The Department of German Studies enjoys the very active support of the Stanford Club of Germany. This organization has been in existence since 1980 when it was founded to strengthen the Overseas Program in Berlin. Under a series of energetic presidents it has worked to provide a permanent residence for the Berlin campus (Haus Cramer, the former Villa Muthesius in Berlin-Dahlem) and, under the auspices of the Krupp Internship Program, to enable more than 750 three-month internships for Stanford undergraduates. More recently in 2008 the Club undertook to fund a visiting scholar from Germany in the Department of German Studies for one quarter each year. In addition, it has funded an annual award for the best essay on a German topic directed by a member of the Department of German Studies, the Stanford Club of Germany Prize.