Internships


Summer Program

AiB TAMU Field Study & Research Program (Extension to German Language & Culture Summer Program)

Term: Summer
In Cooperation with: Texas A&M University (TAMU) & Institute for Education and Social Innovation (ibugi)
The 2021 AiB Professional Field Study & Research Program offers you a multi-faceted international learning experience in a professional context. Your engagement and learning experience builds on three pillars:
  • a client-oriented field study/research project
  • career development instruction
  • personal mentoring
You will gain confidence in professional interactions in Germany, acquire contextual knowledge about the business world in Germany, and you are supported in your personal development through guided reflection and mentoring processes.
The 2021 program’s structure specifically addresses the realities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. While living in Bonn, meetings with the client organization can/are held remotely, as are course instruction and presentations, if necessary.
AiB Contact: Carolin Wübbelt (Senior Academic Manager) – cw@aib-bonn.org

More information

Courses: 

INTS 484 – International Professional Career Development Course (3 credits) – taught by AiB faculty
This course is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills that help you interact successfully in your working environment. 
The course contextualizes the experiences you gain throughout the program, and offers relevant information, reflection, and support on:
  • the work environment in Germany
  • cultural specifics of the German business world
  • the frameworks of the German social and economic system: the German “Soziale Marktwirtschaft” (welfare state & market economy)
  • introduction to intercultural communication at the workplace:
    • communication patterns
    • value systems
    • adapting and adjusting to other cultures
  • a guided reflection process in which participants define their own core values, goals, competencies, and strategies that will allow them to successfully make their desired personal impact on the world
  • a personal reflection process journal

 

Program Goals & Learning Oucomes:

Guided Field Study & Research Project
The professional field study component, organized and mentored by AIB, represents the core aspect of this course, as it provides you with first-hand experiences in the German professional context and with your employer-specific professional research project.
 
This project is intended to help you
  1. gain relevant and challenging international experience that you can add to your resume
  2. become more familiar with and exposed to the professional and cultural environment of Germany, and
  3. make potentially valuable international professional contacts and connections that can lead to future benefits and opportunities.
At the beginning of the program each student is provided with their specific research project by their respective field studies provider. Supported by the client organization, AIB instructors, and program staff, you then produce a field studies & research report on your specific topic, which you present to your employer and AIB program staff at the end of the program.
Over the course of the program you will gather, analyze, and complete relevant information and data on your research project in collaboration with your project provider and will experience the work environment in general. Such information is gathered in (online) meetings with one or more representatives of the client organization, online research, or observations on-site.
As an example, a project could be in the form of information research “best practices” reports, such as a thorough analysis using the internet or other research databases of how companies effectively deal with a particular company/organizational problem.
 
Personal Mentoring
AIB staff regularly meets with all participants to check up on their project progress, discuss challenges, define workflows, and assist with problem-solving strategies.
 
Virtual Company Visits
Over the course of the program, you will have the opportunity to interact with business representatives and get to know different organizations in the Cologne/Bonn area in online presentations and discussions.
 
Guided Personal Reflections
You will engage in guided reflection exercises and processes, dealing with their personal development, goal setting, personal values, personal purpose, and career future.
 
Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, you:
  • are able to interact successfully in the German business context
  • have gained insight into the structures of German business processes
  • have acquired knowledge of fundamental business German vocabulary and idioms
  • have gained an understanding of the principles of the German economic and social systems
  • have built elementary intercultural competencies, applicable to the international workplace
  • have attained an increased sensitivity towards cultural differences in the workplace
  • have developed insights into your personal values, professional aspirations, and professional development goals
  • have increased your ability to adapt and adjust to varying professional environments

 

Program Outline:

Format: 4-weeks of field studies & research, subsequent to the German Immersion Summer Program
Pre-Requisite: Successful participation in the German Language and Culture Summer Program at AIB OR Direct enrollment under special circumstances
Credits:
  • The AIB Career Development Course counts toward the 3-credit-hour INTS 484 Directed Internship Course
  • The Field Studies program in combination with the German Language & Culture program covers your 10-Week International Experience Requirement for International Studies Majors
Internship Dates: July 5 – August 1, 2021
Internship Program Costs:  US$ 1,850
Program Structure:
2 days per week: individual project/research work
3 days per week: classroom instruction, research support, virtual company visits, guest speakers

 

Application Process, Deadline and Payment:

Step 1: Submit application documents by March 1:

  • English CV (please use CV template)
  • Motivation letter (please use Personal Motivation letter guidelines)
  • Basic German language skills (fulfilled by successful participation in German Language & Culture Immersion Summer Program)

Please sent by e-mail to Carolin Wübbelt, wuebbelt@aib-studyabroad.org in one pdf-file.

Step 2: Down payment to AIB (April)

  • US$ 500 after internship program acceptance by AIB
  • Payment by Paypal, check or domestic wire transfer (details will be provided).

Step 3: Personal interview with AIB Internship coordinator (March/April)

Step 4: Final payment to AIB (due May 15)

  • US$ 1,350 remaining amount

Step 5: Internship Placement & On-Site/Virtual Introductory Visit (June)

 

Accommodation:

Host family

Summer Program

AiB Lafayette College Engineering Internship (extension to the AiB Lafayette College Engineering spring program)

Term: Summer
In Cooperation with: Lafayette College & Institute for Education and Social Innovation (ibugi)
AiB arranges for internship possibilities in various job fields in the Cologne-Bonn region, Germany. Possible fields range from German businesses, scientific partners, and political and cultural institutions, to international NGOs with a focus on:
  • Engineering (electrical, mechanical, civil, environmental)
  • Science (Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry)
  • Communication / Globalization
  • Sustainability / Fair Trade / Development Cooperation
  • Digitalization / Innovation / Cyber Security
  • Entrepreneurship / Customer Relations
  • Education, and more upon request, specific interests of the student and availability of internship.
 First choice of the internship interest is not guaranteed.
AiB Contact: Carolin Wübbelt (Senior Academic Manager) – cw@aib-bonn.org

More information

Courses: 

International Professional Career Development Course
The Engineering Internship Program includes the International Professional Career Development course. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills that help them 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. Furthermore, the course provides the students with basic business German and knowledge of the German labor and educational system.
In addition, through practical exercises and activities the course introduces students 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

 

Program Goals & Learning Oucomes:

Students participating in this program have the opportunity to:
  • gain insight into daily operations, market-position, customer relations, future perspectives, and challenges of companies/organizations in Germany/ Europe,
  • improve analytical and critical thinking skills,
  • enhance their ability to transfer theoretical knowledge into practical work tasks,
  • expand their ability to work independently,
  • identify problems and develop suitable alternative options for action,
  • increase German language and communication skills,
  • improve their personal competences and intercultural skills
Students participating in this program receive:
  • a certificate for the successful completion of an international internship by the internship organization/company and by AIB, that can be added to the professional resume
  • valuable network opportunities for international career development in future

 

Program Outline:

Format: 8-week internship extension of Spring Semester Program
Pre-Requisite: Successful participation in the preceding Lafayette Engineering Semester Program at AIB. As part of it: Successful completion of a *for-credit* German Language class in this program.
Internship Dates: TBA
Internship Program Costs:  TBA

 

Application Process, Deadline and Payment:

Step 1: Submit application documents by November 15, 2021
  • English CV (please use CV template)
  • Motivation letter (please use Personal Motivation letter guidelines)
  • Most recent transcript of records
  • Basic German language skills (fulfilled by successful participation in German class during Lafayette Engineering Spring Semester Program in Bonn)
Please sent by e-mail to the AiB contact above; one pdf-file.
Step 2: Down payment to AiB (December)
  • $ 500 after internship program acceptance by AIB
  • Payed by Paypal, check or domestic wire transfer (details will be provided).
Step 3: Personal interview with AIB Internship coordinator in Bonn (January 2022)
Step 4: Final payment to AIB (due March 15, 2022)
  • remaining amount       
Step 5: Internship Placement & On-Site Introductory Visit

 

Accommodation:

Host family

Summer Program

AiB Lafayette College Field Study & Research Program (Extension to German Language & Culture Summer Program)

Term: Summer
In Cooperation with: Lafayette College & Institute for Education and Social Innovation (ibugi)
The 2021 AiB Professional Field Study & Research Program offers you a multi-faceted international learning experience in a professional context. Your engagement and learning experience builds on three pillars:
  • a client-oriented field study/research project
  • career development instruction
  • personal mentoring
You will gain confidence in professional interactions in Germany, acquire contextual knowledge about the business world in Germany, and you are supported in your personal development through guided reflection and mentoring processes.
The 2021 program’s structure specifically addresses the realities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. While living in Bonn, meetings with the client organization can/are held remotely, as are course instruction and presentations, if necessary.
AiB Contact: Carolin Wübbelt (Senior Academic Manager) – cw@aib-bonn.org

More information

Courses: 

International Professional Career Development Course– taught by AiB faculty
This course is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills that help you interact successfully in your working environment. 
The course contextualizes the experiences you gain throughout the program, and offers relevant information, reflection, and support on:
  • the work environment in Germany
  • cultural specifics of the German business world
  • the frameworks of the German social and economic system: the German “Soziale Marktwirtschaft” (welfare state & market economy)
  • introduction to intercultural communication at the workplace:
    • communication patterns
    • value systems
    • adapting and adjusting to other cultures
  • a guided reflection process in which participants define their own core values, goals, competencies, and strategies that will allow them to successfully make their desired personal impact on the world
  • a personal reflection process journal

 

Program Goals & Learning Oucomes:

Guided Field Study & Research Project
The professional field study component, organized and mentored by AIB, represents the core aspect of this course as it provides you with first-hand experiences in the German professional context and with your employer-specific professional research project.
 
This project is intended to help you
  1. gain relevant and challenging international experience that you can add to your resume
  2. become more familiar with and exposed to the professional and cultural environment of Germany, and
  3. make potentially valuable international professional contacts and connections that can lead to future benefits and opportunities.
At the beginning of the program, each student is provided with their specific research project by their respective field studies provider. Supported by the client organization, AIB instructors, and program staff, you then produce a field study & research report on your specific topic, which you present to your employer and AIB program staff at the end of the program.
Over the course of the program, you will gather, analyze, and complete relevant information and data on your research project in collaboration with your project provider and will experience the work environment in general. Such information is gathered in (online) meetings with one or more representatives of the client organization, online research, or observations on-site.
As an example, a project could be in the form of information research “best practices” reports, such as a thorough analysis using the internet or other research databases of how companies effectively deal with a particular company/organizational problem.
 
Personal Mentoring
AIB staff regularly meets with all participants to check up on their project progress, discuss challenges, define workflows, and assist with problem-solving strategies.
 
Virtual Company Visits
Over the course of the program, you will have the opportunity to interact with business representatives and get to know different organizations in the Cologne/Bonn area in online presentations and discussions.
 
Guided Personal Reflections
You will engage in guided reflection exercises and processes, dealing with their personal development, goal setting, personal values, personal purpose, and career future.
 
Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, you:
  • are able to interact successfully in the German business context
  • have gained insight into the structures of German business processes
  • have acquired knowledge of fundamental business German vocabulary and idioms
  • have gained an understanding of the principles of the German economic and social systems
  • have built elementary intercultural competencies, applicable to the international workplace
  • have attained an increased sensitivity towards cultural differences in the workplace
  • have developed insights into your personal values, professional aspirations, and professional development goals
  • have increased your ability to adapt and adjust to varying professional environment

 

Program Outline:

Format: 4-weeks of field studies & research, subsequent to the German Immersion Summer Program
Pre-Requisite: Successful participation in the German Language and Culture Summer Program at AIB 
Internship Dates: July 5 – August 1, 2021
Internship Program Costs:  US$ 1,850
Program Structure:
2 days per week: individual project/research work
3 days per week: classroom instruction, research support, virtual company visits, guest speakers

 

Application Process, Deadline and Payment:

Step 1: Submit application documents by March 1:
  • English CV (please use CV template)
  • Motivation letter (please use Personal Motivation letter guidelines)
  • Basic German language skills (fulfilled by successful participation in German Language & Culture Immersion Summer Program)
Please sent by e-mail to Carolin Wübbelt, wuebbelt@aib-studyabroad.org in one pdf-file.
Step 2: Down payment to AIB (April)
  • US$ 500 after internship program acceptance by AIB
  • Payment by Paypal, check or domestic wire transfer (details will be provided).
Step 3: Personal interview with AIB Internship coordinator (March/April)
Step 4: Final payment to AIB (due May 15)
  • US$ 1,350 remaining amount
Step 5: Internship Placement & On-Site/Virtual Introductory Visit (June)

 

Accommodation:

Host family