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Internships Abroad

An internship in another country can often be integrated into different levels of your studies. The preparation time is normally a bit shorter than that for a semester- or year-long university exchange program, and the duration and the start date are typically much more flexible. Some degree programs have mandatory internships which can be carried out in Germany or abroad; still, in other subjects it is also a good idea to complete an internship, even if it is just voluntary and an additional component of your studies.

When planning your international internship, keep in mind that there is usually more funding for internships in Europe and the bureaucratic hurdles are typically much lower than for overseas internships. If you want to carry out a mandatory internship abroad, please check first with the internship office of your faculty to make sure that you will receive credit for the internship.

Important: If you are in Germany on a student visa and plan to leave the country for 90 days or more for an internship, you MUST inform the Ausländerbehörde of your plans. Otherwise, you could lose your right to return to Germany. Also, you may need to apply for a visa for your internship in another country, even in the so-called "Schengen" countries. Please review your options with the host country's consulate.


First Steps

1. We offer several presentations about internships throughout the semester (most in German). You can find all of the important dates and other announcements here (in German).

2. Sign up for the internship mailing list to receive all of the current openings as well as reminders about scholarships and presentations. The e-mails are in German, but the openings are usually posted in English. Please note when you sign up: Only e-mail addresses that contain "tu-dortmund.de" or "uni-dortmund.de" will be accepted.

3. Make use of our English-language application workshops and advising: We have information about English applications for different regions on these pages. In addition, we offer English-language application workshops and open office hours for application consultation during the semester.
NOTE: If you are applying for an internship in Germany, please make use of the open advising hours from the Hochschulteam der Arbeitsagentur. The advisors are an excellent source of information about German application requirements. Moreover, during the semester there are workshops and consultation hours set up for German applications through the International Office.

4. On these pages you can find links, programs and information specific to your degree program (in German). Just click on your faculty in the left-hand column. The companies that you also see listed here are companies that have already hosted TU students for excellent internships, and they have also signalled that they would like to receive more applications from TU students. If you find a company here for which you would like to apply, please contact Mrs. Hope to get the contact information at the company (please only use your UniMail address; otherwise, we will not give out that information). You will have to apply on your own, but typically these companies are happy to see applications from our students, so your chances may be a bit better.

5. If you are mostly interested in a particular region, check out the country-specific information on these pages (in German).


Internship Programs / Funding

Some placement programs and scholarships are only open for German citizens (or those elligible for BaföG), however the following programs are open for all degree-seeking students at TU Dortmund University (not exchange students), regardless of citizenship. The complete list of programs and links is available on the German pages for international internships.



The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) is an independent, non-profit and non-political student exchange organization. It provides students in technical degrees (primarily science, engineering and the applied arts) with paid, course-related training abroad for long or short term projects (between 4 weeks and 4 months or more). With over 80 countries involved and exchanging over 4000 internships each year worldwide, it is the largest organization of its kind int he world.

Most of the internships take place in the summer or fall, so that they can often be carried out in the semester break. The IAESTE local group in the host country also supports the foreign interns by assisting in finding accommodation, planning excursions and events and sometimes even picking up the interns upon arrival. While it is very unlikely that we can offer you an IAESTE position in an English-speaking country, most of the internships in the 80 member countries are carried out in English, making this a great program for students who are more flexible with regards to the destination and open for adventure.

IAESTE is coordinated for TU Dortmund University centrally at the International Office through Mrs. Hope. The application deadline for the regular application pool is normally in January. Application instructions are here.


IAESTE Intraweb Offers

Even if you did not apply for IAESTE in the fall, you may still be considered for the open offers that have not yet been assigned to applicants or that companies have listed on short notice. Many of these positions are forwarded through the internship mailing list (see #2 above) and are listed on this website. If you are interested in one of these positions, please contact Mrs. Hope with your CV  as soon as possible. Please note that it is very difficult to get an IAESTE Intraweb position in English-speaking countries, Scandinavia or Switzerland, even if they are advertised on this website.


Erasmus+ Grants for European Internships

Within the framework of the Erasmus+ program, students may apply for monthly stipends of up to 520 euros (depending on the host country) for their European internships, regardless of the salary at the host institution. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however there should be at least one month between turning in the application and starting the internship. It is best to apply as early as possible to have better chances of getting a scholarship.

The exact amounts for the stipends and further information are aviailable here (in German).

The English application portal for the scholarship is here.


PROMOS Travel Grants for Overseas Internships

Through the PROMOS program from the DAAD and the BMBF, TU Dortmund University is able to offer scholarships for students who carry out overseas full-time internships (6 weeks to 6 months) in countries that are not already covered by the Erasmus+ program (and that are not your home country). Bachelor and Master students from all subjects are elligible, and the internship may be voluntary or a mandatory part of your studies. The travel stipend is country-specific and the amount is set each year by the DAAD and is awarded regardless of the amount you actually spend on your flight to the host country.

You may apply for the travel grant as soon as the host institution offers you a formal invitation. The selection committee's decision can take up to 6 weeks, so please be sure to turn in your application early enough - you should have a two-month window of time between the application deadline and the start of your internship.

The application deadlines are: January 31, April 30, July 31, October 31.

Selection criteria:

  • past involvement in extracurricular and curricular activities
  • academic motivation for the internship and its relevance for your future studies
  • academic and intercultural preparation as well as linguistic qualifications
  • academic record (typically a grade point average of 2.5 is expected)
  • priority will be given to those students who receive no/very little salary.

The full call for applications as well as the scholarship amount and the applictaion documents are available here (in German).

The English application portal for the scholarship is here.

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