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Master in Global Management

Work experience during your master

The Master in Global Management program from ESMT Berlin helps to prepare you for a global business future. ESMT students embrace diversity as a strength and the internships and projects of the Master in Global Management help you to build a global network through global experiences.

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  • The Social Impact Project

    The Social Impact Project is a four-month project with a five-week intensive field project during the second year of the Master in Global Management program. It offers you the opportunity to serve as an economic or management consultant for an organization with specific social impact objectives, such as a non-profit organization, a CSR department, a social entrepreneurship venture, or a social impact project of a for-profit organization.

    As consultants in these Social Impact Projects, you are expected to apply the tools from courses such as management science, economics, finance, marketing, strategy and organizational behavior to guide the decision-making process and increase the likelihood of achieving the desired social impact.

    During the project, you will develop skills such as leadership, problem-solving, and project management, which are difficult to acquire without guided practice. Unique to ESMT, master students are required to use these skills to benefit society as a whole, which is a cornerstone of ESMT’s mission. The Social Impact Project is therefore applied fieldwork with the goal of developing well-rounded, socially conscious graduates.

    You are welcome, and encouraged, to travel to the project destinations to gain onsite experience and consult directly with the social ventures.

    Watch student experiences with the SIP here!

  • Internships

    You can earn credits towards your degree by completing a mandatory internship between April and September of your first year of studies. The internship has a minimum duration of 12 weeks, but most students choose to do a longer internship of up to six months. ESMT's Career Services team helps you find the right opportunity and prepare professional and convincing applications for your chosen positions. Most students find their internships through a combination of engagement with ESMT's partners and open applications to companies of their choice.

    Germany is the most popular location for internships; however, you are allowed to do the internship anywhere in the world. Other locations in the past included the Netherlands, Japan, Turkey, Switzerland, France, South Korea, and Kenya.


    Internship Examples:

    • Amazon working in Project Management

    • EY working in Consulting

    • Mercedes Benz Mobility working in Financial Reporting

    • PUMA working as a Global Collaboration Intern

    • Tesla working in Business Operations

    • Zalando working in Culture, New Work, Diversity & Inclusion

  • Portfolio Management Program

    The Portfolio Management Program (PMP) is an extracurricular project outside the formal master curriculum in which, if selected, you will actively manage a real-money portfolio of 1 million Euros per group with a total portfolio value of 3 million Euros. The concept of the PMP enables you to combine theory and practice to develop real trading strategies on the open market. 

    You will actively conduct financial and economic research and analysis to understand the fundamentals of investing and asset management. This will help you develop the necessary skills to take this real-money portfolio and further develop a strategy to allocate and manage the funds. 

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Master Voices

Watch the highlights of one of the 2021 Social Impact Projects at Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia, a non-profit organization that advocates for and on behalf of women and children who are victims of gender-based violence.

Master Voices

Alumna Taylar Herman shares her Social Impact Project experience, talking about how she and her team helped Raise Your Voice, a non-profit organization based in Saint Lucia that supports and empowers victims of domestic violence.

In their own words
Internship reflections

The integration of this 6-month internship in the master curriculum at ESMT is the highlight of the whole program. It enabled me to use the knowledge I gained in the business world and it also helped me establish strong networks with top organizations.

Anish Kakroo, master alum
Social Impact Project Reflections

I got the opportunity [during the SIP] to understand and witness the impact that students can have on real-world problems, get in contact with local communities, get to know their needs and in the end be able to help them.

Pino de Wilde, master student
Social Impact Project Reflections

Taking a break from the conventional for-profit businesses, the Social Impact Project with Ashoka in Berlin provided me the chance to learn in-depth about the setup of social businesses.

Sopha Nem, master alum
Internship reflections

I interned as a research assistant at a management consulting company that develops strategies to enable fair and global sustainable energy access. This is a knowledge hub where everybody is passionate about improving the lives of those in need.

Juan Espana, master alum
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