Go Abroad

International Work Experience (IWE)

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City: Berlin  Country: Germany 


The Education Abroad office works closely with in-country liaison officers who will be able to provide support in a number of areas. These may include:

  • Conducting an initial interview with the student
  • Resume review
  • Contacting potential internship hosts/sourcing the placements
  • Facilitating interviews
  • Pre-departure preparation for the students (including general country advice and more specific things like differences in workplace etiquette and expectations)
  • Housing assistance
  • Advice and assistance with visas and work permits
  • Risk management monitoring while students are in-country (including any required liaison updates to the Office of Emergency Management and the Risk Management Team in UAI)
  • Site visits with both the intern and host 

What the Program has to offer: 

  • Internships that help students achieve personal and professional growth and competitive advantage in the global workforce 
  • Matches students to internship experiences offering rich opportunities for growth in a wide range of fields
  • Intern placements are based on each student’s aspirations, skills, program of study and experience 
  • While we cannot guarantee that all interns will receive funding, the majority receive some small amount of financial support from their host organization (many interns are also eligible for the Individual Award)
Why don't you combine your participation in this internship with participation in an exchange as well? We could send you on exchange to any one of our partners in Germany either before or after this internship. If you are interested in going out on both programs please email brendan.cavanagh@ualberta.ca for more details.

When Can I Go?

Terms Offered: Winter, Fall, Summer

Duration: 2 months - 1 year

Eligibility Requirements

Open to: All Faculties

Level: Undergraduate, Graduate, Graduated

Language: English is required. In some cases it would be to the applicant's advantage to have some ability in the language of the host country, but this is not required.

See Eligibility.

Application Process

Step 1 - Applicant emails unofficial transcript, resume and a brief letter of intent to brendan.cavanagh@ualberta.ca indicating your interest in IWE. 

Step 2 - Brendan will screen for basic eligibility and forward documents to in-country liaison.

Step 3 - In-country liaison will review documents and invite applicant to Skype or phone conversation to establish expectations (both for the applicant and the liaison).

Step 4 - If approved, applicant will be asked to complete the IWE application in the Horizons portal and pay program fees ($750). 

Step 5 - Once program fees are paid, the in-country liaison will begin searching for an internship placement. 

Fees & Costs

One-time fee of $750. This fee covers the services provided by the in-country liaison as well as program administration, and it will be charged once you have preliminary approval from the in-country liaison.

NOTE: The program fees are only refundable in the -- exceedingly rare -- case that the in-country liaison is unable to find any suitable (as collaboratively defined and agreed to in Step 3 of the application process above) position within 3 months of having paid the fee. 

General fees and costs.

Email brendan.cavanagh@ualberta.ca for more comprehensive information. 

Program Contact

Brendan Cavanagh, International Internship Coordinator (Outbound)


For more information and how to apply, click here