Information about Internships

Internship modules in the B.A. and M.A. degree programmes

Internships are an integral (as a rule compulsory) part of the bachelor's and master's degree programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The requirements with regard to duration or scale, timing, objectives and contents of the internship vary from programme to programme and can be found in the module descriptions of the corresponding Study Regulations. All internships can also be completed abroad.

Overview of the formal requirements

Study ProgrammeScope of the practical moduleInternship Duration
B.A. Political Science (SR 2014)13 CP = 360 h + 1 CP (30 h) for report min. 360 h
B.A. Political Science (SR 2022)12 CP = 330 h + 1 CP für den Study daymin. 330 h
B.A. Sociology (SR 2015)
9 CP = 240 h + 1 CP (30 h) for report
min. 240 h
B.A. Sociology (SR 2022)11 CP = 300 h + 1 CP für den Study daymin. 300 h
M.A. Political Science (SR 2014)12 CP = 330 h + 1 CP (30 h) for report
min. 330 h
M.A. Political Science (SR 2022)12 CP = 330 h + 1 CP für den Study daymin. 330 h
M.A. Political Theory (SR 2014)
12 CP = 330 h + 1 CP (30 h) for report
min. 330 h
M.A. Political Theory (SR 2022)12 CP = 330 h + 1 CP für den Study daymin. 330 h
M.A.International Studies / Peace and Conflict Research (SR 2014)
11 CP = 300 h + 1 CP (30 h) for report
min. 300 h 
M.A. International Studies / Peace and Conflict Research (SR 2022)11 CP = 300 h + 1 CP für den Study daymin. 300 h
M.A. Sociology (optional in the specialisation module) (SR 2015)bis zu 9 CP, 90 h = 3 CP, 180 h = 6 CP, 270 h = 9 CPup to 270 h
M.A. Sociology (optional in the specialisation module) (SR 2022)bis zu 9 CP, 90 h = 3 CP, 180 h = 6 CP, 270 h = 9 CP + 1 CP Study dayup to 270 h
M.A. Comparative Democracy11 CP = 10 CP  for the internship + 1 CP for the study daymin. 300 h

General information on the procedure

1. Looking for an internship

Students must look for a suitable internship themselves. Current advertisements for internships are circulated on a regular basis via the student newsletter. Individual advice on internships is also available. We recommend that you allow sufficient time to prepare and apply early. You can find here advice and information on how to find an internship.

You do not have to register for the internship in advance at the Examination Office or have it approved. The deciding factor for its recognition is your Internship Report.

If you need a certificate for your internship provider that the internship is a compulsory part of your degree programme, you can obtain this from the Examination Office.

2. Timing your internship

You can undertake your internship during the lecture period as well as during the lecture-free period and complete it at home or abroad. In the case of part-time work, the duration of the internship is extended by the time needed to complete the prescribed number of hours. You can also complete your internship in several stages (as well as with different internship providers).

It is advisable to undertake your internship once you have already acquired some knowledge of your subject and can apply it within your internship. It is therefore recommended that bachelor's students undertake their internship from the third subject-specific semester onwards.

3.1. Internship Report (for all students who started their program before Wintersemester 2022/2023)

You must prepare and submit a report on your internship to the Examination Office together with the module record form (PDF), which you and the internship provider must complete.

The Examination Office forwards the documents to a member of the faculty authorised to conduct examinations, who issues the module certificate on the basis of the report and returns the documents to the Examination Office. The Internship Report does not count as an examination achievement, but it can be rejected with a request for revision if necessary.

If you divide up your internship, you have to combine these parts or activities in one Internship Report and reflect on them comparatively or contrastingly from a political science or sociological perspective.

3.2. Study Day (for all students who started their program in Wintersemester 2022/2023 or later)

Students perform a study activity within the framework of a study day, for example in the form of a poster presentation or a reflection report. The study days are announced for each semester in the course catalogue. The form of the study activity is always up to the lecturer. There will be at least three possible study days to choose from per semester.

4. Special rules for the MA Sociology degree programme

You can complete an internship as part of the specialisation module and, upon application (see right-hand column), earn up to 9 CP. In this case, you must state your reasons in advance as to how the internship contributes to your specialisation and to which focus area it should be assigned thematically. You must complete the module with a written or an oral examination (5 CP). In addition, you must write an Internship Report.


Criteria for internships

If you are unsure whether an internship fits into your degree programme in terms of content, you can first check for yourself whether it is suitable on the basis of the criteria listed below. If you are then still unsure, you are welcome to contact Academic Advice. Please note that the purpose of an internship is to consolidate in practice what you have learnt in your studies. In any case, you should be able to establish a connection to your studies.

We strongly advise against presenting part-time jobs unrelated to your subject as an internship. We are aware that many students cannot forego their part-time jobs for financial reasons. Nevertheless, you should not replace the internship with jobs entirely unrelated to your subject and should see the internship as an opportunity for your future career.

General (for all Political Science and Sociology degree programmes):

Research activities: Internships at social science research institutions outside universities are accepted.

Non-academic internships: There should be no activities involving routine interactions between two people (e.g. cashier, private tutor, waiter/waitress, flight attendant).

There should be interaction in groups, where working together needs to be coordinated and conflicts have to be managed.

Additional criteria for Political Science degree programmes:

The internship must have something to do with agreement on or implementation of binding collective decisions in a political context (a sports club or small business is not enough, a lobby or larger company is)

or

the activity must be aimed at influencing politics or public opinion (e.g. public relations in a company or sports association).

Please check beforehand whether these conditions are met, especially in the case of activities in the business sector.

You can find here an overview of potential internship providers.

The list is intended as guidance.

​Requirements for the internship report

Information on the requirements for the internship report can be found here (PDF).  

Recognition of equivalent achievements for the internship module

If you wish to have equivalent achievements recognised as an internship, you must complete the following application form and submit it to the Examination Office. The form can be used for the recognition of the following professional / voluntary activities:

  • Professional experience during or before your studies that was not in the form of an internship
  • Internships that were completed before starting university
  • Voluntary work

You must include a reference from your employer and a current overview of your academic achievements with your application.

In general, the Examination Committee decides on applications. If the Examination Committee approves your application, you can then write your Internship Report and submit it to the Examination Office together with the Examination Committee's confirmation on the form.

Should you have any further questions, please contact Academic Advice, which is also available to you in all phases of the internship (preparation, organisation, implementation and follow-up). You can find the contact details of Academic Advice in the right-hand column.

 Special regulations during the Corona pandemic

The Examination Committee has decided on a number of ways in which you can substitute other services for the Corona Pandemic Practicum. The individual possibilities are listed below. All rules apply initially until 30.09.2022.

1. additional module final examination in an additional course


Until 30.09.2022, the internship can also be replaced by a module final examination (performance record) in an additional course. This is possible for the following degree programmes as follows:

  • BA Sociology: one additional course with performance record in the module Specialisation (Module 11)
  • BA Political Science: one additional course with credit in the module Specialisation (Module 8)
  • MA ISFK: one additional course with credit in one of the following modules: 1, 2, 3, 6 or 7
  • MA Political Theory: one additional course with credit in one of the following modules: 1,2,3,4,5,7, or 8
  • MA Political Science: one additional course with credit in the supplementary area (Module 6)
  • MA Sociology: one additional course with credit in the module Specialisation (Module 8)

The prerequisite is that the students have already successfully completed all other modules except for the final module (colloquia and thesis) or are currently registered for the examination there. Since electronic examination registration is not possible here, you must provide proof via the module slip for extracurricular achievements and submit it to the examination office at pra.fb03@soz.uni-frankfurt.de with the note that this is the equivalent achievement to the internship. You can find the module slip here.

IMPORTANT: If you want to use this option, clarify beforehand by e-mail with the Examinations Office whether you have already completed enough work and whether this variant of the equivalent performance is possible in your individual case.

2. university political commitment within the framework of the AStA

Up to and including the winter semester 2021/2022, university political commitment within the framework of the AStA can also completely replace the internship, provided that the AStA certifies the hour equivalence.

3. online internships


Online internships are generally accepted (you do not have to apply for anything). This regulation also applies beyond 31.03.2022.

4. voluntary commitment


Relevant voluntary work can be accepted as equivalent work, provided that a corresponding number of hours is certified. Please use the following application form. The examination board decides on the application. The application must be submitted to the Examination Office at pra.fb03@soz.uni-frankfurt.de. Please note that only applications from students who are well advanced in their studies will be approved. BA students must be at least in their 4th semester, MA students in their 2nd semester. Should the application be approved, the internship report must still be written afterwards.

5. relevant professional experience

Suitable relevant professional experience that has not been gained in the form of an internship can be accepted as equivalent work, provided that a corresponding amount of hours is certified. Please use the following application form. The examination board decides on the application. The application must be submitted to the Examinations Office at pra.fb03@soz.uni-frankfurt.de. Please note that only applications from students who are well advanced in their studies will be approved. BA students must be at least in their 4th semester, MA students in their 2nd semester. Should the application be approved, the internship report must still be written afterwards.

6. internships prior to studies

Internships that were completed before the degree programme can be accepted as equivalent work, provided that a corresponding amount of hours is certified. Please use the following application form. The examination board decides on the application. The application must be submitted to the Examinations Office at pra.fb03@soz.uni-frankfurt.de. Please note that only applications from students who are well advanced in their studies will be approved. BA students must be at least in their 4th semester, MA students in their 2nd semester. If the application is approved, the internship report must still be written afterwards. 7.

7. discontinued internships

Internships that had to be discontinued due to the Corona crisis will be recognised provided that more than 50% of the prescribed hours have been completed. Please note that this rule only applies in the case of a lockdown. Otherwise, you must complete the hours in full.

8. participation in university committees


Student participation in university committees can be recognised as an equivalent achievement. Membership in a professional committee counts for 2 CP. All other memberships in committees count as 1 CP.

If you have any questions, please contact studienfachberatung.fb03@soz.uni-frankfurt.de.

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Student counselling for B.A. programs in Political Science and Sociology / Student counselling for M.A. programs / M.A. admission / B.A./M.A. internship counselling 

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