Monday, June 2, 2014

Jess Raboin Recieves Prestigious Scholarship and Internship for a Summer in Munich

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I just wanted to let you know that today I started my internship at the German federal employment agency ( and it went great! I was welcomed very kindly by my new supervisor and his staff, who were all very excited to have an American intern around. J For the next two weeks, I will be in the “heart” of the Agentur für Arbeit (federal employment agency), which is the entrance and case management area. In this area, people first come in and talk to the lady I work with and myself. The customers—as they are called—are very diverse in age, ethnicity, and psychological wellness…as you can imagine. In the afternoon, I help out at the “Career Information Center,” where there is info about careers, jobs, degrees, etc. On Wednesday I am going to help with a class about applying for jobs in Germany…I will be learning while I work. J I will be in each department for 2 weeks, but spending the most time in the career counseling office. I have lots of new vocabulary to learn, but it actually wasn’t too bad today with the language. It’s just the German labor law that I don’t know well, and I will need to learn in the next couple of weeks quickly. I enjoyed my first day and can’t wait to go back tomorrow! The internship is such a beautiful mix of my sociology and German studies, previous work experiences, and career interests…I couldn’t have found a better fit! Thank you so much for all of your support over the past two years, I wouldn’t be where I’m at now without your personal guidance and teaching excellence.


Latest News:  I have arrived in Germany and will be starting my internship at the Agentur fuer Arbeit on Monday! It goes until the end of July. The visa process (to get the Aufenthaltstitel) has been long and is still going on. It has been a lot more work than what I thought. If anyone else decides to do an internship abroad, please give them my email because there are things I wish I would’ve known from the start. Anyway, I actually found another internship just for the month of August at a Sprachschule here in the town where I live.

 Jessica wrote earlier:  I received a university summer course scholarship from the Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst for summer 2014. The scholarship covers the cost of airfare and the university language course, which I will be taking at LMU in Munich, Germany. Additionally, I will be interning at the Bundesagentur für Arbeit in Freising, Germany (near Munich) in June and July. I feel blessed to have been given both opportunities. I look forward to improving my German and learning as much as I can about the Bundesagentur für Arbeit  (Germany's Federal Employment Agency).

It’s a dream summer!      Fellow students -- here is the LINK for this program --  -- do it!

Congratulations, Jess!