Us Partner Institution US and German Faculty
On-Site Coordinator Lydia Herber
Level Graduate, Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Students
Sequence Spring/Summer Semester


Acquiring international experience has become one of the most important aspects for students in a globalized world. The AIB can arrange for internship possibilities in various fields in the Cologne-Bonn region, Germany. The internships are available for graduate students and undergraduate students. Possible fields range from German businesses, political and cultural institutions to international NGOs. The ability to effectively and sensitively communicate with individuals from other cultural backgrounds has become an essential skill for professional success as well as an everyday-life necessity. The International Professional Career Development Course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills that help them to interact successfully in their working environment. The course builds on the students’ first-hand experience in their internship and provides models for critical reflection as well as self-assessment.


The course in International Professional Career Development is designed to enhance students’ practical work experience through in depth reflectionand critical analysis of the German work environment. It will focus on intercultural aspects of the German business environment and allow students to share and discuss ideas and experiences of relevance to their career goals. Furthermore, the course provides the students with basic business German and knowledge of the German labor and educational system.

In addition the course introduces students through practical exercises and activities to basic concepts from the field of intercultural communication that are relevant in and applicable to the students‘ study abroad situation, such as:

  • culture shock & cultural adjustment
  • communication styles
  • non-verbal communication



Students will actively engage in exercises designed to make them observe and interact with Germans within defined contexts such as:

  • behaviors & value systems
  • non-verbal communication patterns
  • cultural di erences in business life
  • di erences in communication styles

Examples of activities:

  • host family interviews & observation exercise at the individual workplace
  • observing non-verbal communication patterns
  • practicing unconventional non-verbal behaviors in public and observing reactions
  • interviewing German peers about (perceived) stereotypes/prejudices/values in the German


Your internship is a central aspect of this course, and a key source of experience-based learning. It can contribute to your personal development and growth and will result in

  • receiving relevant international work experience that you can add to your professional resume
  • becoming much more familiar with and exposed to the working and cultural environment of Germany and the European Union
  • making valuable international professional contacts and connections that can lead to future benefits and opportunities for you

Wherever you work, whether in an actual for-profit company or a non-profit organization, your internship should provide you with the opportunity to ask all kind of questions and to explore, analyze, and reflect upon what these experiences mean for your personal career and for your ability to understand and work in organizations in the future.


During the whole time of your internship you will be in touch with your instructor and will have scheduled meetings once a week for at least 2 hours with the current group of interns. At the end of your internship you will have an individual reflection upon your work experience with your instructor. Personal appointments can be made after lessons or via email at any time.


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Lydia Herber


German Language & Culture Program