September 11, 2014
Hello there! My name is Ines and I just started my internship in the Language Department at Deutsches Haus at NYU. I’m not completely new to New York as I have already spent some time in Virginia and New Jersey as an Au Pair, and a trip to a city like New York was always a fun thing to do. Back in Germany I started studying International Cultural and Business Studies which is very interdisciplinary and pretty unique in Germany - the German term for it would be “Kulturwirtschaft” and students are called “Kuwis”. I really enjoy taking classes on a very broad range of topics and learning about intercultural communication.
I’m originally from Gemuenden, a small town close to Wuerzburg, but for my studies I moved about 350 km south (which is not a long distance in American terms, I know) to the beautiful city of Passau. It’s a typical part of Bavaria as you would imagine it and has 50.000 residents of which 11.000 are students. Therefore moving to New York was a big step – NYU alone has 50.000 students, as many people as my whole town!
Since the Anglo-American cultural area is my chosen focus in the course of my studies and practical training abroad is integrated in order to pursue my Bachelor’s degree, I considered an internship at Deutsches Haus as the perfect opportunity. I can apply the knowledge I gained in various American studies classes with experience from past internships and learn about different projects of a language and cultural institution. Having been an Au Pair, I’m also looking forward to assisting Anja in the children’s program!
The Haus-Fest which just took place was a great start to my internship. It was a good opportunity to invite people to our first open-house following an extensive renovation, and a great way of getting to know what Deutsches has to offer. I was welcomed with warmth and being here for only a few days, I’m already sure these upcoming three months will be filled with a lot more exciting events and interesting projects!