Bachelor students of the International Studies in Computational Linguistics (ISCL) at the Department of Linguistics (SfS) are required to take part in a software internship as part of their course program. This offers the possibility of aquiring insight into a company and gaining practical experience.
The internship is usually taken either during the (long summer) semester break between the fourth and fifth semester or on one or two days a week during the fifth semester. This depends especially on the company and their requirements. If a student wants to do his/her internship in another country or another place far from Tübingen, then it makes sense to do an internship contiguously.
Another possibility is to take the only seminar scheduled for the fifth semester already in the fourth semester. This offers more time for an internship during the fifth semester. But this option is only recommended to students who are confident that they will make the additional seminar workload in the fourth semester.
Students should apply for an internship early enough! At least half a year before they plan to do the internship.
The internship should span at least 190 hours of programming. It might be even longer if there are other tasks than programming involved. This could be a couple of consecutive weeks, such as six weeks in a row, or a few days a week during the entire semester.
The internship should span at least 190 hours of programming. The programming could be in Java or another programming language the student already knows or is interested in learning. There is no prescribed set of programming languages, but HTML, e.g., is not sufficient.
Ideally, the company is working in the field of computational linguistics or at least the internship task is in this field. But also tasks that have nothing to do with computational linguistics are valid.
Generally, the software internship can be taken at any company of the student's choice (also in a foreign country), as long as it has been approved beforehand. Ideally, the company is working in the field of computational linguistics, but also companies (and tasks) that have nothing to do with computational linguistics are accepted.
Here is a list of companies that frequently offer internships for computational linguists:
- Averbis GmbH
- Canoo Engineering AG
- Daimler AG
- Duden Sprachtechnologie (see "Praktikanten/in der Abteilung Duden – Sprachtechnologie")
- Georg Thieme Verlag (please send your applications directly to Michael Auth, who is responsible for internships in the field of "Content Annotation via Text-Mining-Engine")
- Sony Deutschland (Stuttgart Technology Center)
- Sony International (Europe) GmbH
- VICO Research & Consulting
Other companies that offer internships not especially for computational linguists, but generally programming internships:
- Agilent Technologies Deutschland GmbH
- Alcatel Lucent
- AWE Communications
- Bosch (international)
- Brokat Infosystems AG
- cabuu GmbH
- Danet GmbH
- Deutsche Telekom AG
- Hewlett Packard
- Holometric Technologies (Zeiss)
- NEC Europe Network Labs
- Plus X Strategie GmbH
- Procter and Gamble
- Software AG
- Vector Informatik GmbH
Additionally, search engines may help you further to find a company. Job portals are also a very good opportunity to do a specialized search for internships, for example:
- Linguist List
- NLP People
You can also find internship offers in the "Praxisportal" of the Faculty of Humanities.
Report and Presentation
Interns are required to submit a full report describing their work and present their topic afterwards. The report needs to be submitted to the internship advisor (see below). It should be written in English and should not exceed 10 pages. The presentation will typically be 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions. Both report and presentation required in order to have the internship for the ISCL BA course program recognized.
The following list of example internship reports gives an impression of what such a report could look like:
- Valentin Deyringer @ VICO Research & Consulting (download pdf)
- Sabrina Galasso @ EURAC Research (download pdf)
If you have further questions concerning the internship that are not yet answered or to submit your internship report, please contact the internship advisor: Çagri Çöltekin