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Immerse yourself in international working environments and expand your skills with an exciting internship abroad. Prepare yourself to take on new challenges, deepen your professional skills and strengthen your intercultural understanding. Take the opportunity to network globally and shape your professional future on international terrain.

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General Information

When looking for a suitable internship at a foreign company, you will generally need to take your own initiative. There are also occasional announcements, notices etc. on various notice boards, which you should study carefully. Some university lecturers may also be happy to help you with your project through their contacts in industry and research abroad. It may be worth enquiring. The brochure Wege ins Auslandspraktikum provides helpful tips that could help you in your search for an internship. These include, for example, the IAESTE programme (for engineering and natural sciences) or AIESEC (for business studies).

A comprehensive overview of internship exchanges, placement programmes and much more information can be found at Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst

Note: Please note that you need a visa and possibly a work permit for internships in countries outside the EU. You should therefore inform yourself in good time about the necessary steps at the consular sections of the embassies.

Internship Opportunities Abroad

It is often possible to find a company abroad, but unfortunately you can only complete an unpaid internship there. The ERASMUS+ internship programme, for example, offers funding opportunities in this case. The ERASMUS+ internship programme distinguishes between internships at universities and internships in companies. The LEONARDO Office Saxony is still responsible for the latter.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) finances the "New Kibbutz" funding programme from BMBF funds. The programme supports internships in high-tech start-up companies in Israel via the German-Israeli Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Students enrolled on a Bachelor's or Master's degree programme can apply. The internships should last from 56 days to a maximum of six months. More information:

As part of the ASiiA programme, you can receive support in terms of content and organisation, including exclusively through the provision of a free visa.

Every year, students and graduates from all degree programmes are given the opportunity to complete an internship in the partner region. As an ASiiA applicant or ASiiA intern, you actively participate in the application process and in the development of the ASiiA community, get to know the country and its people better and network with partners and friends across borders. You can find internships on your own or make use of the offers at the Alberta-Saxony Intercultural Internship Alliance.

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As part of the RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) scholarship programme worldwide, the German Academic Exchange Service arranges research internships for bachelor and diploma students at German universities and universities of applied sciences.

Registration in the applicant database on the DAAD website at is possible until mid-December; the application deadline for Canada is mid-September; applications can also be submitted via another applicant database. Students can apply for a maximum of three of the internships available in the database.

Scholarship holders receive a monthly DAAD full scholarship instalment for a maximum of three months and a one-off travel allowance (both depending on the destination country).

The internship period is at least 10 weeks, the earliest start date is 1 May of the following year.

Further information at DAAD.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has been funding the placement of interns in the "Russia in Practice" programme as part of "Go East" since 2012 with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The programme is run in cooperation with the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce Abroad (AHK) Moscow and the Moscow Higher School of Economics (HSE).

The aim of the programme is to help meet the growing demand for specialists and academics with experience of Russia.

The "Russia in Practice" programme supports German students or graduates for six-month internships in the Russian Federation.

The internships are provided by companies in Russia. DAAD funding includes a monthly stipend, a travel allowance and Russian language courses on application.

Detailed information on the modalities can be found at:

  • The flyer "QualitätsCheck Auslandspraktikum" provides information on what to look out for when looking for an internship.
  • The DAAD has compiled useful information on internships in Europe.
  • Erasmus internships are advertised at
  • The German-French job exchange Connexion-Emploi offers a helpful organisation for finding an internship or job in France or preparing for one.
  • Samples and tips for applications in English-speaking countries can be found, for example, at or the Career Services/Centres of universities in English-speaking countries.
  • A good preparation for students, graduates and school leavers for an application in English-speaking countries as well as for institutions or companies with English as a lingua franca may also be the English-language job application training programme at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
  • Internships abroad - at the Chamber of Foreign Trade or through the Chamber of Foreign Trade.
  • Brochure "Wege ins Auslandspraktikum", published by the DAAD and others

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