German Studies Department Internships in Dresden

German Studies Department Internships in Dresden

Students with an effective command of German are encouraged to apply for one of three paid summer internships in Dresden. Students are required to work a minimum of 300 hours over 8-10 weeks.

For Summer 2022, the program will offer one sponsored internship at each of the organizations listed below. These placements may be offered as virtual opportunities if circumstances do not allow for in-person internships. 

Please visit the German Studies Department's internships page to learn about intern experiences. Please direct any queries to Thomas Nolden, Department Chair.

HOW TO APPLY: 

The Workday application opens on October 1, 2021. Interested applicants are required to

The Workday application requires students to upload the following documents in PDF format

  • Statement of Intent (approx. 500 words) that includes the following:
  1. A statement about what you hope to gain from the experience
  2. Discussion of your education and career goals
  3. A brief discussion of any travels abroad you previously had, especially detailing any time you have spent in Europe or Germany
  4. Information of what financial aid (if any) you are receiving from Wellesley College
  • Resume
  • Cover Letters, written in German and addressed to the organizational contact (see internship description for contact name)
  • Transcript (unofficial from Workday)

The German Studies Department will nominate students for placement by December 6, 2021. Students should anticipate interviewing with the organization as part of the selection process. Final approval of candidacy is contingent on acceptance by internship site; decisions will be communicated by approximately January 15, 2022.

Entwicklungspolitisches Netzwerk Sachsen (Developmental Network Saxony, Dresden)

Available Placements: 1

The Entwicklungspolitische Netzwerk Sachsen (ENS) is a network of groups, initiatives and associations that stand up for sustainable development and worldwide justice. The ENS was founded as an association in 1995 and is today a platform for developmental policy and intercultural initiatives in Saxony. Many of its member organizations are located in the cities of Dresden and Leipzig. 

ENS strives for a more just, peaceful, and environmentally-friendly world and a society in which all are able to have a life worth living. The scope of activities of its members include:

  • Collaborative Development Cooperation
  • Developmental Educational Work and PR
  • Fair Trade, Economy and Sustainability
  • Connection between Environmental Protection and Social Justice
  • Intercultural and Interreligious Education
  • Human Rights and Anti-racism Work

The ENS’s activities include lobbying, information-sharing and public relations, and networking. ENS staff lead discussions with politicians and representatives of the provincial government, the country's Parliament and other political institutions. The ENS shares information with its members and acts as a hub for communication between the Saxon developmental initiatives. The ENS contributes to the quality of the one-world work in Saxony for its members (training) and for the Saxon public, schools and free education providers. Together with 15 country networks, the ENS (at the federal level) lobbies in support of education, development and cooperation of NGOs.

What you will learn: Tasks can include field work; research assistance; translations; organizational planning, technical assistance; etc. Responsibilities may include direct work with ENS member organizations. The intern will have the opportunity to shadow the Managing Director of ENS. Occasional weekend and/or evening hours may be required for events.  

Who are you? Open to Sophomores and Juniors. German majors or minors and majors in social sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have:

  • The ability to work independently and work with different constituencies
  • An awareness of cultural differences
  • A commitment to social issues
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A good command of German

Organizational Contact: Cover letters must be written in German and addressed to Dorothea Trappe

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen (State Art Collections, Dresden)

Available Placements: 1

The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden are among the foremost collections of the world with a total of 15 museums. This network of museums includes the Green Vault; the Cabinet of Prints; Drawings and Photographs; the Coin Cabinet; the Armory in Dresden’s Royal Palace; the Porcelain Collection; the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments; the Old Masters Picture Gallery; the Sculpture Collection; the State Ethnographical Collections with locations in Dresden, Leipzig, and Herrnhut; the Saxon Folk Art Museum with Puppet Theatre Collection; and the Museum of Decorative Arts. Moreover, the Art Library, the Art Fund and the Gerhard Richter Archive are also part of the museum network.

What will you learn: The Intern will be placed according to her interests and the organization’s need. Interns can choose to work in the larger management structure of the SKD or with one of the collections, where more hands-on work may be possible. Internship responsibilities may include supporting events (e.g., exhibition openings or special exhibitions), conducting internet research, answering phones, answering museum correspondence, and performing editorial work. The intern may also be asked to provide support to the visitors’ department. 

Work hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM with a 1 hour break. Occasional weekend and/or evening hours may be required for events. 

Who are you? Open to Sophomores and Juniors with German language skills. Students majoring in German, Art History, and Media, Arts, and Sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent organizational and communicative skills
  • An interest in arts management

Organizational Contact: Cover letters must be written in German and addressed to Julia Fabritius and Dana Korzuschek 

Stiftung Frauenkirche (Foundation of the Church of Our Lady, Dresden)

Available Placements: 1

The Frauenkirche Dresden Foundation is responsible for organizing the religious and cultural life of The Church of Our Lady, and for the maintenance of the building itself. The Foundation supports the church’s work and goals of reconciliation, hope, and peace. It runs an International Peace Academy and organizes the Peace Lectures with Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. The foundation employs some 30 full-time employees across the following Departments: Spiritual Life; Visitor Service; Church Music; Concert Management; Fundraising; Building Management; Press and Public Relations; Marketing; and Accounting.

What you will learn: Internships are available in the areas of arts and cultural management, music, architectural research, peace and social justice, international outreach, and lecturer programming for visitors. Interns will be asked to help organize events; conduct research; help manage the Foundation’s online and social media presence; work on translation projects; and provide administrative support to staff. Occasional weekend and/or evening hours may be required for events. 

Who are you? Open to Sophomores and Juniors with German language skills. Students majoring in German, Music, Religion, Peace and Social Justice, Architecture, or History are particularly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent communicative and organizational skills 
  • An interest in working in an organization that supports the activities of one of Europe’s most prominent Lutheran churches

Organizational Contact: Cover letters must be written in German and addressed to Maria Noth.