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Internships & Study Abroad

One of the most effective ways for students to immerse themselves in another culture—arguably the best—is for them to work there. Internships provide real training, contacts, impressive lines for resumes, and sometimes even a foot in the door to a full-time job. Interns enjoy maximal contact with native speakers, abundant opportunities to practice languages, learn new skills, and hone the skills they have been taught on campus through practical use.

The German department offers its students advice in finding internships in German-speaking countries. Our students have obtained summer internships in Germany through the Weiser Center for Europe & Eurasia, Cultural VistasDAAD RISE, and other organizations.

U-M has the most students studying abroad among Big Ten universities and is fourth in the nation among higher education institutions. This reflects U-M’s ongoing commitment to helping students go overseas. Germany is rated as one of the most popular destinations for U-M students studying abroad.

The German department works closely with LSA's Center for Global and Intercultural Study for study abroad programs available to our undergraduate students. Two programs we highly recommend and provide scholarship assistance to are the Academic Year in Freiburg program and the Study Abroad in Tubingen program

Study Abroad Scholarships are available through the German department. 

Academic Credit

There are several options for students interested in earning academic credit related to their internships. The German department offers German 351 to get credit for an internship which uses German on a daily basis (more information below). The LSA Internship Program offers Applied Liberal Arts (ALA) courses, which are designed to ensure students fully prepare to engage in each phase of the internship experience, and that they gain credit for the academic requirements associated with the course.

Max Kade students enroll in German 310 and German 312, one-credit courses which prepare them for their trip to a German-speaking country in the spring.