Advanced internship legal framework
The advanced internship is part of the Bachelor’s programmes Allgemeine Ingenieurwissenschaften and General Engineering Science for the students who enrolled from the winter semester 2016/2017 onwards. The legal framework for these programs can be found in the programme regulations and the Advanced Internship Regulations dated 22.02.2017 in particular. Please find answers to several FAQs below. If in doubt, the course regulations mentioned above are legally binding.
There are sometimes misunderstandings regarding the difference between a basic internship (“Grundpraktikum”) and an advanced internship (“Fachpraktikum”). While all courses require students to complete a basic internship, the advanced internship is only required on some courses.
The basic internship (“Grundpraktikum”) should be completed before you start your studies. It is an opportunity to learn about basic tasks and tools that fall under the remit of engineering. A basic internship typically involves learning about production processes (e.g. filing, drilling, milling, rolling, riveting) as well as joining and cutting processes (e.g. welding, soldering). Previous experience is generally not required. Many students say completing a basic internship helped them improve their knowledge and made them more motivated in their studies. If you are looking for a basic internship, please contact the relevant internship office.
The advanced internship (“Fachpraktikum”) allows you to gain an insight into the daily work of a qualified engineer. You may be expected to make use of knowledge from your studies. As the AIW/GES advanced internship is planned for the seventh semester, immediately before you write your Bachelor’s dissertation, you can complete tasks close to those expected of a Bachelor’s graduate. You should be involved in a specific project and gain a broader overview of an area you could work in in future. Typical tasks include construction, quality control, assembly, maintenance or development.
According to the curriculum, the advanced internship should take place in the seventh semester in the period from October to December before you start your Bachelor’s dissertation. Other options are possible. The committee responsible for GES and AIW (Studienbereich AIW) recommends gaining a minimum of 150 credit points before commencing the internship.
The advanced internship should last at least three consecutive months or twelve consecutive weeks and be completed full-time.
The advanced internship is meant to provide students with an insight into the organisational structures, operating procedures, organisational processes, as well as the social fabric of relevant companies or institutions. Interns should be involved in an existing project as part of their internship. The internship activities must satisfy requirements that are suited to higher semesters in the Bachelor’s program. The advanced internship must involve activities relevant to the student’s chosen specialisation.
The examiner for the advanced internship is the relevant specialisation coordinator.
Finding an Internship
The advanced internship can be completed abroad if the internship meets the requirements for an advanced internship. In many cases funding for the internship is available. Sarah Neumann is the international office’s Internships Abroad Advisor and frequently offers information events. Information on completing an internship abroad can be found on the International Office website. Current information events and application deadlines may be found in the International Office’s Outgoing Info Calendar.
The Career Center offers you a wide range of services to help you find an advanced internship. All workshops and tips for the internship search can be found on the page “Finding and Apllying for an Internship“.
This is possible. Arrangements would need to be made between the student, the company and the dissertation supervisor.
Registration asnd recognition
Before starting the internship you are required to fill out a registration form. This form can be found in the Stud.IP-Group “Fachpraktikum AIW/GES”. The form is to be handed in at the career center.
You are required to write an internship report. The report should consist of a written summary of the work you completed during the internship. This should include details of the project you worked on at the company, as well as information on the company structures and organisational processes.
You should submit the following to the internship coordinator at the career center: the internship report (bound with filing-stripe), an internship certificate from the company and an internship approval form. In the signed internship certificate, the company should indicate the duration of the internship, any days on which you were not present (holiday, illness), the tasks carried out and how long these took in days.
Precise information about how to write the internship report can be found in the Advanced Internship Regulations (Annex II). Please bind all documents with filing-stripes only.
Both AIW and GES students can write the report in German or English.