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The work world has internationalized itself so thoroughly that internships are no longer seen by employers as giving you an advantage; they are simply expected as part of a complete preparation for the working world. That is why American Studies Leipzig strongly encourages students to pursue an internship, and thus has created a Professional Development Module (SQM) for Internships for both the BA and MA.

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Internship Support

On top of the BA and MA internship modules that allow students to earn credit for working on their professional skills, American Studies Leipzig is offering an extraordinary amount of support for students seeking internships.

Areas of Internship Support

 
 

The Scoop

Doing an internship is not just CV work or an academic performance; internships also make a great story. The Scoop is a dialogue forum from students for students. We want to collect and share internship stories and, by doing so, give prospective interns at ASL the opportunity to get an insight from those who have done an internship as part of their university education.

Together with the ASAA, The Scoop will be one of the follow-up forums for participants of the ASL internship program. If you want to learn more about one of the posted internship summaries, ask your internship coordinator whether contact details or a full report are available.

 

Carlo Becker, Internship with the North American Review, Cedar Falls, Iowa

I am currently completing an editing and publishing internship at the North American Review. Founded in 1815, the NAR is the oldest literary magazine in America, and it has been published at the University of Northern Iowa (located in Cedar Falls) since 1968. I got this position with the help of my professor for a class at Ohio University called “Introduction to Literary Editing and Publishing.” After roaming through internship databases and many websites of publishers and literary journals, I contacted some independent and university presses (I was not really interested in the major publishing houses), but I learned that they often do already have long lists of people willing to intern, demanded more relevant experience than I had, or that they are simply too small to offer internship programs. So I asked my professor for advice, suggestions, contacts, and he offered to recommend me to some people he knows in the business. Long story short, a good academic record, some initiative, and asking the right person was what brought me to the NAR.

While the magazine’s masthead lists a staff of almost fifty people (with too many titles to list them here), most of the NAR’s daily business is managed by little more than half a dozen. Interns like me are constantly helping in producing the quarterly. Part of my job is to read fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions, and to rate them as ‘yes,’ ‘maybe,’ or ‘no.’ The final decision is then made by the respective editors. Proofreading is also an important aspect; there are always repetitions, typos, ‘orphans,’ and ‘widows’ to get rid off in order to turn a manuscript into a piece ready for publication. I am also learning to use Adobe InDesign, the standard software for layouting a magazine, front to back. Of course, email correspondence and the occasional mailing of a magazine or business letter are also recurrent duties. A special aspect of this internship is that I am simultaneously enrolled in a summer class on the history of the NAR. Catering nicely towards my academic interest in the development of U.S. literature, this class allows me to do a scholarly or creative project about a specific aspect of the magazine’s almost bicentennial publication history. Finally, I will gain more and deeper insights into the publication process over the next few weeks as we prepare the magazine’s upcoming issue. The position is unpaid (but consider that I can take the summer class without paying any tuition and fees!), and I am given much freedom in how I organize my average of 20 hours per week.

To wrap it up, I think that this internship is providing me with invaluable experience related to many aspects of the editing and publishing business. Also, I can hone my critical reading and thinking skills both in the office and in the class room. I recommend considering an editorial internship with a literary magazine like the North American Review to anyone interested in language, literature, culture, and creative writing.

 

Richard A. Bachmann, Voluntary Service with Action Reconciliation Service for Peace at the Holocaust Memorial Center of Metropolitan Detroit, September 2013 - August 2014

After toying around with the idea for some time, I decided to apply for the 'Service for Peace' program 2013/2014 of Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP). Since 1958, Berlin-based ARSP sends volunteers to work in and with communities that were harmed by Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. I found out about the organization in 2009 when I took part in one of their yearly summer camps in Terezin, Czech Republic, where the former Theresienstadt Ghetto was located. Inspired by what I experienced in these two weeks, I wanted to do ARSP's one-year 'Service for Peace' but never found the 'right time' to do it. 2013 came and I felt a 'now or never' urgency to apply; successfully.

Today, I am one of 180 people—mostly from Germany but also from other European countries, the US and Israel—who are ARSP volunteers in institutions and organizations in 13 countries. Lucky me, ARSP decided to send me to the Holocaust Memorial Center of Metro Detroit (HMC), just as I had wished for in my application. There, I am assisting the staff with all kinds of things. These range from doing research for upcoming exhibits to editing texts, managing book requests for the HMC's research library or helping out at HMC events like the Anne Frank Tree Dedication Ceremony or the 29th Anniversary Dinner, the center's main fundraiser. Through these various tasks, I get to know different aspects of a field I became more and more interested over the years, public history and historical education.

Apart from working at the HMC, I am also volunteering once a month at Café Europa, a get-together for Holocaust survivors and their families which is organized by Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit. Together with participants and staff of Café Europa I visited the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to take part in a conference honoring holocaust survivors and their families.

Besides that, ARSP has set up several seminars to accompany the voluntary service, which I found quite interesting, often excellent. These seminars focus on such different topics as the politics of history, Jewish culture, religion in the US, or field trips to memorials or program affiliates.
So far, doing a 'Service for Peace' has been a very rewarding experience for me.

Since ARSP and its projects partners provide each volunteer with funding for visa, plane tickets, insurance, housing and living expenses, the voluntary service is affordable for all students. There are no age limits for applicants. The structure of the program (September to August) perfectly corresponds with the length of an academic year. The deadline for applying for a 'Service for Peace' in the upcoming year is each November. For details, check the ARSP website.

 

Mate Horvath, Internship at the Protocol Office of the United Nations Office at Vienna, February - September 2013

Upon completion of my 3rd Semester in the ASL MA program, I have decided to extend my studies by adding professional experience to the educational experience I have already acquired in Leipzig. The aim of the internship was to gain practical experience that would complement my studies and further improve my professional portfolio.

Following my successful application to the United Nations Internship Program, I began my unpaid internship as a member of the Protocol Team for the Director-General/Executive Director of UNOV/UNODC in February 2013.

The location of the internship, the Vienna International Centre (VIC), Austria, which is home to a number of international organizations, provides a perfect setting to gain insight into the day-to-day work of international organization. I felt that the multifaceted nature of internships at the UN also provide a solid foundation for a number of international careers.

During my internship I successfully deepened my knowledge of diplomatic protocol, diplomatic immunities, UN protocol practices, conference support, database management, etc. I functioned as a contact person between our office and the various Permanent Missions and NGOs that are accredited to the UNOV. This made it necessary to heavily rely on my English (and partly German) skills both in written and spoken form. The highlights of my internship included being part of the organizing team that coordinated visits of dignitaries, such as Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General, Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, Evo Morales, President of Bolivia and various other heads of states and high-level diplomats.

The Protocol Office of UNOV is a perfect place for those interested in the highest level of international protocol. The work entails tasks that develop key professional skills whilst providing great responsibility. Although the interns at the United Nations do not receive any payment, the organization of an ERASMUS internship grant can provide support to partially fund living expenses in Vienna.

 

Teresa Lauterberg. Internship with the Fundraising Section, Amnesty International. Berlin, October - December 2011.

I used the time before the start of my semester abroad (Ohio University) for an internship at the German Secretariat of Amnesty International in Berlin from October to December 2011. I had been active in one of the Leipzig’s Amnesty working groups and now wanted to gain a deeper insight of the tasks and duties of actual full-time employees of the secretariat.

Amnesty International offers paid internship positions for almost every field of interest. At the German secretariat you can choose positions from media and communications related topics, such as PR and press or law-related positions—for example themes on asylum and international law or also political science or management-related positions. Thus, every kind of (future)-expert is welcome at Amnesty International.

For me, it was important to learn more about how an international NGO, like Amnesty, is managed and what tools are needed to make it so successful. Therefore, I applied for an internship at the Fundraising Section, which is part of the Campaigns and Communications Department of the organization.

In the Fundraising Section, I learned a lot about fundraising instruments but also how to communicate with donors, organize events, get involved in donor marketing as well as the preparation of and participation in meetings. It is so much more than just juggling with excel tables and numbers (although that is certainly part of the job)!

I can definitely recommend an internship at Amnesty International, especially if you want to gain some working experience with an NGO. In addition, they pay 300€ per month, which does not quite cover living costs in Berlin but it surely helps paying the rent. You can find the internship offers at: www.amnesty.de.

 

Christiane Vogel, Internship at VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG, Leipzig, April to August 2012

After finishing the official part of my MA studies at ASL in April, I decided to gain insight into the 'real' world of employment before writing my MA Thesis. I therefore pursued a four-month-internship at one of Germany’s leading natural gas importers, wholesalers and energy service providers: Verbundnetz Gas AG. Being an intern at an international company like VNG was an exciting challenge and definitively broadened my horizons.

I was an intern at the department of corporate communications (internal communication and brand communication) and had to take responsibility early on. My field of duties was diversified. Besides the usual office work (contact with employees and international corporations via phone and e-mail), I basically did online search regarding energy events and exhibitions, entered data into the system (employee portal), updated the communication highlights, worked with the agency portal, wrote editorial contents and journalistic texts (e.g. for Intranet announcements) and helped with the press clippings.

One highlight of this internship was the preparation and reworking of the VNG-Group sports festival in June and of course the event itself. Here, I was responsible for the maintenance of the registration portal and produced overviews regarding all sports, participants as well as tournament schedules. After the event, I organized a photo exhibition to this effect. Luckily, I was already involved in two photo exhibitions at ASL after the study trips in 2009 and 2011, which helped me to implement this project.

With its nice working climate, I can only recommend the paid full-time position as an intern and the accompanied opportunity to look behind the scene of Eastern Germany’s biggest headquarters.

For more information please check the VNG's internship website.

Photo: © VNG Jörg Singer

 

Katharina Freitag, Internship at the German American Chamber of Commerce California

During the summer semester 2012, I did an internship at the German American Chamber of Commerce California (GACC CA) in Leipzig. The GACC CA is a non-profit organization whose goal it is to promote economic relations and transatlantic exchange between Europe and the United States. Among others, the GACC CA supports and consults companies interested in a market entry into the US. In this respect, the GACC CA assists with founding a business in the US, answering import/export questions, helps with legal issues, as well as visa-related matters. The GACC CA’s headquarter is in San Diego, CA; the European office is located here in Leipzig.

During my internship, I was mostly working in the J-1 visa process. I assisted German and international students with applying for a J-1 internship visa by helping them to fill out the required paperwork and by answering their questions on the telephone or via e-mail. I was also responsible for conducting interviews in English with J-1 candidates. After the interview, I wrote interview reports in which I evaluated the student’s character, motivation, and English skills. Besides consulting students, I was also in daily contact with American host companies located all over the US. I explained the J-1 visa regulations to them and assisted them in filling out the necessary paperwork for their future interns from Germany. Thus, I needed my written and spoken English skills every day.

Besides being involved in the J-1 visa process, I also had the opportunity to work within
human resources. Here, my tasks were to update job and internship positions in various online portals, take care of incoming job applications, as well assisting with selecting appropriate candidates and inviting them to interviews.

Overall, I was very satisfied with the internship as I not only acquired new knowledge but was also able to apply my skills to an actual working environment. I’ve acquired a better understanding of transatlantic relations, especially in the realms economic relations. I also enjoyed working in an international and young team and the overall working atmosphere at GACC CA. For more information on internships with GACC CA, please see the German American Chamber of Commerce California website.

 

Marianne Polkau, Internship in the office of MEP Dr. Horst Schnellhardt, Brussels, Belgium, March to April 2012

From March to April 2012, I did an internship in the office of Dr. Horst Schnellhardt in the European Parliament in Brussels. The internship offered me the great opportunity to look behind the scene of European politics and decision making and, above all, to learn about the daily routine in such a huge political institution like the European Parliament.

My tasks as an intern were manifold, from basic office work (answering calls that came in from all over Europe, taking care of the mail), to writing committee memos to helping answer citizen's inquiries on diverse political issues. Moreover, I had the chance to visit various committee sittings and thereby watch discussions and votes. I mostly visited the committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and the committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

Beyond that, I was able to draw a direct connection to American studies: the European Parliament largely engages in transatlantic discussions and issues (hot topic at that time: the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)) and I was thus able to connect my studies directly to my experiences in Brussels. The two most exciting transatlantic events I attended were a discussion round with former United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab (predecessor of Ron Kirk) and an evening event of the European American Chambers of Commerce.

For more information on the European Parliament you can check out the website of the European Parliament or the website of the office of Dr. Schnellhardt.
 

Anne-Katrin Kuhl, Internship at Thüringer Landtag/ SPD-Fraktion, Erfurt, August to September 2010

During August and September 2010, I did an internship at the SPD-Fraktion of the Thüringer Landtag in Erfurt. There, I had the great chance to observe the all-day work of politicians and to follow the representative Regine Kanis for six weeks. During this internship, I worked not only at the parliament in Erfurt but also at a Wahlkreisbüro in Hermsdorf.

Regine Kanis is in her first period at Thüringer Landtag; I had the possibility to work in the representative’s offices, I took part in meetings with her and we drove to many appointments together. I asked Regine Kanis for being my mentor, because her areas of work in the SPD-Fraktion are education, sociality and foreign immigration. I thought that these topics fit really well with American Studies, even if the Thüringer Landtag does not directly work with US politics, society or literature. During my internship, I learned a lot about politics and the activities at the parliament. Usual in the morning, I worked at the office of the representative and prepared for the day. At regular meetings I was able to follow interesting discussions and argumentations. I also had chances to explain my own opinion about different topics, speaking in a room full of politicians was an exciting experience. Later in September, Regine Kanis gave me the assignment to write a speech for her, that she presented in front of the parliament. I also did a lot of internet research for different topics and worked with new computer programs and databases.

This internship was a great experience for me; I was able to improve my research and communication skills. I have made contacts with many interesting people and I am also still in touch with the representative Regine Kanis. The internship was not paid, but I got food, beverages and money for gas when I drove to an appointment with my own car. For more information check the website of the Thüringer Landtag or the website of the SPD-Fraktion.

 

Nicole Pieser, Internship at markegngold PR, Berlin, January to March 2011

After studying abroad at Kansas State University and being enrolled in the Public Relations program of the A.Q. Miller School of Mass Communication and Journalism, I decided to enhance my knowledge by doing an internship in the same field. From January 3rd to March 30th 2011, I worked 40 hours per week at markengold PR – a full-service Public Relation agency, located in the center of Berlin. The agency contributes to its national and international clients with 15 employees. My duties included writing press releases, preparing e-mail pitches, creating press maps, and organizing special promotional events.

One of the most challenging and sophisticated tasks I had was writing an article for the Corporate Research Foundation (CRF) Institute. In occasion of the Top Arbeitgeber Deutschland award show, the German national newspaper SZ (Süddeutsche Zeitung) planned to publish a special issue about CRF Institute´s HR and leadership projects. My job was to write an approximately 1.000 word text about Work-Life-Balance, explaining its function and its importance for companies. During the last stage of my internship, markengold got the approval to compete for the online video library lovefilm, a subsidiary of amazon Germany. That was definitely the best project I was involved in. Within one week, we created a customer-tailored PR concept which should secure a great and beneficial job. I really enjoyed the whole week and extremely appreciated to be part of this team. Overall, it was an unforgettable week with picture-perfect PR work. After my three-month-internship and hence a great time full of new impressions and unforgettable experiences, I am absolutely convinced that I found a profession that fulfils all of my demands. I strongly recommend that internship and markengold PR to other American Studies students.

 

Julia Buchterkirchen, Internship at Edelman GmbH, Hamburg, November 2010 to March 2011.

I pursued a four-month-internship at the world’s largest independent public relations firm: Edelman (Hamburg office). The quick application procedure of the company corresponded to my last-minute decision for an internship. In fact, within three weeks I applied, went to the job interview, and started working. Generally, Edelman hires both students and post-graduates as interns. The position is paid. Interns work full-time for a minimum of three months plus, whereby the longer one stays at the agency, the deeper insight one gains into the wide range of tasks.

As a part of the consumer marketing team for Unilever and InBev, I applied various pr-instruments and contributed to developing communication strategies, for example, media monitoring, -analysis, and -reporting; competitor and market research; writing press releases; developing social media strategies; but also administrative tasks. I consider this work experience as outstanding due to the high professionalism I encountered, Edelman’s numerous research studies on communication behavior I worked on, multifarious learning sessions on pr-matters, and a young, caring team. I discovered new approaches for being creative, and adopted an efficient working style.

While recommending this internship to ASL students, I want to point out that one can apply as well for other departments within the company, such as the global team, the good purpose team, the department of political communication or corporate communication. Moreover, as a global company, Edelman offers internships at each of its offices around the world. 

 

Lisa Wiedeman, Internship at the American Consulate General Leipzig, October 2010 to March 2011

After I returned from my year abroad in the States, I decided to utilize my last year as a student of the B.A. program to really get some valuable work experience. I decided to ‘take a semester off’ and do a full-time internship. I applied to the United States Consulate General in Leipzig over the summer of 2010. All information on the procedure can be found online at the official consulate website. After handing in a short letter of motivation and after an interview with the Consul General herself, I was officially on my way to being an intern for a U.S. government institution. I started working at the Consulate in October 2010 and actually was asked to extend my internship until March 2011.

Over the course of those six months, I learned more about real-life U.S. politics and government procedures than I could have ever learned from books. I was genuinely surprised by how much responsibility I was given after just a short amount of time. I wrote actual speeches for then-Consulate General Katherine Brucker, accompanied the American foreign service officers to events, helped to organize the Consulate’s representation at the Leipzig book fair, and even drafted cables that were sent to Washington D.C. As a research assistant to the Politics and Economics department, I drafted research papers on economic clusters in Central Germany, left-wing extremism, and aging employment markets in the U.S. and Germany. I was there when wikileaks published government cables, met U.S. Ambassador Murphy twice and was control officer for Mrs. Murphy during the Murphy’s reading tour in Leipzig. Overall, I can say that my time at the U.S. Consulate General was incredibly interesting, challenging, and rewarding. The internship is open to all applicants and in the past, many American Studies students have successfully applied for an internship position with the Consulate. So go for it, you will not regret it!

 

Gerald Whitle, Editorial Internship at Informationszentrum 3. Welt, Freiburg, September to October 2011

During September and October 2011, I worked as an intern on the editing board of the small magazine Informationszentrum 3. Welt (iz3w) in Freiburg. The magazine was founded in the late 1960s and writes critically about global relations, social and political movements in the global South and many more topics. While US politics and society are not the main topic of the magazine, nonetheless I found the magazine interesting due to its engaged way of combining academic and political approaches.

During my internship, I worked on issues on the “Green New Deal” and on drug politics. The usual day-to-day work consisted of editing and proofreading texts, this meant reading texts very intensively. Besides this, I was integrated into the work of the editorial board, taking part in weekly meetings where texts and future topics were discussed. Furthermore, I also translated two texts from English into German and wrote two short texts, one of which was a book review. The highlight of my internship was to actually see my name printed under an article. The main negative side was that the internship was not paid, but due to the fact that I was able to stay at my parent's place this was no problem for me. Despite this, the working experience was very pleasant.

It is too early to finally judge how useful my internship was for me on a long run. It definitely was a very good experience to read texts very closely and to be able to write some texts for a broader audience. I think this experience is not only useful for people who are planning to work as journalists but also for academic work and many other fields. The internship was definitely a very interesting experience which I can recommend to other ASL students. The iz3w also offers internships in public relations. For more information check their website.

 

Stefanie Höse, Internship with Forrester Research, Inc., Amsterdam, September 2010 to March 2011.

The 7-months paid position as a PR intern at Forrester Research in Amsterdam was posted on iAgora.com. There was only one week between the application, the phone interview, the writing assignment, and the acceptance; and I moved to Amsterdam one month later. I applied for the ERASMUS scholarship, which was granted. While being in Amsterdam, I finally found a room on craigslist.com after a long search. My main tasks during the internship consisted of handling the daily press office via email and phone, contributing to the weekly newsletter, pitching stories to the media, and monitoring the media landscape. Highlight of the internship was my trip to a Forrester Forum in London, where I scheduled interviews for the journalists.

When it comes to finding friends, I was very lucky to have discovered an expats group on Facebook, which enabled me to meet people from all over the world. I've had a very great circle of friends with whom I went to Bruin Cafés for a "biertje," went bowling, to the movies, and visited some Dutch cities. I had a great time in Amsterdam: I met inspiring people, worked independently in PR, and learned a lot about Dutch culture.

 

Alexander Reisenbichler, Internship with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, New York City Office, Spring/Summer 2010.

After I had finished my BA, I entered the sphere of ‘unpaid internships’ in order to bridge (or kill) time before starting a graduate program this fall. Frankly, New York isn’t quite the cheapest place for such an endeavor. But I’ve always wanted to live in this city for at least once in my life so I accepted the financial burden. With the help of a DAAD scholarship, the high costs were at least cushioned, and of course, the benefits of doing the internship outweighed its costs by far. Interested as I have always been in International Relations and globalization, the FES office in New York offered not only a nice view on the Chrysler building, but also perfect conditions to explore the work of the UN, the Bretton Woods Institutions (IMF & World Bank) in connection with think tanks, academia, and NGOs.

 

Equipped with a UN badge that gave me access to most of the meetings at the UN, I could delve into the UN labyrinth (including highlights such as speeches by Hillary Clinton, Ahmadinejad, Ban Ki-Moon etc.). My duties as an intern embraced three major areas: a) conducting research on global economic governance and the G20, for which I interviewed UN diplomats, journalists and academics, and attended UN working groups; b) office management: website updates, writing/editing newsletters, answering phone/mail, brewing coffee (just kidding :); and c) organizing conferences (invitations, logistics etc.) revolving around peace/security issues & global economic governance. I could also independently put together small events, for which I had to draft programs, invite speakers & other attendees, as well as find suitable locations.

 

Overall, the internship was a great experience!!! Internships usually last 2 months. I was lucky and could extend my time with the FES, because the next intern had to cancel their internship so that I could stay for over 5 months.

Have a look at the FES website for further info about the office and internship opportunities. (If possible, apply one year in advance)

 

Franziska Böhme, Internship with the Campaigns and Communications Department, Amnesty International, Berlin, April to July 2008.

In order to use the semester between finishing my BA and starting my MA at ASL most efficiently, I decided to complete an internship from April to July 2008. Since I had already worked as a volunteer for various Amnesty International groups and was curious to get to know the 'professional' side of NGO work, I applied for an internship at the headquarters of the German section in Berlin.

My internship at the Campaigns and Communications department was thematically dominated by Amnesty's China campaign on the occasion of the Olympic Games in 2008. I worked directly with the supervisor of the German campaign and was responsible for linking the professional campaign resources provided by the headquarters with the activities of local Amnesty groups throughout Germany. Various campaign events had to be organized in Berlin, such as the Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF) or the official campaign end event. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the internship because, apart from the encouraging and enjoyable work climate, it provided a valuable insight into the way NGO professionals interact and coordinate with members, organize big campaign events, and cooperate with outside experts such as funding and advertising companies.

If you consider an internship at Amnesty, you should regularly check the Amnesty internship website for updates or send a speculative application. Internships are offered on a regular basis in the following departments: Campaigns and Communications, Lobbying, Press, Membership and Service, General Secretariat, Finances/IT, Countries and Asylum.

 

Martin Walter, Internship in the antique bookshop Librería Maestro Gozalbo, Valenicia, Spain, October 2008 to June 2009.

Well I have to admit, this doesn’t exactly sound like the typical American studies type of internship. And indeed, it wasn’t. Yet according to the Dewey principle, on which our institute is built, ASL supports students who want “to go out there” and get a taste of the “real life.” Thus in summer 2008 I decided to make it happen. Another motivation for me was to improve my Spanish, which I’d taken at the Sprachenzentrum of the university for three years already. I quickly found my internship post through a friend and in October 2008, with an ERASMUS-Praktikum scholarship in my pocket I headed out for Valencia.

My internship turned out to be quite nice. I always loved to spend time in second hand bookshops and now I had the chance to work in one myself. The Librería Maestro Gozalbo is a small shop with three employees only, so as an intern I got to know virtually all parts of the business. I bought books, sold them in the shop, worked on the internet catalogue, in the storehouse and went to a lot of meetings. On top of that we went to book fairs in different cities which gave me the chance to see a bit of the rest of the country as well. Overall, I was happy with my decision to do this internship. I was very well integrated in the business, I improved my Spanish and I had a lot of fun. If you are interested check out the shop's website.

 

Caterina Rost, Internship in the office of Congressman William D. Delahunt (D-MA), Washington DC, Summer 2007. 

Subsequent to my academic year abroad at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, I used my summer break to do an internship in the US. As an American politics nerd, I knew I wanted to do my internship in Washington D.C. so I applied to congressional offices. I chose Congressman Delahunt's office because he was from Massachusetts (where I studied) and because he was the Chairman of the Study Group on Germany. After sending in my application, I was asked to come to his office in the greater Boston area for an interview, which then scored me the three-months long unpaid internship. 

As a scholarship holder of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, I received funding to pay for my internship (which I did have to apply for though). I also did not have to worry about my visa as it was good through the end of August. The only thing, I needed to take care of was my accommodation, but Rep. Delahunt's office helped me out with that and hooked me up with a contact person at CDA International and she eventually found a shared house in the Georgetown neighborhood. During my internship, I answered the phones, sorted the mail, created daily international news reviews, wrote policy memos, attended committee hearings, and gave tours of the capitol building for constituents. For more information, check out the website of Congressman Delahunt

 

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