DAAD RISE-Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)


Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) is a summer internship program in Germany for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE offers unique opportunities for Bachelor students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. This program is coordinated under the German Academic Exchange Service.  

Applicants are not required to have German language experience, though some exposure or basic German skills can be helpful. The working language will be in English. This is a very competitive, in program and about 300 scholarships are available. For more information check out the DAAD RISE website. 

Because this program/award is very competitive, we suggest you begin the application process early.

Pitt's application requirements include: 

  • Student in good standing- no disciplinary record
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Have well-defined study, research or internship plans for your stay in Germany
  • Students that have completed at least 4 semesters of university-level academics are encouraged to apply.
  • Please review providers website for more requirements

DAAD offers the following regarding the DAAD RISE program for 2023:  As of now, we expect the RISE programs to resume as planned in 2023. The pandemic continues to develop dynamically in many countries. Under certain conditions RISE internships could take place virtually, too. Please refer to the DAAD site for more information.

Costs: The DAAD website has information on funding amounts provided for recipients of the award.  Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.


Academic Description: 
If you want to receive credit for an internship abroad, please consult with your academic advisor. DAAD RISE applicants must be a student studying: biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences or engineering.
Arts and Sciences
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Application Instructions: 

You should apply to both the Pitt online application on this website (including providing the listed required documents)  AND  complete the separate  RISE application on that website. You must work concurrently on the internal Pitt application that you create at www.globalexperiences.pitt.edu and on your program provider’s application through their respective websites. You can’t move forward without completing both applications by the respective deadlines.

 Reach out to your Pitt GEO Advisor with any questions. We are here to help!
For SSOE students:  please contact:  Alicia Olalde
For all other students, please contact:  Bryan Schultz
Please note that Pitt's application deadline is NOT the same as the DAAD RISE deadline.  The DAAD Rise deadline for  Summer 2023 is 12/15/22.   The Pitt application deadline for this program is 12/5/22.
SAO Staff: 

Alicia JF Olalde, M.A.

Hello! Konnichiwa! I am the Director for Global Experiences and Engagement in the Swanson School of Engineering.  After working for the JET program in Japan for just over two years, I decided to pursue a career in international education. I returned to the US via a few months of travel -slowing making my way west with many stops in stunning locations and with amazing people. Whenever possible, I continue  explore new countries and cultures and have had the good fortune to work, study and travel all over the world. I have been fortunate to work both as an administrator and as a classroom educator in higher education; my areas of interest are international, adult and comparative education.  I enjoy assisting engineering students seize global opportunities! 

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Bryan Schultz

Greetings!  I am the Director of Global and Experiential Programs at the University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh.  I've been at Pitt since 2011 and during this time served in the Study Abroad Office, Swanson School of Engineering and the College of Business Administration.  My portfolio of responsibilities includes expanding global and experiential opportunities for Pitt Honors students.  Prior to joining Pitt my career focused on providing executive-level leadership and consulting to nonprofit organizations in Colorado and Washington DC. 
I graduated from Kalamazoo College (MI) with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and earned a Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University (CO).  During my free tine I enjoy long backpacking trips, following Detroit-based professional sports, painting, going to concerts, and exploring new places - especially those overseas.



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