Alberta-Saxony Internship Program
The Alberta-Saxony Internship Program (ASiiA) is an opportunity for Albertan students to complete and internship in Saxony, Germany.
The program gives young leaders the opportunity to get involved in research, technology and business practices in a wide variety of areas including, Health, Energy, Environment, Education and Economic development. Students complete a research or industry placement and gain work experience opportunities that play an essential role in professional development and provide them with critical life and professional skills.
First come, first considered for remaining spaces until July 15, 2021
University-specific additional requirements
One academic or professional reference, Eueopean-style resume, cover letter and ASiia application form required - see the Eligibility section below.
Open November 1, 2021
- Winter placements run from January to April
- Summer placements run from May to August
- Fall placements run from September to December
Rent (inc. utilities, shared with 1 roomate)
Student Transit Pass
For information on visas, health insurance, and finances, please visit the ASiiA Pre-Departure page.
Estimated living expenses are based on averaged expenses of past participants, and may change based on duration of stay, city of internship, and other factors. This doesn't include flights, entertainment, or travel expenses.
Participating students who conduct research through ASiiA can also apply for a Research Grant worth $3000.
Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation in Saxony prior to departing for their internship. There are many resources available to you to assist in this search, please see below for some options suggested by ASiiA, or read more on their page here.
Open to full-time registered students in a Bachelor, Master or PhD program at UCalgary and stay enrolled during the duration of the internship.
In addition, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be in good academic standing at UCalgary.
- Have a minimum of 3rd year academic standing by the start of the internship.
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Please note that there may be additional and potentially more stringent visa requirements for Canadian permanent residents.
- Proficiency in German language is desired, but not required. Language competences may effect location of placement (industry versus research), and will increase intercultural learning.
In addition to the online application, the following documents need to be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org in word or pdf format:
- Your resume in English, formatted to the Europass template (See Documents Required for Finding a Placement)
- Your cover letter (please refer to the template here for more information)
- Official ASiiA Application Form (downloaded here) - submitted as a word document only
- academic or professional reference (needs to be submitted by instructor/employer directly)
NOTE: If you are applying for multiple programs please see individual program pages for other application requirements and deadlines.
I'm an international student, can I participate?
International students may apply if they fulfill the Alberta residency requirement:
- born in Alberta
- student who has graduated from a high school in Alberta or
- lived in Alberta for 12 consecutive months
Can Co-op students receive Co-op credit for this internship?
Co-op students may receive credit for this internship. Ensure you discuss the program with your Faculty Co-op advisor. ASiiA can provide information to the Co-op office at UCalgary to help facilitate your credit evaluation.
Where can I go?
The internships are within organizations within the Free State of Saxony, Germany. Major cities include Dresden, Leipzig, Chemnitz, and Zwickau.
How do I find my own internship in Saxony?
Past partcipants on this program have successfully located great internship placements on their own. Once you have been approved to be a participant on the program by ASiiA, you should immediately begin researching the Saxony region for companies, universities and organisations in your desired field where you would be interested in gaining work experience. You can contact the companies directly via email, introducing yourself as a participant on the ASiiA program (provide a link to this website) and state your interest in a placement within their organisation. You must copy email@example.com all correspondence with potential placement providers. The Saxony office will be able to provide some assistance in the search for a placement.
What happens if I am unable to find a placement?
You should spend 8 weeks actively seeking an internship placement, if after 8 weeks you have been unable to locate a suitable placement, you will be given the choice to either defer to a new time period (ie: Fall, if originally desired a Summer placement) or withdraw from the program.
How long and when do these internships take place?
Each placement is 3.5 months long. Positions have a varying start date and may be organized to coincide with your academic semesters.
I have already graduated from my home intuition, can I still apply?
Yes, recently graduated students are eligible to apply and participate in the program for up to ONE year after graduation. For example, if you graduated in June 2016, you have until June 2017 to apply and complete an internship placement.
Are internships paid or unpaid?
Both. Most internship placements will be unpaid; however, paid internships are sometimes available. Being open to unpaid internship placements will broaden the opportunities available to you.
Will I need a visa?
Yes, you will require a Visa to work in Germany. Please read our 'Preparation Process' page for information on Visas.
Is there a deadline to apply?
There is no specific deadline to apply for this program, however, if you are applying for one of the current postings, it may specify a deadline for the position. Also, if you have a specific time you would like to go for, please refer to the "Application Deadlines" section in the sidebar.
Where can I get more information?
Students can refer to the advisor in the "Contacts" sidebar to book an appointment. You can also connect with program alumni on Facebook. We really encourage the ASiiA community members (past, present and future ASiiA interns) to exchange information through the Facebook group and organize group activities and events to make the experience abroad truly worthwhile. Whether it be by attending cultural activities or internship cafés, reach out and connect with the community!
Global Learning 101
Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
How to Apply
Download the application guide
This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.
Identify three programs of interest
We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.
Check requirements and deadlines
These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.
Start your application
Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!
Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.
International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.
For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.