Berlin, Germany

Applications for Summer 2020 are now closed.


It’s no surprise that Berlin, a hub for digital technology, global communications, and cultural diplomacy, has been named the “coolest city on the planet” by major media outlets. The Berlin Graduate Internship program offers USC Annenberg students the opportunity to explore the communication and journalism fields from a distinctively global perspective. In collaboration with the Academic Internship Council, Annenberg students intern for 35 hours a week while participating in professional networking activities, skills-based workshops, and organized cultural activities. By living in the heart of the Kreuzberg district, one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Berlin, students are encouraged to integrate into the local culture and experience the complex history of Berlin.

Want to hear more from our students about their graduate internship experience? Check out our AIP blog for more information.


The summer 2020 program runs eight weeks from May 31 - July 25, 2020.

Sample Placements (not guaranteed)

  • Weebly
  • Dataconomy
  • Digital Health Berlin
  • Silicon Allee
  • BOLD Communication & Marketing
  • Crispy Content
  • Tech Open Air
  • Data Natives

Academic Units

Students will receive 1 unit of academic credit and will enroll in JOUR 545 or CMGT 591, depending on academic program. Additional instructions will be provided to students upon admission to the program.

In collaboration with the Annenberg Public Relations Studies Program, select students will have the unique opportunity to integrate a summer internship with their PR degree coursework*. In addition to the required 1-unit of internship credit (JOUR 545/CMGT 591), students will also have the option to enroll in a 3-unit directed research course** led by esteemed faculty member, Burghardt Tenderich. 

PR 590 - Exploring the Intersection of New Media, Tech Entrepreneurship and Multiculturalism in Berlin will evaluate and analyze the city that has become a hub for digital technology, global communications, and cultural diplomacy. Coursework will integrate applied concepts and practical insights gleaned from individual student internship placements. Students will meet on campus prior to departure, complete online assignments, and present final projects on-site in Berlin. A final copy of the syllabus and course dates will be available soon.

If you are interested in enrolling in this course, please email for more information.

*This class is available to all current Annenberg Master’s students.
**As a graduate student, enrolling in a minimum of 4-units makes you eligible for Financial Aid.

Program Highlights

  • Intern at an English-speaking placement
  • Experience working in “Silicon Allee” Europe’s thriving tech and media hub
  • Explore Berlin’s rich cultural offerings from world-renown museums to major historical sites
  • Witness a multicultural mecca: 100,000 foreigners moved to Berlin in 2015 alone
  • Stay within your budget - Berlin is one of Europe’s most affordable cities


Students will live in either the AIC Shared Apartments, which are centrally located with Berlin's city limits or at the AIC Residence Center, which is located in Kreuzberg, one of Berlin’s diverse and trendiest neighborhoods. Both housing locations come fully furnished. Both locations provide internet and basic bedding. Students are expected to bring their own towels. All of the AIC Shared Apartments include a kitchen stocked with basic cooking utensils, whereas in the AIC Residence Center, rooms come equipped with a fridge and microwave. In the Residence Center, every floor has a communal kitchen that is also stocked with basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. The AIC Residence Center also offers an on-site café, lounges, common areas, and courtyards where students can work and relax.


Open to all USC Annenberg graduate students.

Estimated Costs

Please see the detailed estimated program costs below for Summer 2020. Note that these costs are subject to change without notice:

  • Tuition: 1 unit: $1,928 
  • Program Fees** (includes orientation, internship placement, and housing) $5,487 - **Reduced Price $3,687
  • USC Overseas Health Insurance*: $1,311 (Spring 2019 rate)
  • Round Trip Airfare: $1,700
  • Personal Expenses (food, entertainment, weekend travel, etc.): $1,500

TOTAL:  $10,126

Annenberg International Programs offers a limited number of scholarships for this program. Contact us at for more information.

*USC Overseas Health Insurance is required on all USC-approved study abroad programs.  If a student is already enrolled in USC Health Insurance there will be no additional charge for USC Overseas Health Insurance. If a student waives out of USC Health Insurance on campus, students will be charged USC Overseas Health Insurance at a rate of $97/month.