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, April 15, 2018

Internship Posting - Summer Internship in Urban and Regional Policy for German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington, DC: Friday, April 27 (Application Deadline)

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) Urban and Regional Policy program (URP) is currently seeking an intern for summer 2018. URP engages leading U.S. and European policymakers and practitioners by facilitating the exchange of transatlantic solutions for building sustainable, inclusive, and globally-competitive cities. URP works in selected cities in the United States and Europe that share a set of common challenges and desire to explore solutions through transatlantic exchange. URP actively stewards transatlantic initiatives that explore key issues through high-impact gatherings, peer exchanges, and applied research. The Urban program focuses its work on two inter-related themes that are critical to a transatlantic urban agenda:
* Sustainable & Livable Cities (SLC) – exploring the development of sites and systems that promote urban sustainability and livability while stimulating local and regional economies;
* Innovative & Inclusive Cities (IIC) – supporting the development of policies and programs that drive towards inclusive prosperity and globally competitiveness.

The Internship is unpaid, but offers an ideal opportunity to acquire substantive professional experience for those interested in a career in urban policy or transatlantic city affairs.

The Urban and Regional Policy program conducts programs in the following topic areas. Interns will be responsible for helping to operationalize, plan, and conduct research in collaboration with the URP team on:

* Smart Cities
* Mobility
* Climate and Energy
* Integrated Urban Development
* Inclusive Growth
* Entrepreneurship & Innovation
* Civic Engagement

Key Areas of Responsibility:
* Supporting program staff in the implementation of ongoing programming and administrative needs.
* Facilitating research on best practices in urban and regional policy in communities on both sides of the Atlantic;
* Writing and editing materials for the URP team in support of our ongoing programs.
* Tracking and monitoring project status and tasks to be completed;
* Updating the database of URP contacts; and
* Assisting in the planning and implementation of small- and large-scale events and meetings

Qualifications and Requirements:
* Knowledge of and/or strong interest in urban/regional policy topics and themes
* Excellent analytical and written skills and previous research experience.
* Strong computer skills and comfortable using Microsoft Excel.
* Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
* Capable of working on multiple projects at once and prioritizing tasks.
* Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
* Creativity, motivation, and responsibility to independently complete writing and research projects.

Start and Length of Internship:
Preferred starting date: May 14 or May 29
* Preferred time commitment: At least 25-35 hours per week, Monday–Friday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Completion of internship: August 10

You will find the website for this internship and others here:

Internship Posting - Summer Internship for Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives for German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington, DC: Friday, April 27 (Application Deadline)

GMF’s Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives (TLI) department seeks an energetic and detail-oriented intern to work on fellowship and alumni programs for emerging leaders from the United States and Europe. Summer 2018 programs include the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF), Manfred Wörner Seminar, and events for alumni of GMF’s leadership development programs.

Interest in the programs and priorities of the German Marshall Fund is essential. The position is open to qualified candidates who possess strong writing and organizational skills, as well as an interest in transatlantic relations. 

The Internship is unpaid, but offers an ideal opportunity to acquire substantive professional experience for those interested in a career in public policy or international affairs.

Key Areas of Responsibility: 
* Assist with the planning and hosting of Marshall Memorial Fellows and Manfred Wörner Fellows in Washington, D.C. 
* Assist with coordinating alumni conferences and events throughout the U.S. and Europe.
* Maintain the TLI alumni database and manage the departmental email account. 
* Provide administrative support to TLI Staff. 
* Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications and Requirements: 
* Excellent English writing, editing, and speaking skills. Knowledge of a European language is also preferred.
* Extraordinary organizational skills and attention to detail. 
* Comfortable communicating with high level contacts within the network. 
* Strong computer skills and proficiency with the MS Office Suite. 
* Background/interest in diplomacy, transatlantic relations, or leadership development and fellowship programming. 
* Interest in the programs and priorities of the German Marshall Fund. 

Start and Length of Internship:
* Preferred starting date: May 14
* Preferred length of internship: 3-6 months with a commitment of at least 30 hours per week during the standard hours (M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) 

You will find the website for this internship and others here:

Mark and Myra Sorensen International Travel Scholarship: Sunday, April 29 (Application Deadline)

The Mark and Myra Sorensen International Travel Scholarship is designed to support students who will participate in study, internship, volunteer, or research programs abroad. The scholarship's goal is to fund a diverse array of students, regardless of field of study.

Awards will be made in the amount of at least $750 to cover expenses such as program fees, transportation, room and board, and/or local excursions made in connection with the project.

For eligibility criteria, the application process, and more information, please go to:

DAAD Photo Contest - #YourHiddenGermany: Sunday, April 29, 5 p.m. (Application Deadline)

Show your pictures of Germany that reveal #YourHiddenGermany and go beyond Oktoberfest, Neuschwanstein and the Brandenburg Gate (as much as we love them) and win a round trip airfare to Germany!

To participate in the 2018 Annual DAAD Contest, please submit up to 3 photos of #YourHiddenGermany. Include a description of what the image shows and why it is special to you. The best #YourHiddenGermany photos will be featured on the DAAD USA and DAAD Canada websites and in our respective Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds. Use #YourHiddenGermany to share your entries with, friends, family, and DAAD USA’s and DAAD Canada’s followers.

Contest Guidelines:

* To participate, you must be 18 years or older and enrolled as a full-time student in a university degree program in the U.S. or Canada.
* All submissions must include a photo and description (max. 255 characters).
* Maximum file size for photo uploads is 8 MB.
* Photos can be uploaded as JPG-files or directly from Instagram.
* Horizontal, vertical and square photos are ok, but please no panorama images.
* Do not upload photos that have been edited (no filters) or that feature inappropriate content.

Entry period:
* Submit your photos between April 6, 12 p.m. EDT, and April 29, 5 p.m EDT.
* Voting period: Vote for your favorite entry (or entries) between April 29, 5 p.m. EDT, and May 6, 5 p.m. EDT. 
* Every person may cast one vote per day during this period.

Contest Prizes:
First prize:           Round-trip airfare to Germany.
Second prize:      GoPro Hero Camera.
Third prize:          $50 gift card for

Winners will be notified by June 8. Upon verification of student status, the winner may claim their prize. See this link for the complete contest rules.

Job Posting - German Teacher in Grosse Pointe South High School: Monday, April 30 (Application Deadline)

Education and Experience:
* Valid Michigan secondary level teaching certificate
* FB endorsement and German Highly Qualified status required
* Significant experience and/or coursework in related fields
* Related academic endorsements preferred

Other Qualifications and Attributes:
* Ability to motivate and academically challenge children
* A passion for ensuring success of all students
* Effective communication skills with both students and adults
* A proven track record of providing differentiated instruction to students
* Ability to implement and instruct established Grosse Pointe Curriculum
Quality assessment skills
* Appropriate technology background to integrate with instruction

Working Conditions:* Starting Date: 2018-2019 school year
* Competitive salary and benefits in accordance with the Grosse Pointe Education Association agreement.

Application Procedure:Click on the "apply" button on the District posting board to initiate the application process. Please electronically attach or send the following materials:
* Cover Letter;
* Resume;
* Credential File (or 3 letters of recommendation);
* A copy of your teaching certificate; and
* A copy of your transcripts

Application material should be addressed to:
Dr. Jon Dean, Deputy Superintendent for Educational Services
Grosse Pointe Public School System
389 St. Clair
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230

Internship Posting - 6-12-Month Internship for Business Development Consulting Department with German American Chamber of Commerce in New York: Monday, April 30 (Application Deadline)

* Consulting German companies regarding their US market entry or expansion
* Matchmaking between German and American companies
* Assistance in the development of market entry strategies
* Handling incoming phone calls
* Conducting desktop/internet research
* Writing reports and market studies
* Intensify contacts with German and American business partners via phone and email
* Support in establishing business partnerships between German and American companies
* Proposal management

* Recent graduate or student of Business Administration or related field
* Good understanding of business concepts and experience in conducting market analysis
* Analytical thinking and problem solving
* Strong research skills
* Service-oriented personality
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both German and English
* Passion for conducting reports and studies (mostly in German)
* Strong organizational skills (must be able to handle multiple tasks)

Benefits and Compensation:
* $2.150/month & J-1 Visa costs (if necessary)

Costs for intern:
* Health insurance
* Flight
* Costs for living in New York
* Visa costs: SEVIS fee and consulate fee (if necessary)

Start Date: 
June 15, 2018

Interested candidates can submit a resume and cover letter to with "Your name/Internship Consulting NY" in the subject line. 

Job Posting - German Teacher at Swartz Creek Community Schools: Tuesday, May 1 (Application Deadline)

A Secondary German Teacher at the high school and middle school is sought for the school year 2018-2019. There may be an opportunity to teach AP classes

Swartz Creek Community Schools
8354 Cappy Lane
Swartz Creek, Michigan 48473

Application Website:

Job Posting - Electrical Resident Engineer for ZF in Northville, MI: Friday, May 4 (Application Deadline)

The Resident Engineer - Electrical is responsible for representing internal engineering departments, supporting on-site customer product development initiatives, and ensuring the seamless and timely integration of ZF products into customer engineering projects, in addition to serving as a technical liaison for all engineering applications during product development at the respective customer site.

Position Responsibilities:
* Execute all resident engineering activities, which include but are not limited to, verifying content and accuracy of drawings and BOM, maintain drawings and BOM in SAP, issue prototype orders, attend customer meetings, and develop reports.
* Position will require resident engineering support at GM.
* Attend customer meetings including design reviews, PMTs, etc.
* Prepare/summarize reports/data for customer presentation
* Responsible to effectively communicate customer needs/requirement onto to project team
* Provide precise layouts, sketches and specifications, form which drawings can be made
* Provide engineering direction to designers
* Verify content and accuracy of drawings and BOM
* Release and maintain drawings and BOM into SAP
* Ensure all product designs comply with customer and ZF design standards
* Issue detailed prototype orders and support the internal prototype department to ensure customer delivery dates
* Issue detailed test requests and support the internal test department to ensure project timing
* Interface with manufacturing on product design / manufacturability and tooling requirements
* Responsible for coordination, planning and execution of DFMEAs, DVP&Rs, CAE analyses, and all other design/release documents (system, subsystem, & component)
* Active participation in the APQP process, PFMEAs, Control Plans & VA/VE
* Provides cost reduction recommendations
* Participate in problem solving and recommend corrective action
* Confer with project team to develop a work plan and prioritize tasks
* Maintain technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, formal training, reviewing professional publications, establishing and expanding professional networks, and participating in professional societies.
* Comply with all company and TS16949 policies and procedures.
* Perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills and Experience:

* B.S. in Engineering (Electrical preferred)
* 3-4 years of engineering experience in a product development and/or manufacturing environment (includes co-op and/or internship experience)
* Advanced reading, mathematical, written and verbal communication skills, mechanical and technical skills
* Working knowledge of technical aspects of applications engineering and product design/development (specifically within a chassis and/or automotive context)
* Computer literacy in basic PC based office software including software spreadsheets and able to use product specific calculation software
* Proficient with Microsoft Office software
* Ability to interface with cross-functional teams and all levels of personnel/management
* Ability to provide creative and practical design solutions to meet customer specifications typically associated with 3-5 year's experience in product engineering positions
* Strong problem solving and analytical skills
* Good verbal and written communication skills
* Able to work independently manage multiple responsibilities (i.e. self-starter, self-motivated)
* English language competency
* Ability/willingness to travel (up to 25%)

Preferred Skills and Experience:

* Master's Degree in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Software, etc.)
* 5+ years of experience as a customer quality engineer or resident engineer within a Chassis development and/or manufacturing environment (specifically within automotive industry)
* Good knowledge of GM design systems to support weekly activities (i.e. PRTS+, GPDS, E-squared, Team Center)
* Good knowledge with GM design systems (i.e. PRTS+, GPDS E-squared, Lotus Notes, Team Center)
* Experience with data acquisition tools (e.g. ETAS INCA, CANalyzer, etc.)
* Deep knowledge of the technical components and critical functions of Chassis systems
* Experience in the automotive industry
* German and/or Spanish language skills

Application Website:

Talent Meets Bertelsmann 2018 - Berlin (July 2 - July 4, 2018): Sunday, May 13 (Application Deadline)

Here is an announcement from Bertelsmann, an international media enterprise, about an opportunity that may intrigue you:

"It’s all about data. And all about your ideas: Are you ready to shape the digital future? Are you creative and passionate about the media landscape and data-driven business models? We are looking for talents with an entrepreneurial, innovative mindset to participate in “Talent Meets Bertelsmann 2018” from July 2 to July 4, 2018. Big Data offers big challenges and opportunities – you will participate in demanding workshops, working hand in hand with experienced Bertelsmann entrepreneurs on key business ideas, and present your results in front of a jury of Bertelsmann executives. Get to know Bertelsmann from an inside perspective!

What we’re offering:
* An invitation to Berlin from July 2 to July 4, 2018
* Workshops on future trends in Bertelsmann’s business areas
* Attractive prizes for the best ideas and designs
* An unforgettable party with a concert from a BMG talent
* Individual career consulting and outstanding networking opportunities
* Membership in the extraordinary “Talent Meets Bertelsmann“ network, which gives you the chance to build a long-term relationship with us and other talented member

What we’re looking for:
* Bachelor, Master or MBA students or doctoral candidates, ideally in the field of economics, humanities, media management or business informatics with a keen interest in data science
* Experience in developing creative, data-driven business models and a fascination with cutting-edge digital trends
* Proven affinity for media and data in projects conducted outside of a school or university context
* Above-average academic performance, as well as strong analytical and conceptual abilities and communication skills
* Fluency in written and spoken English

Organizational details: 
We’ll cover the costs of each participant’s hotel room for two nights (July 2 to July 4, 2018), as well as travel expenses up to 300 EUR for students coming from European schools and up to 500 EUR for students from non-European schools. All participants are invited to join a closed Facebook group so that you can get to know one another in advance of the event.

How to apply: 
Send us an application (in English) telling us about yourself and your goals. Let us know why you want to participate in the data edition of “Talent Meets Bertelsmann.” Your resume should clearly indicate that you are fascinated by media as well as data, and your motivation letter should explain why you are eager to pursue entrepreneurial challenges. Please attach any certificates attesting to your proficiency in English if available.

After we have reviewed your application, we will decide if you will be invited to the second round of the selection process: an asynchronous video interview. Alternatively, there is the possibility to have a phone interview instead of the asynchronous video interview. After the interviews, we will soon send out invitations for the event."

Please send your application to Nico Rose:
For more information or to apply online, please visit this website:

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

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.


Phone: (734) 936-3966

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.

Submit photo(s) using the submission form.

Entries must be received no later than the September 12, 2018 deadline.

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.

By entering the Germanic Department Photo Contest, the student acknowledges the Photo Contest Use Notice.

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.