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Why an internship?

Do you want to work in Germany? But you don’t yet know what kind of work you want to do later? Then an internship is a good start. An internship helps you work out what you are good at, and which job is right for you.

You learn which skills you need for a career. You can also see what everyday work in a company is like. You don’t usually earn money in an internship. It’s about trying out one of the many different occupations in Germany that require formal training. It helps you choose an occupation and get a job.

Internships make the first contact between businesses and young refugees easier.

What do you need for an internship?

  • Basic knowledge of German

  • Age: at least 14

  • 3-month residence permit and approval from the foreigners’ office

What do you have to do to apply?

Most companies will tell you exactly how to apply. If you don’t understand something or are unsure, simply call the company! Or write an e-mail. Names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses can be found in the contact information. Our info pool contains examples of application documents in German.

Your internship – your first step into the working world

An internship may help you to find out which job is best for you. Therefore, if you enjoyed your internship, you may apply for a vocational training course as a second step.

Companies that offer internships on indicate in their ads, if they provide vocational trainings courses and/or even employment after an internship.

Interested in a dual vocational training course? Participating in such a training


  • helps you to explore theoretical and practical knowledge in your field of interest,


  • provides you with a great foundation for your professional future,


  • and makes you earn your own money.


The following video explains the German system of dual vocational training in Arabic, German and English:

Responsible for the content and the production of these videos: Die Chemie-Sozialpartner IG BCE und BAVC:

Förderer WiMi intowork

sprungbrett into work is financed by the Bavarian Industry Association (vbw - Vereinigung der Bayerischen Wirtschaft e. V.), the Bavarian Employers’ Associations for the Metalworking and Electrical Industries (bayme vbm), and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology. The project is implemented by SCHULEWIRTSCHAFT Bayern im bbw e. V.

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