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.
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.
The Émigré Memorial German Internship Program–German State Parliaments (EMGIP) is a fellowship program that provides U.S. and Canadian students with internships at a German state parliament (Landtag).
Internships afford students an excellent opportunity to gain government work experience, improve their advanced German language skills, and learn about German culture firsthand.
This professional opportunity overseas is ideal for students planning on pursuing careers at a regional level of government in the United States or Canada, or who have an interest in a specific policy issue such as the environment, education, or healthcare.
EMGIP runs three times a year—fall, spring, and early summer—for one to three months, depending on elections, holiday schedules and state offices’ preferences.