How to find an internship
The first place to look for an internship is at the university’s career services page. Career services offer a lot of information, advice and internship listings. The listings are often in German, which makes sense as fluent German language skills are often required for internships.
At the university job fairs or local and regional job fairs, you also have the opportunity to talk to future employers and ask them about internship opportunities.
If you can’t find a suitable internship through your university or have mind set on a specific company, you can also contact them directly or look at job sites online for opportunities. Make sure that the internship is in line with the requirements of your studies.
You should have ample opportunities to learn about your company and industry during your internship. Just being hired as cheap labor violates the spirit of internships. Ask about the kind of work you’ll do and what departments you’ll work in beforehand.
MeinPraktikum.de has a database with internships searchable by city, area of study and favorite company. The search results indicate whether the internship meets the criteria for a required internship in the respective field of study.
If an internship is mandatory for your studies, it doesn’t count toward the maximum hours of work that you are allowed under your work permit. An internship can be paid or unpaid.