Quick Info

  • Berlin, Germany
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Communication, Economics, English (including Literature, Writing, and Creative Writing), German, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
  • : 22 May 2018 - 4 August 2018
  • : 2018: $7,900 In-State / $8,100 Out-of-State
  • : 28 January 2018
  • : 3.0 GPA, Clear Judicial Record, Sophomore, Junior, Open to students from all campuses and departments

Academics

You will earn six credits through the Pitt Business Internship for Credit Program (BUS 1910). Your coursework will include reflective essays, a midterm internship supervisor evaluation, and a final internship supervisor evaluation. All assignments will be posted online through a course website, and students will submit assignments electronically. BUS1910 is graded pass/fail, and only students who successfully pass the internship course will be considered as having studied abroad for any degree, certificate, or major requirements.

BUS1910 fulfills both foreign culture requirements for Pitt Business students. Non-business students, including dual degree students, should work directly with their academic advisors to determine if the course can be applied to any degree requirements. 

 

Students are encouraged (but not required) to take some language courses here at Pitt prior to departure. Three recommended courses for the German language are:

  • GER 0101 – Beginning German 1 (3 credits)
    • Do you have a busy schedule, and are you an independent learner who likes to take responsibility for her/his own learning? Are you motivated to learn German and have the self-discipline to keep yourself on track? Then this is the class for you: Elementary German 101 meets three times a week, and while class periods will focus on speaking and listening, you will do the writing, reading, and most of the grammar practice at home. Students are expected to study regularly on their own to keep up with the material.

      In this course you will learn how to interact in German from the first day on. For example, you will learn how to ask questions and give basic information about yourself, how to ask for directions, how to say the time and make an appointment, how to find an apartment and how to respond to an invitation. You will learn the necessary grammatical structures and vocabulary, but also find out about cultural differences, e.g. regarding greetings, forms of address, and punctuality. Students will be working towards the A1-Exam of the Goethe Institut, which follows the Common European Framework of Reference and is accepted worldwide. 

  • GER 0102 – Beginning German 2 (3 credits) - Coming Spring 2018
  • GER 0001 – Elementary German 1 (Intensive) (5 credits)
    • This Elementary German course meets five times a week and is the next best thing to studying abroad. You will learn how to interact in German from the first day on. For example, you will learn how to ask questions and give basic information about yourself, how to ask for directions, how to say the time and make an appointment, how to find an apartment and how to respond to an invitation. You will learn the necessary grammatical structures and vocabulary, but also find out about cultural differences, e.g. regarding greetings, forms of address, and punctuality. Students will be working towards the A1-Exam of the Goethe Institut, which follows the Common European Framework of Reference and is accepted worldwide. 

Experiential Learning

Pitt's partner in Berlin, Intrax, will work with you after your acceptance to find you an internship. Internships in Berlin are available in a variety of fields, and Intrax always takes your academic focus and career goals into account when pairing you with a host company.

Internships are in English, but students with advanced German skills can be placed into German-speaking companies.

Intrax will work with you throughout the placement process to perfect your resume, prepare you for your interviews, and find out what your internship goals are. For more information about the placement process, see Intrax’s placement process flowchart.

Resume content and formatting is different in an international setting. For more information about how to perfect your resume for an international internship, see Intrax’s resume instructions and resume template.

Sample Internship Placements

For students interested in any of the following internship areas, check out Intrax's sample placements:

Finance

Accounting

Logistics

Marketing Research

Marketing and Sales

*Note that the above sample placements are only examples of possible positions, and placement options are not limited to these industries/fields.

 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Intrax, Pitt's partner in Berlin, has a full-time support staff there to help you with whatever you might need during your stay. Whether it’s housing, internship advice, or just recommendations on where to take your parents when they visit, the Intrax staff is there for you.

Housing

You will be housed in shared, apartment-style housing with the other IIP: Germany students. Each apartment will have internet, a kitchen, a shared bathroom, and access to laundry facilities.

Commuting is part of living in a big city; you can expect an hour commute from your housing to your internship site.

Pricing And Dates

 

All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 10, 2018. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$7,900  $8,100
Arrive in Berlin Depart Berlin
May 22, 2018 August 4, 2018

 

Please do not book your flights until instructed to do so by your program manager. You are welcome to arrive prior to the program start date or depart after the program end date, but you must make independent housing and travel arrangements for that time. Please note that you may not exceed 90 days in the Schengen Area, which includes Germany, without a visa. Plan your arrival and departure dates accordingly!

Business students can apply for over $360,000 in scholarship funds on the Pitt Business International Scholarships page as well as crowdfund using the Pitt Business Fund My Travel page. Please note that the application deadline for the Pitt Business International Scholarship is the same as the program application deadline. 

For additional scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the ‘Programs’ tab at the top of this page!

 

Keep in mind that dates change. You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your IIP: Berlin fee, the following are included:

  • In-country orientation
  • Tuition for six credits
  • Housing
  • International health insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Round-trip flight
  • Meals and personal expenses
  • Public transportation costs (~$300 for the semester)
  • Taxi fare to and from the airport in Berlin
  • University of Pittsburgh Study Abroad Fee ($300)
  • Visa (if applicable)

Flights, meals and spending money for 12 weeks is approximately $3,500. Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Hillary Koller

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Hello! I’m Hillary, the Internship Manager for Pitt Business International Programs. I originally hail from New Jersey, but became a member of the Pitt community as an undergraduate student in 2002 and I have been here pretty much ever since. During my time at Pitt I’ve had the opportunity to accompany students abroad, and I’m excited to work with you to make your international internship experience a valuable one! When I’m not in the office, you can find me spending time in the great outdoors, reading, cooking, and taking a yoga or ballet class. Get in touch with me at hkoller@pitt.edu or 412-648-0276.

Nazir Noori

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Salam! I’m Nazir and I am a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised abroad and went to school in Iran, Afghanistan, and the U.S. I also took classes with the Foreign Service Institute in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I am glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad. Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Mon, Wed, and Fri, 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at nazir.noori@pitt.edu or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.