Curriculum Vitae

Personal Information

Claire Wenngren
Claire Wenngren
Claire Wenngren
Date of Birth:
6 March 1986
Place of Birth:
Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 71
24103 Kiel, Germany
+49(0)1575 20 09 952

Employment History

03/2015 to present
Freelance translator and author
Kiel, Germany
  • Projects and orders for private customers and agencies
  • Publication of a novel
  • Editorial work and proofreading for private customers and agencies
07/2017 to 02/2018
Freelance museum guide, Kunsthalle zu Kiel
  • Guided tours of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions at the art museum in Kiel
03/2014 – 08/2016
Eule Lokalisierung GmbH
Kiel, Germany
  • Technical translation from German to English, specialisation in SAP software and general IT texts
  • Experience with machine translation, proofreading and editing
  • Training of our English-speaking interns
  • Design, consulting and technical realisation of a new company website
08/2013 – 02/2014
Starbucks Coffee Company AG
Bremen, Germany
  • Barista, 20 hours a week
09/2010 – 02/2014
Freelance translator and teacher
Canada and Germany
  • Orders and projects for translation agencies, private customers and Queen’s University
  • Language teacher at several language schools in Bremen and private customers
06/2012 – 07/2013
Institut für Management und Organisation
Bochum, Germany
  • Translation from German to English, mostly market analyses and texts on personnel management
  • Language training for company management
  • Research assistant in the following areas:
    • Market analyses
    • Personnel management
    • Talent management
03/2012 – 05/2013
Technische Universität Dortmund
Dortmund, Germany
  • Research assistant with the following main tasks:
    • Translation of specialist texts in Cultural Studies from German to English
    • Editing of academic texts destined for publication
10/2008 – 04/2009
Language assistant at Lycée Malherbe
Caen, France
  • English language assistant at the high school Lycée Malherbe in Caen, part-time
  • Development of projects and courses

Academic Training

10/2011 – 04/2013
Technische Universität Dortmund
Dortmund, Germany
  • One year as DAAD scholar in the Master’s programme “Kunst und Kulturvermittlung” (Art and Cultural Studies)
  • Additional year independent study at graduate level focusing on historical garment construction and fashion history
09/2009 – 08/2011
Queen’s University
Kingston, Canada
  • M.A. in Art History, focusing on Fashion History and the Dutch Baroque
    • Master’s thesis on fashion and the Wiener Werkstätte
  • Overall mark: 3.90 of 4.00
  • Research assistant with the following tasks:
    • Translation from German to English, including texts with nineteenth-century fonts
    • Reading and summarising texts in French and English for professors
    • Collaboration on a project on Gothic wall painting
  • Practicum at the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre
    • Research on works of art in the University collection
    • Reading and summarizing specialist texts in French, Russian, English, Dutch and German for curators
    • Writing essays for a catalogue on the University’s Bader Collection
  • Teaching assistant in bachelor’s degree courses
09/2004 – 05/2008
Grinnell College
Grinnell, United States
  • Bachelor’s degree in Art with honours
    • Bachelor’s thesis on music in the work of Hieronymus Bosch
  • Bachelor’s degree in Russian with honours
    • Semester abroad in Saint Petersburg
    • Translations from Russian to French for the Hermitage Museum
  • Overall mark: 3.94 of 4.00

Educational Training

08/1999 – 05/2003
Cherry Creek High School
Greenwood Village, United States
  • Diploma with overall mark 4.4 of 4.00 (weighted AP system)
    • Medal for excellence in French
    • Medal for excellent overall marks
    • Advanced placement (AP) courses at university level

Additional Training

05/2009 – 06/2009
Die Neue Schule
Berlin, Germany
  • Six-week intensive course, C1
06/2008 – 07/2008
Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies
Smith College, Northampton, United States
  • Six-week intensive course in Museum Studies
  • Curator for exhibition “Bare Identities”
06/2006 – 08/2006
Political Russian
Beloit College, Beloit, United States
  • Nine-week intensive course in Russian, C1-C2

Honours and Scholarships

10/2011 – 07/2012
Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
09/2009 – 08/2011
Fully-financed study in the Master’s programme at Queen’s University, Canada
09/2009 – 08/2011
Bursary from Queen’s University for foreign students with exceptionally high marks
06/2008 – 07/2008
Scholarship from Smith College for the intensive course “Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies”
08/2004 – 05/2008
Trustee Scholarship from Grinnell College for exceptional marks and study
08/2004 – 05/2008
National Merit Scholarship for exceptionally high test scores in the college entry exams
Early introduction in the academic society Phi Beta Kappa
06/2006 – 08/2006
Scholarship from Beloit College for the intensive course “Political Russian”
Neal Klausner Award for highest marks in class at Grinnell College
Sophomore Award for exceptional performance in Art History


  • English (native speaker)
  • German (fluent, almost native speaker level)
  • French (very good)
  • Russian (very good)
  • Dutch (good, very good reading knowledge)
  • Danish (beginner, average reading knowledge)

EDV Skills

  • Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • CAT tools: Trados Studio 2015
  • Responsive web design with HTML5, CSS3 and Bootstrap
  • Digital graphic design with Inkscape and Procreate
  • Programming with JavaScript and PHP