Which companies offer internships for young graduates?

The USA is a dream destination for many students. Legendary brands and brand new business ideas, cutting-edge technologies and international politics - the land of opportunity has a lot to offer interns. If you want to go there, you have to plan in good time, because the search for a place takes time and the visa is not available by express.

Nothing against Africa, Brazil or China, but the majority of German students and graduates prefer to go to Atlanta, Boston or Chicago. "The USA is still the country that Germans prefer to go to," confirms Günter Müller-Graetschel from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). There he heads the international internship exchange department. The DAAD supports around 4,000 to 5,000 students each year when they go abroad, 600 to 650 of them heading for a destination in North America. The social survey by the German Student Union also shows that the USA is the number one destination for internships - ahead of Great Britain, France and the rest of the EU.

There are reasons for this: Not just that the United States is a safe and stable country compared to more exotic destinations. They are also among the most important business partners of the Germans. Many US companies have branches or development departments in Germany and vice versa. The US economy has been growing again since 2010 and the situation on the labor market has also improved significantly. The prospect of an exciting “internship”, the US term for internship, is therefore not bad at all for many companies. As a world power, the USA is also the seat of many international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations - economists, lawyers and political scientists can look forward to exciting internships in an international environment. And last but not least, the USA is among the best in the world in many research disciplines from marketing to medical technology. It makes sense, for example, to round off a semester abroad in America with a suitable internship.

Where are the best jobs?

Anyone who already has specific ideas about what they would like to learn and try out during their internship can search for suitable positions by phone and internet: PR and administrative work at a national museum in Hawaii, guest service for active vacationers in the rustic mountain resort in New Hampshire - or rather real estate -Marketing in Manhattan or Computer Service in California? The offer at American and German internship exchanges such as Interexchangejobs.org or Praktikum.info arouses acute wanderlust. It is also worth taking a look at regular job exchanges or the website of the company of your choice. German companies often advertise internships in their US branches on German online portals such as Stepstone, Monster and Jobstairs or on the pages of trade fairs such as Connecticum. There you will find, for example, offers from automotive and technology groups such as Bosch, Continental, Daimler, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, Vestas, Voith and ZF Friedrichshafen. American employers, on the other hand, usually only hire internships or summer jobs on US platforms such as Careernet.com, Careerbuilder.com or Jobs.net.