Looking for an insider’s perspective on Europe’s largest economy? Want to experience German professional culture in the booming start-up and tech sectors, or at a multinational company or nonprofit? A CIEE Global Internship in Berlin just might be a perfect fit.
CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you! All of our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals.
As a CIEE Global Intern, you’ll work in a non-paying position with a leading organization, diving into a field of interest, exploring a different culture, and expanding your professional portfolio and network.
You’ll find a compelling backdrop in Berlin, the City of Reinvention, with its larger-than-life architecture, vibrant bars and restaurants, and friendly, English-speaking locals.
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
Each internship is determined on an individual basis, taking into account your background and experience as well as current employer work cycles and projects. Our team on the ground has a personalized process to work with you in the months leading up to the program to find the best match.
- Individual pre-placement meeting, personalized matching process, and coaching for each student throughout the internship placement
- Materials to guide creation of a resume appropriate for local business culture as well as guidance on application materials relevant to industry area of interest
- Interviewing skills webinar based on local business culture in addition to individual student feedback to help prepare for Skype interviews with potential internship supervisor
- Professional development workshops such as:
- Making the Most of your Internship
- Networking and Informational Interviewing
- Understanding Working Styles
- Leveraging your Internship for a Global Career
- Midpoint review from student and supervisor
- Final written evaluation from student and supervisor
Co-curricular excursions and cultural activities in and around Berlin complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city. You can walk the last remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall still in place, called the East Side Gallery, pay your respects at the Holocaust Memorial, and visit the amazing Museum Island, named for the complex of five internationally significant museums. With such recent turbulent history, Berlin is brimming with historical sites that will bring the past to life.
A community-based activity such as structured volunteering or service project is typically offered at least once during the program.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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Summer 2017 (8 wks)
Program Date Notes
In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes internship placement and supporting services, coursework, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advsising.
Participation Confirmation *
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 to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** Does not include a meal plan
Estimated Additional Costs
Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.
* Roundtrip based on U.S. East Coast Departure
- Overall GPA 2.5
- Rising sophomore standing and above at time of participation
- *Certain visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process
Total credit for this program is 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.
Students participate in a weekly integrated academic seminar alongside the full-time internship placement.
About the City
About The City
German workers are the most productive in the world—that’s according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. A competitive mindset and direct style of communication that leads to consensus undoubtedly contributes to the success of the German economy—Europe’s largest—and offers the perfect environment for a rewarding internship.
In Berlin, students have the chance to experience German professional culture in the booming start-up and tech sectors, or at multinational companies or nonprofits.
Larger-than-life architecture, vibrant bars and restaurants, efficient public transportation, and friendly, English-speaking locals offer a compelling backdrop—and rich counterbalance—to a challenging internship experience.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Marie Budde, MA
Marie is part of the Community and Student Life team at the Global Institute—Berlin. Marie has worked in international education for several years, most recently at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, where she served as academic program manager. She has also worked with international students at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Marie holds an MA from the Brandenburgische Technische Universität in Cottbus, and a BA from the Royal Holloway University of London.
Eric Ginola, PhD
Having grown up in the Chicago area and completed his undergraduate degree at Macalester College, Eric went on to complete his graduate work at the University of Washington-Seattle, where he gained his first exposure to working in international education. Beside teaching at the UW, Eric has also taught at Gettysburg College, the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and the Universität Paderborn. He teaches a variety of courses in the Language, Literature and Culture track but the majority of his responsibilities fall under the realm of Community and Student Life, including the study tours, extracurricular activities, day-to-day assistance with various student concerns, and various other roles.
Martin Kley, PhD
Martin oversees the coordination, quality, and planning of all courses and educational programing in Berlin. He is responsible for faculty staffing, finalization of syllabi, the course evaluation process, and program development. A native of Augsburg, Germany, Martin studied at the Universities of Augsburg, Pittsburgh and Texas, where he earned his doctorate in German studies. Martin taught German language and culture, as well as film studies, at Gettysburg College. At Gettysburg he also served as chair of the German Department.
Stephanie Levy, MA
As AIC Director, Stephanie is responsible for placing students in meaningful and productive Academic Projects in Berlin. She has lived and worked in Germany for more than 20 years. During that time, Stephanie organized and presented cultural and foreign language workshops and seminars for a variety of organizations and institutions in Berlin, Munich, and Hong Kong. Most recently, she developed and led her own online learning programs for creative business with participants from more than 50 countries. Stephanie holds MAs from the Universität der Künste in Berlin and the University of Tennessee, where she also earned her BFA.
Cary Nathenson, PhD
Cary Nathenson has overall responsibility for the management of all aspects of the Global Institute to ensure the highest levels of program quality. He has also served as director of the Global Institute in Berlin. Prior to joining CIEE, he served as associate dean for Humanities, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Chicago and as assistant dean for graduate programs at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. Cary has held faculty positions at the University of Houston, Northwestern University, Duke University, and Grinnell College. He earned his doctorate in German from Washington University in St. Louis.
John Roper, PhD
John Roper earned a bachelor’s degree in history and German studies from Brown University. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in Berlin and upon graduation worked for several years as a study abroad advisor in the Brown Office of International Programs. John earned his doctorate in history from the University of Pennsylvania, returning to Berlin to complete his dissertation research with a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). His dissertation focused on early debates within the nascent gay rights movement in Germany at the turn of the twentieth century. He has taught at the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and Touro College Berlin. Since summer 2014, John has taught courses at CIEE focusing on German cultural history, art and architecture, as well as gender and sexuality in contemporary Germany.
Donna Swarthout completed her M.A. and doctoral exams at the University of California Berkeley in the field of political science. Before moving to Berlin in 2010, she taught in the Political Science Department, College of Business, and Honors College at Montana State University. Besides teaching for CIEE, she has taught in the Berlin Perspectives Program at the Humboldt-Universität and at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin.
Kirsten Twelbeck, PhD
Kirsten is responsible for student experiential learning opportunities, including residential programming, events, external projects, and programs with the greater Berlin community. She also works with the Academic Director to further develop our programs and teaches regularly. Kirsten earned her PhD in American Studies and successfully passed the post-doctoral Habilitation. She studied American Studies (both literature and culture) and Theater and Drama in Erlangen, Berlin, and Bloomington, Indiana, and has worked as an assistant professor and a guest professor at several German universities before joining the staff at CIEE. Prior to her academic career she worked as a journalist for German radio stations and as head of divisions for the city marketing organization Berlin Partner.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Global Institute – Berlin combines the best of both worlds: a U.S.-style residence life program integrated with a local German neighborhood. Located in the heart of the Kreuzberg district, one of the most vibrant and popular neighborhoods in Berlin, the campus offers students easy access to a large public market hall, restaurants and cafés, and a variety of shops.
Our cutting-edge facility combines the architectural charm of an old German factory with modern design elements. The CIEE Global Institute campus features a residence hall, large common areas, two courtyards, a café, multiple study areas and lounges, and other rooms designed to enhance the interaction between all students and staff members living in the facility.
Students commute to their internships and most program activities via local public transportation. Introduction to the system is provided during orientation and students are responsible for securing their own public transportation pass. Program housing is convenient to public transportation and all internship locations are accessible.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Most students live in an on-campus residence hall with a mix of CIEE students and resident assistants (RAs). Our RAs are local students who help CIEE students adjust to life in Berlin and are responsible for their safety and security.
Students live in double, triple, or quad rooms with en-suite bathrooms and shower facilities. 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, and snacks at the on-site café, or explore the myriad restaurants in the Kreuzberg neighborhood. Lounges and kitchens in the residence hall allow students to mix and mingle over meals, cultural activities, study groups, and special events. Larger common areas are on the ground floor and inner courtyards offer comfortable spaces to work and relax.
Students may also be housed in shared apartments. Final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.
Your experience abroad starts now! Before you’ve even left home, you will participate in a one-on-one Skype conversation with a program director who lives and works in Berlin. Our directors are extremely knowledgeable about their programs and cities, and will share information about the program, provide you with helpful tips, and answer any questions you may have. You will also have an opportunity to take part in an online webinar and connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. Once you arrive in Berlin, you will receive an on-site city orientation with other interns on the program. This may feature a tour of the neighborhood, where to shop for food, tips on affordable living, an introduction to the transit system, language crash courses, and even cooking classes that take advantage of the best local fare.
Housing, classroom, and internship locations all have internet access. Students are encouraged to bring Wi-Fi enabled laptops.
Students on this program should expect to spend approximately 30-32 hours per week (200-240 hours total) doing internship project work. In addition, the academic internship seminar will meet for approximately 4 hours per week (30 contact hours total). Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations.
CIEE Community Language Commitment
While the Global Internship program is conducted in English in all locations students will have the opportunity to develop communicative language skills through interactions with peers and host organization colleagues throughout their internship experience. CIEE will offer non-credit communicative language activities throughout the internship program to help students learn basic vocabulary and phrases, and the integrated internship seminar will include important business vocabulary and phrases used in the workplace.
Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the integrated academic seminar, as outlined in the syllabus. Assignments and activities include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopses of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analyses of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.
Internship supervisors and students each provide a written evaluation of progress towards goals during their placement. In addition, resident directors seek out individual conversations and group feedback through formal and informal channels throughout the program.
Language(s) of Instruction
Please note that all internship placements will be English language placements.
Nature of Courses
Students will participate in classes alongside other CIEE students only.
All courses are taught by local adjunct faculty who typically have a terminal degree in their field, relevant professional background, and experience teaching an international cohort of students. Most faculty are also associated with and/or have taught at a local university.
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.
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INSH 3806 BRGE
Academic Internship in Berlin
The CIEE Global Internship program combines a full-time internship with an integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real-world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The 8-week program includes between 200 - 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.