The Internship Office
Monday to Thursday
In exceptional cases, you can also make an appointment outside of office hours: Appointment request
9:30 to 11:30
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology(KIT)
Old mechanical engineering building
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Internship regulations for the Bachelor's and Master's degree program in Mechanical Engineering (first-year students as of WS 2016/2017).
As of WS 2016/17, new study and examination regulations came into effect in the Bachelor's and Master's degree program in Mechanical Engineering. A professional internship is no longer part of the curriculum. Nevertheless, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering explicitly recommends to complete a six-week basic internship before starting the Bachelor's program.
This is because: According to the admission regulations for the master's program in mechanical engineering, an 18-week professional internship must be proven (for details, see internship regulations below).
The guidelines listed here are based on the study and examination regulations of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for the master's degree program in mechanical engineering dated August 6, 2015, as well as the amendment to the admission regulations for the master's degree program in mechanical engineering.
These guidelines apply equally to the bachelor's degree program.
Contents and qualification goals according to the statutes for the university's own admission procedure.
Admission to the Master's program in Mechanical Engineering requires a minimum of 18 weeks of professional internship. Of this, at least twelve weeks must be completed as a specialized internship. A maximum of six weeks can be completed as a pre-study internship.
The activities in the preliminary internship can be chosen from the following areas:
- metal-cutting manufacturing processes,
- forming manufacturing processes,
- primary forming manufacturing processes and
- thermal joining and separating processes.
Activities in at least three of the above-mentioned areas should be demonstrated.
The activities in the specialized internship must correspond in content to those of an engineer. Activities may be selected from the following areas:
- Heat treatment,
- Tool and fixture construction,
- Planning of maintenance, servicing and repair,
- Planning of measuring, testing and quality control,
- surface engineering,
- development, design and work preparation,
- assembly/disassembly planning and
- other specialty-related complex activities (projects) according to the selected focus areas.
At least two different areas should be demonstrated from these areas. Activities from the area of a skilled worker will not be accepted for the specialized internship.
Qualification goals: After their professional internship, students will know the principles of organizational structure (e.g. organizational structures) and process organization (e.g. work planning and work control) in an industrial company.
Recognition of the professional internship
For the recognition of the professional internship, a proof of activity (internship certificate) of the company with the type and duration of the internship in the original as well as the notice of admission are required. Company stands here synonymously for firms, enterprises,etc., which include a recognized training facility (but not, for example, a GbR) . The nature of the individual activities must be clearly evident from the proof. In case of ambiguity, the internship contract as well as the internship report on the completed basic internship (one page per week) can also be requested.
The internship is recognized by the Internship Office of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The Internship Office decides to what extent the practical activity complies with the internship regulations and whether or to what extent it can be recognized as a professional internship.
Absence days must be made up. Absence days also include vacation days and absence due to incapacity for work. Activities carried out at universities, equivalent institutions of higher education or comparable research institutions are not recognized as professional internships.
Proof of internships carried out prior to enrollment must be submitted in the 1st semester in order to fulfill a requirement according to the admission notice.
The internship relationship becomes legally binding through the training contract to be concluded between the company and the intern. The contract specifies all rights and obligations of the intern and the training company as well as the type and duration of the internship.
Applications for leave of absence
Applications for leave of absence (vacation semester) must be submitted
- be submitted four weeks before the start of the internship, if possible.
- differ from previous internships in terms of content or field of activity and qualification goals (e.g. due to a different industry affiliation or work abroad if previous internships were in Germany).
Applications for leave of absence for Master's students in the 1st semester or in the 7th semester to carry out a voluntary internship will not be approved.
Original documents submitted must be picked up again at the Internship Office four weeks after submission. Uncollected original documents will be destroyed two years after this deadline.
In the Master's programme in Materials Science and Materials Engineering an internship has to be completed according to the respective study and examination regulations. The current curriculum provides information on the content, implementation and recognition of the professional internship.
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The duration of the internship is at least 9 weeks. Absence days must be made up. Absence days include vacation days and absence due to inability to work.
In order to ensure a sufficient breadth of practical professional training, evidence must be provided of activities in at least two different fields of work. The activities may be chosen from the following areas:
- Materials development
- Materials Testing / Quality Control
- Materials Synthesis
- Material selection in the product development process
- Metallurgy / powder metallurgy
- Original Forming Technology
- Forming Technology
- Surface Technology
- Heat treatment - other materials-technical fields of activity (after consultation
with the Internship Office of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering).
For students starting their studies before the winter semester 2017/18, the internship will be recognized by the Internship Office of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Students starting their studies from WS 2017/18 on please contact Dr. Patric Gruber. For recognition, students are required to submit their training contract and a proof of activity(original in each case). The proof of activity is a certificate from the company providing the training ("Praktikantenzeugnis"), which includes the type of activities and the duration of the professional internship. Any days of absence must be noted.
Furthermore, a short report must be made and a short presentation given after the internship.
Information on the professional internship for BSc MIT is given by the Internship Office of the Department ETIT .
Please note: A proxy can only be accepted if it was sent via email from the student.kit.edu account.
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General questions about the internship
How can an internship be recognized?
For the recognition of an internship, please submit the proof of activity (internship certificate) of the company with the type and duration of the internship in the original as well as the admission letter to the Internship Office. You can drop your documents in the mailbox of the Internship Office (on the first floor in building 10.91) or send them by mail. It is also possible to make an appointment to hand them in personally.
What should an internship report look like?
Formally, the report must correspond to an employer 's reference (with information on internship status, duration, etc.). In addition, theactivities must be described in detail. According to the Federal Labor Court, a reference must be written on company paper and have proper letterhead. The original certificate with original signature must be submitted to the Internship Office for recognition. Copies or scans cannot be accepted.
Does the certificate have to state the exact period of the internship?
Yes, at least the prescribed number of weeks must be shown (one working week usually corresponds to 35-40 hours).
Do I have to make up days missed during the internship?
Yes. Absence days during the internship must be made up.
What are days absent?
Vacation days and sick days are considered absent days.
Do public holidays count as days absent?
No. If public holidays fall within the period of the internship, they do not have to be made up.
Does the Internship Office have forms or samples for internship contracts?
I plan to complete my internship abroad. Do I have to have the certificate translated for recognition?
You can submit reports, certificates and contracts to the Internship Office inEnglish and French as well as in German.
Do I have to hand in my documents personally at the Internship Office?
You can send your documents to the Internship Office by mail or have someone else drop them off.
Can I have someone else pick up my documents?
Yes. For data protection reasons, a power of attorney must be issued for this purpose. (see next question)
How do I create a power of attorney if I cannot pick up my documents myself?
Write an e-mail to the Internship Office(important: from your KIT account) and state the name and, if applicable, the matriculation number of the person collecting the documents, who must identify himself/herself when collecting the documents (student ID, personal ID).
I handed in my documents at the internship office a long time ago. Nevertheless, my internship has not yet been registered in my account. What do I have to do?
Please contact the Internship Office immediately.
Is the internship eligible for BAföG funding?
Under certain circumstances, yes. You can obtain further information from the BAföG office.
Professional internship in mechanical engineering
How many weeks of work experience do I have to provide as an admission requirement for the Master's program in Mechanical Engineering?
The duration is 18 working weeks. Of these, at least 12 weeks must be completed as a specialized internship.A maximum of six weeks can be completed as a basic internship.
What documents are required to fulfill the requirement?
For the fulfillment of the requirement, a proof of activity (internship certificate) from the company with the type and duration of the internship in the original as well as the notice of admission are required.
When must the professional internship be completed?
The professional internship must be completed by the end of the examination period of the third semester of the Master's program at the latest.
Is the duration of the professional internship 18 weeks or 90 working days?
The duration is 18 working weeks. A work week usually includes 5 days, unless it includes a holiday.
Can I already complete a professional internship in the Bachelor's program as an admission requirement for the Master's program?
Yes, this is possible. However, recognition is only possible after successful enrollment in the Master's program. Please submit the original documents for this to the Internship Office in a timely manner.
Is it possible to upgrade a specialized internship that cannot be recognized by submitting an additional internship report ?
No. An additional report does not compensate for deficiencies in duration, content and documentation.
I would like to complete my professional internship after my Master's thesis . Is this possible at all ?
No, because the admission statutes require that the internship be completed by the end of the examination period of the third semester and before the registration of the master's thesis.
How do I find a suitable professional internship?
For example here: Current job offers for internships are published on the intranet on the InSL website.
Can a professional activity be recognized as a professional intern ship?
Yes, if it was performed as an engineer (i.e. after graduation).
Can the entire professional intern ship be completed abroad?
Can specialized internships completed at research institutions be recognized?
No. Professional internships completed at research institutions such as the Fraunhofer Institute, DLR, European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), etc. are not eligible for recognition.
Can work-study activities be recognized?
What information should be included in the internship report?
It should be a standard employer 's reference. Important: the activities performed must be described in detail . The duration of the internship and the intern status must also be evident.
Basic internship in mechanical engineering
Is a basic internship obligatory?
According to § 6 of the admission statutes, admissionto theMaster's program inMechanical Engineering requires a minimum of 18 weeks ofprofessional internship. Of this, at least twelve weeks must be completed as a specialized internship. Amaximum of six weeks can be completed as a basic internship.
Is the duration of the basic internship a maximum of 6 weeks or a maximum of 30 working days?
The maximum duration is 6 working weeks. A working week usually consists of 5 days (= 35-40 hours), unless it includes a holiday. Then the week is shortened accordingly.
How is the basic internship recognized?
Proof of activity, training contract and a properly written internship report (confirmed by the company) must be submitted to the Internship Office (in the original). Internship achievements made at the TG can also be submitted.
I did an apprenticeship before I started my studies. Can this be recognized as a basic internship?
That depends on the training. Under certain circumstances, it can be recognized as a basic internship. Bring your documents to the Internship Office for review.
Can internships completed on the TG be recognized as a basic internship ?
Yes, if the requirements for recognition are met. Bring your documents to the Internship Office for review.
What documents do I need to submit for recognition of my internships completed on the TG ?
Present your original proof of hours of practical activities issued by the school.
Are the practical activities completed at the TG automatically recognized when I apply for a study place?
No. Recognition can only be issued after enrollment has taken place. Bring your original documents to the Internship Office so that it can be checked to what extent your practical activities can be recognized.
What is the difference between basic and specialized internships?
In the basic intern ship, the activities of a skilled worker (craft, operational area) are learned or performed, in the specialized internship the activities of an engineer (development, construction, planning ...).
Is there a list of companies for basic internships?
No. Any training company that applies the manufacturing processes according to the internship guidelines is eligible.
Which companies are suitable for the basic internship?
All training companies in the field of mechanical engineering are suitable.
Can the basic internship be completed abroad?
In what form should the internship report be written?
It should be a subjectively written weekly report. See also sample reports.
Leave of absence for professional internships
Where can I find information about taking a leave of absence from my studies?
Information can be found on the SLE pages.
Can I request a semester of leave for a professional internship in the bachelor's degree program?
Yes. This is possible for a voluntary internship that serves the study objective.
What documents do I need to request a semester off for a professional intern ship in the bachelor's degree program?
You will need a fully completed application for leave of absence printed on both sides (original). Please make sure that you enter the semester correctly and write "Bachelor Mechanical Engineering" in the course of study. You must also submit a copy of the Praktikantenvertrag of the internship to be carried out in the requested semester of leave.
Can I apply for a semester of leave for a professional internship in the Master's program?
This is only possible if the internship planned for the requested semester of leave differs from previously completed internships in terms of content or areas of activity and qualification goals (e.g. due to a different industry affiliation or work abroad if previous internships were completed in Germany). Existing requirements must have been fulfilled beforehand.
What documents do I need to apply for a semester of leave for a professional internship in the Master's program?
You need a completely filled out application for leave of absence (original), printed out on both sides. In addition you need submit a copy of the certificate of the internship that was recognized to fulfill the entrance requirement for the Master's program in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, the internship contract of the internship to be carried out during the semester of leave requested, with a description of the activities/contents, as well as eshort statement in which the internships differ fundamentally from each other and a short justification why the internship serves the study objective in the Master's program in Mechanical Engineering.
Until when can I apply for a leave of absence for a professional internship?
Please observe the deadlines stated in the application for leave of absence and take into account corresponding processing times. If possible, the documents should be submitted to the Internship Office four weeks before the start of the requested semester of leave.
Internship Obligation Certificate
Can I obtain an internship commitment certificate?
No. Students after SPO 2016 do not meet the legal requirements for this, as the internship is an admission requirement for the Master's program and no longer a part of the curriculum.
What do companies require the submission of an internship commitment certificate for?
Under labor law and for social security reasons, a distinction is made between a voluntary internship and a mandatory internship.
Professional internship in the Master's program MatWerk
How long must the professional internship last?
What activities should be performed during the internship?
The curriculum contains a list of activities that can be used as a guide. All specialized internships must be engineering activities.
Where does the recognition of the internship take place?
The recognition of internships for students according to SPO of 2011 is done by the Internship Office of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Internships of students after SPO of 2017 first contact the responsible persons of the study program.
How is the internship recognized ?
For the recognition of the internship the following documents have to be submitted: the internship certificate and the internship contract as well as the certificate of internship report and short presentation in the original.
Internship in the Master's program in Energy Technology
How long must the internship be in the Master's program in Energy Technology?
According to the study and examination regulations, a 6-week intern ship is required in the Master's program in Energy Technology.
How many credit points are awarded for the internship?
According to the study and examination regulations, 8 credit points are assigned to the professional internship.
How is the internship recognized ?
The internship is recognized by the Internship Office of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. For this, the internship contract as well as the certificate, both in the original, must be submitted.
Online search engines for internship offers
You can find some useful links concerning internship offers below.
Please note that the internship office cannot assume any responsibility or liability over the content or quality of the internship offers from these pages. (disclaimer)
More offers can be found here:
- Internship Proposals (Professional Internships)
- IStO, International Students Office (Internships abroad)
Information on internship financing can be found here: