Student Jobs and Internships
Looking to earn money during your degree studies? Although the number of student jobs is constantly shrinking, making it harder to find casual employment, positions in the gastronomy or retail sector, or research assistant posts at the university, are still options for topping up your monthly budget.
If you are not an EU citizen, you may work 120 days full time or 240 days part time per year. EU students are not subject to such restrictions. But watch out: don't let your work get in the way of your studies. After all, a good degree is what you want, isn't it?
Please note: Students, who attend a foundation course are only allowed to work during holidays. During their first year, they are not allowed to work at all.
Study-related or voluntary internships are also subject to the same conditions and limits. This means that any time spent as an intern is also deducted from the annual time you are allowed to work. Many courses now feature compulsory internships lasting several weeks or months.
The university career centers are set up to provide you with information on internships and assist you in finding a suitable vacancy.
Generally speaking a fair internship should always be paid and based on a written contract between the employer and the intern. From the outset you are allocated a nominated contact in the company or institution providing the internship. This person is responsible for defining internship learning objectives with you and monitoring any progress - in feedback sessions, for instance.
Those seeking an internship usually have to go through a standard application process. You should send a formal application to the human resources contact, including your resume, school report cards, grades acquired to date during your degree studies, and any references referring to previous internships or jobs held.