October 22, 2015
My name is Christina and I am the Cultural Program’s new intern. I recently graduated from the John F. Kennedy Institute in Berlin with a Master’s degree in North American Studies. Therefore, the internship at Deutsches Haus is a good opportunity for me to get more practical experience before I finally enter work life next year. I’ve already interned in various organizations and institutes with a specific focus on transatlantic alliance. Whereas in Germany, I tried to foster a better understanding of the United States and helped build bridges between Germans and Americans, at Deutsches Haus I will try to change perspectives and promote my own country to Americans. I am really excited to take on this job.
Being an intern at Deutsches Haus in Greenwich Village, one of New York’s most beautiful neighborhoods, is amazing and inspiring at the same time. During my Bachelor’s and Master’s, I did a lot of research on New York City, from its early beginnings as the colony Nieuw-Amsterdam, to the immigration waves in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the Roaring Twenties, the Harlem Renaissance, and up to modern day. The immigration to the Lower East Side at the turn of the century was my particular area of expertise and I am really excited that I am now able to visit these places and absorb New York’s vibrancy, sophisticated educational climate, and historical richness.