Depending on your situation and individual goals, an internship fulfils various functions. Among others, you will gain an insight into various areas of activity and tasks, test the skills you have acquired during your studies as well as abilities and competences beyond that, get to know potential employers or prepare your dissertation in an organisation or company. Whatever your goal, proper preparation is important, and the following steps are recommended.
1. Before you start looking, you should first ask yourself:
2. You should then think about the following:
a) Which areas of activity and tasks interest me?
You can use the following list as guidance:
b) Do I want to stay in Germany or would I prefer to go abroad?
International Relations has compiled detailed information on the topic of internships abroad on its website. Possible contact points for an internship abroad are:
c) What are the formal requirements for a compulsory internship (scale, duration, recommended timing)?
d) What financial resources and amount of time are at my disposal for the internship?
4. You can now start looking for an internship:
Proceed in a suitably targeted manner and with sufficient lead time when looking for an internship and make use of various sources:
5. Customise your applications for individual internships:
Here, it stands and falls with good preparation in terms of content. This will make it easier for you to appear confident. You should also make sure that you are dressed appropriately.
7. Internship contract
An internship contract is not mandatory, but a safeguard for both sides. Ideally, it should make reference to the following points:
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