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Why are internships so important?

You would like to work in Germany but are unsure about what job interests you? An internship is the best way to analyze your strengths and find your passion for your future career. It will teach you all skills required in each particular working field, as well as show you what a daily working routine in a company looks like.

Internships are usually unpaid, yet the benefit of gaining first hand experience from the "real" working world is much more valuable. Moreover, getting the chance of trying yourself in one of so many job opportunities may help you to choose the right career for yourself.On top of that: internships are the first step of getting in touch with a real business, therefore, it could open new doors for your future career!

What is required for an internship?

  • Basic knowledge of German

  • Age: at least 14

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

How 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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