RISE professional

Internships with German companies - Learning by working

RISE professional 2015

RISE-Bänder Good research relies on cooperation, and international teamwork is becoming increasingly important. This means that scientists and engineers with international experience are increasingly sought after in both business and industry. The number of truly exciting professional work programs abroad for students in the sciences and engineering is still far too small. Because of this DAAD set out to create unique opportunities for science and engineering students from the United States and Canada interested in gaining serious practical experience in Germany.

Who can apply?

Recent graduates, Master and PhD students from North American universities in the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology and physics (or a closely related field) and students from Coop programs are invited to apply. Undergraduates who are RISE alumni or former DAAD scholarship holders are also eligible. German language requirements depend on the nature of the internship.

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I got an internship with a small environmental engineering company in Detmold, Germany through the RISE professional program. Not only did I get to see how a German company is run, but I met some great people and had a lot of experiences that would have been impossible otherwise.


Erin Cummings, University of Louisville, USA
- Dr. Kerth GmbH, Detmold


The RISE professional program offers an ideal platform for North American students and German chemical companies to get in touch. As the program’s name - RISE - indicates: the aim is to rise up, to go beyond, and the program itself does just that.


Heike Schirmer-Ditze, Manager Recruitment
- Henkel


My time in Germany, made possible by the DAAD, will likely be one of the most memorable and influential times of my life. Both personally and professionally, my future has been profoundly changed in a way that will likely only manifest itself many years down the road.


Erick Froede, Pennsylvania State University, USA
- Schott Solar, Mainz