Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Overseas Building Operations

For Public Dissemination

Internship Opportunity



Date: November 06, 2017 

Position Title Volunteer Foreign National Student Internship – Overseas Building Operations
Location U.S. Embassy – Overseas Building Operations (OBO)
Open To German & EU Nationals, and Nationals of EFTA Member States, who are currently enrolled in a German university
Salary Unpaid – Gratuitous Service
Work Hours Schedule to be determined on individual basis, preferably 40 hours per week
Minimum duration 70 calendar days
Maximum duration 90 calendar days
Security Requirement Candidate must be able to obtain and hold a non-sensitive security certification

The U.S. Embassy in Berlin is seeking a Volunteer Foreign National Student Intern for the Overseas Building Operations.

This internship is offered year round; the starting date will be discussed during the interview, and also is dependent on passing the Medical Check and the Background Check, which can take up to 3 months.


The purpose of this internship is to offer students the opportunity to work in a construction environviroment performing the following duties:

  • Prepare construction architectural, mechanical CAD drawings.
  • Review constructions for technical compliance.
  • Capture as built conditions on CAD drawings.
  • Uses manual drawing skills for plans that cannot be computer generated.
  • Revises drawings based on instructions from engineers or architects.
  • Visits building sites to collect data for drawings.
  • Monitors compliance with plans and specification throughout the construction process.
  • Reviews engineering data to ensure compliance with the original design plans.
  • Modifies existing drawings.



Applicants must address each required qualification listed below with specific information supporting each item. Failure to do so may result in determination that the applicant is not qualified.

 EDUCATION: Present enrollment in a German university in the area of: Engineering, Architecture, or similar is required.

EXPERIENCE: No experience required, however, public sector and customer service experience a plus.

LANGUAGE: Level IV (fluent) English language skills and Level IV German (fluent) are required.


  • Must have knowledge of architectural terminology.
  • Preferred some architectural or engineering education.
  • Knowledgeable of drafting software for creating 2D and (3D a plus) computer models)



  • Application language is English. Certificates, awards or degrees in English or German do not need to be translated.
  • Applicants must submit a complete application (cover letter, resume (in English), and proof of enrolment in a Germany University or College).
  • The U.S. Mission in Germany does not refund travel expenses incurred by the interviewee.
  • The internship is a voluntary service. There are no benefits attached to this internship and no compensation, nor any future employment rights.
  • Students selected must pass a background check and receive a security certification from the Embassy before commencement of the internship. The security check can take up to three months and will require a personal interview with the security department of the Embassy.
  • Students selected must pass a Medical Check.
  • The student must be enrolled with a German health carrier.
  • Students with dual citizenship (US-German, US-EU/EFTA) are eligible for the Foreign National Internship Program.
  • Eligibility Requirements: The U.S. Mission in Germany will only accept applications from non-U.S. citizen students for this internship program. The purpose of the Volunteer National Student Intern Program is to offer students enrolled in a German university/higher institute of learning the challenge of working in a foreign affairs field. S. citizen students apply directly to the U.S. Department of State: www.careers.state.gov


  • How To Apply: Interested applicants for this position must submit their application, including a cover letter, resume and proof of enrollment (the DS-0174 is not needed) and send the documents to: Employment-Germany@State.gov


The U.S. Mission in Germany provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.  The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

The EEO complaint procedure is not available to individuals who believe they have been denied equal opportunity based upon marital status or political affiliations.  Individuals with such complaints should avail themselves of the appropriate grievance procedures, remedies for prohibited personnel practices, and/or courts for relief.