Information for students
These pages are intended for students of the educational institutions in Darmstadt, Germany. Students who are studying in other countries must apply for an IAESTE internship through the committee in their home country. The IAESTE local committee Darmstadt provides internships for students in the Rhine-Main area, including e.g. the following universities:
- TU Darmstadt
- h_da Darmstadt
- EH Darmstadt
- Goethe-Universtät Frankfurt am Main
- Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
- Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
- Hochschule Rhein-Main
- TH Aschaffenburg
The offered internships are predominantly suitable for students in natural science or technical disciplines ausgelegt. Von Zeit zu Zeit werden jedoch auch Praktikumsplätze mit wirtschaftlichem oder gesellschaftswissenschaftlichem Schwerpunkt ausgeschrieben.
There are places both in industry and at research institutes. Most IAESTE internships last about 2-3 months and often take place during the summer months. The internships are always remunerated; the earnings depend on the typical cost of living of the country. IAESTE takes care of the housing search for the interns and takes care of all necessary formalities. This service is free of charge for students enrolled in Germany. This is made possible by the integration of the IAESTE program into the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
How to get an internship with IAESTE?
The following requirements must be met when applying for an IAESTE internship:
- You are currently enrolled at one of the universities listed above
- You are studying in the third semester or higher
Some employers ask for an additional letter of recommendation (in English) when applying for an internship. This can be a letter from a previous employer, or from the university. Our experience shows that many faculties have a template for this type of letter prepared. Just visit your favorite professor and ask.
There are two ways to find an internship:
1. Process: regular process with annual deadline Mid of January
If you meet the requirements for an IAESTE internship, you can take part in the regular application process.
In October we start the pre-application phase. This process runs via the IAESTE Exchange Platform (EP)There you have to register as a student, enter your data and upload the following files:
- Letter of motivation, which we use to decide who we would like to offer an internship abroad. The letter is intended for us (not for the potential employer) and should show why and to what extent you are interested in cultural exchange and work experience abroad.
- Transcript of Records
- Certificate of registration
- English language certificate
Only when all documents are complete, we can verify you and take the next steps!
The deadline for submitting a pre-application is early January each year (next deadline: 15th of January 2023). The arranged internships then take place in the following months (usually in summer).
2. Process: all-year application process
In addition to the regular one-year rotation for internships, there are so-called COBE and FCFS (first-come-first-served) offers. These are updated throughout the year, and it's worth checking the current list every now and then. Applications for these are open all year round! You can find them in the IAESTE Exchange Platform or at this link. If you are interested in an internship, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you.
COBE-Offers are offers for which the employer receives more than one application. For FCFS-Offers you are to be quick: In this case, only one application will be accepted worldwide on a first-come, first-served basis.
Advantages of an IAESTE internship
“All in all the on-site support by IAESTE was very good, our contact person (from São Paulo) visited us a few times in Campinas in our Republica and we could always contact him with questions.”
“Furthermore, the great dynamic with local IAESTE volunteers inspired me to take up the same task and show people around back home in my own LC. I was shown so much hospitality from locals, that I would like to give something back to foreign interns arriving in Germany.”
“Mein Ziel war es, die Welt eine Zeit lang aus einer anderen Perspektive wahrzunehmen und weiße Flecken auf der Landkarte mit Leben zu füllen. Das habe ich mit dem Praktikum vollkommen erfüllt, ohne mich währenddessen auch nur einen Moment lang unwohl zu fühlen.”
“Ich habe viele neue Freunde gefunden und habe vor wieder nach Bolivien zu reisen. Abschließend kann ich ein Praktikum oder eine Reise nach Bolivien sehr empfehlen”
“For me it was not a once in a lifetime experience since I will for sure come back to this amazing, beautiful, sometimes a bit weird but just lovely country and I would recommend everybody to get out of their comfort zone and apply for a country that wasn’t on their “bucket list” beforehand – you won’t regret it!”
“The time at work itself was great. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed and my colleagues were super welcoming. Everyone gave their best to make me feel comfortable. I got a lot of recommendations what to do and where to go and my colleagues told me a lot about the current situation in Lebanon.”
“Ich war von morgens bis abends auf der Baustelle, habe die Ingenieure begleitet und konnte viel beobachten. Auch durfte ich bei Vermessungen helfen. Über die Einblicke und Erfahrungen dieser Woche bin ich sehr dankbar.”
“Apart from all the fun, I had good growth working in this company professionally and personally. For my work, I have helped my company creating system models of different Infineon Smart Power Switches in MATLAB Simscape environment.”
“I learned to be more open and relaxed, and I think I can handle new and unfamiliar situations a little better in the future.”
“The support and hospitality of my colleagues, the exposure to a dynamic work environment, and the immersion in Vietnamese culture have left an indelible mark on my journey. I am immensely grateful for the friendships I formed, both locally and internationally, and for the valuable lessons and experiences gained during my time in Vietnam.”
“I appreciated that the internship abroad combined the positive aspects of working with locals and enjoying the Erasmus community.“
“In conclusion, I am incredibly glad that I took the bold step of doing the internship in Hong Kong. Initially, I had reservations because I had originally planned to visit another country, and I had limited knowledge about Hong Kong. However, this journey allowed me to immerse myself in a different culture, enhance my English language proficiency, bolster my self-confidence, adapt to unforeseen challenges, and become more self-reliant and spontaneous. I also had the amazing opportunity to meet incredible people from all over the world and make unforgettable memories.“
In many countries, it is anyway mandatory, but in any case, a health insurance is vitally important. Furthermore, an accident and a liability insurance, which is valid abroad, is highly recommended.
The DAAD offers IAESTE interns a low-cost combined foreign health, foreign accident and foreign liability insurance. The insurance premium (tariff 720/A) has been a constant € 32.00 per month since 1st of December 2015. The insurance conditions for interns can be found here.
Applying for insurance for IAESTE interns is done in different ways, depending on whether you have applied for a travel grant or not.
If you have applied for a travel grant or plan to do so, then you can also take out the insurance via the DAAD portal. If you are not applying for a travel grant, you can email the application for insurance directly to our office.
Students of all disciplines who would like to complete an internship prescribed or recommended by the respective faculty can apply for a travel grant from the DAAD. The amount of the subsidy depends on the destination country.
More information can be found here
- Valid passport (or ID card within EU)
- Health, accident and liability insurance
- Enough money for the first month
- Vaccination pass
- Certificate of enrollment from your university
- International student ID card - available at Asta
- Hiking boots
- Warm clothes (even in the desert it can get chilly)
- Adapter for foreign power sockets
- Maybe sleeping bag, bed sheets, mosquito net
- Optional: Information about Germany, gifts for hosts
If necessary, you apply for the visa by submitting the form N / 5a (provided by us), the employer confirmation, and any other enclosed documents directly from the responsible consulate or embassy. Since from time to time legal changes may occur, you should inform yourself in good time about the current status of the entry requirements.
As soon as you are assigned to your internship on the Exchange Platform we will ask you to transfer a deposit of € 100. This is to make sure that assigned students seriously intend to apply to the employer and we do not loose any opportunities for other outgoers due to untaken reservations. After the submission of a short report of your experience you get the deposit back.