How can you find an internship position abroad?

The job search is your responsibility. It is helpful to be clear about why you want to tackle the project internship abroad. This involves asking yourself a few questions: what areas of work do I want to learn about? Which specific employers are I interested in? Which skills do I want to acquire? How much time will I need to reach these goals?
Personal contacts can be helpful, but it is also advisable to research about professional associations, employment agencies and practices in the respective host country.

Our offers for advice and workshops on internships and foreign work culture

If you have general questions about career orientation, job search and application, the Career Service of the FH Münster is a good contact. In addition to personal counseling, you can also participate in Career Service events.

You can get a good start on the topic of internships abroad at the information events on internships abroad, which are usually offered twice a semester by the International Office. You can register via PLUSPUNKT.

Get inspired!

Students at the FH Münster report on their experiences after returning from interning abroad. You can find these testimonials from your fellow students here: (You must be logged in with your FH ID to view the reports.)

General information on internships abroad

You already know, where you want to spend your internship abroad? Excellent! Additionally, it is advisable to inform yourself on these topics as well:

Funding and scholarships (e.g. ERASMUS+, PROMOS)

An internship abroad is not necessarily expensive. Travel, accommodation, food, insurance, possibly costs for a visa and vaccinations - these are costs that should not be forgotten.

The good news: Depending on the host country and the duration of the internship, scholarship providers offer different funding opportunities. Please inform yourself early and thoroughly:

For example on ERASMUS+ as a possibility to fund internships in Europe and on PROMOS, a scholarship program specifically for countries outside of Europe.

We regularly offer events to inform about the topic - and we advise you gladly during the office hours in a personal meeting. Please read through the basic information on the topic first:

Language proficiency and (intercultural) preparation for an internship abroad

Inform yourself at an early stage which language skills are necessary for your planned stay. If necessary, you can use the time to improve your language proficiency before your stay abroad.
For example, take a language course!
You can also join our language tandem "Meet2Speak".
Additionally, we offer intercultural training workshops and the informational event 'Basics for studying abroad' via PLUSPUNKT.

Visa, insurance, vaccination and security

Don't forget: Take care of your visa and the necessary insurances in time! Find out whether you need certain vaccinations and what the security situation in the destination country looks like.

If you are staying in Germany with a residence permit, please inform yourself before your semester abroad at the Foreigners' Registration Office about legal regulations for long-term stays abroad.

Recognition of the internship

Before the start of your internship abroad, contact the examination board of your department at Münster UAS to clarify if your internship can be recognized at FH Münster towards your degree.

Finalize the details in a Learning Agreement. If the details of your internship change during your stay abroad, consult with your examination board. After your return, take care of the recognition of your courses.

Selected job offerings and internship programs

A selection of current internship offerings and internship programs can be found here:

Internship at the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Latvia

The German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce regularly offers internships at its locations in Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius for a period of 6 months. An internship offers students the opportunity to gain insight in the work at a Chamber of Commerce and develop personally and professionally.
Internships are regularly offered throughout the different locations:
  • 2 general internships
  • 1 internship specialized in PR work
Further information can be found here.

Internships in Canada (via RISE worldwide)

Within the framework of RISE Weltweit (Research Internships in Science and Engineering)the application for a research internship in Canada is possible.

The DAAD cooperates here with the Canadian exchange organization Mitacs in the Globalink program. The offer is aimed at bachelor's, diploma and state examination students from universities and universities of applied sciences in the fields of natural sciences, engineering, medicine, psychology and computer science.

The scholarships are open to students of natural sciences, engineering, medicine, psychology and computer science.

The scholarship recipients receive

  • a monthly DAAD stipend
  • a one time payment towards travel cost
  • a health, accident and liability insurance 
  • assistance of a local mentor

The RISE worldwide Canada program is available on a regular basis. Please check the pages of the DAAD for the next application deadlines, if necessary.

Internships at Universidad de Santiago de Chile (a partner university)

At the "Universidad Santiago de Chile", a partner university of Münster University of Applied Sciences, laboratory internships are regularly advertised at the Faculty of Engineering. All further information can be found here.

Here you can find a video about the experiences of a French student.

Internship at the Representation of Baden-Württemberg at the EU in Brussels

"We are looking for dynamic interns interested in Europe to work at the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the EU in Brussels. The State Representation enables young people to complete an internship in Brussels as part of their studies.
We are happy to accept applications from students of all disciplines. For the end of this year and next year, internship positions are available at the Landesvetretung Baden-Württemberg at the EU. The minimum duration of the internship is three months. With appropriate wording in the study and examination regulations, longer internships are also conceivable. In particular, we are still looking for interns who would like to start their internship on December 1. Further entries are possible in each case to the 1st of a month (exceptions in January with entry 15.01. and no entries in August).

Possible responsibilities:

  • Support of the management level in the preparation of information and appointments as well as in the preparation of draft speeches
  • Support of the departmental officers, e.g. in the field of justice, finance, economy, environment, rural areas or transport
  • Support of general administration in personnel, budget and organizational matters".

"SCHULWÄRTS!" internship program for teacher trainees

"SCHULWÄRTS! vermittelt und fördert Praktika an vom Goethe-Institut betreuten Schulen im Ausland. Students and (prospective) teachers of all school types and subject combinations can apply. The scholarship recipients are individually supervised before, during and after the internship. Per calendar year, there are three to four approximately six-week application rounds.

Goals of the SCHULWÄRTS! Program: Our goals are to promote a sustainable relationship between the supported schools and the Goethe-Institut and to support the internationalization of teacher*innenausbildung in Germany. SCHULWÄRTS! is funded by the Federal Foreign Office and the internships in China, North Africa, the Middle East and Turkey by the Mercator Foundation. During the SCHULWÄRTS!-internships, interns are going to actively teach and lead extracurricular projects. >"

The application phase for SCHULWÄRTS! internships from March 2024 is open. Applications can only be submitted via the application portal. The application period ends on 22.12.23 at 11.59 pm.

Further information can be found here.

DAAD Program: "New Kibbutz - Internships in Israeli Start-Ups".

The "New Kibbutz" program offers students from Germany internships in high-tech start-ups in Israel. Since January 2021, the DAAD has been a partner of the program and supports the exchange through scholarships.

" The name "New Kibbutz" refers to Israel's amazing transformation from an agrarian state to a high-tech nation. To experience Israel today, instead of going to a kibbutz as volunteers as in the past, young students can learn about Israel's innovative power in a company. Participants in the program have the chance to work in a highly innovative business location, gain practical experience in a relevant field of work, and at the same time participate in the life of a multicultural, vibrant country on the Mediterranean Sea."

Further information can be found under and on theHomepage of the DAAD. There is also an explanatory video

Internships at the European Council for Students with a Disability

The European Council offers internships for people with a recognized disability. Applications are open to university students in their third, fourth or fifth year of study and to university graduates who are nationals of an EU country. The application period is every year in September/October and February/March.

For more information, click here.

Internships at Università di Pisa (a partner university)

The Università di Pisa offers three internship position at the Department of Economics and Management:

"The Department of Economics and Management of the University of Pisa, in collaboration with the Centro Interuniversitario di documentazione sul Pensiero Economico Italiano (CIPEI), offers three traineeships of 4 to 6 months each to master's students or young graduates from European universities within the framework of the Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme, and of the LEXECON research programme of the University of Pisa.
The traineeships are aimed at the creation of a bibliographical database and a specialised corpus of digital texts on economics published between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. Trainees will experience a lively multidisciplinary atmosphere of research, combining economics, history and linguistics. The traineeships will take place at the Department of Economics and Management, Via Cosimo Ridolfi 10, Pisa), but during the emergency period related to the Covid-19 pandemic they can also be carried out at distance."

EU internship database for digital skills development

Are you interested in an internship where you can develop your digital skills? The content could, for example, be about:

  • development of apps, software, scripts, websites,
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO),
  • digital marketing,
  • specific software apps for work,
  • Customer Care Management...

Here you can find internship postings and more information about this.

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