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Princeton Summer Work Program

For the last 50 years, the Princeton Summer Work Program has sent Princeton students to Germany, Austria and Switzerland for eight-week internships in finance, journalism, art and other fields. The program is offered by the Department of German in conjunction with the Princeton Alumni Association of Germany.

  • The program was launched in 1958 to give students the opportunity to experience daily working life in a German-speaking country. Students improve their language skills and gain insights into a foreign culture while getting work experience and taking weekend trips through Europe.
  • Students have worked at car companies, international banks, museums, newspapers, research institutes and Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag. They live in shared apartments in Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Vienna and other cities.
  • The number of students participating has risen to 30 per summer from fewer than a dozen in its earlier years. Since the program was founded, more than 1,400 Princeton undergraduates have held internships.
  • Last October the program celebrated its 50th anniversary with a reunion at Palmer House. Fifty former participants attended.

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