Hi all! I'm a recent master of urban planning graduate looking at interning in Germany to learn more about their solar energy policies, community energy planning and urban planning methods in comparison the the United States.

I've identified five non-profit agencies, a business and two Federal ministries, but do not know anyone at them. I'm probably going to simply email them directly explaining my interest, experience and qualifications.

Any advice from those of you who have done this - especially in Germany? Or other agencies and businesses in Germany go contact? Perhaps even contacts at the places I am considering: Passivhaus Institute, Frauerhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservancy and Nuclear Safety, German Energy Agency, or Berlin Energy Agency?