Many programs of study provide for a mandatory internship, which you must complete during your studies. A mandatory internship thus always needs to be included in your personal degree planning. Depending on its duration, the mandatory internship can be completed during the semester break or during an academic leave of absence. Since most companies only offer internships of three months or more, longer internships are also recognized as mandatory internships. And of course, the longer the internship lasts, the more experience you will gain. In addition to the mandatory internship, you should also plan further internships or, for example, a working student position in order to gather additional practical experience during your studies.
The mandatory internship must be completed by all students of the bachelor’s programs in Culture and Economy, Romance Languages, Literatures and Media as well as in most other bachelor's programs at the School of Humanities. There is no mandatory internship in the bachelor’s program in English and American Studies CELLS.
The mandatory internship must have been recognized by the School, before you can take your final oral examination. It is your responsibility to submit the internship report and the necessary documents in good time. If you do not submit your report in time (at least four weeks in advance), you may not be able to take your final oral examination.
The mandatory internship must last at least six weeks (full-time at least 35 hours/
The bachelor’s program in Romance Languages, Literatures and Media is an exception. In this program, the mandatory duration of the internship is ten weeks full-time (full-time at least 35 hours/
You will always find interesting internship advertisements in the internship and job database of the School of Humanities. You can also search in internship and job databases on the Internet. It is also worth taking a look at the career pages of companies and institutions that are of interest to you. Personal initiative, intensive research, and perseverance are required to find an internship that matches your preferences.
The internship should be related to your program of study. However, it does not necessarily have to be oriented towards individual subjects. The primary purpose of the internship is to offer you the opportunity to “get a taste” of a potential future field of work that might be interesting for you and to gain some initial professional experience.
You can request the confirmation of a mandatory internship for the employer directly via our online form. Please read the explanations on the confirmation of a mandatory internship for the employer in advance.
The statutory minimum wage has been in force in Germany since 1 January 2015. It currently amounts to EUR 9.50 per hour. The minimum wage is also applicable to internships. Exceptions to this rule are the following cases: