Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible?
First-years, Sophomores and Juniors. Summer internships and other postgraduate opportunities for Seniors are also available. If you are interested in the Ruhr Fellowship or TUM PREP, please consult individual program websites for additional requirements and/or restrictions.
Are there in-person internships, and can I go to Germany this summer?
We expect all internships to be conducted in-person in 2024. In 2022 and 2023, students benefited from both in-person as well as remote internships. International travel restrictions, Princeton University’s Covid-19 policies, and planning at the respective host organizations will determine whether international travel and in-person internships will continue in the summer of 2024. Please consult the University’s Travel Policy for the most up-to-date information regarding permissible travel.
Are there remote internships?
Many internships can be conducted remotely. Even if travel is permitted you may have the option to conduct your internship remotely. Remote internships have many advantages. For instance, they allow for flexible scheduling, so they can be combined with other summer activities.
Do I have to learn German?
Language proficiency requirements vary. Most STEM internships are conducted in English. Internships in cultural fields require at least intermediate-level German proficiency. Native or near-native fluency may be required for internships in media and journalism. We will find the best fit for you.
Are there deadlines?
We accept applications throughout the year, and some companies prefer to wait until the spring to make summer plans. However, some internships — such as the Ruhr Fellowship, TUM-PREP, and Ifo — have strict deadlines. Keep in mind that the sooner you apply, the better your chances of getting your top choice.
How do I submit my cover letter, CV and other materials?
You can upload your resume on the Application Form. After you apply, you will receive an invitation to a shared Google Folder for your other application materials. Only you and the Summer Work Program staff will have access to this shared folder. Resumes and cover letters should be submitted as Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Ask your recommender to email the recommendation letter directly to the Assistant Director.
What do I include in my cover letter?
Tell us about what excites you! You should also describe your professional and academic interests, career goals, and the types of internships you are interested in.
I’m applying for a STEM internship. Do I need a German resume?
No, but you should take a look at the “Adapt your English CV - Quick Guide” in the Summer Work Program Resources folder. You need to adapt your English-language resume so that it conforms to German conventions. If you don’t have a resume, consult the Center for Career Development’s resume guides.
How do I write a German CV?
Do I need a Language Evaluation?
A Language Evaluation is not required for native speakers, German majors, students enrolled in German 107 or any higher-level course conducted in German. In addition, some STEM internships do not require a language evaluation.
Where do I get a Language Evaluation?
You should ask your current or most recent German instructor at Princeton University to send an email to the SWP Assistant Director. If you did not take German at Princeton, contact the SWP Assistant Director.
Who should I ask for a recommendation letter?
You can ask any instructor at Princeton University. This can be the same person who completes the language evaluation.
Do I get funding?
Yes. We provide funding for living and travel expenses, and some internships are paid by host companies.
Can I apply to specific companies?
You can apply for some positions by specifying your preferences on the Summer Work Program Internship Application Form, but most of our internships are not listed on the form. Most students apply for specific internships by discussing their preferences and options with the Assistant Director after submitting the application form. We work with you closely to find the best fit based on your skills and goals. There are new opportunities every year.
How long are the internships?
Typically, 4-10 weeks.
Do I need a work permit?
If you are not an EU Citizen, you may require a work authorization – even if your internship is conducted remotely. We will help you through the process.
Do I need a visa?
If you are not an EU or U.S. citizen, visit the German Federal Foreign Office website to find out if you need a visa.
How do I learn more?
Just ask! Contact the Assistant Director via email.