External Grants

External grants, study abroad, internships, teaching opportunities in German-speaking countries

*Some of these grants have due dates over a year prior to the commencement of the program. Check well in advance to plan accordingly.

Study abroad

  • Undergraduate Scholarships German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers Undergraduate Scholarships to highly qualified undergraduate students for study abroad, university language or summer courses, senior thesis research and/or internships in the Federal Republic of Germany. One type of scholarship application is normally due in January of each year is for the August - July of the following academic year and summer, so plan way ahead for some. See also this scholarship/ grant page.
  • German Universities of Applied Sciences Study and Internship Program (DAAD)
    Scholarship funds a full academic semester of study abroad at one of the participating universities of applied sciences (UAS7) in Germany and one semester professional internship experience in a company or research institute in Germany.  Must be a sophomore or junior studying engineering, science, life sciences, business, management, economics, architecture, art, design, journalism, social work.  Applications normally due in February for the following academic year.
  • German Studies Research Grants
    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) announces the availability of a number of German Studies Research Grants to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department/program chairs. The grant is tenable for short-term research (up to 2 months) in Germany. The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective. Deadlines normally: May 1 and November 1.

Summer only

  • "Hochschulsommerkurse" at German universities
    A broad range of three to four week summer language courses with an integrated thematic focus on literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany are hosted by German universities each year. An extensive extra-curricular program complements and reinforces the core material.
    The website of DAAD Bonn provides details on the content and logistics on the most recent course offer, which may be used for preliminary information on next summer's programs. As a rule, there are few changes from year to year. Deadline normally is January 31.
    The booklet 'Hochschulsommerkurse at German Universities' is available by request from DAAD New York.
  • FUBIS - Sommeruniversitaet at the Free University, Berlin
    An excellent opportunity for students who have not had much German to study in one of Europe's most exciting cities. Most courses are offered in English with German language training and selected courses in German.
  • IES Summer Programs

Internships

Note that internships are available for study abroad students on IES programs and Central College during the academic year. If you are majoring or minoring in German, it is recommended that you first invest in this internship while studying abroad. Then look to other opportunities upon your return or for after graduation.

  • German Program for Transatlantic Encounters - The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest (GACCoM) offers U.S. students the opportunity to apply for the German Program for Transatlantic Encounters (Transatlantic Program 2006). This is the second year that GACCoM is able to carry out this program.
    The Transatlantic Program offers an internship opportunity in Germany to 25 motivated and qualified students from U.S. colleges and universities, including one week of fully-funded pre-internship travel and immersion, which includes daily academic language and cultural instruction in Germany. Universities throughout the entire United States are invited to nominate their best students for this prestigious program. Students who have a working knowledge of German (2-years of college-level German) are invited to apply for participation. Please see information on application details. The Transatlantic Program is generally designed to offer young Americans the opportunity to gain a comprehensive perspective of German business, German economy and politics, as well as an insight into the German culture and language. Students must be majoring in Engineering, Economics, Marketing, Finance, Business Administration, or Computer Science. Deadline is usually the beginning of November for nomination.
  • German Universities of Applied Sciences Study and Internship Program (DAAD)
    Scholarship funds a full academic semester of study abroad at one of the participating universities of applied sciences (UAS7) in Germany and one semester professional internship experience in a company or research institute in Germany.  Must be a sophomore or junior studying engineering, science, life sciences, business, management, economics, architecture, art, design, journalism, social work.  Applications normally due in February for the following academic year.
  • Research Internships in Science and Engineering gives students in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology and Physics the chance to spend a summer working with German doctoral students on serious research projects. The doctoral students help integrate the undergraduate directly into the lab work and serve as personal and professional mentors. All participants receive stipends from DAAD to help cover living expenses, and the partner universities and research institutions provide housing assistance.

  • Emigre Memorial German Internship Program (EMPIG)
    EMGIP (Emigre Memorial German Internship Program) offers internship opportunities for US and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are two months long in positions matching the student's interest and experience. Interns will be placed with their preferred Fraktion, Ausschuss, with individual members of the Bundestag and their offices. In addition to contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament. Application deadline is normally January 31.
  • Studienforum Berlin - Connects German businesses and other organizations with students seeking internship. Paid and non-paid internships. Applications are normally due in February of each year for that summer.
  • Undergraduate Scholarships (DAAD)
    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers Undergraduate Scholarships to highly qualified undergraduate students for study abroad, university language or summer courses, senior thesis research and/or internships in the Federal Republic of Germany. The application is normally due in January of each year is for the August - July of the following academic year and summer. Plan ahead!!! Applicants must be Sophomores or Juniors.
  • The Global Studies Internship Program - DAAD/Hessen
    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships for this internship program, which is supported by the State of Hessen.  Each year has a different topic focus.  See DAAD for scholarship information.  The application is usually mid-March or until the program is full for the summer.
  • DankHaus in Chicago - Internships are offered by the DANK Haus German Cultural Center many departments throughout the year and enable students to gain first-hand experience in their areas of interest or study. Interns, working under the guidance of the board of directors, curators or department heads, assist in routine departmental work that ranges from special projects and research to clerical/office membership support.
  • IES Chicago - Summer Marketing Internship with study abroad company - Three Marketing Interns will be selected to work with the Marketing Department in IES Abroad Chicago to assist with new initiatives, review and update on-going analysis, develop processes, and provide key recommendations. Interns are individually responsible for completing a project on an assigned topic and may also collaborate on a research project. At the end of their internship, participants provide a presentation on initiatives and findings to office-wide staff.
  • German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C. - The GHI Internship Program gives German and American students of history, political science, and library studies an opportunity to gain experience at a scholarly research institute.
  • American Institute for Contemporary German Studies - AICGS offers unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students in the spring, summer, and fall. AICGS internships provide a professional and educational experience in a not-for-profit organization that aims to strengthen the German-American relationship.
  • Goethe Institute, Washington, D.C. - Das Goethe-Institut Washington bietet fuer StudentInnen in hoeheren Semestern oder nach abgeschlossenem Studium die Moeglichkeit eines Praktikums.
  • US Commercial Service Germany - The US Commercial Service Germany offers internship opportunities throughout the year at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the U.S. Consulates General in Duesseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich.
  • Carl Duisburg Society (CDS) internships - CDS places participants in internships customized to their field of interest. Host companies range from small family-owned businesses to medium-sized companies to multinational holdings. Many companies are experienced in accommodating foreign interns and have worked with CDS for years. Many internships are unpaid.
  • CDS Schott Internship - this is a particular internship that CDS (above) sponsors.
  • German American Chamber of Commerce - internships mostly in business and engineering. An internship placement company like CDS with a placement fee.  The GACC Career Services Department has contacts with internationally operating companies in Germany who offer training programs to American students or recent graduates.
  • Concordia Language Villages - German - This is not an internship, but relevant summer employment in one of the best known summer language immersion camps for 18 and under.  If you are studying a language and going into education, this is the place for you!

Post-graduate Opportunities

  • Deutschlandjahr Scholarships/ Deutschlandjahr Scholarships for students in the Arts/ Music
    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers Deutschlandjahr Scholarships to outstanding bachelors degree recipients for study at universities in the Federal Republic of Germany. The deadline is usually November 15 of each year. November 1 deadline for students in the arts.
  • German Studies Research Grants
    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) announces the availability of a number of German Studies Research Grants to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department/program chairs. The grant is tenable for short-term research (up to 2 months) in Germany. The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective. Deadlines normally: May 1 and November 1
  • Fulbright Scholarships
    This prestigious award provides funding for a full year of study in many countries around the world. Students develop a project proposal in conjunction with the Campus Fulbright Coordinator. There are also teaching opportunities in German-speaking countries as well. Deadline: Approximately September 15 of each year. It is imperative to contact the Fulbright Coordinator in April or May of the year of application.
  • Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program for Young Professionals
    The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals is a scholarship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange. It is designed to give participants understanding for everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany and the United States. In the US the program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961. In Germany the program is funded through the Administration of the Bundestag.
    It is intended primarily for young adults in business, technical, vocational, and agricultural fields. 60 Americans and 100 Germans participate in the program each year. For American participants, the 12-month program begins in late July, and consists of 2 months intensive German, 4 months classroom instruction at a German University of Applied Sciences, 5 months internship in career field. Deadline normally is November 1.
  • U.S. Teaching Assistantships at Austrian Secondary Schools - The English Language Teaching Assistantship Program is administered by the Fulbright Commission in cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of Education. Dealine is usually the beginning of Spring Semester.
  • Emigr? Memorial German Internship Program (EMPIG)
    EMGIP (?migr? Memorial German Internship Program) offers internship opportunities for US and Canadian students in the German parliament, the Bundestag. The internships are two months long in positions matching the student's interest and experience. Interns will be placed with their preferred Fraktion, Ausschuss, with individual members of the Bundestag and their offices. In addition to contributing to the respective offices, interns have the opportunity to study legislative and administrative procedures in the German parliament. Deadline is normally Jan. 31
  • McKinsey International Internship - This is a very competitive internship program. McKinsey has offices in Germany. You need to have majored in German at IWU or be a native speaker to be competitive for this and have had an internship in a business environment while you were studying abroad in Germany or Austria.
  • See also other internship opportunities under "Study Abroad and Internships"

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