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Work experience programme in Berlin

Improve your German and build your CV
with work experience in Berlin 

If you are at least 18yrs of age and already have good German language skills, why not hone those skills and take a work placement in Berlin with CESA this year.  There are an amazing array of opportunities available to anyone who is interested in this exciting work placement programme.

Work experience in Germany (unpaid)
Prerequisite is your participation in a German language course (Standard, Intensive or Combined Courses) of at least 4 weeks duration - longer, if you need more time to reach level B1 ) required by German host companies in Berlin (see CEF language level chart for further information on level requested.

  •   4 week German course + 6, 8 or 12 weeks internship in Berlin
  •   Start: any Monday all year round (except Christmas period)

Previous work experience arranged in the German parliament, the Literaturfestival Berlin, with Berlin lawyers and architects.  On average the school organises 80 - 100 work experience places every year.

The work placement starts AFTER you finished your German course, working hours usually full day

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Professional work experience fields offered to date:

  • Administration
  • Advertisement
  • Architecture
  • Consulting
  • Culture and cultural institutions
  • Ecology
  • Event Management
  • Graphic & Design
  • IT & Communication Technologies
  • Law - legal internships
  • Marketing
  • Political Organizations (NGOs)
  • PR Public Relations
  • Real Estate
  • Social Work
  • Tourism

Please note: these are samples - we guarantee an internship in the professional field you indicate, not in a specific company. As host companies insist on a personal interview, you will receive the definite address and acceptance from the selected company once you are in Berlin, not prior to your arrival in Germany.

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Work Experience Programme Requirements:

  • knowledge of German on level B1 by the time you start the internship
  • participation in a German language course of min. 4 weeks - longer if you need more time to get to level B1
  • minimum age 18
  • finished secondary education
  • time budget of min. 10 weeks (course + internship)
  • reliability

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German Course Programme Fees:

1/ Work Experience placement fee
2/ German language course fee
3/ Accommodation fee

All of which can be found on the CESA Course Finder (German / Berlin search).
If in doubt please contact the CESA office for advise.

At the end of the Work Experience programme you will receive 2 certificates 
One from the German language school and one from the host company about your internship in Berlin. The school certifies your language skills; the host company issues a statement commenting your performance as an intern.

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German Work Experience Course Application:

Please apply for an internship in Berlin ideally 8 to 12 weeks prior to course start date) and absolutely no later than 4 weeks prior to course start date (in the summer months late enrolment won't be feasible, as course / placement /accommodation options will be in high demand), accompanied by:

  • CV in German. Don´t worry about minor mistakes you may make: If necessary we will correct linguistic mistakes before