Work in Germany
There are so many reasons you might want to work abroad in Germany including world famous cities, an interesting culture, friendly locals, great working conditions and also generous salaries on offer. Our guide to working in Germany includes information about recruiters offering internships and seasonal, summer, winter and professional roles.
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A Guide to Working in Germany
Germany is one of the most popular countries to work in Europe, with spectacular cities, friendly locals and a range of different positions available. There are very high salaries in Germany compared to other worldwide destinations, long holidays (around 40 days in totaly) whilst most companies also offer competative benefits and also a 35 hour working week.
If you would like to work abroad then you should definately consider Germany as your destination. Berlin is the capital of Germany and there is an international mix in most workforces due to the relaxed immigration policies, there are various positions available, both paid and unpaid.
Where to Seek Employment
Most foreigners find work in the larger cities including:
Popular Industries to Work in Germany
- Au Pair
- Software Development
- Voluntary Work
Top Tips to Landing a Dream Job
- Make a short list of companies and locations which appeal to you
- Practise, learn or improve your German language skills, not knowing the local language will really hold you back in your job hunt. You could book a German language course in Germany which is highly recommended
- Consider interning in Germany to gain experience in the German workforce
- Put together a strong CV and application to every job you are interested in
- Research interview tips
If you are arriving from an EU country you do not need a visa to work in Germany. There are also special agreements in place with Switzerland and EEAA countries allowing residents of these countries to also work freely. Non EU nations need to obtain a residence and work permit to qualify for employment. Working illegally in Germany is not recommended as you will likely be removed from the country.
Internships in Germany
Berlin is one of the most popular places to intern in German and you can search our featured companies and internship placements above. Some companies charge a registration fee to help you secure a placement with a reputable company, this is a good way to go if you are struggling to get a placement. Other places you can look is Linkedin.
You can find interships for non-Germans with local companies, startups and large multinational companies which are based here. Where you intern really depends on your background and what area of work you are looking to go into. There are multinational companies where you can learn nd develop technical skills, some offering attractive benefits including a stipend salary.
Here are some of the top reasons to gain work experience in Germany:
- Gain experience
- You'll get lots of time to explore and see new places on cultural programs experiencing a new culture
- Learn a new language and improve your CV / resume
- Live abroad
- Meet new people
- Learn new skills
Dates & Duration
- You can join all year round
- You will usually need to start on a Monday
- Internship duration: Usually 4 weeks - 12 weeks + longer on request
- Summer internships in Germany are very popular and you will need to get your application in early to guarantee a placement
Paid Internships in Germany
Because of the popularity of this city it can be difficult to get a paid internship straight away, but if you do your research in advance of departing you can find paid internships in places like Berlin. The internship we promote will require you to pay a fee to get a placement, but usually this includes a salary.
Internships with Startups in Germany
Germany is home to lots of startups, this city is now being called the 'Silicoln Valley of Europe' with so many entrepreneurs being based here. Internships with startups are usually unpaid and difficult to secure, sometimes its who you know not what you know or you might get lucky and see an advert of social media.
Sometimes you need to be a bit choosey when it comes to interning with a startup, you can end up being working hard for little or no money and not gain that many new skills to add to your CV. To get an internship with a start up you might want to browse websites like Berlin Startup Jobs, Venture Village and The Local.
Also be sure to check to see if the startup is reputable e.g. been going for more than 1 year, has investors and future prospects - you don't want to waste your time and energy on a project which isn't successful of beneficial to your learning.
Top Tips to Secure Employment after an Internship
There are lots of things you can do to improve your chances of getting a full time job offer during an internship in Berlin but this is no guarantee.
- Try to learn as much as possible, internships are all about learning new skills so focus and make a good impression
- Make friends and contacts with as many people as possible - people are your best way to improve your career and by attending events, social do's and meetings you will broaden your horizorns and maybe meet a different employer
- Get yourself registered with social websites like Startup Digest and Meetup
- Make sure you ask questions and take initiative during your placement - this might give you an advantage over the other interns
- Improve or learn German, especially if you would like to stay in this city/country - adding an extra language to your CV / resume will boost career prospects.
- Placements are available for participants aged 18+
- Due to visa restrictions, participants must be citizens of the European Union, United States of America, Switzerland, Japan or Australia. If you are an Indian citizen or student you will need to apply through a company in your home country
- Might need to provide proof of your health insurance, personal/public liability insurance and your accident insurance
- You will need an up to date CV (preferably written in German), an application letter and a photocopy of your passport
- You might need to take a phone interview before joining to assess suitability
- You need at least beginner level of the German language
Cost of Living
Berlin is well know for having a low cost of living compared to other European cities like London and Paris, but in recent years rents and other things have gone up. You will need some savings especially if you are doing an unpaid internship, even paid internships usually only pay around €300-800 per month.
General monthly cost of living in Berlin per month:
- Rent: €250 - €400 (shared accommodation)
- Food: €150 - €200
- Going Out: €100 - €200
- Transport:: it costs €78 for a monthly BVG pass. You might also like to walk, or buy a bike which can be cheap especially if second hand
- Intern Salary: Around €500 per month
How to Apply
Some companies offer structured placements where you will need to pay a fee, this include:
- Internship placements
- Processing of documentation
- Support and advice once in Germany
You will need to apply around 2-3 months before the date that you are considering commencing an internship.