The Independent Work Abroad Program in Germany provides work authorization for students enrolled at U.S. universities and colleges. Enrolled students from Canada and non-U.S. students attending accredited U.S. colleges and universities are also eligible.
Participants find their own host companies and negotiate the terms of employment. Programs start individually, usually at the beginning of each month. Applications are due at least six weeks prior to your desired start date.
The length of each position is variable - usually 3-12 months.
Cultural Vistas' Independent Work Abroad in Switzerland program provides work authorization for U.S. citizens who are recent college graduates. Participants find their own host companies and negotiate the terms of employment. Work authorization (Stagiaire visa) can be provided for up to 18 months. Start dates are flexible.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please apply at least 12 weeks prior to your desired start date.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals is a work/study fellowship program that gives participants an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany, with a strong focus on cultural exchange. Funded by the U.S. Congress and German Parliament (Bundestag), the cultural immersion program enables 75 Americans every year to study, intern, and live with hosts in Germany.
The program year consists of:
- 2 months of intensive German language instruction at the Carl Duisberg Centren in Cologne, Radolfzell, or Saarbruecken (No prior German language skills required!)
- A semester (4 months) of classroom instruction in your career field at a German university or vocational school
- A 5-month internship in a German-speaking environment in your career field, all while living with a German host or in a shared apartment.
CBYX for Young Professionals is open to candidates in all career fields. Applicants from a broad range of backgrounds are selected for the program each year. Candidates in business, vocational, scientific, engineering, technical, and agricultural fields are especially encouraged to apply. Prior German language knowledge is not required, but is strongly preferred. Previous recipients of Congress-Bundestag scholarships are not eligible to apply.