As I researched programs, I knew I wanted to challenge myself by taking actual classes in a German-speaking university, but I also recognized that I would need support from a program (and some intensive language preparation) to reach that goal. Central College Abroad was exactly what I was looking for.
On Central’s study abroad programs, learning begins in the classroom, but continues in many different settings outside the traditional educational environment — offering you a more in-depth cross-cultural experience. Students can choose from either a service-learning or an internship option, both for academic credit.
Internships offer a fantastic opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in a field related to their major or academic interest in a local environment. These work experiences are invaluable assets to your resume and future job options, and also give you the chance to work alongside members of the Austrian community for a glimpse into another side of the culture. All internships are unpaid and for academic credit.
Recent internship areas include:
Service-learning connects meaningful service opportunities in the community with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility. It gives students a chance to make a difference in their host city while exploring another aspect of contemporary Austrian culture. A big part of the academic-based service-learning option is journaling and reflecting on your experiences. Most service-learning opportunities carry up to two semester hours of credit.
Recent service-learning placements include:
To apply, you must first create an online account and submit a complete online application for the Vienna, Austria program. Detailed internship and service-learning guidelines including deadlines and application requirements and materials will be provided in your online account. There is no placement fee.
Service-learning and internships are available for all levels including beginners; some placements are even
offered in English. Additional areas may be available for
service-learning or internships. The resident director in Vienna will work individually with you to find the best possible option.
Please feel free to contact the Central College Abroad office with questions about internships and/or service-learning.