The program consists of two complementary segments. The first six weeks will be spent at the International Center for Journalism of the Freie Universität Berlin, where participants will expand their academic understanding of the politics, society and culture of Germany and the country’s current media structure and working conditions of journalists. With these theoretical building blocks in place, participants subsequently embark on an intensive five-week internship with a German newspaper, (online) magazine, TV or radio station, press or PR agency. During the academic part of the program they will do an one-week educational tour within Germany with young journalists from the Independent States of the former Soviet Union.
Applicants should either be enrolled in a school of journalism in the United States, or demonstrate significant interest/activity in journalism or public relations, (eg. university newspapers or internship). Applicants should already have experiences in practical journalism. The program is primarily designed for undergraduate students, but graduate students, graduating seniors and recent graduates may also apply. Applicants must have German language proficiency at least equal to the “advanced intermediate” level. Applicants should also have a demonstrated interest in Germany and German affairs, i.e. an awareness of current political news coverage of Germany in the American media, and general familiarity with German history, culture and society.