How to Apply

All online application forms are due on November 1, 2018.

  • Online Internship Application
  • Interview
  • Supporting Materials
  • Work Permit Waiver / Visa Application
  • Funding Application
  • For a detailed overview of the application process, see below.

    Application Schedule

    Fall Semester

    September 13th – November 1

    • Submit online application form
    • Sign up for interview with Assistant Director
    • Attend Information Session in October

     

    November 20th: Submit supporting materials

    • German CV
    • English CV
    • English Cover Letter
    • Degree Progress Report / Academic Record

     

    December 1st: Final deadline for all application materials:

    • Revised German CV
    • German cover letter (if requested)
    • Language evaluation (if requested)
    • Faculty recommendation letter
    • Work Permit Waiver application (preliminary)

     

    Spring Semester

    • Company Interviews (if required)
    • Receive & Accept Internship Offer
    • Finalize Work Permit Waiver application
    • Apply for Visa (if required)
    • Buy ticket
    • Find Housing
    • Register travel plans on Concur
    • Funding Application through SAFE
    • Attend Spring Orientation sessions

     


    How to apply: Detailed Instructions

    I. Internship Application Form

    Click here to apply

    Application closes November 1st.
     
    II. Interview
    Interviews available November 5th – November 20th

    To schedule an interview, go to the calendar for the Summer Work Program (netID: swp) in the
    Web Appointment Scheduling Engine

    The interview is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your proficiency in spoken German. We will ask you what you expect from an internship and the types of internships you are interested in. You can also tell us about how your unique academic, extra-curricular, and professional experiences that could be valuable to a prospective employer.

    All interviews will be held at 224 East Pyne.

     
    III. Supporting Materials *Due November 20th / December 1st*

    Submission instructions: When you complete your Application Form, you will receive an invitation to a shared Google Folder for submitting your supporting materials. Only you and the Summer Work Program staff will have access to this shared folder.

      1. Resumes: German & English
      Format: Word Doc *PLEASE NOTE: PDFs, GoogleDocs, or other formats not accepted*

      • For sample CVs and GPA Conversion chart in pdf format, Click Here
      • Final drafts for German & English CVs due December 1st

       

      German: a German “Profil” is slightly different from an American CV. Your German CV should include:

      • Name
      • Passport photo (preferably high-resolution jpeg)
      • Contact information (address, phone number and E-mail)
      • Date and place of birth
      • Citizenship
      • Education
      • Work experience
      • Computer skills
      • Extra-curricular activities, if relevant

       

      English: please consult Resume guidelines from the University’s Career Services.

       
      2. Cover Letter (English)
      Format: Word Doc
      Please describe your professional and academic interests, career goals, language experience, and the types of internships you are interested in.
       

      3. Degree Progress Report / Academic Record.
      You can obtain an official degree progress report through the Registrar on SCORE.
       
      4. Work Permit Waiver Application

      Required for all non-EU Citizens. May be required for some EU-Citizens.

      What exactly is a “Work Permit Waiver?” As an intern, you are not required to obtain a “Work Permit” to attend an internship in Germany. However, the ZAV (German Federal Employment Agency / International Placement Services or Bundesagentur für Arbeit/ Zentrale Auslands und Fachvermittlung) requires proof that you qualify for a waiver.
       
      Since the process is quite complex, only agencies certified by the ZAV are permitted to submit applications. Princeton University has contracted Cultural Vistas to provide this service.

      Cultural Vistas
      233 Broadway, 21st Floor
      New York, NY 10279

      For more information, please contact:

      Maggie Appel-Schumacher
      Program Officer, Internships Abroad
      212-497-3502
      mappels@culturalvistas.org
      culturalvistas.org

     

    IV. Supporting Materials Due Dec 1st
    Any materials listed above not already submitted for any reason must be submitted by the final deadline. The following additional materials are also due:

      1. German CV (final)

      Please Note: Incomplete CVs containing spelling or formatting errors will not be considered. If your German CV needs editing, you will be required to attend a CV writing workshop during the last week in November.
      Due to a steady increase in applications over the last few years, we can no longer guarantee individual sessions for CV editing.

      2. German Cover Letter (if required)
      Most internships do not require you to write a cover letter in German. We will let you know if one is required.

      3. Language Evaluation (if required)
      A language evaluation form is not required for the following students:

      • Native Speakers
      • German Majors
      • Students currently enrolled in German 107+

      Please note: students not required to submit a language evaluation must still demonstrate language proficiency in interview.

      All other students must request a language evaluation form from the current German instructor:

      • Send your recommender a link to the form and make sure it was received.
      • Do not wait until the last minute to request a language evaluation.

       
      Instructions for Faculty (Language Evaluation):
      For a copy of the SWP Language Evaluation Form PDF click here .

      • Email: Language evaluation forms may be sent as an attachment from your Princeton email account to swp@princeton.edu. Your Princeton email identifies you and counts as a digital signature.
      • If you have any questions, please call Hannah Hunter-Parker at 609-258-4132 or email swp@princeton.edu

       
      4. Faculty Recommendation Letter
      The recommendation letter must be written by an instructor at Princeton University, and may be the same person who completes the language evaluation.

        We advise the following:

      • Ask someone who knows you well, either from a course you are currently enrolled in or a course you took recently.
      • Send your recommender a link to the form and make sure it was received.
      • Do not wait until the last minute to request a recommendation.
      • It is a good idea to (politely) remind your recommender when the deadline approaches.

       
      Instructions for Faculty (Recommendation Letter):

      • Paper: Signed recommendation letters in a sealed envelope may be sent to:
         
        Summer Work Program, Department of German
        224 East Pyne, Princeton University
        Princeton, NJ 08544
         
      • Email: Recommendation letters may be sent as an attachment from your Princeton email account to swp@princeton.edu. Your Princeton email identifies you and counts as a digital signature.
      • If you have any questions, please call Hannah Hunter-Parker at 609-258-4132 or email swp@princeton.edu

    V. Funding Application
    SWP offers paid as well as unpaid internships. Some funding is available for unpaid internships. Trans-Atlantic travel is covered for all SWP participants, up to $1000.

    • Apply to Travel Grant through SAFE
    • Apply to other PU funding through SAFE
    • Submit additional funding application materials to Assistant Director (if required)