Stanford University in Berlin

Krupp Internships / Praktika

For Students - Stanford Credit


Stanford Credit for “Writing Up” the Krupp Internship

The option to “write up the internship” is designed to give you an opportunity to reflect on the experience of the internship, considering issues of cultural difference and other relevant themes as they emerge in the workplace, in collegial interaction, etc. The write-up consists of three elements, and earns you up to 3 units:

  1. A short bibliography of approximately five works which relate to the themes/areas of the internship.
  2. A written reflection, 10 pages in German or 15 in English, on the internship.
  3. A brief presentation of the internship experience to faculty in the German department upon completion of the written work.

Preparation during the internship phase:  you might read from the bibliography list and take notes on your reading, and/or keep a journal of experiences and observations for incorporation into your paper, etc. The reading list should be formulated in consultation with an advisor from the German department on the home campus or with an advisor at the Berlin campus.

Scope: you will be expected to do some research into relevant issues (e.g. social, historical, political)  that arise from the experience; i.e., you will need to go beyond simply summarizing your experiences. The best write-ups have been those that use the experience as a launching point for an analytical discussion of larger issues and articulate students' particular perspective and insights.

How to go about it

It is a simple process. Once you're back at Stanford, you choose a professor in the German Studies Department to advise your work, and you sign up for a directed reading with that professor (GERLIT 298). The units are negotiable with the professor, the most you can earn being three (3). Generally students write a 10 page paper in German or a 15 page paper in English, and then present the paper to three professors at the end of the term (the advisor and two others). That is, you present the main points of the paper and the experience, and the professors ask questions. Students tend to bring things along like pictures, maps, or other documents for the purposes of illuminating the paper. It takes about half an hour to an hour and is thought of more as a chance to share your experiences with the faculty than as a test.


Contact at the Department of German Studies: Professor Adrian Daub: