Summer Work Program


An alleyway in Berlin

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

The German Department’s Summer Work Program (SWP) is your ticket to building your resumé and professional network, improving your German language skills, and expanding your global community.


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.  Many internships are tailored to students’ specific academic and professional interests, and SWP also supports student-initiated opportunities.

In 2020 and 2021, SWP collaborated with partner organizations to develop remote internships.  Students benefited from rewarding experiences in a range of fields, including neuroscience research, alternative energy, journalism, consulting, publicity, economics, computer science, and data science

International travel restrictions, Princeton University’s Covid-19 policies, and planning at the respective host organizations will determine when international travel and in-person internships will resume.  Please consult the University’s Travel Toolkit site for the most up-to-date information regarding permissible travel. 


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

  • Generous funding
  • Work and research experience in a wide range of fields
  • The chance to apply your language skills in the real world
  • Networking with international alumni
  • Professional connections in Europe’s largest economy
  • Flexible schedules

 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