Summer Work Program


An alleyway in Berlin

Alleyway to the Monster Kabinett, Berlin. Photo - Jianing Zhao ‘20

Due to circumstances dictated by the COVID-19 epidemic, all in-person Summer Work Program internships for the summer of 2020 are cancelled.  The Department of German is collaborating with partner programs to develop remote internships.  Additional information will be emailed directly to program students and posted here when available.


About SWP

Scenic river view of Königstein Fortress, Königstein, Saxony. Photo taken by Jianing Zhao '20

Königstein Fortress, Königstein, Saxony. Photo - Jianing Zhao ‘20

For over 60 years, SWP has opened up academic and professional opportunities for countless Princeton undergraduates. As the oldest and largest international internship program of its kind at the University, SWP takes learning beyond the classroom by connecting Princeton undergraduates with internships in German-speaking countries. 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.


    Our Internships Offer:

    View down another stairwell in the children's abandoned hospital in Berlin, 4 floors up

    Stairwell. Abandoned Children’s Hospital, Berlin. Photo - Jianing Zhao, ‘20

    • 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 Princeton Alumni Association 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

     Interested? Visit our How to Apply page.


    Useful Links

    Tram resembling an old train, carrying tourists through old Quedlinburg

    Tourist Tram, Quedlinburg, Saxony-Anhalt. Photo – Jianing Zhao ‘20



    Building with ornate statue in front, trees on both sides

    Wilhelm I von Nassau. Marktkirche, Wiesbaden, Hessen.

    For more information, please contact

    Angiras Arya
    Assistant Director

    Summer Work Program
    Department of German
    Princeton University
    224 East Pyne
    Princeton, NJ 08544

    Phone: (609) 258-4132
    E-mail: @email