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Internships are not part of the institution's timetable. They take place outside the institution under the management of an employer. They provide an opportunity to find out more about specific areas of interest. A good internship should provide the opportunity to gain an insight into day-to-day work in a clearly defined area or within a particular project. It is useful if the duties assigned are appropriate for the internship student's level of education. The minimum duration is normally six weeks as otherwise real involvement is not generally possible due to a lack of time. After completing the internship, the student receives a certificate of achievement.

If an optional internship lasts longer than 90 days (180 days of part-time employment), a third country national requires a work permit. This applies even if the optional internship is not remunerated.

You can obtain an internship by sending a speculative application to the company of your choice or by looking for advertisements in the press and on the Internet.

Compulsory internship

Internships on teacher training, law, political science and medicine courses are mandatory and are therefore compulsory internships. In these cases - depending on the subject and the conditions set out in the examination and course rules - you work for up to six months outside the institution in a school, legal practice, press office or hospital. These internships are not always paid.

On certain courses, an internship may even be an application or admission requirement. In this case, you must already have completed an internship before starting the course and submit a proof thereof.

In subjects that require placements, the placement office can normally help. At the end of the placement, a written placement report normally has to be produced.



The following websites may be helpful when searching for an internship (most of them available only in German):

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