Information for young people about Germany
You're interested in spending some time in Germany, learning the German language or you're simply looking for some information on the country? Then you have come to the right place!
In this section of the website, we're providing you with information about youth mobility, international meetings and programmes in Germany. Besides basic information on topics such as travelling and accomodation, we're also introducing German organisations that are active in the areas of international exchange, information on sponsorship opportunities, on German language courses and on jobs and internships.
More Information links about studying, working, voluntary work and travelling in Germany (and the other European countries) can be found in the information box below!
- General Information
- Au pair
- Education & Training
- Jobs & Internships
- Permanent work
- Grants & Funding
- Learning German
- Travelling & Accomodation
- "Germany. Right in the middle of it" - A guide to living and working in Germany.
- "Employment of foreign workers in Germany" - Questions, answers and tips for employers and employees.
- Students/Graduates: Erasmus+ sponsors student internships for a time period between 2-12 months. Graduates that finished their studies less than 12 months ago are also eligible for funding. In that case, they already need to apply for the funding during their last year of studies.
- Vocational students/Trainees/Apprentices: Vocational students, trainees, apprentices as well as young working persons that finished their vocational education less than 12 months ago are eligible to receive Erasmus+ sponsorship for an internship abroad. Internships from a duration of 2 weeks up to 12 months can be supported.
Jobs & Internships
The German Employment Service (www.arbeitsagentur.de) provides detailed information on living and working in Germany. It put together two helpful brochures:
Furthermore, there is a new online counselling service called "Make it in Germany". The online portal www.make-it-in-germany.com is the first contact point for applicants from abroad who are interested in taking up work in Germany. In two modules, the German Employment Service counsels stundents, graduates and skilled workers on their opportunities.
For further information and job offers (e.g. for foreign students who want to work in Germany during their stay) please contact the ZAV (the International Placement Services department within the German Employment Service) directly. Here's the link: www.arbeitsagentur.de/web/content/EN/Detail/index.htm?dfContentId=L6019022DSTBAI609149.
EURES is a european job mobility portal that provides information, advice and placement services: www.ec.europa.eu/eures/page/homepage?lang=en.
DWDL (www.dwdl.de) is one of the leading databases for jobs in the media business. Here you can find different job opportunities like internships, traineeships, entry-level jobs or full time positions in the media sector. Unfortunately, the website is only available in German.
The EU Programme Erasmus+ provides extensive funding opportunities for young people in Europe. Amongst other things, Erasmus+ sponsors internships in european countries. This funding opportunity applies to students and university graduates as well as to vocational students, trainees and apprentices. The regulations regarding internships in higher education and internships in vocational education and training differ slightly from each other.
Only residents from Erasmus+ programme countries or partner countries are eligible to apply. Under the following link, you can find out whether or not your country is a participating country in the programme: ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/documents/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf (The Erasmus+ Programme Guide, page 24-25). Just as only residents from participating countries are eligible to receive Erasmus+ sponsorship, only internships that are completed in participating countries will be supported.
More information can be found on the website of the European Commission: ec.europa.eu/education/policy/higher-education_en.
If you indeed want to apply for Erasmus+ funding for your internship, you need to contact the Erasmus coordinator or international office at your university as your university will function as your sending institution.
More information can be found on the website of the European Commission: ec.europa.eu/education/policy/vocational-policy_en.
If you want to apply for Erasmus+ funding for your internship, you should talk to your vocational training or education institution first. As you cannot apply for Erasmus+ funding as an individual, your vocational training or education institution will then function as your sending institution.
"The Job of My Life" is a programme initiated by the German Employment Service with the goal of promoting youth mobility in Europe. The programme enables young people and unemployed young professionals from all over Europe to undergo an in-company vocational training or take up skilled employment in Germany.
You can find more information on the programme and the conditions on its website: www.thejobofmylife.de/en.
Internship at the German Bundestag (Lower House of Parliament):
If you come from Central, Eastern or South Eastern Europe, France, Israel, the USA or the Arab world, you can apply for the the International Parliamentary Fellowship of the Bundestag (Internationales Parlamentsstipendium = IPS). It's a five months internship at the German Bundestag of which three months are spent working in the office of a member of parliament.
The German Bundestag awards around 120 scholarships for young university graduates from 41 nations with the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin and the Technische Universität Berlin. The program runs every year from 1 March to 31 July.
More information on the programme can be found on www.bundestag.de/ips (only in German).
The GIZ (German Society of International Cooperation) informs trainees and students about possibilities for a training or an internship in Germany: www.giz.de/en/worldwide/germany.html
Robert Bosch Stiftung:
The Robert Bosch foundation (www.bosch-stiftung.de/content/language2/html/index.asp) offers several exchange programmes (training, research etc.) for young people from Central and Eastern Europe and from Western Europe, Asia or America.
If you want to find out whether your qualifications will be recognised in Germany, check out this website: www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de/html/en/index.php.
Databases for (Summer-)Jobs: