This is the list of messages related to German at the University of Michigan. You generally receive these messages over the weekend via email, and you will see them posted on Canvas (German Advising Mail at University of Michigan) or on MBox (News and Events for Students of German). If you have any questions, please see the German Department advisors Kalli and Andrew.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

German Conversation Opportunities - "Deutschtische": Monday, May 21, 12-12:45 p.m., MLB 3308, and Wednesday, May 23, 12-12:45 p.m., Cafe 32, School of Dentistry Building or Courtyard Garden, Michigan League

Spring/Summer Deutschtische will take place on Mondays (through May 21) in 3308 MLB, which is the third-floor German Conference Room.

They will take place on Wednesdays at Cafe 32 in the School of Dentistry Building or, in good weather, in the "Courtyard Garden" of the League, across from UHS (one way to get to it would be to go directly through the League from the front doors (facing the Bell Tower) to the back doors).

To be sure of the location on Wednesdays, come to the end of class at 11:50 a.m. in 3310 MLB to walk to lunch with the group!

German Peer Mentorship Program: Thursday, May 24 (Application Deadline)

For the upcoming semester, we will be starting a peer mentorship program! The Peer Mentorship Program is for upper-level German students who are looking to help out lower-level or new students in the Department. It is a great way to get involved and meet some new people! More details can be found on the application, and it will be due on Thursday, May 24. You can reach out to Drue Froeschke ( or Kalli Federhofer ( if you have any questions!

Internship Posting - 12-18 Month Internship for Membership & Events at German American Chamber of Commerce in New York: Tuesday, May 29 (Application Deadline)

The Membership & Events team of the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York is currently looking for a trainee starting in August 2018 for 12-18 months. This job would be a good fit for you if
* You would like to support a team of 4 and become an essential part of the Membership & Events department
* You would like to assist with the day-to-day business in event planning, social media, and member acquisition & retention
* You enjoy organizing diverse events for 20-350+ attendees at unique event locations in New York City
* You want to make an impact in the German-American Business Community and assist the 900+ member companies with their inquiries
* You want to show your data management expertise

If this overview caught your interest, read on for a more detailed description of your job responsibilities that will include but are not limited to:
* Execute events from concept to completion including creative conceptualization, strategy, management, and oversight of every detail of the event management life cycle
* Guest List Management & Registration during events
* Post event closure including vendor payments, and account reconciliations
* Strategic ability to grow social media & website traffic (incl. planning and weekly social media posts)
* Customer Relation Management (CRM): Updating our databases, mailing and contact lists
* Communication with the German and American member companies and business partners through in-person meetings, letters, emails, telephone calls


* Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Communication, Hospitality, Marketing, or similar
* At least one year of relevant job experience in event management and / or hospitality
* Professional experience with social networking channels, including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn; knowledge of social media analytics
* Very good knowledge of Microsoft Office, knowledge of other computer programs (typo3, Adobe Suite, InDesign, ChamberMaster, Smartsheet) is a plus
* Strong communication skills; eye for detail; ability to work independently; fast comprehension; ability to take initiative
* Willingness to work beyond regular office hours occasionally
* Highly organized, comfortable with managing multiple projects simultaneously
* Motivation to work in a German-speaking team in an international environment
* Exceptional English communication skills, written and spoken, prior experience abroad is a plus

Benefits and Compensation:
* Salary: $ 2,150/month

Costs Covered by Candidate:

* Health insurance, flight, cost of living in New York, following visa costs: SEVIS fee and U.S. Consulate fee

If interested, please send your complete application to with "Your name/Internship Membership & Events" in the subject line.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program 2019-2020 - "How to Design a Winning Fulbright Application": Wednesday, May 30, 12-1 p.m., Webinar

The Institute of International Education (IIE), on behalf of the U.S. State Department, administers the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which makes fellowships available to approximately 1,900 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English, or train in the creative arts in more than 140 countries worldwide. This competition is administered on campus by the International Institute.

Those interested in applying for the 2019-20 application year should sign up to receive information from campus advisors and attend a general campus information session.

To register for the webinar, please go here:

Internship Posting - 6-18-Month Internships in Audit Services and Accounting for Andrea Luehmann in Chicago, IL: Thursday, May 31 (Application Deadline)

Andrea Luehmann, Ltd. is a Chicago based CPA firm which has been providing professional services for over 30 year. It provides tax, accounting and audit services to more than 120 corporate and individual clients, specifically targeting U.S. subsidiaries of German/European parent companies and foreign individuals with U.S. tax filing requirements.

Andrea Luehmann's team of 15 tax accountants and auditors has both domestic and international experience beneficial to internationally operating companies.

Job Description:

1) Audit
The intern will be traveling with the audit team and conduct external audits of the clients' financial statements. Interns will gain practical experience while being on site of the client, learn about audit procedures from the beginning until the end of an audit engagement and apply learned audit practices. Within scope of the audit projects the Intern has the following technical and professional responsibilities:
* Develop an understanding of the firm’s audit approach, methodology & tools
* Establish working relationships with client personnel and perform staff interviews
* Perform analytical review of audit documents
* Review client accounting and operating procedures and systems of internal control
* Identify accounting and auditing issues; perform research to solve issues that arise
* Provide recommendations for improved controls and enhanced business efficiency

2) Accounting
The Intern will also be responsible for some of the accounting customers and perform required accounting procedures on a day-to-day basis:

* Reconciling general ledger accounts
* Assist with general accounting month-end closing procedure
* Help with bank statements reconciliation, as well as accounts payable and receivable
* Prepare standard and non-standard journal entries as assigned or as directed
* Responsible for Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable


* Basic understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (German GAAP or other). Ideally, the intern should have completed at least 6 credit hours of financial accounting coursework
* Very strong attention to detail, financial aptitude and excellent analytical skills
* Willingness to extensive travel and good organizational skills
* High-level proficiency in English and German
* Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
* Excellent IT skills: The entire MS Office Suite, Especially strong skills with Microsoft Excel are required, including the ability to run advanced functions. Exposure to computerized accounting systems such as QuickBooks would be a definite plus
* A great interest in working with an international team
* High level of motivation, flexibility and willingness to travel

The internship will start in September 2018.

Please submit your application (including your resume (CV) and cover letter) to Mr. Thomas Richter at with "Internship Andrea Luehmann Ltd. / your name" in the subject line. 

Job Posting - Long-Term Sub for German at Northville HS: Friday, June 1 (Application Deadline)

Northville HS is looking for a long-term sub for German from the beginning of the upcoming school year until around Thanksgiving.

If you are interested in this position or know anyone who may be, please contact:
Laura Shannon
Phone: (248) 613-3697

Job Posting - German Teacher at Norwalk Catholic School in Norwalk, OH: Thursday, June 14 (Application Deadline)

Norwalk Catholic School is looking for a Junior High/High School German Teacher. It is seeking a nearly full-time teacher in German for the 2018-19 school year. Applicants must be able to support the school's mission as a Catholic school. Extensive college level German coursework or evidence of German language fluency is required.

Please send cover letter, resume and transcript to:
St. Paul High School and Junior High
Principal Jim Tokarsky
93 E. Main St,
Norwalk, OH 44857

Heinz Prechter Scholarship for Internships in Germany: Friday, June 15 (Application Deadline)

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest has opened the application for the Heinz Prechter Scholarship, which amounts to $2,000.

Each scholarship applicant must submit in writing the following documents:
Letter of Application: The letter should provide in narrative form a description of the applicant's qualifications including, for example, academic background; employment history; special interests, accomplishments and awards; international travel; and a statement indicating why the applicant wants to work as an intern in Germany.
Résumé: The résumé should provide, in outline form, a description of the applicant's qualifications including, for example, academic background; employment history; special interests, accomplishments and awards; and international travel.
Offer-of-Internship Letter: The letter (written in German or English) must be addressed to the applicant by the company in Germany that is sponsoring the internship, and must adequately describe the work assignment (specifying, for example, work tasks, the beginning and ending calendar dates of the assignment, salary etc.). The letter must be written on the company's letterhead and signed by an appropriate company official.
Letters of Recommendation: The applicant must provide letters of recommendation from at least two faculty members (at the institution in which the applicant is currently enrolled) who teach in the applicant's major or minor fields of study.
Course Transcripts: The applicant must provide comprehensive course transcripts of all academic semesters completed at institutions of higher education.

Please note:

* Applicants must complete an interview with the scholarship committee. Part of the interview will be conducted in German to assess the applicant's basic conversational skills in the language.  The interview can be conducted on the phone.
* Scholarship recipients must agree to submit to the Chamber (at or near the completion of their assignments) written reports on their internships and (if schedule permits) to give oral presentations on their internships at Chamber meetings. These reports and presentations will give the students the opportunity to describe in detail the activities and outcomes of their internship assignments and will provide the Chamber a basis on which it can evaluate the results of its financial support.

Completed applications (including attachments) must be sent to Janina Luomala, Administrative Director, GACC Michigan Chapter, at the address listed below:
GACC Midwest Michigan Chapter
Janina Luomala
PO Box 1448
Brighton, MI 48116
Phone: 248-826-8806

The committee will make rolling decisions.  I encourage you to apply as soon as possible, once you have received your actual internship offer.

Heidelberg University HAUS Scholarship for Bachelor's or Master's Students: Friday, June 15 (Application Deadline)

Heidelberg Alumni U.S. (HAUS) is pleased to invite applications for the 2018/2019 HAUS Scholarships. The stipends are available to qualified students from a United States university planning to study at Universität Heidelberg.

The scholarship award is $5,000 for Master’s program students or $3,000 for Bachelor’s program students for one semester with the option to be extended for a second semester. The program is seeking candidates with a strong academic background who can also fulfill the role of ambassador for HAUS upon their return from their study abroad experience. 

Universität Heidelberg is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in Germany (rated #1 in 2017 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities) and one of the top-rated institutions of higher education and research in the world. Universität Heidelberg offers a wide range of study programs, and a strong international orientation: about one-fifth of the university’s over 30,000 students and one-third of its doctoral candidates are foreign nationals.

Minimum Qualifications:
* Undergraduate or Master’s program student with strong academic credentials enrolled at - or graduated from - an institution of higher education in the U.S.
* United States residency
* Acceptance as student at Universität Heidelberg (proof can be submitted at a later time) 

Application Process: 
* Send an email to by June 15, 2018 including the following:
--Completed HAUS Scholarship application form
--Essay (500–600 words) answering the following questions: 
   a) Why did you apply to Heidelberg University?
   b) Why are you applying for the HAUS Scholarship?
   c) What is your study proposal and how do you expect it to shape your plans in the future?
   d) How would you propose to fulfill your role as HAUS Ambassador once you return to the U.S.?
--Electronic copy of your latest transcript
--Recommendation letter from one of your professors (must be submitted in writing)
--Your CV
--Proof of U.S. residency (copy of driver’s license, passport, utility bill, etc.) 

Short-listed candidates may be invited to participate in an oral interview. 

HAUS expectations for Scholarship Recipient:
* Successfully complete your academic program at Universität Heidelberg.
* Cooperate with Heidelberg Alumni International (HAI) while in Heidelberg.
* Provide updates every three months on your time at Universität Heidelberg, including good-quality photos of yourself on campus or in town.
* Participate in monthly “Stammtisch” of the Heidelberg HAUS chapter.
* Serve as an ambassador for HAUS and Universität Heidelberg after completing studies in Heidelberg. Please find more information and the application at

Summer Sings - Beethoven's "Mass in C": Monday, June 25, 7 p.m., Hill Auditorium

All singers are welcome to these popular choral reading sessions that take place three times each summer.

The UMS Choral Union invites you to take part in its 25th season of Summer Sings. Just come as you are to these no-audition, no-performance evenings of memorable music-making.

As many as 250 singers from southeastern Michigan, northern Ohio, and Canada have joined each session in singing through great choral repertoire with some of the nation’s most respected choral conductors and outstanding soloists. UMS rehearses portions of the score during the first half, break for refreshments, and then re-convenes to sing through the entire work.

Note: if you are bringing your own score, we recommend the Kalmus edition. If you do not have a score, one will be provided to you for the evening as part of your registration fee.

Admission to each session costs only $5­—less than a ticket to the movies!—­and UMS will provide the musical scores (if you need to borrow) and refreshments. Auditors are welcome to attend at no charge.


Internship Posting - German Bundestag Internship Program 2019: Saturday, June 30 (Application Deadline)

The German Bundestag Internship Program 2019 is accepting applications! This Internship Program provides the opportunity for American graduates to learn first-hand about German politics by working in the office of a member of the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag).

Application Website:

The Krüger Brothers: Sunday, July 8, 7:30 p.m., The Ark

Blistering string trio music from Switzerland, via North Carolina.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program 2019-2020: Friday, August 31 (University of Michigan Campus Application Deadline)

The Institute of International Education (IIE), on behalf of the U.S. State Department, administers the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which makes fellowships available to approximately 1,900 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English, or train in the creative arts in more than 140 countries worldwide. This competition is administered on campus by the University of Michigan International Institute.

Eligibility Criteria:

* Enrolled juniors, seniors, and graduate/professional students are required to apply through the University of Michigan
* U.S. citizen
* University of Michigan students or alumni
* Completed an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the award start date
* Demonstrate the language skills necessary to complete the proposed project

Application Submission:

* Completed Embark Application
* Statement of Grant Purpose
* Affiliation Letter (not for English Teaching Assistantship applicants)
* Personal Statement
* Foreign Language Evaluation
* References (3)
* Transcripts
* Campus interview & endorsement (must apply by University of Michigan application deadline)

Additional materials are required for applicants in the Creative and Performing Arts. Please speak with an advisor about the requirements.

General Website:

Phone: (734) 936-3966

University of Michigan Fulbright Website:

Germanic Department Photo Contest: Wednesday, September 12 (Application Deadline)

The University of Michigan Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures photo contest is open to all students affiliated with the Germanic Department through research, study, or an internship abroad completed between May 1 - August 31, 2018. Email with questions or for more information.

* First Place: $100
* Second Place: $75
* Third Place: $50

Judging Criteria:
* Photos will be judged on subject matter, composition, technical quality, creativity, and originality by a select panel of University of Michigan staff and faculty members.

Rules of Entry:
* Entrants must be University of Michigan students affiliated with the Germanic department.
* Entrants must have participated in research, an internship, or study abroad related to or funded by the Germanic department between May 1 - August 31, 2018.
* Photos must be your original work and taken during your research, internship, or study abroad completed between May 1 - August 31, 2018.
* Up to three photos may be submitted per entrant.
* Digitally altered photos are not accepted. Black and white photos are eligible.

Submission Guidelines:
* Photos must be the original work of the submitter.
* Photo specs : JPEG, TIFF, or RAW.
* Color and black and white photos are eligible.
* Photos should be large format, high resolution (300dpi recommended).
* Each entry must be sent as an individual file via the submission form.

One-Semester Study-Abroad Program in Tübingen (Winter 2019): Saturday, September 15 (Application Deadline)

This program takes place in the Winter term, and it is intended for students who have completed at least German 221/231 by the end of the Fall 2018 term. 

The German Department strongly recommends that you precede your stay in Tübingen by attending one or two four-week sessions at the Goethe Institut.  This Goethe Institut segment is not part of the CGIS program itself.  Please talk with Andrew or me about the Goethe segment (see our contact information at the bottom of this email).

The CGIS portion in Tübingen will start early in March with a mandatory Kompaktkurs (6 credits) or a Startkurs (3 credits).  While you will be enrolled for the Winter 2019 term at the University of Michigan, you will then take classes during "Sommersemester" at the Universität Tübingen (mid April - late July). You will earn 15-18 credits for Winter 2098: the courses that you take in Tübingen can be language courses for international students or regular university courses.  Various university courses outside the English Department are taught in English.

Tübingen credits can be used to satisfy degree requirements for a German major or minor.

For more information about the Tübingen program, go to:

Metropolitan Studies in Berlin (Winter 2019): Saturday, September 15 (Application Deadline)

This program is designed for students without a German language background who are looking for an in-depth look at the culture and context of the metropolis of Berlin. German majors should consider the University of Michigan programs in Freiburg and Tübingen.

* Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing
* Good academic standing
* Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
* No previous German language study is required

Students must take 16-18 credit hours per semester. One German language course (4 credits) is required for beginning and intermediate students. All other courses are taught in English and worth 3 credits unless otherwise stated. Two week-long field trips will be included in the program, as well as day excursions that complement your learning in the classroom and contribute to a general knowledge of German culture and society.

Please see program website (IES) for details.

Application Website:

If you have any questions how these credits could count towards a German major or minor, please ask Andrew or me.

German Chancellor Fellowship Program 2019/2020: Saturday, September 15 (Application Deadline)

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is searching for the leaders of tomorrow – from Brazil, China, India, Russia, and the USA. The German Chancellor Fellowship offers you an opportunity to take the next career step in Germany – irrespective of your field of work.

In order to apply, develop your own project idea and find the host of your choice to mentor you. Once your host has confirmed, you can apply for a fellowship.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers
* A monthly fellowship of €2,150, €2,450 or €2,750, depending on your qualifications
* Individual mentoring during your stay in Germany
* Additional financial support for items such as family members accompanying you, travel expenses or a German language course
* A study tour of Germany and a number of events during which you can make contact with other fellows and representatives of German companies and institutions
* Extensive alumni sponsorship, particularly to help you sustain contact with collaborative partners in Germany during your entire professional career

Send an application, if you
* Are a university graduate with an international bias from Brazil, China, India, Russia or the USA and have already acquired initial leadership experience
completed your first degree less than 12 years ago
* Would like to spend a year working on a project you have developed yourself with a host of your choice in Germany
* Can demonstrate that your project will be of social significance and that you have the potential to build future bridges between Germany and your own country
work in a sector such as politics, economics, the media, administration and culture

The Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is the patron of this fellowship program. The Foundation grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships annually – up to ten for each country.