Frequently Asked Questions

Integration into the course of studies

What is the legal framework of the advanced internship?

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 for your course of studies. If in doubt, these regulations are legally binding.

What is the difference between an advanced internship (Fachpraktikum) and a basic internship (Grundpraktikum)?

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.

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.

When should I start preparing for the internship search?

The consideration of whether you would like to do an internship with a certain company or an internship abroad should be made early. While many smaller companies also offer internships at short notice, large companies may set application deadlines of up to one year before the start of the internship for particularly sought-after positions. Generally, however, it is sufficient to start looking for an internship position six to three months before the planned start of the internship, in other words, during the 5th/6th semester. It is recommended to collect at least 150 credit points before the start of the internship.

When should the advanced internship be completed?

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.

How long should the advanced internship be?

The advanced internship should last at least three consecutive months or twelve consecutive weeks and be completed full-time.

Who is contact person for the advanced internship?

Eilika Schwenke will answer your questions about the advanced internship at eilika.schwenke(at)tuhh.de or 040-42878-6190. Visiting address: Career Center, building A, east wing, rooms 1.70 to 1.74

Who is the examiner for the advanced internship?

The examiner for the advanced internship is your specialisation coordinator

Finding an Internship

What should the advanced internship consist of?

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. For a list of typical tasks according to your specialisation, please see the Stud.IP group Advanced Internship AIW/GES.

How do I find a company or organisation for the advanced internship?

 The Career Center offers you a wide range of services to help you find an advanced internship. . These include workshops to prepare you for your individual search as well as company contact events where you can inquire directly about internship opportunities. You also find an overview of regional job offers on this website.

At what organisations can the advanced internship be completed?

The advanced internship is generally to be completed in an industrial company, engineering office or a public authority. The advanced internship cannot be completed at a university or college. In case of doubt, please consult us.

Can the advanced internship be completed abroad?

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.

Can the advanced internship be completed in a student team, at a university or a major government research institution?

No. The specialist internship is intended to give students an insight into industrial practice, in particular into relevant companies or institutions as well as their organisational structures, work processes, operational processes and social fabric.

What should I bear in mind when making arrangements/contracts with my prospective internship organisation?

Essential points that you should pay attention to are described in the internship regulations. It is also relevant for you that you will still be given the opportunity to write an internship report that is not subject to secrecy, even if confidentiality agreements exist.

Can the advanced internship be linked to a Bachelor's thesis?

This is possible. Arrangements would need to be made between the student, the company and the prospective thesis supervisor.

Registration and recognition

How do I register my internship?

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.

What documents must be submitted for recognition?

After completion of the advanced internship, an internship report, an activity report and the form for recognition must be submitted. The internship regulations provide exact specifications in each case. In particular, it should be mentioned that the internship report must contain proof of clearance by the internship organisation. The form for recognition is available in the Stud.IP group “Advanced Internship AIW/GES”. For submission, please staple the internship report and the other proofs with a folder or filing strips.

What should the internship report look like?

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.

Which language should the internship report be written in?

Both AIW and GES students can write the report in German or English.