Berlin Research & Internships


Krupp Internship Program

As a participant in the Stanford Program in Berlin, you are eligible for placement in the Krupp Internship Program for Stanford students in Germany. This program, supported by a grant from the German Krupp Foundation (Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung), provides the opportunity for practical, professional experience, and deepens your understanding of the country and its people. A monthly stipend covers students’ housing, food, and other living expenses.

More than 1300 Stanford students have already taken advantage of these full-time, paid internship placements in German host institutions. Krupp internships are available year-round, and for all majors. Your internship can last anywhere from three to six months, and some students extend their staywith a subsequent research grant from Stanford (for example, a URO grant). Internships are located in both urban and rural environments throughout Germany; host intitutions range from small companies to large corporations, from non-profit organizations and government offices to cultural institutions such as theaters and museums. Some former Krupp interns do return to Germany after graduation, to work for their host firm or for other companies, and German companies have recruited alumni of the Krupp Internship Program for their subsidiaries in the US.

Preconditions for participation in the program are: at least one quarter of study with the Stanford Program in Berlin and completion of one year of college-level German for a letter grade. Your active cooperation will be instrumental as you work closely with the Internship Coordinator in Berlin to find a placement best fitting your interests and qualifications. Returning interns who wish to develop a paper based on their internship experience should enroll in GERMAN 116 - Writing about Germany.

For more information on the internship program and to view previous internship profiles and recent internship hosts, please see the Berlin center local website and go to Krupp Internships/Praktika, + For Students. 


Culture and Politics in Modern Germany

The course prepares students to conduct research on German topics, for example Honors Thesis Research, but it is not a prerequisite for doing research in Berlin. Advance planning is necessary for successful research projects. During their second quarter in Berlin, students with sufficient academic preparation and focus can conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Research proposals must be submitted for approval one month before the quarter commences so that the Director of the Berlin Program can  locate an appropriate advisor. An alternative option is to conduct research as a Krupp intern in a relevant German institution.

Undergraduate Student Grants for Research

Several grants are available through VPUE that can help support research abroad, including the Chappell Lougee Scholarship and Major Grant. For specific details regarding grant deadlines, eligibility, and policies for off-campus research, please visit the Student Grants Website.


Stanford students have always been involved in various volunteer opportunities in Berlin. Lately, students have organized small projects in a German-English Kindergarten close to the Berlin Center, called Kinderhaus Tom Sawyer. Past projects have included a singing project, a baking project and a reading project, as well as making ice cream with some of the children. It is also possible to get involved individually with Treffpunkt Hilfsbereitsschaft, a Berlin volunteering network. Students will be matched with this organization to see what opportunities may be available.

Students who would like to get involved in a local volunteering activity while in Berlin, please be in touch with the Student Services Coordinator during the second week after your arrival at the Center to see what kind of work will be available and if you are able to add another commitment to your academic schedule.