas can give you the professional advantage you need to succeed by giving you in-demand global skills. The Germany Internships Program is sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures.

Internships will begin in late May (exact date to be determined) and run for about 6 weeks. Host companies typically provide housing or assist with arrangements, as well as provide a modest stipend to assist with day-to-day living expenses. Accommodations vary as housing may be with a host family or in an apartment.

Past placements have been in the areas of business, engineering, architecture, and German language, however the program is open to all majors.  Interested students are encouraged to contact Jim Morrison (jdmorr@ku.edu), the Faculty Director, to inquire about opportunities for majors outside of those listed above.

Location: 

Situated midway between Kiel and Lübeck in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, Eutin is a picturesque town with beautiful natural scenery, rich cultural heritage, and special ties to KU and its sister city of Lawrence. With a population of 17,000, Eutin provides our students with a safe and well-rounded environment which is easily navigable by foot, bike, or bus, while still offering numerous cultural, historical, and entertainment venues. Each summer, the town’s open-air stage hosts both a Blues fest as well as an opera festival that includes students from KU’s School of Music. The lakes and forests surrounding Eutin are home to many outdoor activities such as boating, canoeing, swimming, and hiking. Within the city itself, students will find many stores, markets, and sports facilities, in addition to the storied Eutin Castle and gardens.

Academic Information: 

Students will enroll in GERM 453, a 1 credit independent study through the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature during the summer term. Students may opt to earn additional credit through the University Career Center’s EPSY 575/LA&S 490 Internship Exploration Course (1-5 credits) or through their academic department. 

Participants are also encouraged to enroll in GERM462 German and Germany in Global Business Culture II (3 credits) during the Spring 2018 term

Please note: there will be several mandatory meetings with the faculty director during the second half of the spring semester.  All participants are required to attend.

Eligibility: 

Language Requirement:

A minimum of 5 semesters college-level German language is required. 

Preference will be given to juniors, seniors, and graduate students in good academic standing. A minimum 2.75 GPA is required (exceptions considered with the submission of a GPA petition). In addition to completing an application though the Office of Study Abroad, applicants must also meet with Jim Morrison, the faculty director, during the application process to discuss their goals for the internship experience, the placement process, and potential internship sites.

Tentative Application & Placement Timeline

Nov. 1 Application opens
Dec. 15 Application deadline
Dec.-Jan. Faculty Director works with German contacts to place students
Early March Students receive placement details
Mid March Students submit financial contract, confirming participation in the program
Mid April Post acceptance forms due
Mid May Program fee and tuition due
Late May/Early June Internships begin (exact dates TBA)

Further Reading: 

Tentative Application & Placement Timeline

Nov. 1 Application opens
Dec. 15 Application deadline
Dec.-Jan. Faculty Director works with German contacts to place students
Early March. Students receive placement details
Mid March Students submit financial contract, confirming participation in the program
Mid April Post acceptance forms due
Mid May Program fee and tuition due
Late May/Early June Internships begin (exact dates TBA)

Contact Information

Jim Morrison
Faculty Director
Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
785-864-9173
jdmorr@ku.edu

Program Faculty: 

Jim Morrison
Faculty Director
Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
785-864-9173
jdmorr@ku.edu


Announcements

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

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The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Tuesday mornings from 11am-12pm and Friday afternoons from 2pm-3pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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