The right time for an internship depends on the goal you set yourself. An orientation internship should be taken rather during the first half of the study, a qualified internship preferably in the second half. An internship completed at a later date means entry into the profession is getting closer. Therefore, it should raise your personal professional profile by getting you acquainted with specific fields of application and establishing contacts.

A “common theme” linking together the choice of studies, completed internships and work experience to be a positive feature by potential employers. This continuity can be extended to the choice of subject for the thesis. Competences can be derived from targeted actions and strategic planning.

You should start thinking about the internship in good time. Depending on the subject and the regulations governing your course, different windows of opportunity are open for voluntary internships and precisely defined periods when an internship can be completed.

An internship should last at least four to six weeks.


  • Start searching for an internship early. You should reckon with at least three months for planning alone. Good internships are in great demand, so that a lead time of about one year may be needed.
  • Any decision for an internship that extends your period of study should be made on the basis of the quality of the Internship.
  • If you apply for a leave of absence for your internship, you will not need to pay any tuition fees for this period. The semester during which you take the internship will not count towards the duration of your period of study.
  • You can request a semester on leave for an internship within the re-registration period at the registration office.