The Germany Entrepreneurship Internship Program, with a focus on startups and technology opportunities, provides Brown students the opportunity to expand classroom knowledge to the world of business through an immersive professional experience in Berlin, where the startup culture flourishes.
Through a partnership with the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, employers in Germany hold an internship position for Brown students to intern over the summer for 8-10 weeks. Selected students receive stipends of $5,500 to offset travel and living costs associated with taking the internship positions. Eligible students also receive a Summer Earnings Wavier (SEW) worth approximately $2900.
Students completing internships over the summer will have the opportunity to gather for networking events and participate in entrepreneurship-themed learning experiences.
The program application and 2020 participating employers will be released prior to the first day of classes of the spring 2020 semester.
To apply for the program:
1) Apply for this position in Handshake, including your resume and a cover letter for your first choice employer.
2) Complete the supplemental google form, indicating up to two ranked employers including the first choice employer you applied to through Handshake. If you select a second choice employer, you will be asked for a cover letter only if that employer does not receive or accept an applicant among the students who applied to that employer as a first choice.
Supplemental google form can be found here: https://forms.gle/LghkiiQxTZF53V2h6
Once internship positions are posted in the early spring semester, students submit a resume and cover letter through Handshake for their first-choice company.
Application deadline: February 5, 2020
Applicants may apply to up to two companies and submit a unique cover letter for each organization.
Following the application deadline, participating employers will review materials and schedule skype calls with candidates.
Eligibility: Currently enrolled students completing their sophomore or junior year prior to start date of internship may apply for the program. Students from any concentration are eligible to participate. Student must be enrolled and taking courses as a Brown University undergraduate student with a declared concentration in the spring semester before the internship and the fall semester following the internship.
Note: First-year students with existing EU work authorization (usually citizenship in EU country) may be eligible to apply. Please contact [email protected] before submitting an application to verify your eligibility
Students may not have previously received a LINK internship funding award or a funding award through a BrownConnect Signature summer internship program (CCG in NYC, iProv, Hong Kong BEO, Israel Entrepreneurship, Brown in Washington Summer, Tulsa, Sweden Entrepreneurship, etc).
Housing: Selected student interns will be expected to obtain suitable housing on their own. Host employers and program administrators will provide students with ideas for summer housing, however the responsibility is on the student to obtain necessary housing.
Program Dates: Internships will run 8-12 weeks from late May to late August. The employer will specify internship dates.
Stipend: $5,500 for all internships. Students categorized as “international” by the university may lose a percentage of the stipend to taxes depending on nationality.
Summer Earnings Waiver (SEW): Student on financial aid may be eligible for a “Summer Earnings Waiver” through this internship program.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I have many more questions about the Germany Entrepreneurship Internship Program, who can I ask?
A: Please contact Greg Seiler with BrownConnect at [email protected].
Q: Can I receive academic credit for the internship?
A: Brown does not offer academic credit for internships. Students may choose to work with an academic department and register for an independent study aligning with the internship experience in the semester following the internship.
Q: Are there language requirements to participate?
A: All internship positions will require English only, unless otherwise noted in the job description. Other language proficiencies may strengthen an applicant’s application. If you are looking to take German language courses, Brown offers German courses in the Spring and Fall semesters.
Q: Do I need to interview for the internship?
A: Host employers and students are encouraged to meet via Skype or other video chat service for an interview. This is an opportunity for the employer to learn more about the student intern and for the student intern to learn more about the position and ask for any clarifications about the work involved.
Q: What information should I include in the cover letter?
A: The cover letter gives the employer a better understanding of who you are as a Brown student, young professional and individual. Although the focus of the statement should demonstrate your interest and qualifications for the positions, you may also want to mention other information about your interest in the host country, your career ambitions, how the internship aligns with your academic work and why this particular opportunity would be good fit for you professionally, academically and personally. Cover letters may be addressed to the “Hiring Manager.”
Q: Can I apply to more than one internship position?
A: You will be considered for your first choice of internship before any secondary choices. First choice applications will always be sent to employers. If you select a second choice employer, you will be asked for a cover letter only if that employer does not receive or accept an applicant among the students who applied to that employer as a first choice.
Q: What if I do not have a passport or my passport is expiring this year?
A: You will be required to provide a copy of a valid passport upon acceptance to the program. Your passport should be valid for at least six months following the conclusion of the internship. Apply for a passport or renewal immediately. Do not wait to apply for a passport or passport renewal until you are accepted for an internship, as it may be too late to start the application process for a visa/work permit. Contact Greg at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Q: Do I need a work permit or Visa?
A: This depends on your nationality. Germany/EU nationals likely do not need to apply for a work permit or visa. Most participants will need to apply for a work authorization. Some students, depending on nationality, will also need to apply for a visa after the work authorization as been issued. If you require a work authorization *and* a visa, you must start the process immediately.
Q: What are the working hours?
A: Interns are expected to work full-time during the dates of the internship. Hours may vary by employer. Interns are required to work the entire duration of the internship with any days off approved in advance by a supervisor. Students are encouraged to travel for tourism or pleasure before or after the internship and not during the internship.
Q: What if I am graduating before the summer internship?
A: To be eligible to participate, students must be enrolled at Brown as a degree-seeking student in the fall semester following the summer internship.
Q: Can I change the dates of the internship or extend the internship dates?
A: Any changes must be approved by the program and the internship host employer.
Q: Will I meet with other participants on the Germany Entrepreneurship Internship Program?
A: A pre-departure orientation will be held late in the spring semester for all participants on the program. The meeting will cover program expectations, travel preparation, and internship best practices. Participation at this pre-departure meeting is mandatory. We will also keep students updated on gatherings in Germany for students and alumni throughout the program.
Q: What if I need to leave early or quit my internship?
A: Whether initiated by the employer or the student, if an internship position is ended early you may be expected to return a prorated portion of the internship stipend. Please let your supervisor and the Internship Program know as soon as possible.
Q: Can I apply for funding for an internship or host employer not participating in the Germany Entrepreneurship internship program?
A: No. Your internship may be eligible to be funded through the LINK internship funding award.
Q: I missed the application deadline, can I still apply?
A: You may still be considered for one of the internships only if a suitable candidate was not found by the company after reviewing and interviewing candidates. Please contact a program staff to discuss your eligibility.
Q: I already received funding from LINK, CCG in NYC, First Year internships, iProv, Media in LA or a different BrownConnect Signature program in a previous summer. Am I eligible for this program?
A: No. Students may not have previously received funding through the above internship programs to be eligible for the Germany Entrepreneurship Internship program
Q: What if I am studying abroad in the semester before the summer program?
A: As long as your semester ends with enough time to start your internship, students studying abroad may still participate. Exceptional preparedness and responsiveness will be required of the student to successfully schedule interviews and submit visa documentation.
Q: Can I apply to multiple BrownConnect Signature Programs?
A: As long as you have not previously received a BrownConnect Summer Internship award, through a Signature program or LINK award, you can apply to multiple signature programs for the upcoming summer. Follow the specific restrictions and process for each program.