German American Exchange

Welcome to German American Exchange, Inc.

German American Exchange, Inc. – a non-profit organization, registered with the State of Georgia – enables American students to complete an internship and to spend time in Germany during the career-planning phase of their early lives.

Especially for young Americans, it is important to get an insight and a clearer understanding of Germany´s economic and business role within the European Union.

American students after having completed at least four semesters of university interested in completing a three-month internship with a host company in different fields of the German economy

Companies in Germany interested in offering a three-month internship to American students

About us: German-American Exchange, Inc.


Sebastian Meis
Sebastian Meis
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Sebastian Meis is a shareholder and cross-border transactional corporate attorney in the Atlanta office of Baker Donelson. He is a member of the Firm’s Global Business Team. As an attorney licensed in Germany and the U.S., Mr. Meis advises companies in corporate matters, particularly in the formation and restructuring of corporations and partnerships both in Germany and the U.S.
Mr. Meis has represented German investment funds in corporate, tax and bank regulatory matters in connection with real estate, as well as oil and gas investments in the U.S. In addition, he has advised investors on the acquisition of businesses and restructuring of investments. He has extensive experience in advising companies, as well as individuals, in the U.S. and Germany on complex visa issues and related international tax matters.
David Rückel
David Rückel
Member of the Board
David Rückel is founder and managing partner of PIA Pontis Institutional Advisors GmbH. Prior to starting PIA in 2015 he held senior positions structuring and placing investment funds for German regulated managers. He was Deputy Head of Sales with Hamburg Trust REIM and Head of Institutional Business for Catella Real Estate KAG. From 2008 until 2012 he was Managing Director at Wells Real Asset Management. In this role he headed the European efforts in structuring investment vehicles and raising capital for the subsidiary of the US SEC-regulated real estate manager Wells Real Estate Funds.


Dr. Tobias Huning, University of North Florida
Dr. Traci S. O´Brien, Auburn University, Alabama
Dr. Claire Baldwin, Dr. Teresa Olsen, PhD, Colgate University, New York
Dr. Peter Höyng, Emory University, Georgia
Dr. Caroline Cully Garbers, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Robin Huff, Georgia State University
Prof. James Mellichamp, Piedmont College, Georgia
Dr. Heiko Wiggers, Wake Forest University, North Carolina
Dr. Brigitte Rossbacher, University of Georgia
Dr. Jocelyn Aksin, UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Dr. Angela Jakeway, Dr. Torsten M. Pieper, UNC Charlotte, North Carolina
Dr. Christopher Hutchinson, University of Mississippi
Dr. Paul A. Youngman, Washington and Lee University, Virginia



German American Exchange is based on two separate entities that merely agreed on a joint cooperation promoting the international exchange of students between the United States and Germany.


We aim to offer internships that help the participants to become aware of and understand the growing importance of the economic relationships between Europe and the U.S. Mutual trust is reinforced, mental hurdles are surmounted, and prejudices are broken down.

We believe that internships for American students are one of the best ways to develop young ambassadors who will bring a new and focused dynamic to the world around them after returning to the United States. Our GAE internship program offers students the opportunity to become familiar with German culture through a three-month internship with a host company in different fields of the economy.

As students will be working in a business environment, daily interactions with leading international firms will enable them to gain a better insight into the German economy, sharpen and improve their German language skills and engage with cross-cultural challenges helping to cultivate a better transatlantic repertoire between the United States and Germany.


The GAE internship program is designed to ensure that all students returning to the United States from Germany have an expanded self-confidence and will provide them with an incredible professional opportunity to accompany their undergraduate studies.

Through daily interactions with their host company, students will become true ambassadors for the rapidly globalizing world around us in a time where a larger international perspective is necessary for both personal and cultural progression, as well as creating a better transatlantic relationship between the United States and Germany.

German American Exchange provides students with ample opportunities to gain insight into the world´s economy, improve their German language skills, and enjoy cultural challenges.

What we offer:

  • Procurement of work permits
  • Internships at top-tier globally renowned companies
  • Interesting accompanying activities and excursions to Munich and Berlin


Auburn University, Colgate University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Piedmont College, University of Georgia, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, University of North Florida, University of North Georgia, Syracuse University, Virginia Tech, University of Mississippi, Wake Forest University as well as Washington and Lee University.




German American Exchange Inc.
Sebastian Meis
3414 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Suite 1600, Monarch Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Tel: +1 404-443-6771

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