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Our German majors and minors have interned at the German-American Chamber of Commerce, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the Goethe-Institut New York. Some internships have led to part-time and full-time job offers after graduation. For information about current internship opportunities, check out the announcements below. Questions? Please email the Department Chair.


Current internship opportunities

1. Manhattan's Museum of Jewish Heritage is accepting applications for its Holocaust Educator Internship. Interns are trained on how to teach the history of the Holocaust and then work with middle and high school students in public schools to understand this history. Interns receive in-depth training about the history of the Holocaust, teaching methodologies, and then teach students about the Holocaust so that the painful lessons of the past can guide them to envision a world worthy of their futures. A number of Hunter German students have completed this internship and reported a wonderful experience with it. The deadline to apply for a Fall 2020 internship is April 6. Please see https://mjhnyc.org/internships-and-fellowships/mjh-in-nyc/ for more information and an application.


2. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is currently accepting applications for a summer internship at their New York office, starting May 15 or June 1 to August 31, 2020. The internship involves assisting with organizing the 20th Annual GAIN Conference of German Researchers - the largest forum for German PhD students, postdocs, and professors working in North America. A significant portion of the conference consists of a large career fair with over 100 exhibitors from all areas of the German research landscape. Duties will entail a wide spectrum of tasks from helping with web site content www.gain-network.org, social media activity as well as organizational and planning activities. We are looking for applicants who are fluent in English and have some German language skills; have an interest in higher education and science policy; like working in an office environment and are highly organized. Applicants must have a valid US work permit. We cannot sponsor a visa. Interns will receive a stipend of $750/month.

Application deadline: March 30, 2020
Please send your CV and a motivation letter in English or German with the subject line “GAIN Internship 2020” to:
Solveig Berkman, Senior Administrative Officer at berkman@daad.org

3. Hunter's Public Service Scholar Program (PSSP) is a year-long internship and academic program for students interested in exploring careers in public service.  The program seeks to raise the representation of women, minority-group members and immigrants in leadership positions.  Participants receive:
  • A year-long internship (from September to May) at a wide range of public and nonprofit agencies. PSSP also provides at least one (1) high level environmental internship
  • An $8,500 stipend
  • Two weekly seminars on public policy, advocacy work, and social and political matters important to New York City
  • 12 academic credits in Urban Studies toward an undergraduate degree
To be eligible you must:
  • Be an undergraduate student (any major)
  • Be within 45 credits of graduation (upper junior or lower senior)
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Complete the application and interview process
The deadline for submitting the application is Friday, March 13, 2020. Applications are available at hunter.cuny.edu/pssp. We encourage students to attend our information session on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 1:10-2:40pm, Room West 415. Current Public Service Scholars, the Program Director and staff will provide more detailed information on the program, application process and answer your questions. Please feel free to email pssp07@hunter.cuny.edu with any questions or concerns.

 

4. Generation Citizen is looking for volunteer Democracy Coaches to work in local middle and high school classrooms. The time commitment is about 6-8 hours per week. More information at https://generationcitizen.org/join-us/apply-to-be-a-democracy-coach/

 

Ongoing internship opportunities

 

The Center for Jewish History offers internship opportunities: https://www.cjh.org/visit/employment-opportunities. The Leo Baeck Institute also offers an archival internship: https://www.lbi.org/about/opportunities/archival-internship/.

Let's Get Ready is often looking for college students to volunteer or intern (paid). You can find more information at https://letsgetready.org/coach/


What can an internship do for you? Check out this testimonial from German major Matthew Thompkins, who interned at the German American Chamber of Commerce:

 

Als ich bei der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Handlungskammer war, habe ich die wichtigsten Verbindungen meines Lebens gemacht. Ich hätte nie gedacht, dass dieses Praktikum so hilfreich wäre. Jeden Tag konnte ich mein Deutsch mit anderen Praktikanten benutzen und verbessern. Mein Hauptfach ist Germanistik, also es gefällt mir sehr täglich auf Deutsch zu sprechen, weil ich nicht so oft auf Deutsch mit echten Deutschen geredet habe. Ich hatte so viel Spaß an der Arbeit. Meine Verantwortlichkeiten waren einfach zu lernen, weil ich die beste Lehrerin der Welt (Jessica von Tresckow) hatte. Sie war vor allem die Person die mir alles beigebracht hat, was ich brauchte um die Arbeit voll gut zu machen. Sie hat mir auch die Bedeutung vom „Young Professional“ gezeigt. Jess hat bei der GACC auch angefangen, und jetzt sehe ich, wenn ich mich so wie sie bewährt habe, kann ich auch einen guten Job finden, und die GACC ist ein wunderschöner Ort zu beginnen.

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