Internship: How to get started

Whether you already know which career you want to pursue or not, whether you already have a place for an internship in mind or not, it is always helpful to do internships to find out what you want to do after leaving the university and collect experiences in different work fields. Don’t know where to start? Reach out via e-mail:!

Additionally, here are some ideas of how to get started. Even though the situation is not optimal for an internship right now since many companies are working from home, keep in mind that you have to apply a couple of months, sometimes half a year or more, in advance.

If you want to get credit points for an internship (BA “SQM Praktikumsmodul,” MA “SQM Professional Internship”), the internship must broadly fit into your field of studies (literature and culture, society, history, and politics, etc.). So, think about which career you want to pursue with a BA or MA in American Studies. The openness of your career with a humanities degree can be frightening, but it is also a great opportunity. ASL alumni might work in publishing, journalism, politics, public relations, communication, teaching, and many more fields. Need some inspiration? Check out the podcast “What’s Next? Chats with American Studies Alumni” by the American Studies Leipzig Alumni Association e.V.

Additionally, there are some institutions in Leipzig who are always happy to welcome ASL students for internships. For example, the U.S. Consulate General Leipzig (write an e-mail to if you are interested) or the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Sachsen (DAIS), you might know Prof. Kanzler, Heather Prüssing, Friedrich W. Opitz, and Eric W. Fraunholz from DAIS from your studies at ASL. DAIS wrote about internship opportunities here.

You could also go through these databases to find inspirations in the fields of Media and Communication, for internships in the realm of Transatlantic Relations or for internships in the field of International Exchange.

Good luck and feel free to reach out if you need help!