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 CTools (German Advising Mail). If you have any questions, please address them to the German advisors.

Monday, August 7, 2017

DAAD Photo Contest - "The Most Beautiful Place in Germany": Wednesday, August 23 (Application Deadline)

Are you currently studying in Germany and would like to share your favorite spot in Germany? Enter this photo contest for a chance to win a 360° camera! 

Conditions of participation:
* All international students currently studying in Germany can enter the contest. Just take a 360° panoramic photo of “The most beautiful place in Germany” and send it to (subject: 360° photo contest)!
* Along with your photo, please also indicate when and where the photo was taken, and why you think your picture shows Germany’s most beautiful spot. In addition, please introduce yourself in a brief text stating where you are from, what you are studying at which university and how long you have been in Germany.

Internship Posting - Full-Time Marketing Internship for German American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta, GA: Friday, August 25 (Application Deadline)

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc. (GACC South) is a private, non-profit organization, which serves as the official representative of German industry and trade in the southeastern United States. Our main mission is to promote and support bilateral trade between Germany and the U.S.

The GACC South is seeking a highly motivated, full-time intern to gain hands-on experience using her/his business education in real-world applications. As an intern, you will participate in teamwork, direct client communications and day-to-day operations of the office.     

* Supporting mid-sized German companies with their U.S. market entry
* Working closely with the management of our German business clients
* Conducting industry specific market research, both for ongoing projects and inquiries
* Performing cold-calling associated with business partner searches
* Organizing trade shows & business trips including onsite support for German companies
* Contributing directly to the development and expansion of the market position of the Market Entry team

Required Qualifications: 
* Bachelor’s (or equivalent) or higher degree in business, economics or related field
* Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines
* Understanding of prioritization and efficient allocation of time and resources
* Excellent communication and customer-service skills
* High comfort level interacting with clients
* Ability to work effectively in a team-based and international environment
* Strong analytical and organizational skills
* Proficiency with Microsoft applications
* Working knowledge of German language

Preferred Qualifications: 
* International experience (studies abroad, travel, etc.) 
* Entrepreneurial spirit

Number of Available Internships: 2
Start dates: March or September 2018 (Duration of internship: 12 months only)

Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Compensation: Hourly wage, 40 hours per week
Own expenses for intern: Health insurance, housing, travel expenses, J1-Visa fee (if applicable)

How to apply: Please email your application to

Applications will only be considered with cover letter, resume and two letters of recommendation (German or English) attached.

Please specify the internship title “U.S. Market Entry Services Internship Atlanta 2018” in the subject line.

German Park Recreation Club: Saturday, August 26, 4-11 p.m. (Park Closes at 11 p.m.; Admission Gate Open 4-9 p.m.) 5549 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor

The German Park Recreation Club hosts three picnics the last Saturday in June, July, and August.

Admission gate open 4–9 p.m.; park closes at 11 p.m.

According to the website, German Park serves "the same traditional home cooked meals that were served" at the first picnic in 1938. I hope that the German cuisine developed a bit since then.

German Park is filled with fun things to see and do. But the highlight for visitors is the "authentic" German meals - the Deutsche Küche is open all night.  They also serve imported German beer, domestic beer, wine, and soft drinks.

All food and beverages must be purchased using tickets purchased from our ticket house. Unused tickets may be refunded before the ticket house closes at 10:30 p.m.

$5 per person (12 and under: free).

No one under 21 permitted without parent/guardian; photo ID required.
No credit/debit cards or checks accepted; no ATM available.
Please: picnic baskets, coolers, food or beverages may not be brought into the park; the Park officials love pets too, but not at the park. Designated smoking area.


German Scholarship for Ann Arbor's Huron High School Graduates: Monday, August 28 (Application Deadline)

A $1,000 one-time scholarship per award recipient is available to graduates of Ann Arbor’s Huron High School who have taken at least one year of German at Huron High School and completed at least two semesters of German language during their undergraduate years at the University of Michigan. 

The scholarship will be disbursed the semester following successful completion of the criteria for the scholarship. Disbursement of funds is contingent upon a satisfactory grade (C or better) in their two semesters of German language at the University of Michigan.  We encourage students to use these funds for one of many opportunities for study abroad, in which case the grant may be enhanced by additional departmental support.

Fulbright Program for U.S. Students 2018-2019: Finalizing Your Application: Thursday, August 31, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Webinar

University of Michigan Fulbright Program Advisors will review the online Embark application and detail final steps to submitting an application by the University of Michigan campus deadline. Applicants should start an online application before the workshop. Register for this workshop using your University of Michigan email address, and based on your application/grant type. 

To register:

International Parliamentary Scholarships at German Bundestag: Thursday, August 31 (Extended Application Deadline)

The German Bundestag invites you, in cooperation with the with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin to apply for an International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) to spend five months in Berlin. The IPS program is aimed at highly qualified young men and women from the USA, France, Israel and Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe and the Arab region, who are interested in politics and who wish to play an active and responsible role in shaping the democratic future of their country. The German Bundestag, the German Parliament, offers these young people the opportunity to get to know the German parliamentary system and political decision-making processes and to gain practical experience of parliamentary work during a 13-week work placement with a Member of the Bundestag. The scholarship-winners are chosen by the German Bundestag’s independent selection panel.

* Citizenship of participant country
* University degree
* Very good knowledge of German
* Under the age of 30 at the start of the scholarship

* 500 euros per month
* Free accommodation
* Insurance and travel expenses

Internship Posting - Working with German World War II Interviews and Documentation for The World War II History Project: Thursday, August 31 (Application Deadline)

Since 2010, the non-profit World War II History Project has collected over 185 interviews (over 500 hours of video) with World War II veterans, in addition to various primary source materials, in English, French and German (in total, over 6 TB of documentation). Now the World War II History Project needs your help to bring these stories to the public.

It is offering an unpaid internship for History and German students transcribing and translating video interviews with German WW2 veterans, as well as their letters, journals, and first-hand accounts.

These internships are virtual/remote, so the organizers are flexible with the number of hours you work per week, as well as when you work. Starting and ending dates are flexible. The organizers promise to tailor-design the internship to your specific interests.

However, you are expected to be in regular phone contact so that you receive guidance, resolve problems, and articulate your feedback. The World War II History Project will require you to meet per Skype for one hour per week (potentially with multiple interns) to review your progress and discuss what you’ve learned, which direction you’d like to move in, and your ideas.

Send your resume and cover letter to Heather Steele at

Fulbright Program for U.S. Students 2018-2019: Thursday, September 7, 12 p.m. (University of Michigan Campus 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: To apply for this program through the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus, applicants must
* Be U-M students or alumni, 
* Be U.S. citizens,
* Have completed an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the award,
* Demonstrate the language skills necessary to complete the proposed project. 

Enrolled students are required to apply through the University of Michigan.
Applicants must submit a completed Online Embark Application, which includes the following:
* Statement of Grant Purpose (single-spaced, 12-pt. font, a maximum of 2 pages for the full grant, a maximum of 1 page for the English Teaching Assistantship grant)
* Personal Statement (single-spaced, 12-pt. font, a maximum of 1 page)
* Three Letters of Recommendation (narrative letter for full grant, short answer for the ETA)
* Transcript(s) for all undergraduate and graduate work (if any)
* Foreign Language Evaluation, if language skills applicable to your project
* Letter(s) of Affiliation (strongly recommended for full grant, not applicable for English Teaching Assistantships)
* Supplementary Materials (creative and performing arts applicants only)


Information Sessions: Those interested in applying to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program are encouraged to attend the information sessions held by University of Michigan campus Fulbright Program Advisors. All interested applicants should attend a first step session (“Getting Started with your Application”) before attending the additional information sessions.

Students who miss the campus deadline may still apply through the University of Michigan, and advisors will work with you to meet the October 6, 2017 (5 p.m. EST) national deadline. However, those who do not meet the campus deadline forego the benefits of the campus interview.

University of Michigan Fulbright Program Advisors are available for walk-in advising. These will be on a first come, first served basis and will be dependent upon advisor availability. Walk-in advising dates, times and location can be found on the University of Michigan Fulbright U.S. Student Program Resource Page.

For questions, send email to: or call: (734) 763- 9200.

Germanic Department Photo Contest: Tuesday, 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, 2017. 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, 2017.
* Photos must be your original work and taken during your research, internship, or study abroad completed between May 1 - August 31, 2017.
* 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, 2017 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 2018): Friday, September 15 (Application Deadline)

The program takes place in the Winter term, and is intended for students who have completed at least German 221/231 or a 300-level German course by the end of the Fall 2017 term. 

The German Department strongly recommends that you precede your stay in Tübingen by attending two four-week sessions at the Goethe Institut in Schwäbisch Hall (January and/or February) where you will live with a host family.  This 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 2018 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 2018: 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 2018: Friday, 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.

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

German Chancellor Fellowship 2018-2019: Friday, September 15 (Application Deadline)

Are you a rising leader of tomorrow? Would you like to spend one year conducting a project of social significance in Germany?

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s prestigious German Chancellor Fellowship Program (BUKA) offers you the opportunity to conduct an independent year-long research project at a German host institution of your choice and to join a diverse, lifelong network of scholars. In addition to receiving a monthly stipend of EUR 2,150 to 2,750, paid travel expenses, and a German language course, each German Chancellor Fellowship class takes part in a study tour together throughout Germany, during which they meet the Federal Chancellor of Germany.

The stay in Germany begins with a language scholarship for an obligatory two-month intensive German language course, which takes place during August and September 2018. Depending on the individual German language knowledge, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation may grant an additional language course in July or approve a reduction of the course. The German Chancellor Fellowship is granted for twelve months and starts in October 2018 with a four-week introductory seminar in Bonn and Berlin. This provides varied insights into the social, political, economic and cultural life in Germany. It is followed by eleven months of individual project work starting in November.

Applications for the 2018-2019 fellowship are now open and close on September 15, 2017. Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin contacting potential host institutions as soon as possible.

Eligibility Requirements:
* Citizenship of the United States, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Brazil or India
* Bachelor’s or comparable academic degree, completed less than twelve years prior to the starting date of the fellowship (October 1 of the year following application)
* Demonstrated leadership potential; applicants whose background is largely academic should also have gained some leadership experience beyond their own research activities
* Either English or German language skills

Program Benefits:
* Fellowship grant of 2,150 EUR, 2,450 EUR or 2,750 EUR per month, depending on qualifications
* Allowance for a stay of one to two months at an additional institute in Europe
* Two-week study tour of Germany, including a reception at the Federal Chancellery
* Allowance for research costs amounting to 500 EUR per month
* Lump sum for travel to and from Germany if costs not borne by a third party
* Allowances for family members accompanying the fellow to Germany
* German courses in the fellow’s own country prior to the stay in Germany as well as during the stay in Germany to intensify the knowledge of German acquired during the intensive language course
* Extensive alumni sponsorship after the stay in Germany has been completed

Candidates from all professions and disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants should possess an interest in international issues and demonstrated leadership potential in their respective fields. Fellows will be recruited from a broad range of areas such as politics and public policy, law, media, business, the non-governmental sector, the arts, and more.

Visit the American Friends website for the last round of fellows and their profiles here.

What will fellows accomplish during their year in Germany?
During their time in Germany, Federal Chancellor Fellows conduct original, independent projects at their host institutions. Projects should have a long-term and visible social impact, and help to advance fellows’ careers and professional development.

Fellows are mentored by hosts in Germany, whom the fellows have chosen on the basis of their expertise in their respective areas. Through their experience in Germany, fellows will acquire greater knowledge of their fields, gain new international experience, and strengthen their intercultural competence – all essential qualities for future professional leaders.

What does the application entail?
* A project plan (approx. 3 pages)
* A detailed statement of support from a host in Germany (For information about finding a host, click here)
* Two letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to comment on the candidate’s professional, personal, and/or academic background.

"Be-Troit – The Project, The Idea" - Film and Post Screening Discussion of a Documentary about Be-troit by Philip Haver: Monday, September 25, 4-6 p.m., TBA

Olad Aden, Venice Session, and young artists will answer questions after the screening.

The cities of Berlin and Detroit are full of amazing artists. Very much in the same way in which Berlin was regarded as the subcultural capitol of the world some 15 or 20 years ago, when artists were flocking to it because of affordable space, bringing with them an incredible energy and of course many talents and abilities, you can feel a certain kind of energy when you travel to Detroit these days. It is rough and at the same time interesting and beautiful, grimy and at the same time elegant and free. It is a place where devastation is still visible and alongside of it there are opportunities. Opportunities for artists, activists and resistance movements to help turn the city into the magnificent place it could be in order to make things better for all of its residents. 

From September 11 to September 20, 2016, artists from Berlin and Detroit, poets, emcees, singer/songwriters, beat producers, came together in Detroit in order to get to know one another and to create. In June of 2017, they got back together, this time in Berlin in order to present what had been created in Detroit.

The film will be presented in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Chicago and Urbana-Champaign.


Internship Posting - IT Analyst/Developer for Daimler Trucks North America in Redford, MI: Wednesday, September 27, 2 p.m. (Application Deadline)

The Detroit Diesel (DDC) IT department is involved in several important and exciting projects, such as assisting with launching new products. We are also involved in providing an environment of continuous improvement, such as digitalization in the plant.

* Development and maintenance of department’s entries in the corporate Intranet
* Development and maintenance of an “electronic shop floor management” system, which would include working with touchscreens and backend programming (for example SharePoint)
* Assist with the testing and deployment activities in the Windows 10 migration project
* Ensure that documentation is maintained in correct repositories for any work done
* Ensure that projects are managed in a way that is consistent with the Daimler IT Operating Model (IT OM)

* Minimum: Junior level in a Bachelors Program or higher (or have graduated within the last 12 months) required
* GPA of 3.0 or higher required
* An attached resume is required
* Pursuing a degree in Information Technology or Systems required
* Full-time availability onsite from August to January required
* Excellent customer service skills required
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills (both technical and non-technical) required
* Ability to work collaboratively required
* Experience with Microsoft Office Suite tools required
* Demonstrated experience managing project teams and communicating with project teams and project sponsors required
* Experience in a SharePoint development environment highly preferred
* Working knowledge of system development and deployment lifecycles, services, and principles preferred
* Prior experience in a manufacturing environment preferred
* German language proficiency preferred


Internship Posting - Winter Internship with American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, DC: Sunday, October 1 (Application Deadline)

The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) offers unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students in the spring, summer, and fall. AICGS internships provide a professional and educational experience in a not-for-profit think tank that aims to strengthen the German-American relationship. AICGS internships aim to:
* Introduce interns to all aspects (administrative, programming, development, research) of an American nonprofit public policy institute
* Provide opportunities for interns to carry out their own research projects and publish work on the Institute’s website
* Involve interns in ongoing AICGS projects and events of the three program areas: Business & Economics, Foreign & Domestic Policy, and Society, Culture & Politics
* Provide opportunities for participation in similar events in Washington, DC, organized by other policy institutions or think tanks.

AICGS offers two internship positions (Research Internship and Development Internship). Please specify which position you are applying for in your application.

Research Internship:
Research Interns are given significant freedom to explore their own research interests and publish their work on the AICGS Notizen Blog. This position primarily works with the Program Coordinator.

All Research Interns will be involved in the following tasks:
* Support staff and fellows with their research projects and initiatives
* Provide event support (including contacting participants, event set-up/take-down, event registration and follow-up, and publications mailings)
* Taking notes and writing summaries at AICGS events for the AICGS website and electronic newsletter
* Daily English and German language newspaper survey
* Day-to-day administrative duties

Development Internship:
Development Interns learn how a nonprofit functions as a business entity and become acquainted with the logistics of organizing the Institute’s annual fundraising dinner, the Global Leadership Award Dinner (GLAD). This position primarily works with the Development Coordinator.

All Development Interns will be involved in the following tasks:
* Researching and identifying potential partnerships between the Institute and private firms
* Administrative and financial project support
* Contact database management
* Researching changes in German-American business relationships
* Provide event support for GLAD
* Monitor social media platforms

Interns will be evaluated at the mid-point and at the end of their internship and will be asked to provide AICGS with an evaluation of the internship program and their experience at AICGS.

AICGS accepts students from a variety of fields of studies. Students should have an interest in transatlantic relations and Europe/Germany. Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel) and Internet research skills are required. Interns must have strong written and verbal communication and organizational skills, as well as attention to detail. Interns should be highly motivated to work in a small organization on a variety of projects. Previous website and/or social media development/management skills are useful but not required. Knowledge of the German language is helpful but not essential.

Foreign nationals who apply must be eligible for a J-1 visa and must cover the costs associated with obtaining the visa. If already in the U.S., they must be eligible to intern at a U.S. organization.

Duration and Application Deadlines:
Interns are expected to work between 20 and 35 hours a week during the following cycles:
* Spring: January-May. Application deadline is October 1
* Summer: June-August. Application deadline is March 1
* Fall: September-December. Application deadline is June 1

To apply, send your resume, cover letter (outlining applicant’s reason for applying for the internship and his/her availability), and two writing samples (in English, no more than four pages each) preferably via e-mail to:

Ms. Elizabeth Caruth
Program Coordinator, AICGS
1755 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-2121