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9th International Career Fair

Are you looking for an internship, traineeship or a job in Germany? Come and visit our 9th International Career Fair! It will take place July 2, 2019. In 2018, twenty-four companies from Dortmund and its surroundings presented themselves to international students and gave hands-on information about job entries in their respective company.

More information about the companies and where to register for the International Career Fair can be found on our German Homepage.

Application Counseling

Do you need help....

  • with your application in English? The open office hours for English-language applications for internships abroad can help you with your American "resumé" or British CV as well as with all of the little grammar problems in your cover letter. Click here for all the dates!
  • with your application in German? If you want to apply in Germany, visit our open office hours! Click here to fin more information (in German).

Useful links and websites


Would you like to continue living in Germany after you graduate from TU Dortmund University? This website will provide you with useful tips for living and working in Germany!


Many international students see living and working in Germany as an opportunity to gain valuable work and life experience. By working in Germany, international employees have the opportunity to learn professional skills and experience German culture first-hand. Companies based in Germany are highly interested in qualified employees and the German government encourages companies to hire international employees.

Certain EU member states and several other nationalities have the opportunity to receive an 18-month visa extension directly after degree completion. In this time period, you can apply for jobs within the range of your degree of study. Please note, that in order to receive this visa extension you will need to prove that you have been applying for positions and that you are financially secure. During this 18-month period you are also allowed to have side jobs.

Take advantage of your international background! By having studied abroad in Germany you can emphasize your willpower and ability to handle challenges as well as intercultural skills that should give you a positive advantage over other job applicants!



For more information on the “Blue Card”, click here.


At the event "Karrierestart in Deutschland" you can find out more about working in Germany and receive qualified answers to all your questions (link to German webpage).


We also recommend the website Make it in Germany which provides helpful tips about the application process and working in Germany.


4 looking for a jobWe recommend that you begin with your job search as early as possible. We suggest that you start at least 6 months before you complete your German degree. (Please note, when applicable, your 18-month visa extension begins the day your last test results are posted). Career fairs and professional events are typically held only once a year! So make sure to gather information about relevant events as early as possible.

It is not uncommon for the application process to take over 6 months, and you may even need to plan on sending out 60 applications just to get one position. It is important that you are aware of your personal strengths and abilities and look for jobs that highlight these. In your search for positions you should think outside of the box as well: companies do not necessarily just look for graduates with certain degrees, but rather those with the appropriate skills for the job, (sometimes) regardless of the degree.

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TU Dortmund University also offers several events that can help with your transition from university to professional life. For example, the career fairs, which are open to the public, offer the opportunity to get to know different companies, ask about internship opportunities and maybe even personally hand in your application. We suggest that you prepare in advance by researching the participating companies, their job openings and hiring requirements to create a lasting impression. And do not forget your current CV and maybe even a brief cover letter that you could leave there.

karrieremesse_pfeil_hl The online portal "Stellenwerk" lists job offers for student.


On a yearly basis, TU Dortmund University hosts an International Career Fair, the "Internationale Karrieremesse". This event is arranged specifically for international students (link to German webpage)!    


The REALITY is a job fair for those in the Information Technology sector (link to German webpage).  



The Konaktiva is a student run job fair held at TU Dortmund University (link to German webpage).  


The AAR (Autonomes AusländerInnenReferat) also offers several different Career Seminars in English.  


Lots of helpful tips for applying for and working at a job in Germany can be found online at  Make it in Germany.  


Take a look at several testimonials from international students who attended the International Career Fair at TU Dortmund University (link to German webpage).  



4 applications and job interviewsTo increase your chances of success throughout your application process we suggest that you be aware of the “do’s“and “don’ts” in Germany. We recommend that you read up-to-date literature about the German application process and take advantage of advising sessions. Additionally, you should be fully versed in the history, facts and figures about the company to which you are applying. It is important that your application does not appear to be a “standard application”. Instead, applications should be adapted and personalized for each job opening/company. Lastly, please be sure to double-check which documents are required for your application as the requirements often vary.

German language skills are often the key to a successful application and are often required of job applicants. Use the time during your studies not only to improve your academic and scientific skills, but also to continually improve your language skills, e.g. through language courses, or by joining a club on campus or even have a side job (if your visa allows it).

If you are interested in being an entrepreneur and starting your own company there are several different outlets of support resources available.


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The Agentur für Arbeit´s Hochschulteam offers counseling for all students (link to German webpage).


The website Europass has tips on how to best structure your résumé/CV.

  TU Dortmund University offers an internship support for German and English internship applications.  


Through TU Dortmund University’s online job portal, Stellenwerk, you can find out about job openings in the area for both students and graduates (link to German webpage).  


Through the Alumniportal Deutschland, you can stay informed about job openings specifically for international students.  


This website is also linked to the DAAD,  which has additional tips and links.  


To gather more information about the offered language courses, we encourage you to visit the language department’s website directly: Zentrum für HochschulBildung - Bereich Fremdsprachen  


If you are interested in getting involved as an international student on campus, there are several different opportunities available. To find out more, click here.  


The program EXIST supported by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is available for those seeking advice for start-ups in the sectors technology and intellectual property rights.  


tu>startup is an organized group that helps support students, graduates, researchers, faculty and staff at TU Dortmund University with their business endeavors (link to German webpage).  



4 organizational cultureIt is important that you are well-informed about German business culture, especially as it could be much different than the one in your home country. Research the expectations and responsibilities that are commonly required in your career field. These differences should be clear to you before you begin your job search, as otherwise misunderstandings may arise.

We suggest that you look for answers to the following questions:

  • How does the organization structure its employees?
  • What type of hierarchy do they use?
  • How is internal communication structured?
  • Which perspectives and values does the company consider significant?

German companies place a high value on job-applicable knowledge and experience. Like in many other countries, grades and job experience are always positive for your application. However, job experience is not limited to “standard jobs", as internships, research projects, work-study jobs and a Bachelor's/Master's thesis can also be considered specialized experience.






4 staying in touchEven after you have graduated from TU Dortmund University the university still has endless resources to offer to you. We encourage you to visit our International Alumni Website and become part of international network. This network is open to students who have completed a degree, studied abroad or been part of a research team at TU Dortmund University.

The Association of Friends of TU Dortmund University (Gesellschaft der Freunde der TU Dortmund e.V. in German) also provides an extensive network of contacts that bridge the university and business field.