Easily find German students interested in doing internships
Every year since 2005, our selection team has been interviewing hundreds of German and Austrian students interested in doing internships throughout Europe.
We have native German human resources consultants that allow us to reach universities and students in close proximity and explain the necessary procedures of the internships.
Our communication team re-publishes internship advertisements on the most popular job boards in Germany and Austria as well as on the university intranets of renowned academic institutions.
If your company is looking for German students and interns, the IES Consulting team will provide you with advice on publication procedures, agreements and even advices during the design of the publication to make it attractive.
German Students: Profile, Interests and Expectations
What types of internship do native German candidates do?
In Germany, internships can be compulsory or voluntary. Compulsory internships are those that appear in the curriculum and last about 3 to 6 months. Voluntary internships are extracurricular and last 120 days full-time or 240 days part-time. Students from both modalities usually come, depending on what is planned by each school or university.
What are the internship agreements for German students like?
Internship agreements are signed training agreements between the university, the company and the student. In Germany, not all universities offer their students and companies the option of signing internship agreements. So we work with the universities that offer this possibility. At IES Consulting we manage internship agreements and NOT internship contracts.
What time of year can they do the internships?
German trainees usually begin their mandatory internships during the months of September to October, or between January and March. The voluntary internships usually begins during the summer months, from July to September, and sometimes in February. In general, we recommend publishing an internship offer for native German students about six months before the start of the internship.
Duration - How long does an internship agreement last?
The duration of the internship is determined by the German universities. The average duration of an internship with a German student is 2 to 6 months. In any case, the duration will be determined by the specific offer of each company and negotiated with the possibilities of the scholarship holders.
Timetable - What are the usual working hours for german interns?
Students must take advantage of the working day established by the company. In general, interns usually work full time (8 hours a day, 40 hours a week); part time is also a possibility. The inclusion of the number of hours of work per week is one of the conditions of the internship agreements for students with native German.
Remuneration – How much do the German interns get usually paid?
German legislation on the regulation of internships sets out the criteria for the remuneration of internships for companies in Germany, but they are flexible when students do internships abroad. All internships managed through IES Consulting are paid. The average financial remuneration expected for a German student is 500€.
Languages – What languages do German students usually speak?
Native German students generally also speak English (level C1), and sometimes another language such as Spanish or French.
Age – How old are they usually?
Native German internship students are usually between 21 and 25 years old.
Experience – Do they have professional experience?
German trainees often have some work experience. At IES Consulting we recommend that you be flexible in your requirements regarding the work experience of the trainees, as an internship is, by definition, a first work experience.
Publish, interview and take your decision ! Finding a German intern will be a breeze!
Contact us and publish an offer
Contact us by phone or e-mail, or publish a free offer using our online form.
Interview and choose your student
We will manage the applications and present you with a single ideal candidate, adapted to your company’s needs.
Once you accept an application, we will help you with the paperwork and organization to hire an intern.
On the education and work experience of German students
In Germany, education is the responsibility of the Länder and the Bund, the federal Germany. In this way, the federal government sets overall goals and measures and the states implement them. However, some aspects are very similar throughout the country: preschool education from three to six years old is optional; compulsory schooling (Grundschule) begins for all children at the age of six, which in almost all the Länder covers grades 1 to 4 (in Berlin and Brandenburg, grades 1 to 6). After the primary school stage, secondary education in the Länder is characterized by the division into the different educational pathways with their respective certificates of completion and qualifications which are responsible for different types of schools: the Gymnasium, which allows university attendance; the Realschule and the Hauptschule. At the end of the Realschule, after the 10th grade, and after the Hauptschule, after the 9th grade, the students undergo a dual vocational training that allows them to learn a trade in a company. In general, once pupils have completed compulsory schooling (when they reach the age of 15) they enter upper secondary education. The type of school you enter depends on your grades and qualifications at the end of lower secondary education. The range of courses offered includes full-time general education and vocational schools, as well as vocational training within the dual system.
Native German students who do an internship abroad are usually students in higher education. Depending on the training model chosen by the students, they may be students from universities, colleges or professional schools.
If you want to learn more about the German education system, you can do so on the European Commission’s website.
Classical universities cover the full range of disciplines; Technical Universities (TUs) are devoted to pure science and focus on engineering and natural sciences. UTs are highly regarded and also have a great attraction, especially among students from other countries.
Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen)
The Fachhochschule (FH) is also known as a technical college, university of applied sciences or, depending on the Länder, professional academies. More than a quarter of the students enrolled in Germany study at these FH. These centres offer quicker access to professional life (generally, FH careers last for three years) and are basically practice-oriented.
Business Professional Schools (Berufsakademien)
The Berufsakademien offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees on an alternating basis. These courses combine general education and practical vocational training. Companies select candidates from these training courses. In these schools you can obtain degrees in technical professions (engineering), commercial, banking, social work, etc.
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