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Annually, the Internship Programme of German Business offers up to 75 students and young graduates the opportunity to gain practical experience by doing internships in companies in Germany. The scholarship holders have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge they have acquired during their academic education within the framework of their company-specific internships in Germany.

They enrich their studies with practical knowledge, gain further understanding of their future professional developments and set milestones for their professional careers. The Internship Programme of German Business gives the scholarship holders an insight into market economy and corporate culture in Germany. By doing so, scholarship holders become familiar with modern management methods and increase their soft skills by living and working in Germany.

The internships last between three and six months. Scholarship holders are assigned to internship positions which match their academic background and their professional interests. The Internship Programme of German Business offers internships both in large and small as well as medium-sized companies.

The Programme gives Young Professionals the opportunity to gain valuable professional and personal experience in Germany. It provides comprehensive organisational and administrative support and covers most of the costs before and during the stay of scholarship holders in Germany.

After completion of the internship, the scholarship holders are integrated into a very lively alumni network, which regularly offers a variety of further training measures to keep the alumni always up to date with current economic developments and labour market needs of their home countries.

Applicants Who can apply

We can provide internships in the following professional fields:

  • Economics
  • Management
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Human Resources, Business Psychology
  • Consulting
  • Commercial Law (German B2)
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Auditing (German B2)
  • (no: Accounting)
  • Power engineering
  • Control engineering
  • Electronic engineering
  • Microelectronics
  • Signal processing
  • Telecommunications engineering
  • Network Engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Databases
  • Data Security
  • Big Data
  • Business Informatics
  • Manufacturing
  • Thermal Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Mechanics
  • Design and Modelling
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Logistics
  • Quality Management
  • Process Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Food Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • (Applied) Biology
  • (Applied) Chemistry
  • Climate and Environmental Technology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Geodesy
  • Architecture (German B2)
  • Journalism
  • Political Science (interest in journalism)
  • German Studies (experience in journalism)
  • Wine and Fruit growing
  • Agricultural economics

Applicants Benefits

The Programme provides comprehensive support and guidance in all organisational steps before and during your stay in Germany. Nearly all of the costs during the preparation of scholarship holders in their home countries and their stay in Germany are covered by the Programme.

  1. The Programme takes care of
    • Documents needed for the visa application and arrangement of appointments at the embassies
    • Travel arrangements to Germany and back home
    • Work permission
    • Introductory week in Berlin (organisation, accommodation, travel arrangements)
    • Mid-term meeting (organisation, accommodation, travel arrangements)
    • Programme supports throughout the entire process of application and internship time
    • Communication with companies
    • Support of the scholarship holders regarding their search for accommodation and communication with landlords
    • Administrative steps in Germany (health insurance, registration, taxes)
  2. The Programme prepares you for your stay in Germany
    • Exchange of experience with alumni and mentoring by alumni
    • Preparatory meetings and team buildings in home countries before leaving to Germany
    • Intercultural training during the introductory week in Berlin
    • Possibility to attend a German course during the internship
  1. Covered by the Programme
    • Costs of accommodation and health insurance: Companies either cover the costs directly or pay a sufficient monthly allowance to the interns. The costs vary depending on the city.
    • Monthly scholarships of 550 EUR by the German government: The scholarships are sufficient to cover all remaining living expenses during the stay in Germany.
    • Preparatory meetings in home countries
    • Flight ticket to Germany and back home
    • Introductory week in Berlin
    • Train tickets to the internship places
    • Mid-term meeting in Germany
    • Co-Financing of a German language course in Germany up to 200 EUR
    • Visa is free of charge
  2. Not covered by the Programme

    • Costs for the translation of documents
    • Travel expenses in home country to the interview, for the visa application, as well as to the airport and back home

Applicants Application Procedure

The application procedure is divided into three parts:
  1. an online application in English or German (October – November)
  2. an online interview (December 2020 – February 2021)
  3. and the selection of the proposed candidate by the company (March – May 2021)
Candidates apply for internships in their respective fields of study, not for specific positions or companies. The Programme will forward the profiles of shortlisted candidates to the companies. Candidates should not contact companies in advance. However, they should study the list of companies very carefully and inform themselves about the desired industry in Germany. Most of the companies make their decision based on the written application and the recommendation of the selection committee. However, some companies also conduct short telephone or Skype interviews with the proposed candidates themselves.

Your application needs to be written either in English or in German. Choose one language to set up your application.
Before you fill in the online application, you should prepare the following documents:

  1.  Letter of motivation in English or German(as one PDF file)
    The motivation letter is one of the main criteria which distinguish you from other candidates. Therefore, make sure that your letter of motivation addresses the following topics. Sign your letter at the end with a blue pen:
    • What is your motivation to apply for the Internship Programme of German Business?
    • What is your working field (fields) of preference (e.g. marketing department in financial sector, research department in automotive sector) and what do you hope to learn during the internship? How will you use this internship opportunity to excel your professional development?
    • What makes you a valuable asset to a company? Name experience, skills and personal characteristics.
    • Describe the set of experiences, skills and ambitions from which you drive your motivation to contribute to the development in your country.
  2. Curriculum vitae in English or German (Please use the provided template and upload it as one PDF file: Download in Word 
    Please note that only applications that use this template will be accepted.
  3. Portrait photo in a common graphics format, e.g. JPG (as a separate document)
    Please use a proper application photo (no selfie!).
  4. Scanned transcript of records: overview of the courses and marks, issued by your faculty (as one PDF file)
    • Bachelor students: transcript of records of bachelor studies
    • Master students: transcript of records of master studies AND transcript of records of bachelor studies
    • PhD students: transcript of records of PhD studies AND transcript of records of master studies
    • If you just started your Master or PhD studies and can’t provide a transcript of records please provide the most recent transcripts of records possible AND a confirmation of enrolment instead.
  5. Translation of transcript of records in English or German (as one PDF file)
    • The documents can be translated by you, not necessarily by an official translator.
  6. Two recommendation letters from professors, supervisors or other relevant referees from the year 2020 (as one PDF file). The letters of reference by someone from university need to be issued in 2020. The other letters of recommendation can be issued before. Each letter of recommendation needs to have an official letter head and needs to be signed. Stamps are not necessary.
  7.  Optional: other scanned documents available, combined as one PDF file (e.g. language certificates for German or English, references, diplomas)

    You may upload the documents in PDF formats. The documents should not be zipped.

    Before applying, please read our homepage including the FAQs carefully! Incomplete applications will not be accepted!
    Here you can find and download a detailed guide how to apply.

    If you have applied before, use the opportunity to update your application documents. If you hand in the same documents, your application will not be taken into consideration.

    The call for internships in 2021 is open from 1st October until 16th November 2020 at 11:00 pm!

    After completing the application every applicant will receive an automatic confirmation by e-mail. Should you not receive the confirmation within a few hours, please contact Dusan Andjelovic  (andjelovic@stipendienprogramm.org).

    For signing up for the application for the Internship Programme of German Business for the Countries of the Western Balkans the following data protection guidelines shall apply Privacy policy.

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All candidates will be informed about the outcome of the first selection round. Candidates will be notified by email one week in advance whether they are invited to the interview or not.

The interviews will only be conducted on certain days. As an exception due to the pandemic the interviews will be online in 2020/21.

Slight changes might be possible! Invitations to the interviews will be send one week prior to the start of the interviews.

Serbia: 30th – 04th November 2020
Croatia: 09th – 11th December 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina: 14th – 17th December 2020
Kosovo: 11th – 19th January 2021
North Macedonia: 20th – 21st January 2021
Albania: 08th – 12th & 17th February 2021
Montenegro: 17th – 19th February 2021

The selection committee consists of project coordinators, alumni of the Programme and representatives of the respective embassies, the GIZ, the bilateral Chambers of Commerce and some companies. The interviews last about 20 minutes and will be conducted either in German or English, depending on the language skills of the applicant. Be prepared for that!

Candidates will be informed whether they are placed onto the shortlist or not by end of February 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be recommended to German companies. Most of the companies decide to whom to offer an internship based on the written application documents and the recommendation of the selection committee. However, some of the companies also conduct short telephone or skype interviews with the proposed candidates. To be shortlisted does not mean that a candidate is going to be granted an internship placement. Companies will choose candidates from the shortlist according to their requirements and internship specifications. Half of the shortlisted candidates usually receive a scholarship and an internship placement. The Programme will provide companies with profiles of shortlisted candidates in March 2021. The decision-making process within the companies can last until the end of May 2021.
In May and June 2021, the scholarship holders will be prepared for the internships and their stay in Germany in their respective countries of origin. The Programme handles most of the logistical and administrative tasks. All scholarship holders are invited to participate in the introductory week in Berlin in the last week of June 2021. After the introductory week, the scholarship holders travel to their final destination in Germany and start their internship on July 1st, 2021. There shall be no exceptions to this rule.