In addition to a semester of study abroad, an internship abroad offers a further opportunity to gain important experience abroad. This is not only good for your CV, but also enriches your professional and personal life. In addition, you will have the opportunity to make valuable contacts abroad and – usually incidentally – learn and train a foreign language.
An internship abroad usually requires far more preparation and organisation than an internship in Germany, so inform yourself at an early stage.
Praxis und Beruf University of Tübingen
The brochure contains a checklist for planning an internship abroad as well as useful further information.
DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service (Zentrale Auslands- und Fachvermittlung) of the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) et al.
Brochure "In die Ferne, fertig los: Dein Weg ins Auslandspraktikum" (german version)
This brochure contains important information about internships abroad: from the search for an internship place to application, financing, preparation and follow-up as well as evaluation of an internship abroad. You will also find many useful links to providers and advisory organisations.
Organisation on one´s own
Internships abroad can also be searched via country-specific job portals.
Internships abroad can be advertised within certain programmes, such as the Carlo-Schmid-Programme (see "Scholarships and funding opportunities" below).
There are also many organisations that offer internships abroad for a fee (e.g. AIESEC).
An overview can be found on the DAAD website (german version).
Eligible for funding are internships with a duration of 2-12 months in the Erasmus region.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis – the application process can take several weeks. The complete documents must be submitted at least one month before the start of the internship.
Detailed Information can be found on the pages of the Central Coordination Office at the Hochschule Karlsruhe: KOOR/BEST (german version)
Eligible for funding are compulsory internships with a duration of at least 6 weeks and at most 6 months (generally) outside the Erasmus region.
The application deadline for the first half of 2020 was 15 November 2019 12 pm. The application deadline for the second half of 2020 was 5 May 2020 12 pm. The next application deadlines will be announced in due course.
Short-term scholarship programme (DAAD)
Eligible for funding are internships of at least 40 calendar days up to a maximum of 3 months in certain organisations/institutions (e.g. in international organisations).
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. The application must be submitted at the earliest 56 and at the latest 14 calendar days before the start of the internship.
Carlo-Schmid-Programme (DAAD, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Stiftung Mercator)
Eligible for funding are internships obtained on one´s own initiative (programme line A; 3-6 months) or internships advertised within the programme (programme line B; 4-10 months) in international organisations, EU institutions and NGOs.
The application deadline for 2020/2021 was 14 February 2020. The next application deadline will be announced in due course.