Berlin is not a very attractive destination for many Europeans. However, we will see that it can be an alternative destination to English speaking countries. There are many opportunities available! After reading this article you will want to try the German experience for your Erasmus internship.
BERLIN, A CITY OF OPPORTUNITIES
Germany is an economically and professionally attractive country. Therefore you’ll be guaranteed a good quality internship. Indeed, the unemployment rate in Germany has never been so low! At the end of 2016, it stood at 5.8%. To give you a comparison for the same year this rate was 9.7% in France. The city of Berlin is known for its dynamism, its youth, and its opportunities.
AN ATTRACTIVE CITY
Berlin is a pleasant city to live in because of its dynamism, culture, museums and events. You can find trendy places where to party, but also secret places to make the most of German nights.
Public transport is convenient and pleasant to get around the city. Every district is well served by public transport. You can enjoy the city easily.
This city is surrounded by green spaces! There is nothing better than going to the Tiergarten – Berlin’s most emblematic park – for some fresh air.
Berlin is also one of the most popular destinations for French people, along with Spain and the UK.
PREPARING YOUR INTERNSHIP IN BERLIN
It is not necessary to speak German to do an internship in Berlin. In fact, Germans have a perfect command of the language of Shakespeare. You will therefore need a good level of English for your internship in Berlin.
To prepare your stay in Berlin: you do not need a VISA as you are in the European zone, but you must order your European Health Insurance Card.
SECTORS THAT RECRUIT INTERNS
When looking for an internship, it is always interesting to look carefully at the sectors that recruit new employees as well as interns. Here is an exhaustive list of growing sectors: the digital industry, real estate, scientific and technical services, the metal industry, mechanical engineering, hotels and restaurants, construction, transport companies and new technologies.
FUNDING YOUR STAY
To fund your stay you can apply for :
International mobility assistance. This aid for international mobility from the CROUS concerns students who already receive grants in France.
There is also regional aid: ask the regional council of the establishment where you are studying. You can benefit from departmental aid. For instance, the Aquitaine region offers financial aid for projects abroad (Aquimob).
There is also municipal aid, so inquire the town where you come from to present your project.
There are also European grants: Erasmus grants are better known. In order to be eligible for an Erasmus + grant, you must meet the following conditions: be at least in your first year of higher education; study in a university that is a signatory of the Erasmus + University Charter.
Have you changed your mind about Berlin? Then what are you waiting for to prepare your Erasmus mobility there ? Mobi Trainee can help you set up and organize your project. In the meantime, you can take a look at the different services we offer on our website. You can also read the various practical articles published on our BLOG. We look forward to seeing you in Berlin!