Internship and Fellowship Programs
For Current Students
CBYX is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and US Department of State that provides students the opportunity to spend one year in Germany, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. The program consists of three phases: two months of intensive German language training, one semester of classes, and a three-month internship. Applicants must be US citizens, between the ages of 18 and 24, have completed general coursework in their target internship field, and demonstrate interest in Germany and the German language. CBYX awards 75 internships each year.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers the RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) Internship for students with an interest in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, and computer science. Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of research interest. About 300 are available each year.
Cultural Vistas provide support and placement for both 2-3 month summer internships and 3-12 month internships available throughout the year. Applicants must be currently enrolled at a US college or university as a junior or senior and have completed two years of post-secondary instruction in German (the FOL).
IES Internships provide internship placement services and financial support for summer and semester-long internships. IES has programs across the globe; of interest for German students are summer internships in Berlin, Germany and Vienna, Austria.
For Seniors and Recent Graduates
Martin Luther Schule Rimbach Teaching Award (exclusively for St. Olaf graduates!)
Open to all graduating seniors interested in teaching English and other topics at the Martin Luther Schule in Rimbach, Germany. Applicants must have completed German 232, have a major GPA of 3.20 or higher, and have an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship program is geared towards university graduates who have an international outlook and leadership experiences. Fellowships give grantees the opportunity to spend a year in Germany networking and developing a research-based project in their area of interest. Applicants must be a national of the United States, Russia, China, Brazil, or India, have obtained a Bachelor’s degree by the beginning of the fellowship, strong German language skills, and proven leadership experience.
The IPS program allows college graduates to work in the German Bundestag for five months. Grantees are familiarized with the workings of Germany’s Parliament through drafting speeches, articles, and letters, preparing meetings, and accompanying delegates to committees and other events. Applicants must have completed undergraduate studies and have strong German language skills.
The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research (BMBWF) seeks recent college graduates interested in teaching English in Austria. Teachers are placed in schools across Austria, from rural towns to large cities. Program lasts from October 1 to May 31, with the option to extend for a second year. Applicants must have completed undergraduate studies, have intermediate to strong German language skills, and have an interest in education.
Fulbright Scholar Program
Fulbright Study/Research Awards allow U.S. citizens to design their own projects and work with advisers at foreign universities and institutes of higher education. Fulbright awards are available in approximately 140 countries; each has its own program requirements, so an applicant’s first step is to familiarize themself with the program summary for the desired country.
English Teaching Assistant AWARDS:
English Teaching Assistant (ETA) awards place Fulbright grantees in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. ETAs teach English while serving as cultural ambassadors to the US. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.
Applications for Fulbright fellowships are due in October of each year; however, St. Olaf has an internal deadline students must follow. For more information about applying for Fulbright awards, click here.