Berlin, Germany

Global Gap Internship Berlin

Virtual Global Internship + Study Abroad
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Information for term Global Gap Internship Berlin

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 14 – Dec 19, 2020 (14 weeks)
  • Credit: 12 semester hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Considering to defer this fall and taking a gap? Make the most of your college gap and earn 12 credits with a virtual global internship and a study abroad block in Berlin, Germany!

Virtual Global Internship

Based on your career goals, we will match you with an 8-week project-based virtual internship. 

  • ​​​Benefit from our global network of companies and organizations in 20 cities around the world
  • Gain international experience without leaving your home
  • ​Collaborate across time zones while learning critical job skills

Study Abroad in Berlin

Following your virtual internship you will take two courses abroad.

  • Our 6-week Block III term allows you to take an in-person course in Berlin with an option of an online course in another location
  • Select courses that pair with your internship or explore new curriculum 
  • Explore the city and surround yourself with the language and culture

    Intern from home with project-based work for global organizations and pair that with two courses abroad.


    Best of both worlds with internship and study abroad


    in the international Kreuzberg district – a hub for the arts, music, and digital technology


  • HOURS OF project-based internship and coaching

  • CREDITS to keep you on track and enhance your resume


Location & Culture

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The thriving global city of Berlin is home to nearly 3.5 million people. Live among the locals and see for yourself why Berlin is ranked among the top for global urban quality-of-life – with excellent public transportation, you’ll have no problem exploring the city’s parks, orchestras, museums, festivals, and historical landmarks. No matter how you build your program, you’ll surround yourself with the language, culture, and people of the vibrant, international Kreuzberg district – a hub for the arts, music, and digital technology.


Professional Development

  • Take advantage of resume help and interviewing skills for different fields​
  • Explore your career goals and grow your skillset without traveling​
  • Participate in coaching sessions and online workshops that will help you make the most of your 6 credit internship​


Select 2 top preferences in the following categories:​

  • Arts
  • Business Development & Sales​
  • Business Finance & Accounting​
  • Communications ​
  • Data Science & Data Analytics ​
  • Design​
  • Digital Health ​
  • Engineering ​
  • Entrepreneurship ​
  • IT & Computer Science​
  • Marketing ​
  • Media, Film, & Photography​
  • Service Learning (NGOs)​
  • Social Media ​
  • Sustainability & Environment​


Internships are sourced based on years of experience across our network of employers in more than 20 locations, including:​

  • Berlin​, Barcelona, Boston, Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Prague, Rome, San Francisco, Santiago, Seville, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto​


Experience Berlin in the fall

  • Day trips to the city of Potsdam with its rich historical sites and castles, the Bauhaus Museum in Dessau 
  • Visit the German Institute for International and Security Affairs to discuss cyber security. 
  • Walk along the East Side Gallery – the longest existing stretch of the Berlin Wall – with a local artist and political activist. 
  • Tour Jamba!, a ring-tone creator and marketing firm that has become one of Berlin’s most successful tech start-ups, and more. 

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Residence hall: Most students live in an on-campus residence hall with a mix of CIEE students and resident assistants. Students live single rooms with en-suite bathrooms and shower facilities. Lounges and kitchens allow students to mingle over meals, cultural activities, study groups, and special events. They are shared spaces, with students enjoying the benefits but also the responsibility of taking care of them. Larger common areas are on the ground floor and inner courtyards offer comfortable spaces to work and relax. 

  • Meals

    Students can prepare their own meals in the full kitchens. CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Students also may get coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks, and sandwiches at the on-site café, or explore the myriad restaurants in the Kreuzberg neighborhood or throughout the city. 


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This semester-long program includes an 8-week full-time virtual internship and integrated online academic course followed by 6-weeks of in-person academic coursework in Berlin.

The Virtual Global Internship portion of the program pairs you with a non-paying internship within a wide range of opportunities across a diverse set of industries. Students also receive coaching and support throughout the internship, including workshops and a skills assessment. Themes include resume writing, interview prep, best practices for remote work, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, and maintaining a global network. Then stay in Berlin for the remainder of this unique study abroad experience. Courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty at our Global Institute in the heart of Kreuzberg, known for its youthful, multicultural population, food, colorful shops, street festivals, and lively cultural life. A subway trip gets you downtown, while a 10-minute bike ride takes you to Tempelhof, the former airport of Berlin Air-Lift fame and now a giant urban park.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Students participating in the Global Gap Internship in Berlin must have completed a minimum of their first academic year of studies before the program. Students should be prepared to obtain a signed letter from their home university confirming student matriculation details. Participants are required to have access to a laptop/computer with audio capabilities during the virtual internship. Participants are also required to have reliable access to internet/WiFi​.

Additional visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process. 

Program Requirements

Students will participate in an academic course taught in an online learning environment alongside the 8-week, full-time internship. Upon completion, students will travel to Berlin to complete the two course electives during the last six-week block. The two elective courses, internship course, and the internship are all required components of the program. 

Students will enroll in:

  • 8-week full-time internship with an integrated online academic course
  • Two CIEE courses offered on a 6-week academic block system



Total credit for the program is 12 semester/18 quarter credits.

Course Credit

  • Weeks 1 – 8: CIEE Internship: 6 semester/9 quarter credits; 30 course hours, 200-240 internship placement hours
  • Weeks 9 – 14: 2 CIEE elective courses: 6 semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment for elective courses typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion. The integrated online academic internship course is taught in an online learning environment.

Class Format

Students begin by taking an 8-week CIEE full-time virtual internship and an online academic course that includes a combination of lectures, presentations, and discussions. Students should expect to intern 200-240 hours, 25-30 hours/week. The second part of the program includes two CIEE elective courses offered on a 6-week academic block system in Berlin. All courses are customized for and open only to CIEE students. Elective classes include a combination of lectures, group work, presentations, and discussions.


The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Final grades are based on class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and midterm and final exams. In the integrated online academic internship course, students should expect to be assessed via assignments and discussions, as outlined in the syllabus. Internship supervisors provide a written evaluation of progress towards internship goals at the conclusion of the placement.

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Course Information


Fall 2020 Courses

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  • All internships are offered in English.
  • Students should expect to spend 30-32 hours per week engaged in virtual internship work
  • Two  elective courses are chosen from any of the courses offered below through Open Campus Block III.
  • Use linked syllabi below to reference course descriptions and learning objectives. Syllabi and course codes are in the process of being adapted for fall 2020 online and blended methods of instruction.

Required 6 credit course

Academic Internship in the Global Workplace Online

Select two courses from the list below. These courses can be taken in-person on location listed or online November 9 - December 19.

Art and Architecture

Mythology and Architecture in Rome Rome
Spanish Masters in Madrid Museums Madrid


Economics of Wine Buenos Aires
Entrepreneurship and Start-Up Culture Berlin
International Management Rome

Communication, Journalism & New Media

Media, Gender and Identity Cape Town
Music, Media, and Public Spheres London

Global and Community Health

Comparative Health Care Systems London

International Relations & Political Science 

Contemporary Controversies in International Relations Berlin
Migration and Mobility in a Global World Sydney

Language, Literature & Culture

Berlin's Post-War Monuments and Memorials Berlin
Paris Collage: History, Culture, Architecture Paris
Vikings in the Conquest of Europe Copenhagen

STEM and Society

Social Psychology Paris
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Monteverde

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar with an internship and study abroad through CIEE, from our high-quality programs to our robust network of organizations.

  • Tuition
  • Internship placement​
  • Pre-internship coaching and advising
  • Mid-point check and final program evaluation​
  • Housing – 6 weeks
  • Official Tulane University transcript which will serve as a School of Record if your home institution requires it 
  • Pre-departure Advising
  • Orientation - Virtual orientation week 1, onsite orientation Week 9 plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Virtual and on-site staff support in your city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
  • Ongoing health, safety and security support while on-site​


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 14 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 14, 2020 Dec 19, 2020
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300

Educational Costs = $7,200

Housing = $1,000

Total Fees = $8,500

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Books & Supplies = $25

Total Estimated Costs = $25

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.