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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

German Conversation Opportunities - "Deutschtisch": Wednesday, July 18, 12-12:45 p.m., Panera's (North University/Thayer), and Monday, July 23, 12-12:45 p.m., MLB 3308

The "Deutschtisch" for Summer 2018 is associated with German 230, but all are welcome! The group will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-12:45 p.m.. You can find the group with your ears (i.e. listen for a group of people speaking German). 

To be sure of the location on Wednesdays, come to the end of class at 11:50 in 2106 MLB to walk to lunch with the group!

Fulbright U.S. Student Program 2019-2020 - "Getting Started With Your Application": Wednesday, July 18, 12-1 p.m., Weiser Hall 447 and 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.

In 2018/2019, three German majors were awarded an English Teaching Assistantship in Germany.

To register for the webinar, please go here:


Job Posting - German Middle School Teacher, 0.5 FTE in Bloomfield Hills: Friday, July 20 (Application Deadline)

Applications are being accepted for a German teacher. This is a Bloomfield Hills Education Association (“BHEA”) bargaining unit position and is a 0.5 FTE.

Qualifications and Responsibilities:

* Must possess a valid Michigan teacher certificate with endorsement in German (FB).
* Willingness to participate in training and implementing the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) Middle Years Programme
* Must meet the HQ requirements - German

Starting Date:  August 27, 2018*
* New Staff Orientation: August 23 & 24, 2018 – Attendance Required

Method of Application:  

All applicants, who want to be considered for this position, must submit an application at:


Internship Posting - 6-18-Month Audit and Accounting Internship for Andrea Luehmann in Chicago, IL: Monday, July 23 (Application Deadline)

Andrea Luehmann, Ltd. is a Chicago based CPA firm which has been providing professional services for over 30 year. It currently 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.

The team of 15 tax accountants and auditors has both domestic and international experience beneficial to internationally operating companies. The mission of Andrea Luehmann, Ltd. is to provide quality service based on a strong and knowledgeable relationship with its clients.

The responsibilities include:

a) Audit

The intern will be traveling with our 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

b) 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

Start Date: September/October 2018
Duration: 6-18 months

Application Instructions:
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 - Communications Assistant for German Consulate General in Chicago, IL: Friday, July 27 (Application Deadline)

The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago is seeking a communications assistant in the Cultural and Press Department. This position will begin on August 27, 2018 and is limited to 25 hours per week. The contract will be for one year initially. 

Job Description:
* Drafting and writing correspondences and texts in English
* Updating the consulate’s website and maintaining its Facebook account
* Answering both written and telephone inquiries
* Helping with the organization of events
* Researching, creating and/or editing information lists, tables, etc.
* Updating and maintaining contact database
* General secretarial duties
* Assisting with visitors 

* English as native language and excellent knowledge of German
* Computer skills (Word, Excel, OpenOffice, Internet, etc)
* Strong writing skills and enjoyment in drafting and writing texts
* Dedication and teamwork
* Loyalty and discretion

Contract terms and compensation are based upon the standard employment contract and the corresponding payment scale for local workers (non diplomats) at German missions in the United States. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must have a valid work permit. Sponsorship by the Consulate General is not possible. 

Please submit the following documents by July 27, 2018:
* Resume and cover letter (preferably in German)
* Proof of education/training
* Proof of previous employment
* References and/or letter of recommendation
* Copy of passport
* Copy of Green Card or visa and work permit, if applicable 

Send your application materials to: 
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
Attn.: Head of Administration 
676 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 3200 
Chicago, IL 60611

German Park: Saturday, July 28, 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. 

The admission gate is open between 4-9 p.m.; the park closes at 11 p.m.

* Live Music
* Authentic German Food and Drinks
* Live German Dance Performances

German Bundestag Internship Program 2019: Tuesday, July 31 (Extended 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).

You need to be fluent in German, have a university degree, and must be under 30 years old.

Application Website:

Internship Posting - Unpaid Internships for World War II History Project: Tuesday, July 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, it needs your help to bring these stories to the public.

The WW II History Project is offering unpaid internships for History, French, and German students transcribing and translating video interviews with American, British, French and German WW II veterans, as well as their letters, journals, and first-hand accounts.  It also has hundreds of French Resistance Files with correspondence that needs to be transcribed and translated.

In addition, the organization has additional needs for Video Production interns as well as Website and Communication/Social Media interns.

These internships are virtual/remote, so the WW II History Project is flexible with the number of hours you work per week, as well as when you work.  Starting and ending dates are flexible.  

Research Assistants Sought for Project Studying Contentious Elections in Germany: Wednesday, August 1 (Application Deadline)

One of our former students is now a graduate student in Political Science here at Michigan, and he is seeking a research assistant (Fall/Winter).  Below is his request:

"I am seeking applicants to assist me in completing a project related to disputed parliamentary elections in Germany. This includes assembling a dataset chronicling every election dispute submitted to the Bundestag between 1949 and 2017. These disputes are filed by citizens and describe issues that they encountered during the electoral process, such as voter registration issues, absentee ballot issues, issues at the polling place, problems with the registration of a political party, etc. The issues described by citizens and political parties in the documents produced by the Bundestag provide deep insight into the electoral landscape of Germany since 1949, and how the electoral system and citizens’ grievances with that system have developed over that time period.

In order to turn the documents that describe these disputes into a dataset, I am in the process of labeling each complaint submitted in each electoral period and it is this labeling process with which applicants would be providing assistance. Each dispute is labeled according to the nature of the problem alleged therein, as well as the location of the person making the complaint. This is done by thoroughly reading each complaint and then marking the complaint in the database according to the issues the citizen describes. Due to the jargon-rich, complex source material, applicants’ German level should be in the B2 range or higher. I am offering course credit through POLSCI 383 (1-3 credits). Due to the flexible nature of the weekly schedule of the course, this opportunity is ideal for students with scheduling conflicts that can make enrolling in classes difficult. Additionally, the type of research you will be doing will provide you with valuable experience if you are potentially interested in applying to graduate school.

The project will extend through the Fall and Winter semesters. Weekly expectations in terms of hours worked will depend on the number of credits for which a student elects to take the class. The weekly schedule will consist of a one hour meeting with me and any other research assistants."

Please submit your name and a paragraph describing your interest in the project to Kalli Federhofer ( no later than August 1.

Job Posting - Marketing Specialist for SLM Solutions in Wixom, MI: Friday, August 3 (Application Deadline)

A graduate of the German Department asked that we forward this announcement to you.  She is working at SLM and has a very positive experience there.

"Become a Marketing Specialist for SLM Solutions NA, Inc., where you will work with leading edge metal 3D printing technology in the exciting and growing additive manufacturing market. SLM Solutions is looking for candidates to work from its North American office in Wixom, Michigan. 

SLM Solutions is a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology, commonly referred to as 3D printers, utilizing selective laser melting and powder bed fusion technology. Headquartered in Lübeck Germany, SLM Solutions has approximately 440 employees worldwide.

Position Description:
The SLM Solutions Marketing Specialist is responsible for implementing marketing plans to increase market awareness, increase market share, generate qualified sales leads, and drive sales growth through e-marketing, trade shows, industry organizations, advertising, and direct marketing.
* Develop annual marketing plan for North American activities.
* Create and measure inbound lead generation campaigns in coordination with regional sales force and distribution network.
* Implement nurturing campaigns to advance leads through sales qualification funnel.
* Manage all trade show appearances, including booking, planning, budgeting, resource coordination, and on-site setup.
* Work closely with SLM Solutions global marketing to target new potential markets in search of qualified accounts.
* Develop press and media schedules and coordinate relevant content.
* Plan and oversee advertising and promotional activities – print and digital.
* Track and analyze techniques competitors are using to promote their products.
* Measure ROI per activity, aiming to provide a lean cost-to-sale, and transparent reporting. 

Qualifications and Requirements:
* BS in marketing or related field.
* Must be authorized to work in the United States.
* Solid background in industrial equipment marketing techniques.
* Experience in conducting e-marketing campaigns.
* Experience in working with CRM solutions and marketing automation. 
* Proficient with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite. 

* Ability to self-organize and work independently, but also to cooperate with colleagues and work in a team.
* Careful, detailed, and thorough in completing tasks.
* Reliable, responsible, and dependable in fulfilling obligations.
* Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude; ability to give full attention to what other people are saying, and to actively look for ways to help people.
* Analyze information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems, ability to use logic and reason to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions.
* Write clearly and informatively, edit work for spelling and grammar, vary writing style to meet needs, present technical data clearly and effectively.
* Work within an approved budget, develop and implement cost saving measures, contribute to profits and revenue, conserve organizational resources.
* Event-related travel required up to 20%. 

* Competitive Compensation – the starting salary for this position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
* Medical, dental, and vision insurance.
* Short-term disability insurance.
* 401K with Company Match." 

Send your resume to

Job Posting - Consultant for German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest in Chicago, IL: Friday, August 10 (Application Deadline)

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. (GACC Midwest), located in Chicago, is looking for a full-time Consultant with 1-3 years of work experience. GACC Midwest is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster trade and investment between Germany and the US through membership, events, and services. For more information, please visit

Job Description:
The Consultant’s role focuses on assisting German clients with their market entry strategy for the U.S. market.

This position will primarily be responsible for the “Virtual Office” service for German and other overseas clients, though will also be responsible for other Market Entry and Business Development services. The core focus is to thoroughly evaluate the clients’ interests and needs and translate them into recommended U.S. market entry and expansion activities/strategy.

Specific responsibilities may include the following:
* Handling day-to-day business and inquiries on behalf of clients
* Overseeing, defining, and executing strategies to (further) develop client’s global expansion and increase market penetration
* Gaining an ever-increasing understanding of the clients’ products in order to better serve them
* Advising clients on activities for expanding their market presence
* Developing marketing activities on behalf of clients including but not limited to website, press releases, social media, brochures and special publications
* Arranging meetings for the client, including cold outreach to potential partners and customers
* Coordinating with local distributors and customers
* Researching sales channels, competitors, regulations, trends and potential opportunities for clients
* Attending trade shows on behalf of clients
* Ensuring phone calls and postal mail are appropriately handled and tracked
tracking incoming payments from clients’ customers
* Acting as the “face of the client” in the US and being a general facilitator and troubleshooter for clients’ needs, from administrative to strategic
* Liaising between client’s customers, including answering inquiries and order processing and invoice generation
* Other duties as required

The Consultant will be responsible for marketing the virtual office and related services, through both general marketing and PR activities and face-to-face meetings with potential clients.

As part of the GACC Midwest team, the Consultant will also:
* Answer general trade inquiries in English and German
* Support the ongoing activities of GACC Midwest, including participation in GACC Midwest member events, supporting other projects and departments as needed, etc.
* Build and maintain working relationships with key industry partners, organizations, and clients
* Continually increase knowledge of issues and developments in key industries
* Document all relevant communication with partners, clients and members within GACC Midwest’s CRM system

Some limited overnight travel is required, usually 2-4 days within the US and possibly 5-7 days in Germany if projects require.

The Consultant should be able to manage assignments across a wide range of industries and technologies (water, automotive, manufacturing & automation, medical devices, software, retail, consumer products, renewable energies, etc.).

* Bachelor’s degree in relevant business or technical field required
* 1 to 3 years of relevant work experience
* Industrial/technical background within a strong international and intercultural context
* Strong English language skills (both written and oral) are required; German language skills are of significant value
* Excellent customer service skills as well as a solid understanding of the U.S. and German business cultures
* Excellent attention to detail with ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
* Ability to work independently with a high degree of responsibility
* Familiarity with industries of importance to GACC Midwest preferred, such as water, manufacturing, automotive, renewable energies, as well as an interest in learning about new technologies
* Self-motivated, highly dedicated, with strong networking skills
* Experience with QuickBooks, PayPal, Google Marketing Tools, WordPress, or similar programs

Salary: Depends on experience
Benefits: Medical, dental, life, 401K, LTD
Vacation: 20 days plus federal bank holidays

How to apply:
Submit your application materials by clicking on the 'Apply for this Job' buttons found on the following site:

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:

Job Posting - Child Care in Dexter, MI: Saturday, September 1 (Application Deadline)

A family is looking for a very proficient German speaker to take care of their two children in Dexter once a week. The children are 4 - 6 years old.  You should be available during the Fall term either Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Your German proficiency level should be at the C1 level.

If you are interested please send an email to Josh (

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 me about the Goethe segment.

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 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.