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The Krupp Internship Program

Purpose

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 35 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.

Further Information

  • For a more detailed history of the program, please visit the Stanford in Berlin local website.
  • For more information about the program sponsor, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, please visit www.krupp-stiftung.de.
  • 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: