Summer Work Program

Department of German, Princeton University

in conjunction with the Princeton Alumni Association of Germany

Are you a sophomore or a junior interested in spending the summer working and having fun in Germany? Improve your German, get real-life immersion in German culture, build your resumé and have a chance to discover Europe –all of this without breaking the bank!
If this sounds like something you might wish to explore, consider the German Department’s famously successful Summer Work Program (SWP). In conjunction with the Princeton Alumni Association, the SWP places students in internships with leading German companies and institutions in Banking & Finance, Insurance, Consulting, Marketing, Museums, Theaters, Media (TV, Radio, Newspapers, Publishing), Engineering (Automotive, Electronics, Energy, Chemical), Research Institutions (Economics, Environmental), State Government & Politics, Hospitals & Medical Clinics and Law. The summer internships have been located in cities such as Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, Mainz, Munich, Wiesbaden and Weimar.
Many of our internships are tailored to students’ specific academic and professional interests.

Our internships offer:

  • Generous grants of up to $1000 to help defray the costs of trans-atlantic travel
  • Internship stipends for living expenses
  • Valuable, challenging work experience in a wide range of sectors
  • Language immersion in social and professional contexts
  • Authentic experience of the attitudes, values, and aspirations of a different culture
  • Flexible hours and weekends free to travel throughout Europe

Want to learn more? Click here to read comments from our returning interns.
Dates & Deadlines

  • October 16, 5pm:   Reception & Information Session, East Pyne 205
    Come and meet returning interns. All are welcome!
  • November 1st:   Internship Application Form
  • November 3rd – November 10th:   Interviews
  • November 10th:   Supporting materials due
  • December 1st:   Final deadline for all application materials
  • Spring Semester:
    •   Receive & Accept Internship Offer
    •   Confirm Work Permit Waiver
    •   Apply for Visa (if required)
    •   Buy ticket
    •   Find Housing
    •   Register travel plans on Concur
  • May 1st:   Funding Application Due


The internship program is open to all Princeton Sophomores and Juniors with at least a B- grade in German 107 (fourth semester) or equivalent evidence of German language proficiency. Freshmen who are EU citizens may also be eligible.

How to Apply – Click Here to Apply

The Summer Work Program has received generous funding through the Princeton Alumni Association of Germany.

  • SWP Travel Grant: All SWP Interns are eligible for the Travel Grant to assist with travel and immigration costs. A round-trip ticket of up to $1000 for international travel is covered. Additional funding for immigration fees may also be available.
  • SWP Stipend: All students on Financial Aid are eligible for the SWP Stipend for living expenses. If you are not on Financial Aid, limited funding may be available. Please inquire.
  • Students can apply for funding through SAFE.

  • Summer Earnings for Financial Aid Students: because the SWP is educational, the Princeton Financial Aid Office will modify its expectations with regard to the usual obligation of scholarship students to earn money during the summer. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office directly.
  • Some internships are funded by the host organization.

1. Work Permit Waiver:

  • All Non-EU citizens, including US Citizens, require work permit waivers for international internships in Germany.

  • Most EU Citizens do not require work permit waivers for internships in Germany and Austria, but EU Citizens from some countries do require work permit waivers.

2. Visa: U.S. Citizens do not require visas to attend internships in Germany. Non-US Citizens may require a visa in addition to the work permit waiver. To find out if you need a visa, please visit the German Federal Foreign Office Visa Information Page.
Visa applications can take up to two months to process, so please plan ahead!

Travel and Housing Click Here

For more information, please contact:

Angiras Arya
Assistant Director
Summer Work Program

Department of German
East Pyne 224
Phone: (609) 258-4132
Office hours: Tuesdays, 1:30pm – 2:30pm & by appointment.