Summer Work Program

Department of German, Princeton University
in conjunction with the Princeton Alumni Association of Germany

Are you interested in spending the summer working and having fun in Germany? 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 companies and institutions in Banking & Finance, Insurance, Consulting, Marketing, Museums, Theaters, Media (TV, Radio, Newspapers, Publishing), Engineering (Automotive, Electronics, Energy, Chemical), 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, Wiesbaden and Weimar.

Many of our internships are tailored to students’ specific academic and professional interests, and we are constantly expanding and diversifying our range of programs.

Follow the Summer Work Program on Facebook @PrincetonGermanSWP for announcements, reminders, and features on current and new internship opportunities.

Applications for Summer of 2018 are due November 1, 2017.
For detailed information on all application requirements, please visit our How to apply page.


First-Years, Sophomores and Juniors may apply.
German Language Proficiency: The Ruhr Fellowship does not require German proficiency. All other internships require at least a B- grade in German 107 (fourth semester) or equivalent evidence of German language proficiency.


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


The Summer Work Program has received generous funding through the Princeton Alumni Association of Germany.

  • SWP Travel Grant: All SWP Interns are eligible for the Travel Grant to assist with travel and immigration costs. A round-trip ticket of up to $1000 for international travel is covered. Additional funding for immigration fees may also be available.
  • SWP Stipend: All students on Financial Aid are eligible for the SWP Stipend for living expenses. If you are not on Financial Aid, limited funding may be available. Please inquire.
  • 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.
  • Some internships are funded by the host organization.

1. Work Permit Waiver:

  • All Non-EU citizens, including US Citizens, require work permit waivers for international internships in Germany.
  • Most EU Citizens do not require work permit waivers for internships in Germany and Austria, but EU Citizens from some countries do require work permit waivers.

2. Visa: U.S. Citizens do not require visas to attend internships in Germany. Non-US Citizens may require a visa in addition to the work permit waiver. To find out if you need a visa, please visit the German Federal Foreign Office Visa Information Page.
Visa applications can take up to two months to process, so please plan ahead!


Useful Links


For more information, please contact:

Hannah Hunter-Parker
Assistant Director
Summer Work Program
Department of German
East Pyne 224
Phone: (609) 258-4132
Office hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 10:30am – 12:30pm & by appointment. Signup required on WASE