Accepting applications now for an internship starting in January 2023
In Ingersheim (near Stuttgart)
We are a young, dynamic and very customer-oriented company, with a can-do attitude and a passion for what we do. It is very important to us that we provide each group with the ideal academic program, individually prepared for their needs.
It is not only important for us to offer educational opportunities for overseas students, but also for European students at our own locations.
An internship with CEPA in Ingersheim combines support and the opportunity to work in a small-sized company with an educational spirit and a motivated team. We look for flexible, open-minded and energetic internship students who are excited by education, communication and travel.
Main duties include:
- Organization and implementation of faculty-led programs
- Booking hotels, trains, and private buses
- Expanding and cultivating contacts with companies or institutions that welcome our groups
- Developing daily detailed schedules for programs
- Preparing information material for participants and on-site coordinators
- Controlling expenses related to specific groups
- Researching academic visits and activities relating to new study abroad topics and regions
- Projects relating to marketing, acquisition, and promotion may also be considered
- Study majors: business, marketing or tourism preferred
- Fluency in German and English
- Further language skills in French, Italian and Spanish are preferred
- An organizational talent
- Reliability, flexibility, open-mindedness, and dedication
- EU citizen or the appropriate visa to work in Germany
Min. 6 months starting from January 2023.
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a paid internship.
Housing will be provided at no costs (if needed).
“I worked as an intern at CEPA in Ingersheim for five months in a mandatory internship. While studying tourism, an internship at CEPA has been a perfect fit for my practical experience. As the pandemic was still present, I was lucky to be able to go to the office almost every day. During our onboarding weeks, I was able to learn the work at CEPA step by step. The CEPA spirit driving the team and the company is unique. I felt welcomed from the first day. The team is motivating and inspiring and I felt like being part of a little family.
As CEPA is a tour operator I learned how to organize an educational study abroad program independently. However, I could always ask questions and get help if I didn’t know how to move forward. I communicated with several tour operators involved in the programs which helped a lot with language and communication skills.
Apart from organizing study abroad programs, I was able to be part of creating marketing material and shaping the sustainability strategies of CEPA. Being able to gain experience in marketing activities, I felt supported and learned a lot about teamwork and in terms of organizational skills.
Moreover, I had the chance to travel to the second office in the Château in Strasbourg to meet the other part of colleagues working at CEPA.
Being part of CEPA for five months I met a lot of interesting and inspiring people, gained a lot of knowledge regarding business matters with European Tour Operators, and languages, and worked in an intercultural environment.
I would definitely recommend doing an internship at CEPA to anyone who considers working in tourism or in an intercultural environment.”
“Working as an intern for CEPA Europe was an incredible learning experience. Interns at CEPA are given full responsibility for organizing faculty-led programs, including communication with partner companies and arranging international travel logistics. The potential for professional capacity building is remarkable – my German language skills have benefited greatly from being immersed in a German business environment, and I gained first-hand experience of the inner workings of a small, dynamic team. The team atmosphere is what truly sets CEPA apart: although the work is challenging, I always felt the support of my colleagues. I would recommend an internship at CEPA to anyone interested in an international business career!”
“In the context of my master study, Tourism Development Strategies, I completed an internship at CEPA located in Ingersheim. From day one, the team in Ingersheim was cordially receiving me. Also, they trusted me and assigned to me very interesting and challenging tasks. I really liked to go to work every morning… also because I had a very good relationship to my colleagues and to my boss. The level of support by my colleagues and my boss was outstanding.
During my entire internship, I learned continuously not only with respect to business matters but also with regard to teamwork as well as communication and networking with others. Since we have university groups travelling all over Europe, I worked with service providers from different countries and cultures and could gain interesting intercultural experiences. I can really recommend doing an internship at CEPA, if you are open, motivated and interested in something different.”
“The six months of my internship at the headquarters in Ingersheim went by in a flash. I really enjoyed working in a team that is truly more like a family and gives you all the support you need to fulfill your own tasks.
After a brief introduction to the history of CEPA and a more detailed look at the business philosophy and operations, I started working and organizing the actual study abroad programs. It was a great feeling how the responsibility grew with each task I was given, and I could see the outcome of careful planning and effort. Of course, it was not always easy due to the coronavirus situation and the different regulations in the EU countries, but I learned with every step and grew with each challenge.
The internship taught me that it is better to plan everything through and to be one step ahead of everything. At the same time, it has also shown me that there are always alternatives to keep things going, even if not as planned. In addition, my time management has improved significantly, as has my business English, both written and spoken. I am very glad that I did my internship at CEPA and can sincerely recommend it to everyone who is interested in the tourism industry and working in a travel agency that creates special, very individualized, and diverse study abroad programs for American students.”
“After getting my degree in tourism management and spending some time abroad, I worked for CEPA for 6 months as an intern in Ingersheim. Being able to work with and for CEPA was amazing and I profited a lot from it. The team spirit and motivation is incredible and it was a great experience to see how a well-organized company works. As an intern, I was not the one doing the boring jobs. I got several programs handed over that I organized independently. Nevertheless, I could always count on the support and assistance of my colleagues.
During my internship I enjoyed the variety of tasks the most. As CEPA does not offer standardized travels, each program is different, which made it so much more fascinating for me. I also got the chance to work as an on-site coordinator for a student group in Germany, which was great. It was amazing to meet the students and while enjoying the time with them, I learned a lot about leading a group as well as about their culture.
Besides getting to know how a tour operator works, I improved my language skills and got insights into various parts of program planning from the proposal creation all the way to its realization. Working at CEPA was a great opportunity for me and I can only recommend it to anyone who is interested in the field of tourism and languages.”
“My 8 months at CEPA was the perfect stepping stone from university into the working world. It felt more like a little family rather than a work place. This really made it easier starting off in a foreign country and also very enjoyable and special having a more intimate atmosphere where you weren’t just a small fish in a big pond. This also allowed me to have a lot of flexibility in terms of the responsibilities I had. I had the pleasure of not only helping out in operations but also in the marketing department, helping with acquisitions etc. Having this exposure in different areas was vital for my development.
Furthermore there is a lunchtime club where we cooked and ate together every day, something again which is very special and unique to CEPA (you then also get to taste lots of different German dishes, yummy!!). And if that doesn’t convince you then the location will, it is an absolute dream, nestled amongst vineyards overlooking the Neckar Valley, you really cannot get a more beautiful place to work (your office is in a castle!).”