This site gives information on the recognition of the professional internship in the respective academic programmes at our department. In case you miss some information and for any further questions please contact the InSL team.
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- First-year students B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering until WS 2016/2017
- First Semester M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering until WS 2016/2017
- First-year students M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering from WS 2016/2017
In WS 2016/17, new study and examination regulations came into force in the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes 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 programme.
This is because: According to the admission regulations for the Master's programme in Mechanical Engineering, an 18-week professional internship must be proven (for details see internship regulations below).
Internship regulations for the Bachelor's and Master's degree programme 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 programme in Mechanical Engineering requires a professional internship of at least 18 weeks. Of this, at least twelve weeks must be completed as a professional internship. A maximum of six weeks can be completed as a pre-study internship.
The activities in the pre-study 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 proven.
The activities in the specialist practical course must correspond to those of an engineer in terms of content. The activities can be chosen from the following areas:
- Heat treatment,
- tool and fixture construction,
- planning of maintenance, servicing and repair,
- planning of measuring, testing and quality control,
- surface technology,
- development, construction and work preparation,
- assembly/disassembly planning and
- other subject-related complex activities (projects) according to the chosen focus.
At least two different areas should be demonstrated from these areas. Activities from the area of a skilled worker are not 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 work placement
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, enterprisesetc., which contain a recognized training place (however 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/specialized 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 recognised as professional internships.
Proof of internships carried out prior to enrolment must be submitted in the 1st semester in order to fulfil 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 defines 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 (semester of leave) must be made
- be submitted four weeks before the start of the internship, if possible.
- differ 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).
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.
The original documents submitted must be collected from 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
What should an internship report look like?
Formally, the certificate must correspond to an employer's reference (with information on the status of the intern, duration, etc.). Furthermore, theactivities must be described in detail. According to the Federal Labour Court, a reference must be written on company paper and have proper letterhead. The original certificate must be submitted to the Traineeship Office for recognition.
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 of absence during the internship?
Yes, days absent during the internship must be made up.
What are days absent?
Absence days are vacation days and sick 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 Traineeships Office have forms or models for traineeship contracts?
I plan to complete my traineeship abroad. Do I have to have the certificate translated for recognition?
You can submit reports, certificates and contracts to the Traineeships Office in Englishand French as well as in German.
Do I have to hand in my documents personally at the Traineeships Office?
You can send your documents by post to the Traineeships Office or have them delivered by another person.
Can I arrange for someone else to collect my documents?
Yes, but 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 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 has to identify himself/herself when collecting the documents (student ID, identity card).
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 the course of study Mechanical Engineering
How many weeks of work experience do I have to prove as an admission requirement for the Master's programme in Mechanical Engineering?
The duration is 18 working weeks. Of these, at least 12 weeks must be completed as a professional internship.A maximum of six weeks can be completed as a basic internship.
What documents are required to fulfil the requirement?
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 notice of admission are required.
When does the professional internship have to be completed?
The professional internship must be completed by the end of the examination period of the third semester of the Master's programme at the latest.
Is the duration of the professional internship 18 weeks or 90 working days?
The duration is 18 working weeks. A working week usually comprises 5 days, unless it includes a public holiday.
Can I already complete a professional internship in the Bachelor's programme as an admission requirement for the Master' s programme?
Yes, this is possible. However, recognition is only possible after enrolment in the Master's programme. Please submit the original documents for this in good time to the Internship Office.
Is it possible to upgrade a non-recognisable internship 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 the completion of the internship 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 vacancies 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 carried out as an engineer (i.e. after graduation).
Can the entire professional internship be completed abroad?
Can professional internships completed at research institutions be recognized?
No. Specialist 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 activities as a student trainee be recognized?
What information should be included in the internship report?
It should be a standard employer's reference . Important: the activities carried out must be described in detail . The duration of the internship and the internship status must also be evident.
Basic internship in the course of studies mechanical engineering
Is a basic internship obligatory?
According to § 6 of the admission statutes, admissionto theMaster's programme 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 comprises 5 days (= 35-40 hours), unless it includes a public 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 recognised 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 the original of your time sheet issued by the school for the practical activities .
Are the practical activities completed at the TG automatically recognised when I apply for a place at university?
No. Recognition can only be issued once enrolment has taken place. Please bring your original documents to the Internship Office so that it can be checked to what extent your practical activities can be recognised.
What is the difference between a basic internship and a specialized internship?
In the basic internship , the activities of a skilled worker (craft, operative area) are learned or carried out, in the specialized internship the activities of an engineer (development, construction, planning ...).
Is there a list of companies for basic internships?
No. Every 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 which 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 on leave of absence for studies?
Information can be found on the SLE pages.
Can I apply for 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 apply for a semester of leave for a professional internship in the bachelor's degree program?
You need a completely filled out application for leave of absence (original) printed on both sides. Please make sure that you state the semester correctly and write "Bachelor Mechanical Engineering" for the course of studies. In addition, you must submit a copy of the Praktikantenvertrag of the internship to be carried out in the semester of leave applied for.
Can I apply for a semester of leave for a professional internship in the Master's programme?
This is only possible if the internship planned for the semester of leave applied for 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 an activity abroad if previous internships took place in Germany).
What documents do I need to apply for a semester of leave for a professional internship in the Master's programme?
You need a completely filled out application for leave of absence (original) printed out on both sides. You also need submit a copy of the certificate of the internship that was recognized to fulfill the admission requirement for the Master's program in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, the In addition, you must submit the internship contract for the internship to be carried out during the semester of leave applied for, with a description of the activities/contents, as well as a short statement of what the internship entails.a short statement on how the internships differ from each other in principle and a short explanation of why the internship serves the study objective in the Master's programme 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 part of the curriculum.
What do companies require the submission of an internship commitment certificate for?
Under labour law and for social security reasons, a distinction is made between a voluntary internship and a compulsory internship.
Professional internship in the Master's programme 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. For all specialized internships, the activities 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 ?
The following documents must be submitted for the recognition of the internship: the internship certificate and the internship contract as well as the original certificate of the internship report and short presentation.
Internship in the Master's programme in Energy Technology
How long does the internship in the Master's programme in Energy Technology have to be?
According to the study and examination regulations, a 6-week intern ship is required in the Master's programme in Energy Technology.
How many credit points are awarded for the internship?
How is the internship recognized ?
The recognition is done 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 presented.
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)
- KIT, Campus Nord (Basic Internships)
Information on internship financing can be found here: