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 or Austria? 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 and Austrian companies and institutions in Banking & Finance, Insurance, Consulting, Marketing, Museums, Theaters, Media (TV, Radio, Newspapers, Publishing), Engineering (Automotive, Electronics, Energy, Chemical), Architecture (Construction, and Real Estate), 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, Vienna, 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


Dates & Deadlines

  • October 17th:   Application part 1 Due (Link pending)
  • November 3rd:   Application part 2 Due (CV & Cover Letter links pending)
  • November 3rd – November 21st:   Interviews (To schedule go to WASS link pending)
  • December 1st:   Application Part 3 Due (additional materials)
  • Spring Semester:   Placement, Contract & Housing
  • 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.

Note: If you are a Freshman, a Senior or do not have the German language skills required for internships through the German Summer Work Program, the Office of International Programs offers internships for which you may be eligible. These include:

For more information, please visit the the website of the Office of International Programs

How to Apply – Click Here to Apply (Note: Link Available Sept 26, 2014)

Historically, the Summer Work Program has received generous funding through the Princeton Alumni Association of Germany. While we cannot guarantee funding for unpaid internships, in the past we have been able to provide interns with considerable financial support for their living expenses. 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.

Transportation Costs
A round-trip ticket of up to $1000 is covered. Students can apply for this travel grant through Concur, Princeton University’s new service for student travel. Students are responsible for any transportation within Europe.

Non-EU citizens require work permits for international internships in Germany.
Once you are accepted into the internship program, you will need to complete an on-line work permit application through Cultural Vistas and upload additional forms and materials.

You will already have some of the materials required by Cultural Vistas, such as your academic record; please note that additional forms are required. If you need any assistance during this phase of the process, including technical difficulties with the Cultural Vistas website, please contact the Summer Work Program.


For more information, please contact:

Angiras Arya, Assistant Director
German Summer Work Program
East Pyne 224
Phone: (609) 258-4132
Office hours: Thursdays, 1:30pm – 2:30pm & by appointment.