New York City

Internship in New York

New York – the city that never sleeps is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Times Square, the Empire State Building or Central Park – although most of you are probably familiar with these sights from pictures, films or books, it is different when you see the American megacity with your own eyes. According to Abbreviationfinder, New York City is abbreviated as NYC.

How about getting to know the world metropolis first hand for several months? Immerse yourself in American life and work culture through an internship in New York and make your dream of a stay abroad in the USA come true.

In 5 steps to an internship abroad in New York

Our American partner organization Academic Internship Council (AIC) has more than 30 years of experience in arranging tailor-made internships abroad for international students.

The Academic Internship Council has established numerous collaborations with many different companies and organizations in New York that offer project-related internships in various industries.

If you would like to do an internship in New York with our partner AIC, just follow our 5 steps to apply:

Step 1: Get information and advice

Please inform yourself first about the prerequisites for participation, the program fees as well as the dates and deadlines for the internship program in New York. If you are also interested in the particularly suitable subject areas in New York, you can apply for an internship in New York.

Now contact our advisory team – we will inform you about the documents that you have to submit for the application. We can be reached by phone, e-mail or personally in our office in Frankfurt and will be happy to answer your questions about internships abroad in New York.

Step 2: Submit your application

In the next step, please send us your application documents in English (cover letter, résumé, performance overview) by email. We’ll check the documents and give you feedback by email or phone. As soon as your documents are complete and in order, we will forward them to the AIC team in New York.

Step 3: Discuss interests and wishes with the AIC

In the next step, you will be contacted by your personal contact at the AIC in New York via email. You then fill out a detailed online questionnaire and upload relevant documents to the AIC database. Your contact person will get an initial picture of your competencies, interests and professional goals.

As part of a comprehensive preliminary talk that takes place via Skype, you and your AIC contact person will concretize your ideas and discuss which type of internship is suitable for you. Your contacts will then start looking for an internship abroad in New York that is individually tailored to you.

Step 4: Complete application training

The AIC employees prepare you for the upcoming interview with professional Skype application training.

Here you can find out how a “typical” job interview with an American employer works and how you can manage it successfully. Thanks to the intensive preparation, you can be sure to make the best possible impression on your potential internship company.

Step 5: Complete an interview and get an internship

As soon as the Academic Internship Council has found a suitable internship for you, they will make an appointment for the interview, which will also take place via Skype.

If the interview goes well and you receive an acceptance for an internship, you now have to decide whether you want to accept it. Otherwise, your contact persons at the AIC will look for another suitable internship.

After you have decided on an internship, you can apply for your J1 visa for the USA with the support of the Academic Internship Council.

Just like your contact persons at the AIC, we are at your side to answer any questions you may have in the run-up to the application and during the application process.

Participation requirements

In order to apply for the internship program of the Academic Internship Council, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Good knowledge of English: This will be checked during the preliminary interview with the Academic Internship Council, so that you do not have to provide any formal proof of language proficiency.
  • Completion of the first year of study at a university or technical college:Unfortunately, it is not possible to place high school graduates without study experience, as the demanding internships require first academic experience in the respective field due to their design.

However, participation after completing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree is possible. However, the last degree should not be more than a year ago at the start of the internship program.

Particularly suitable industries

In New York, the Academic Internship Council can offer you internships in international organizations, multinational companies, innovative start-ups or NGOs in various areas – from media and culture to banking, education and tourism, everything is included.

Based on its experience, the Academic Internship Council recommends New York as a location especially for internships in the following departments and types of company:

  • Banking
  • Financial services, financial technology
  • Non-profit organizations & NGOs
  • Journalism & Publishing
  • Communication & media
  • Art, museums & galleries
  • Marketing & Advertising (start-ups / technology companies)
  • Fashion (design, marketing, public relations, social media)
  • Social institutions (areas: education, low-income families, homeless people)
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Environment (research, water, urban agriculture, nutrition)

Of course, internships in other industries and departments are also possible in New York. You can also propose companies to the Academic Internship Council in which you would like to do an internship.

A realistic assessment of the chances of an internship in your desired area is made during the preliminary talk with your contact at the Academic Internship Council, which is an important part of internship placement.

Dates and application deadlines

In New York you can choose between internship periods of different lengths in spring and autumn or an eight-week summer internship.

Period Arrivals Program start Duration
Summer 2018 July 01, 2018 07/02/2018 8 weeks
Fall 2018 September 01, 2018 02.09.2018 3-5 months
Spring 2019 March 01, 2019 02.03.2019 3-5 months

So that the Academic Internship Council has enough time to find the internship and you also have enough time to apply for your visa for the USA, you should submit your application to us at least four months before the desired start of the program.

Program fees

The fees differ depending on whether you want to book accommodation in New York through the Academic Internship Council or find your own accommodation.

Internship program fees
Fixed price (regardless of the duration) US $ 3,622
Internship program + accommodation fees
8-week summer internship US $ 7,226
3 months US $ 9,278
4 months US $ 10,830
5 months US $ 12,682

The rooms that can be booked through the Academic Internship Council are usually located in student apartments or student dormitories, are furnished, contain kitchen utensils, washing facilities and internet access. The accommodations are centrally located and close to public transport.

The program fees include the following:

  • The Academic Internship Council arranges a suitable internship in your desired area
  • Active support during the entire planning and application phase
  • Review of the written application
  • Professional application training via webinars
  • Orientation program, workshops & leisure program in New York
  • Assistance with all concerns on site
  • Evaluation of the personal internship supervisor

Financing options

To finance an internship abroad in New York, there are various possibilities. Among other things, you can apply for BAföG abroad, provided that your internship is a compulsory internship. If you are eligible, you will receive grants for health insurance and living and travel expenses.

You can also apply for various scholarship programs specifically for internships abroad.

Please note that internships in the USA are usually unpaid as they are considered part of the professional qualification. In individual cases and for longer internships, you may receive smaller (travel) allowances, but this is not the rule.

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