The Internship Office
In the following you will find information on the implementation and recognition of the professional internship in the respective degree programmes. If you have any questions, the team of InSL will be glad to help you.
Due to precautionary measures there are currently no consultation hours on site. You can reach us by mail. Please send us your request and include a telephone number where we can call you back if necessary.
Monday to Thursday
In exceptional cases, you can also make an appointment outside office hours: Appointment request
9:30 to 11:30
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology(KIT)
Old mechanical engineering building
Information and services for students
|During the lecture period||9:30 to 11:30|
During the semester break Monday to Thursday
9:30 to 11:30
|Phone: +49 721 608 45421||insl∂mach.kit.edu|
Frequently asked questions
Here you will find information...
Further information on the Bachelor's programme (studies begin until winter semester 2008/2009) can be found on the FAQ page of theexamination board. The SCM will be happy to help with any uncertainties and more detailed questions. us...
General questions about the internship
What should an internship certificate look like?
The certificate must formally correspond to a job reference (with information on trainee status, duration, etc.). In addition, theactivities must be described in detail.
According to the Federal Labor Court, a certificate must be written on company paper and have proper letterhead.
Does the certificate have to state the exact period of the internship?
Yes, at least the number of weeks required by the SPO must be proven (one working week usually corresponds to 35-40 hours).
Do I have to make up for days lost during the internship?
Yes, you have to make up for any days lost during the internship.
What are absent days?
Absence days are days of holiday and illness.
Are public holidays considered as absences?
No. If public holidays fall within the period of the internship, they do not have to be made up for.
Does the Internship Office have forms or models for internship contracts?
Does the company where I will do my internship have to have a minimum size or number of employees?
No, but it must be a company that provides training.
Can I apply for a leave of absence for the basic or specialised internship?
No. This is only possible for a voluntary internship that serves the study objective.
I intend 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 in Englishand French as well as German.
Do I have to hand in my documents personally at the Traineeships Office?
You can send your documents to the Traineeships Office by post or have them delivered by another person.
Can I ask someone else to collect my documents?
Yes, for reasons of data protection, a power of attorney must be issued for this purpose.
(see next question)
How do I create a power of attorney if I cannot collect 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. This person must identify himself or herself when collecting the documents (student ID, identity card).
I handed in my documents to the Internship Office some time ago. Nevertheless, my internship has not yet been registered in my account. What do I have to do?
The registration of the internship takes place in the student service. The certificate of recognition issued by the Internship Office will only be forwarded to the Student Service after the internship documents have been collected .
Is the internship eligible for BAföG?
Under certain circumstances, yes. You can obtain further information from the BAföG Office.
Internship commitment certificate
Where can I obtain a certificate of commitment to an internship?
At the Internship Office. The internship contract and a job description must be presented for the certificate to be issued.
I would like to apply for an internship. Do I need a certificate of commitment to an internship?
No. You can enclose an excerpt from the study and examination regulations of your course of studies with your application.
Why do the companies require a certificate of commitment to an internship?
In terms of employment law and social security, a distinction is made between a voluntary internship and a compulsory internship.
Can I have a certificate of internship commitment for both the Bachelor's and the Master's degree programme combined in one certificate?
No. The certificate can only be issued for the course of studies in which you are currently enrolled.
Can I have the certificate of internship commitment issued a second time?
In exceptional cases and under certain conditions, yes. You must prove that you have not completed the internship you initially applied for. The original certificate must be returned to the Traineeships Office. Only then can a second certificate be issued.
Basic internship in mechanical engineering
Is the duration of the basic internship 6 weeks or 30 working days?
The duration is 6 working weeks. A working week usually comprises 5 days (= 35-40 hours), unless it includes a public holiday. In this case the week is shortened accordingly.
How is the basic internship recognised?
Training contract,proof of activity and a duly written internship report ( confirmed by the company) must be presented at the Internship Office (original). Internship services that were performed at the TG can also be submitted. If the requirements for recognition are met, you will receive written recognition.
I did an apprenticeship before my studies. Can this be recognised as an internship?
That depends on the training. Under certain circumstances, this can be recognised as a complete professional internship (basic and specialised internship) for the Bachelor's degree course . Bring your documents to the internship office for examination.
Can internships completed on the TG be recognized as basic internships ?
Yes, if the requirements for recognition are met. Bring your documents to the internship office for the examination.
Which documents do I have to present for the recognition of my internships completed on the TG ?
Present your proof of hours of practical activities issued by the school.
Are the practical activities carried out on the TG automatically recognised when I apply for a study place?
No. Recognition can only be issued after enrolment. Please bring the original documents to the Internship Office so that we can check to what extent your practical activities can be recognised.
What is the difference between basic and specialised internships?
In the basic internship the activities of a skilled worker (handicraft, operative area) are learned or carried out, in the specialised internship the activities of an engineer (development, construction, planning ...).
Is there a list of companies for basic internship positions?
No. Any training company that applies the manufacturing processes according to the guidelines for internships 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 which form should the internship report be written?
It should be a subjectively written weekly report. See also sample reports.
Professional internship in mechanical engineering
Is the duration of the specialist internship 6 weeks or 30 working days?
The duration is 6 working weeks. A working week usually comprises 5 days, unless it includes a public holiday.
Can a specialist internship completed in the Bachelor's degree programme be recognised for both the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes or as an admission requirement in the Master's degree programme?
Yes, if the internship is at least 12 or 18 weeks.
I would like to combine the specialist internships for the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes. Do I later need two certificatesfor the recognition of my internship of at least 12 weeks?
No. One certificate for the entire period is sufficient.
Do I have to present my 12-week internship, which has already been recognised in the Bachelor's programme, again in the Master's programme?
No. Write an e-mail(important: from your KIT account) requesting the issuance of a recognition of your internship for the master study course.
Is it possible to upgrade a non-recognizable professional internship with an additional internship report ?
No. An additional report does not compensate for deficiencies in duration, content, and documentation.
I would like to complete my internship after completing my Master's thesis . Is that even possible?
No, because the study and examination regulations stipulate that the internship must be completed before the Master's thesis is registered .
How do I find a suitable internship?
For example here: On the SCM website, current vacancies for internships are published.
Can a professional activity be recognized as a specialized internship?
Yes, if it was done as an engineer (i.e. after graduation).
Can the entire specialist internship be completed abroad?
Can work placements completed at research institutions be recognised for the Bachelor's or Master's degree course?
No. Internships completed at research institutions such as the Fraunhofer Institute, DLR, European Institute of Technology (EIT) etc. are not eligible for recognition.
What information should be included in the specialist internship certificate?
It should be a standard work certificate . Important: the activities carried out should be described in detail . The duration of the internship and the internship status should also be evident.
Internship as admission requirement for the Master's programme in mechanical engineering
What documents are required to fulfil the condition?
In order to fulfil 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 letter of admission are required.
Internship in the Master course MatWerk
How long must the work placement last?
Which activities should be carried out during the internship?
The curriculum contains a list of activities that can serve as a guide. For all professional internships, the activities must be engineering.
How is the internship recognised ?
Recognition is carried out by the Internship Office of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The study and examination regulations also provide for the submission of a short internship report with a presentation.
Internship in the master's programme in power engineering
How long does the internship in the Master's program in Energy Engineering have to be?
According to the study and examination regulations, a 6-week internship is required for the Master's degree course in Energy Engineering.
How many credit points are awarded for the internship?
According to the study and examination regulations 8 credit points are assigned to the internship.
How is the internship recognised ?
The recognition is done by the internship office of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The internship contract as well as the certificate, both in original, must be presented.
Online search engines for internship offers
Below you will find some useful links to internship advertisements.
Please note that the Internship Office is not responsible for the quality and content of the internship positions offered here.(Disclaimer )
You can find further offers here:
- Internshipoffers(specialized internships)
- IStO, International Students Office(internships abroad)
- KIT, Campus North (basic internships)
Information on financing internships can be found here:
For the winter semester 2016/17 a new study and examination regulations came into force for the Bachelor's and Master's programme in Mechanical Engineering. A professional internship is no longer part of the curriculum. Nevertheless, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering expressly recommends that students complete a six-week basic internship before beginning their Bachelor's studies.
Because: According to the admission regulations for the Master's programme in Mechanical Engineering, proof of an 18-week professional internship must be provided (for details see internship regulations ).
Information on the professional internship in the Master's program MatWerk
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.
|from winter term 2011/12||from winter semester 2017/18|
|Study and examination regulations||Study and examination regulations|
|Study plan||Study plan|
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.