Internships in London

Internship (3 or 6 months) in the Language Department of the Goethe-Institut London

The Language Department at the Goethe-Institut London has openings for students in at least their 3rd year of studying German at a university in the UK to undertake either a full-time or part-time internship with a monthly expense allowance.
Interns are offered an insight into the work of the Goethe-Institut, taking part in the planning and implementation of cultural and educational programmes and carrying out tasks in the Teacher Services Department and the Language Office. This is a great opportunity for university students in the UK who would like to work in an authentic German setting and enhance their German-speaking CV.

If you are interested in an internship you may apply using the online application form for the dates shown below.

Read on to find out about requirements.

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Further Information for Interns

The Language Department at the Goethe-Institut London has openings for internships throughout the year and will try to accommodate your preferred starting date. We accept applications for the following start dates:
•          13.09.2021
•          10.01.2022
•          25.04.2022
Please state the date you are applying for on the application form and whether you are applying for full-time employment (39 hours per week) or part-time employment (minimum 20 hours per week).

If you would like to apply for an internship at the Goethe-Institut London, please fill in and submit the online application form.

Online Application Form

Please note: You can only apply for an internship during the periods stated above. By receiving your application we presume that you are available to start on the given date although the end date may be more flexible after discussion with the relevant department.

Applications intended for dates other than those stated above can unfortunately not be considered.

It is essential that you remain a matriculated university student in the UK for the entire duration of the internship in order to be eligible.

We look forward to receiving your application!
To complete an internship at the Goethe-Institut London applicants are required to:
  • Have good German language knowledge (minimum level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • Have started a university degree in the UK (being in at least the 3rd year) in German
  • Be willing to take on a full-time (39 hours per week) or part-time internship (min. 20 hours per week)

Language department

The Language Department consists of the Teacher Services Department and the Language Course Office.

The purpose of the Teacher Services department is to promote the teaching of German as a foreign language in primary and secondary schools in the UK. To this end, we work together with British partners as well as representatives of other European countries. We sit on committees, cooperate on projects, implement language policy, plan training courses, put on events, distribute teaching materials, advise teachers, create promotional materials and provide information over the internet.

The Language Course Office organises language courses of all levels for adults and conducts language exams which are accredited worldwide. We advise our customers about courses and exams in person, over the telephone and via email. Our activities additionally include compiling advertising and teaching materials.

In the Language Department interns are offered:
  • Supporting the Language Department team planning and carrying out activities for schools
  • Marketing tasks e.g. support with promotional exhibitions, social media & website management
  • Participation in meetings of the language department
  • Administrative tasks e.g. postage and sending promotional materials to teachers, data management, answering email enquiries
  • Giving information and advice on the courses offered at the Goethe-Institut both via email and phone in German and English
  • Supporting role when planning and conducting examinations of the Goethe-Institut and the TestDaF examinations
  • Registering students with the database system of the Goethe-Institut
  • Supporting role for teachers and employees of the language office, especially in the first two weeks of the semester and at the end of the semester
  • Liaising with teachers when providing participation certificates for students
  • Organization of data retrieved from course evaluations
We expect from our interns:
  • An interest in education policy/educational issues in the UK
  • An interest in the organisational process of a language institute
  • Willingness to work with school pupils
  • Willingness to work with adult students
  • Willingness to carry out work independently
  • Willingness to carry out routine tasks
  • German language skills (B2)
  • Very good computer skills (MS Office: confident use of Excel, Word and PowerPoint), experience with CMS and layout and graphics packages would be an advantage
  • It is essential that you remain a matriculated university student for the entire duration of the internship in order to be eligible.
Please fill out the online application form and submit this directly to our Goethe-Institut. Please note that you must be enrolled as a university student for the entirety of the internship in order to be eligible.

Online Application Form

Please attach the following documents to your application:
  • CV
  • Certificates of exam results
  • Letter of recommendation (from a university lecturer. The letter should be maximum one A4 sheet of paper and should give a personal impression of your academic performance, should confirm that the internship is part of your course and should explain why you are suitable for an international internship)
  • Certificate of matriculation from your university
We are unable to accept applications submitted without all required documentation.
From the 1st of September 2016 an expense allowance of the GBP equivalent of €300 gross per calendar month will be paid for internships of at least 4 weeks. For periods of internships which do not cover a whole month, a pro rata payment will be made. This is an expense allowance which is to be used principally to cover partial travel and accommodation expenses.

Please check before you start your internship that you have accident insurance for the duration of your internship.
The Goethe-Institut London is located in South Kensington. Details can be found on our  directions webpage.
The nearest tube station is South Kensington on the Picadilly line (dark blue), District line (green) and Circle line (yellow).
London is undoubtedly one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Some information about living costs in London:
  • Rental prices: A room in a shared flat costs from £130 per week according to location and quality of furnishings
  • Transport costs: a monthly travel card for Zone 1 and 2 costs £126.80 however there are reductions for students in certain cases. Further information can be found on the transport for London website
  • Other/board: supermarkets, bars and restaurants are significantly more expensive than in Germany (and also than in other cities in the UK)
Finding Accommodation
Although we can be of some help with finding accommodation, interns are responsible for finding their own place to stay. We can also post a ‘room wanted’ advert on our notice board for students who have been accepted for an internship (shortly before the start date).
Below is a list of websites which our previous interns found very helpful (the Goethe-Institut is liable neither for the accuracy nor the completeness of the information on these websites)

Spare Room
Student Housesharing
Move Flat
At the end of your internship, you are obliged to write a report which serves as the basis of confirming the completion of your internship.

As a rule, an evaluation of the internship is not completed but can be compiled if required. Please request this letter of evaluation in plenty of time with the internship supervisor. It is not a legal requirement to provide such a report.