Summer Work Program

Department of German, Princeton University
in conjunction with the Princeton Alumni Association of Germany

Want to spend your summer working and traveling in Germany? The German Department’s Summer Work Program (SWP) is your ticket to improving your German language skills, building your resumé and professional network, and discovering Europe!

About SWP
Now celebrating its 60th year, SWP takes learning beyond the classroom by connecting Princeton undergraduates with internships in German-speaking countries, as the oldest and largest international internship program of its kind at the University. In conjunction with the Princeton Alumni Association of Germany, SWP places first-, second-, and third-year students in internships with leading German companies and institutions in the Arts, Education & Culture, STEM & COS, Business & Finance, Government, Policy & Non-Profits, Medicine, and Law. Our summer internships have been located throughout Germany, in cities such as Berlin, Bamberg, Cologne, Darmstadt, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Mainz, Munich, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden, and Weimar.

SWP works closely with a number of partner organizations, fellowship programs, and the PAA of Germany network to match students with internship hosts. Many internships are tailored to students’ specific academic and professional interests, and SWP also supports student-initiated opportunities.

Follow the Summer Work Program on Facebook @PrincetonGermanSWP for announcements, reminders, and features on current and new internship opportunities.

Applications for Summer of 2019 are due November 1, 2018.
For detailed information on all application requirements, please visit our How to apply page.


First-Years, Sophomores and Juniors may apply.
German Language Proficiency: students must complete GER 107+ (min. grade: B) or demonstrate equivalent language proficiency (at Department’s discretion) by internship start.

  • Ruhr Fellowship, TUM PREP, & DESY: please consult individual program websites for additional requirements and/or restrictions.


Our internships offer:

  • Meaningful, challenging work and research experience in a wide range of fields
  • Language immersion in social and professional contexts
  • Flexible hours and weekends free to travel throughout Europe
  • Invitation to annual PAA of Germany summer event
  • International insurance coverage through the University
  • Grants of up to $1000 to reimburse transatlantic travel costs
  • Financial and administrative assistance for immigration fees


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.
Please note: Visa applications can take up to two months to process, so please plan ahead!


Useful Links


For more information, please contact:

Hannah Hunter-Parker
Assistant Director
Summer Work Program
Department of German
East Pyne 224
Phone: (609) 258-4132
Office hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 10:30am – 12:00pm & by appointment. Signup required on WASE