General Information

 

Application Process

The application process for the program runs through the U.S. Internship Office, based at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Our partner universities are:

- Columbus State University

- Emory University

- Georgia Institute of Technology

- Georgia State University

- Kennesaw State University

- Morehouse College

- Piedmont College

- University of North Carolina at Charlotte

- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

- University of North Carolina at Greensboro

- University of Georgia

- University of North Florida

- University of North Georgia

- Wake Forest University

- Washington and Lee University

 


To be eligible to participate, students from our partner universities must have 1) intermediate knowledge of the German language, 2) have completed at least four semesters of university coursework within one field, 3) be in a degree-seeking program with a graduation date after the completion of their internship program, and 4) be willing to commit to a full three-month internship in Germany.

The program start and end dates are set each year, in collaboration with our partner universities, BridgehouseLaw LLP and AmCham Germany. Students must submit the completed application and supporting materials to their university representative by the stated deadline, and mail the initial application fee of $50 to the program administrator. Applicants should plan on waiting until early Spring (January - March) for their internship placement, should they receive one. 

Selection Process

The internship selection process generally takes place from November through March. Approved applications will be posted on the AmCham Germany website for host companies to view. Companies expressing an interest in the program will be given access to the students profiles. AmCham Germany will then provide the contact information of the students to the companies, that express their interest in one or more students. Students will be notified to expect a call or e-mail from the interested company. Once initial contact has been established, an exchange regarding further details and procedures will take place between the company and the student. It is crucial that students check their email frequently and respond to emails as soon as possible.

After the interview process (how this is handled varies from company to company), the company will decide on a student to whom they would like to extend an internship offer to. Once a student has been selected by a host company, the student must pay an additional processing fee of $100. During the interview process and when offered a position, we suggest students to clarify issues such as working hours, possible time off, dress code, etc. with their contact person, as these vary from company to company. Unselected student profiles will be returned to the website for other companies to view.

To learn more about the US-German Internship program, download the Student Information Package.

General Information

Travel Dates
Internship Duration: May 11 - August 4, 2017
The official "Welcome Ceremony" is held by AmCham Germany in Frankfurt with participating companies, and hosted by Frankfurt RhineMain GmbH. Participation is mandatory for all students.

Health Insurance Coverage
All Internship Program participants must have health insurance coverage valid abroad during their time in Germany. Students may be able to use the same coverage from the United States; however, students should check with their insurance provider to ensure that their current plan is valid for a 3-month period abroad.

If you do not have valid health insurance, Global Secutive can assist you further. Multiple insurance plans are available for the summer and depending on your coverage, can cost approximately USD $125 to $150. For more details, please contact the US-German Internship Program Administrator, based at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Flight Cost
Unfortunately AmCham Germany is unable to cover transportation costs to and from Germany for interns. Students should plan to budget approximately 1,000 to 1,400 US Dollars for roundtrip air travel to Germany. Fares will vary based upon the flight path, time the flight was booked, airline provider, etc.

Housing
Finding housing can be stressful, and students are encouraged to start the housing search, as soon as they have committed to their internship. Some employers provide students with a housing option, but most should plan to locate housing on their own. The student will be responsible searching for suitable living quarters with tips and input from their respective host company. 

A common option for many Germans is finding accommodation in shared apartments (Wohngemeinschaft - WG), and this is a feasible option for interns seeking a place to stay. This not only brings down the cost of living, but is also a convenient way to immerse yourself in the German culture and improve your language skills. 

Websites such as wg-gesucht.de or studenten-wg.de will serve as a good starting point for the housing search. Students in previous years have had a variety of housing options. Many students choose to coordinate a home-stay with an employee from their firm, or a member of the local community; other students have pursued individual apartments, or a Wohngemeinschaft (WG—an apartment with other roommates).

Checking postings regularly and remaining in regular contact with potential renters will prove critical throughout the process. Interns from previous summers may serve as a good reference should students want any personal advice or tips.


While finding housing abroad is often one of the most challenging aspects of the program, do not be discouraged as students in past years have been successful. AmCham Germany / BridgehouseLaw will be happy to assist in the search by providing helpful weblinks and advice, but finding housing is the responsibility of each student together with their host company.


Compensation
Internship Program participants will earn a minimum of 670.00 € (proto) per month from their company; however, compensation packages vary from firm to firm.

Students should also expect deductions (Abzüge) from their proto pay. All deductions are in accordance with German tax law, and encompass social security payments and other fees. The value varies depending upon a student’s total income, but will not significantly affect the final sum received.

Students should contact their mentor and firm if they have questions or concerns regarding any deductions.

Office and Work Environment
We encourage all students to discuss the environment of their company before beginning their internship. Each firm will have different policy for office dress code, expected work schedule, vacation time, payment schedules, etc.; accordingly, students would benefit from understanding their role in the office before starting their internship.

Similarly, students may wish to speak with their mentors about expectations of the internship. Mentors will likely have a general concept of what work they foresee the intern completing, as well as general fields in which the intern may contribute. By having conversations with mentors prior to the start of the internship, students indicate professionalism and commitment to their position.

Your work experience will very much reflect the effort you put into the program. AmCham Germany provides the network to connect you with your company, but we expect you to take control from there.


What hours you will work, exactly how much money you will earn, if you have to expect any deductions and what dress code you should adhere to are all questions (among any others) you should directly discuss with your company mentor. Your mentor will not only be supervising your work once you arrive in Germany, but is also your first point of contact for planning your summer. The more you arrange and prepare for your stay in advance, the more you will get out of your experience in Germany.


During the program, AmCham Germany arranges a meet-up for the students to share and reflect on their experiences. In past years this has taken place in Düsseldorf and Berlin, allowing students the opportunity to visit the US Consulate and North Rhine-Westphalia state government offices, the Bundestag, the Reichstag building, and US Embassy. Exact dates and location of the meeting will be communicated to students at the beginning of the program. All students are required to attend the meet-up.