Prague, Czech Republic
IFSA Summer Internships in Prague
BUILD PROFESSIONAL SKILLS IN THE HEART OF EUROPE
Prague’s combination of multicultural traditions and innovative spirit make it an exciting place to add professional experience to your academic achievements. With a startup, NGO, or global business as your classroom, you’ll quickly gain skills that stand out on a resume. Beyond the city’s magical spires, explore hiking preserves and century-old breweries. More affordable than many European cities, Prague’s central Europe location makes it an easy jumping off point for exploring on weekends.
Add an optional elective to earn additional credits.
Details at a Glance
3 - 7
Apartment/Flat, Single Room Option
Some placements may require previous Czech language experience
Not in most cases. Learn More.
Enhance your learning and develop marketable skills with an eight-week Summer Internship in Prague.
If you’ve never studied Czech before, you’ll take this introductory seminar taught intensively at the beginning of your summer session to complement the IFSA internship experience. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom—and venturing out into the city to practice them—this class also provides insights into local customs and daily life in Prague. (1 U.S. semester credit hour)
International Internship Seminar
All internships include participation in the International Internship Seminar, which uses a blended learning framework with online and in-person components. Online modules provide structured opportunities to reflect on the practical experience of the internship, learn more about your host country’s business culture, and further develop the professional skills needed for a successful transition from undergraduate coursework into a career or graduate school. Plus, you will engage with an online global cohort of IFSA internship participants, gaining exposure to business cultures around the world. At your IFSA location, you will meet in-person with fellow interns to participate in exclusive field visits, learn from guest speakers about working across cultures, and attend workshops on leveraging your strengths for your future job search at home or abroad. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
You may enroll in one additional class in either Session 1 or Session 2. Not all classes may be offered in a given term. Click on each link below for a detailed class syllabus.
SESSION 1 CLASS
Architecture and Design in Prague: From Fairytale Castles to Communist Blocks
The class introduces the European artistic architecture and design of the Czech capital. By examining artists, architects, and their works, students acquire a deeper understanding of the city’s character and how patronage, power, and politics have shaped the urban landscape. The class covers the periods of European architectural development from medieval to modern, distinguishing the various artistic styles and movements; the ways in which architects and designers conform to, or disrupt, artistic conventions; and how their work reflects and even influences the social and political dynamics of the city. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
SESSION 2 CLASS
Computer Games Culture and Industry
This class explores the computer and video games industry from an interdisciplinary critical culture and creative industry lens, with readings, resources, classes, guest speakers, and site visits focusing on the intersection of business and culture in the computer games industry. From mass culture multi-national corporations through to smaller ‘indie’ games developers, this class examines the evolving structure of the computer games industry with an in-depth exploration of industry innovation, investment, changing demographics, and cultural appeal and implications. (3 U.S. semester credit hours)
IFSA internships include real-world work experience, along with developing intercultural skills and experiences that are key to personal, academic, and professional success. Expect to devote a total of 120 hours working with your host organization, with supervision from your seminar instructor, coordinated by on-site IFSA team members. In addition, interns complete the International Internship Seminar for 3 U.S. semester credit hours. Internships are not remunerated.
Students have interned at galleries and museums, business incubators, development agencies, religiously affiliated non-profits, marketing firms, and human rights advocacy groups in Prague.
Your goals are carefully considered, tailoring the placement process to ensure the best possible fit. Keep in mind that final placements depend on your skills, prior experience, and availability. Although every effort is made to match your placement with your preferred field or area of business, it can’t be guaranteed. Internships are conducted in English.
Application. After you submit your application, resume, and IFSA Internship Intent Form, an IFSA Enrollment Counselor and an on-site IFSA Team member will work with you to identify your professional strengths, review your goals, and refine your internship interests to establish a match. From there, you’ll have an interview with your potential internship host. You will be provided with tips and resources to prepare for your interview.
Sample Placements. The following are examples of internships IFSA students have recently completed. Placement options vary from term to term.
Organization: This coaching institution shows artists how to step into their power so they can create art they’ll love and create the kind of world in which they want to live.
Subject Areas: Business, Communications, Marketing
Potential Projects: As an intern, you can assist with operations management, support community management and social media, conduct marketing research, advise on marketing strategies, or develop website content.
Organization: This non-profit, human rights organization works to protect the rights of foreigners in the Czech Republic.
Subject Areas: Communications
Potential Projects: You will engage in international research and write reports to support the fair migration policy project.
Organization: The mission of this U.S. not-for-profit institute, based in Prague, is to advance the rule of law in the world. It works to protect fundamental rights and individual liberties; promote transparent, incorruptible, accountable governments; lay the foundation for economic opportunity and growth; and encourage peaceful resolution of disputes.
Subject Areas: Communications, Law/Legal Studies, Public Relations
Potential Projects: As an intern you may collaborate on event organization, write research reports, and producing and editing content for the institute’s local and international activities.
Organization: This independent consulting firm, based in Switzerland with a branch office in Prague, provides technology consulting guidance, services, and solutions to more than 1,000 businesses worldwide.
Subject Areas: Business, Computer Science, Human Resources, Marketing
Potential Projects: As an intern you may work in Human Resources assisting with recruitment support; in Marketing supporting communication management market analysis; in Computing reviewing code and helping with in-house software development; or in Finance helping with basic account and payroll services.
Organization: This school, one of the largest language services in Prague and the Czech Republic, serves more than 140 corporate clients providing in-company language training programs and independent language testing. In addition, it provides foreign language courses for the public, including private lessons and semester-long classes for groups.
Subject Areas: Communications, Information Technology, Marketing, Teaching English as a Second Language
Potential Projects: You may review marketing strategies and a campaign for a teacher-training program; produce, edit, and review content for international target audiences in various media; assist with reestablishing alumni engagement; help create a pilot English as a Foreign Language teaching program; or develop strategy for implementing a new remote learning program.
- You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
- You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
- You must have completed at least one (1) full-time semester of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.
Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.
- Tour of Historic Prague: Let yourself be smitten by the beautiful historic downtown and learn about the story of a nation throughout 700 years of history.
- Farmer’s Market: Join the social event of Saturday market shopping among locals, partly guided, partly for you to explore the smells, sounds, shapes, and colors of local products. And, of course, there’ll be a tasting!
- Prague’s Story through Architecture: Your first dip into the local history will prepare you for wandering the streets of Prague with new appreciation and cultural awareness.
- Cookout with Czech Peers: It is hard to meet Czechs among the tourist crowds of summertime. This activity is a great opportunity for you to do just that – and get a few tips and insights from locals. Plus, you’ll fall in love with chlebíčky (open-faced sandwiches).
- Karlštejn Castle Tour: Just an hour outside of Prague, explore this jewel of a 14th century Gothic castle and spend the day enjoying the countryside.
- Scenic Brewery Visit: Enjoy a short hike in Prague’s countryside to visit a brewery and tour one of the stars of the traditional beer-making industry (Únětice)!
Housing and Meals
HousingApartment/Flat, Single Room Option
Prague students typically live in apartments shared by four to six IFSA students in the city’s residential neighborhood. Home to Czech and international locals, this neighborhood is a short tram ride from the historic city center. Apartments vary but are generally in updated historic buildings, a 5- to 25-minute walk from the IFSA Program Center.
Flats could be single-gender or mixed-gender. Bedrooms are shared by same gender students. Students can request single rooms—keep in mind that private rooms include an additional fee to cover the higher cost. Students are responsible for their own meals, and often cook in their apartment kitchens, which are fully equipped.
Take a look at Slezska 23 to see what your Prague home might be like:
- Location: Vinohrady, an international residential neighborhood.
- Commute: A 15-minute walk to the IFSA Program Center at Villa Grébovka.
- Living space: Apartments for four to six students in older, historic buildings. Students share bedrooms with two single-gender students per room. Bedrooms include two beds, desks, and storage. Residents share bathroom, living space, eating area, and kitchen with oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and basic utensils. Duvet and pillow provided; students provide sheets and towels.
- Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare or purchase meals, and often tell us cooking together is a fun, social part of the day.
- Other details: Internet included. Washing machines and drying racks in each apartment
- Nearby: Cafes, restaurants, shops, galleries, concert venues, farmers’ markets, tram and metro. Jiřího z Poděbrad Square. Žižkov TV tower. Riegrovy Sady. Náměstí Míru Square.