Finding an Internship
Discover a new country, work with interesting people and submerge yourself in a foreign culture? An internship abroad offers you a unique chance to broaden your horizons, get to know countries and the people who live there, and live and work in a completely different culture.
The search for an internship abroad is not as difficult as you might think. The following pages will give you an overview of the most important information and tips you need to organize your internship.
Tips for looking for an internship
Check with people you know
Use personal contacts (family, friends, etc.) and talk to other students. Some faculties also have information about past internships abroad - ask the person responsible for internships in your faculty.
HFU Job Search
Use your FELIX log-in to check out the HFU Job and Careers Portal, selecting internship abroad.
You can also send unsolicited speculative applications to selected companies. A well-worded email enquiry stating your degree programme and giving some information about your skills and the planned period of internship is enough to start with. Once the company has responded you should send the complete application documents which they request. The Global Business Database could help you in your search for a company.
Visit (international) trade fairs and take your application documents with you. You can make contacts and collect company materials and business cards which could be useful later on. On the Furtwangen Campus there are University Careers Fairs twice a year, and on the Schwenningen Campus once a year on Campus Day.
Online Careers Service
A complete list of online employment agencies and programmes for internships abroad can be found on the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) website (German only). The careers service of the German Federal Employment Agency (ZAV) also sometimes posts internships abroad.
Internship Placement Agencies
Commercial agencies can vary greatly in quality and what they offer, so you should check very carefully before entering into any legally-binding agreement.
German Chambers of Commerce Worldwide Network (AHK)
Some of the German worldwide Chambers of Commerce offer an internship placement service. Whether the service is offered in the country you wish to work in and how much it costs can be checked here.
This platform offers students the opportunity to do internships through the ERASMUS+ Student Mobility - Foreign Internships (SMP) Programme. It aims to make it easier for them to find internships with European companies. Students can post information about themselves and their key competences as an ERASMUS+ intern, and at the same time organizations and companies can also post a profile and offer internships. In this way, students and organizations can contact each other directly on the ErasmusIntern.org platform.
You can also look for a suitable internship place when you are in the country, e.g. during your exchange semester abroad at one of our partner universities.