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, July 17, 2017

"Schokoladenstunde": Wednesday, July 19, 7-8 p.m., Michigan Union Basement, Tap Room

Schokoladenstunde will be facilitated in Spring/Summer by two student volunteers, Phil Dakin and Julian Frankel. It will take place Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m., in the Tap Room in the basement of the Michigan Union.

If you are taking German 100-232 in Spring/Summer, you can make up 2 "A&P Tally" points by attending. Just ask Phil or Julian to let your instructor(s) know you were there.

Fall Internship in Powertrain Calibration Engineering for ZF in Northville, MI: Friday, July 21 (Application Deadline)

Position Summary: 
The Intern - Powertrain Calibration Engineering is responsible for providing technical and administrative support for calibration engineering initiatives and assisting the calibration team with planning, realization and monitoring of the automation of an engine interface check for transmission calibration.

Position Responsibilities:
* Assist and support the calibration team to specify the test plan.
* Learn about CAN Network communication between engine and transmission.
* Conduct tests and procedures with calibration development tools and test equipment.
* Supervise tests on chassis roller test bench and evaluate test results.
* Support development of further automation of existing tools in Excel and Famos.
* Learn how to modify existing scripts to the belongs of the test plan
* Comply with all company and TS16949 policies and procedures.
* Perform other duties as assigned

Essential Skills and Experience:
* Currently pursuing a degree in Engineering or related field (Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, etc.).
* Basic mechanical, engineering, and quality skills typically acquired through engineering coursework.
* Advanced reading, mathematical, written and verbal communication skills.
* Computer literacy in basic PC based office software including spreadsheets.
* Able to learn and use product specific calculation software.
* Ability to interface with cross-functional teams and all levels of personnel/management Solid interpersonal, communications and listening skills
* Good interpersonal, planning and organizational skills.
* Solid problem solving and analytical skills.

Preferred Skills and Experience:
* ISO/TS 16949 awareness
* Experience in Automotive industry
* German and/or Spanish language skills

Application Website:

Job Posting - Communications Assistant in the Cultural and Press Department at Consulate General of Germany in Chicago: Wednesday, July 26 (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 September 1, 2017 and is limited to 20 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 already possess a valid green card.

Please submit the following documents by July 26:
* Resume and cover letter (preferably in German)
* Proof of education/training
* Proof of previous employment
* References and/or letter of recommendation
* Copy of passport or green card

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

Internship Posting - Sales Intern for Autoneum Management AG in Novi, MI: Friday, July 28 (Application Deadline)

Autoneum, with its headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland, is the globally leading producer of vehicle acoustics and thermal management systems. The company develops and manufactures components, modules and complete systems for interior and engine bay as well as heatshields and underbody shields. Customers include leading automobile producers in the key markets of Europe, North America, South America and Asia. Autoneum is represented at around 50 locations in over 20 countries and employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, of whom about 5% are in Switzerland. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ticker symbol AUTN). 

Internship Description:
This position is responsible for supporting the Account Manager(s) by acting as a liaison between sales, program management, engineering, manufacturing and finance/controlling. This person directs administrative communication, project tracking and reporting, customer quotations and historical part maintenance. This person initiates customer orders and invoice requests and tracks payments. 

The internship is part-time in Fall, Winter, and Spring, and full-time in Summer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
* Track part purchase orders received and assist in maintaining a pricing tracking log.
* Request updated part tracking sheets on a regular basis
* Track tooling purchase orders for invoicing at earliest point. May require working through European plants depending on which location PO's were issued and tracking the entire invoicing process
* Track Engineering Development PO's and initiate invoicing process based on agreed payment schedule. May require working through European plants depending on which location
* Translate documents/files/emails from German to English using internet website or app
* Assist with transferring and/or manipulation of information to MS Word/Excel/PPT.
* Navigate customer portals to retrieve customer documents, i.e. part POs, tooling POs, supplier bulletins/communications, etc.
* Assist in follow up with individuals located in FH building, NA and other global facilities
* Enter production and service purchase orders and invoice requests into internal accounting/financial system (SAP)

* High-school diploma or equivalent
* Related college coursework preferred
* Knowledge of automotive supplier product development and sales processes preferred
* Financial background helpful
* Excellent organization skills

If you meet all of the qualifications listed above, please send your resume along with a cover letter (include the position you are applying for) to:

German Park Recreation Club: Saturday, July 29, 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.


Summer Sings - Summer Sings: J.S. Bach, "St. John Passion": Monday, July 31, 7 p.m., Hill Auditorium

The UMS Choral Union invites you to take part in its 24th 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. We rehearse portions of the score during the first half, break for refreshments, and then re-convene to sing through the entire work.

All singers are welcome to these popular choral reading sessions on Monday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Registration for each session begins at 6:30 p.m. Sessions begin promptly at 7 p.m. 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.

Job Posting - 12-Month Trainee Program with German American Chamber of Commerce California in Leipzig: Monday, July 31 (Application Deadline)

The GACC California is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting relations between the U.S. and Europe. It has been helping European and international students from all over the world find career development opportunities in the U.S. for over ten years. The GACC California is an innovative and forward-thinking organization with a global reach.

Program description:
The 12-month U.S.-European Exchange Program gives American students/graduates the chance to experience international business from a European perspective. As a Program Coordinator in the placement team, you will be helping international students and graduates realize their career development goals in the U.S. You will be guiding applicants through the application procedure and coordinating correspondence with U.S. companies. Furthermore, Coordinators are given the opportunity to grow the placement programs with relative freedom. You will be offered a stipend!

How do you benefit from this program?
* You will receive intensive training in international business, human resources, administration, intercultural communication
* Participants gain experience in an international office working with clients from around the world
* Language immersion: The office uses both German and English
* Travel Europe over long weekends
* You have the chance to eventually work in the San Diego or New York office
* Get international work experience and travel Europe
* Experience Europe and work with an international organization in the heart of Germany during a 12-month paid program!

* Effective communication skills are key to success as you will actively maintain and develop relationships with U.S. companies, as well as establish new ones in order to advance GACCCA’s  internship and volunteer placement programs
* Strong customer service skills are also important for this role and coordinators will have to demonstrate eagerness in helping students realizing their career development goals
* Basic administrative skills needed to maintain and improve administrative processes and organizational development
* Responsible
* Entrepreneurial spirit

Currently enrolled or recently graduated from a U.S. university with a background in German studies, HR, communications, international relations, international business or similar
* Self motivated, proactive and committed to making an impact on people’s lives
* Interest in international business and cultural exchange
* German language skills are preferred but not essential

Living in Leipzig:
* Apartment rental costs in Leipzig are very low – it is relatively easy to find a furnished room for 200-300 Euros a month
* The GACC California will assist you in your application for a one year visa. For more information on the process, have a look at the Leipzig Ausländerbehörde website
* Leipzig has a great public transportation system and is very bike friendly
* Get to know the city of Leipzig as an important historical and cultural point; from classical music to contemporary art, you can find everything in this up-and-coming city

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to or upload both using the form below. Please let the GACC California know when you would be able to begin.

Job Posting - German-Proficient Writer/Copyeditor for Tribe Dynamics in San Francisco, CA: Monday, July 31 (Application Deadline)

Tribe Dynamics looking for people to join its Market Research and Publications team! The perfect person for this position will have a passion for writing, an obsession with solving hard problems, and the desire to make a huge impact.

As a part of the team, you will have the opportunity to shape digital marketing strategy for some of the most influential brands in the beauty and lifestyle spaces, writing reports and recommendations for both clients and publication partnerships. Because Tribe is expanding into new markets, the company is specifically looking for a team member who can help work with its clients based in Germany. Tribe has listed responsibilities and experience guidelines below, but do not consider these as set in stone -- talent and passion are what is valued most.

* Use Tribe’s data analytics to craft insightful written reports (in English) for clients and their competitors. (Reading and analyzing German content is required.)
* Lead the copyediting crusade for both our client reports and external industry publications.
* Work alongside the Accounts team to provide strategy recommendations to clients based on research expertise.
* Provide market and industry insights to the Data Science team to continue to perfect Tribe’s analytics software.

* You are professionally proficient in reading German.
* You are a skilled writer: you enjoy telling a detailed, informative story based on thorough research and deep understanding of clients and the industry. You are naturally curious and have a knack for creative discovery work and out-of-the box thinking. You should have an appreciation for organization, and be attentive to client needs and report deadlines.
* You are a self-motivated, driven individual who is not afraid to take thoughtful risks, and will take initiative when it comes to ownership of projects and contributing personal ideas that strengthen team processes and analysis.
* You have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in English, Journalism, Marketing, History, or any other liberal arts field.
* You are fluent in AP Style, and you have copyediting experience.
* Bonus points if you are an expert in Excel, familiar with Sketch or InDesign, and a fan of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style.

Please submit 3 published writing samples, anything from newspaper or magazine articles to company blog posts to marketing copy.

Tribe provides a software platform that helps beauty and lifestyle brands monitor and measure their influencer marketing activities.  Tribe Dynamics is a marketing technology company that helps lifestyle brands build, scale, and measure the value of digital earned media. The company has a focus in beauty and fashion, and works with some of the most well-known brands, private equity firms, and Fortune 500 companies in the space. Tribe’s proprietary data is also regularly featured in leading industry research through WWD, NPD, and CEW. Tribe Dynamics is a team of writers, strategists, data scientists, and developers that has been creating the next generation of social listening and influencer marketing tools since 2012. Alongside research and development, Tribe prides itself on offering amazing software combined with attentive and personalized service that informs our product direction.

Send your application materials to:

Fulbright Program for U.S. Students 2018/2019 - Information Session: Wednesday, August 2, 12-1 p.m., Webinar

The 2018-19 Fulbright program will provide grants to U.S. students for projects in over 140 countries. 

Types of grants:
* Academic grant: a self-designed program that may include coursework at a foreign university, independent field/library research, or any combination of these.
* Arts grant: a self-designed program to train in the creative or performing arts, usually via classes at an art or music school, training with a professional, or a combination.
* English Teaching Assistantship: a placement as an assistant to an English teacher at the primary, secondary, or university level. Placement is typically part-time and an additional independent project is expected.

To apply for the Fulbright program through University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, applicants must:
* Be University of Michigan students, alumni, or staff;
* Be U.S. citizens;
* Have completed an undergraduate degree by the beginning of the award; and
* Demonstrate the language skills necessary to complete the proposed project.
* Enrolled students are required to apply through the University of Michigan.

At this session, a University of Michigan Fulbright Student Program Advisor (FPA) will provide an overview of the program and provide basic details related to the application process. You are encouraged to bring a laptop to the session.

To register for this webinar:

*Please use your University of Michigan email when registering.
For questions, send an email to: or call: (734) 763-9200

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.

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 - 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