Berlin Internships Overview
Stanford @ Charité Berlin: Women's Health in Comparative Perspective
The Berlin center of the Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) at Stanford University and the specialist group for gynecology at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin will be cooperating in the field of teaching and research from 2022.
The working group Tumor Bank Ovarian Cancer (AG TOC) of the Gynecological Tumor Center initially offers research internships for bachelor students who have previously taken courses at "Stanford in Berlin" and received a scholarship from the "Krupp Internship Program for Stanford Students in Germany." These internships are particularly suitable for students of biology and human biology, bio-chemistry and biomechanical engineering. As the program develops, we hope to offer a course in women’s health in the spring quarters of the Berlin BOSP center - specifically designed for prospective medical students in anticipation of their internships at Charité, but also open to qualified students who do not intend to do a subsequent internship.
As a pilot, BOSP-Berlin will offer a course on Ethics of Medicine in spring quarter 2024 by Faculty in Residence, Prof. Regina Casper. The first Charité Women’s Health intern — a student of biomechanical engineering — is currently interning at Charité (Summer 2022).
The Krupp Internship Program
The purpose of the "Krupp Internship Program for Stanford Students in Germany" is to provide students with the opportunity for deeper immersion into German language and culture – ideally, on the highest professional level possible, with regard to academic qualifications, work experience and language competency. This unique and prestigious program is sponsored by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, in short: the Krupp Foundation, in Essen, Germany, and has existed for more than 40 years. It is not just a summer job program, but is rather an opportunity for students to engage with all aspects of living and working in Germany. For this reason, students must participate in the study abroad quarter in Berlin and complete adequate language preparation prior to becoming Krupp Interns.
A Brief History
More than 1300 Stanford students have completed full-time, paid internships at over 590 German host companies and institutions after studying at Stanford in Berlin. The first interns were placed in the early 1980s, and were solely students from engineering and natural science majors. The program experienced immense positive feedback from host institutions and students alike, and soon expanded to include students of all majors. After the Berlin Wall fell (1989) and Germany was unified (1990), the base of host institutions expanded to include hosts in East Germany. In 2005, the first issue of the annual e-newsletter, Briefe aus Berlin, was published. Past and current interns contribute to the newsletters, which offer a snapshot of life as a Krupp Intern in recent years. The newsletters are available to view here.
About the Internships
Krupp internships are available year-round and for all majors. The internship can last anywhere from three to six months, and some students extend their stay with a subsequent research grant from Stanford (e. g., a URO grant). Internships are located in both urban and rural environments throughout Germany; host institutions range from small companies to large corporations, from non-profit organizations and government offices to medical facilities and cultural institutions such as theaters and museums. Some former Krupp Interns 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.
- For profiles written by past Krupp interns about their experiences, please visit FAQ and Berlin Center's local website: http://www.stanford.fu-berlin.de/internship_profiles_en.html.
- Each year we publish an e-newsletter "Briefe aus Berlin" with reports of interns, news about the program, information about German affairs, and cultural recommendations. Please see the most recent issues:
The Krupp Foundation
Shortly before the end of the Second World War, on April 11, 1945, Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach was arrested by American troops and in 1947 was found guilty at Nuremberg of using concentration camp labor and of plundering occupied countries. He was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment and the confiscation of his property. In 1951, in the course of a general review of Nuremberg judgments, John Jay McCloy, the US High Commissioner for Germany, pardoned him and lifted the confiscation of his property. In 1953 he returned to the helm of his company and, later that year, appointed as his personal general representative Berthold Beitz (1913–2013); Beitz converted the company to civilian production. Alfried Krupp’s testament transferred his entire personal assets and the assets of the Krupp AG to the philanthropic foundation that bears his name. As Chair of the Kuratorium from 1968 until his death in 2013, Beitz developed the Foundation as a major source of funding for scientific research, art & culture, education, health and sports. Beitz and his wife Else are honored at Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations for having saved hundreds of Jewish forced laborers from transports to the death camps by employing them in an essential war industry (oil) in Boryslav/Poland. Beitz personally initiated the "Krupp Internship Program for Stanford Students in Germany.”