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Berlin, Germany

Program Description

Want on-the-job international preparation for our globalized world? This is the program for you. Students will have the opportunity to intern in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to business, engineering, finance, tourism, IT, media/communications, international relations, the nonprofit sector, German studies, and economics.

The internships take place in Berlin, Germany's capital and one of Europe's largest cities. Berlin has a booming economy and has been labeled one of the most innovative locations in the EU. JMU partner, Cultural Vistas, provides customized internship placements based on students' areas of interest and experience.

Upon arrival students participate in a short orientation with other new interns that includes an introduction to German culture and work environment, an overview of the city and surrounding areas, and preparation for the internship. After orientation, students will be placed in a full time internship for a total of 8 weeks.

Don't waste your summer, take advantage of this opportunity to get international work experience while earning academic credits!

Sample Internship Placments

Location Description

Berlin is an ideal location for an internship. As one of Europe's largest cities, Berlin is an economic and cultural center. Located in northeastern Germany, it is a popular tourist destination with excellent public transportation that makes getting around the city easy. As a high-tech innovative city with an incredible history, Berlin combines the old with the new.


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Students will stay in an apartment and receive a food stipend to defray some of the cost of food.

Additional Items to Consider

Program fee includes internship placement, orientation, health insurance, 24/7 emergency contact information, housing, food stipend, support in Germany throughout the internship, and a work authorization for Germany. Airfare and spending money are not included.

The experience also satisfies the International Business study abroad requirement and may fulfill some internship requirements for certain majors.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Basic German is required, intermediate German is strongly recommended.

Open to all majors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 


Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


GER 490: Special Topics: International Business Internship (3 credits)

IB 294: Internship Abroad (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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