A practical semester (internship) offers students the opportunity to apply and test their acquired knowledge in a practical setting.

A mandatory internship, usually in the form of a practical semester, is a component in the majority of  Bachelor programmes at the Department of Business and Economics. In addition to the experience and skills gained during the internship, the choice of your internship position also sets the course for your future career path. A successful practical phase may lead to entry into an industry, additional networking or finding a topic for your subsequent thesis.

Internship advice

Do you have questions about preparing for your internship? The contacts in the Internship Services and Business Relationships Office, or Internship Advice for short, will be pleased to help you. In addition to a personal consultation during office hours, regular informational events are also held.

Important information about completing your internship is available below.  Further regulations and tips are available in the Internship Regulations, your respective sample study timetables as well as the Study and Examination Regulations.

Practical semester

Degree programmes at the Department of Business and Economics are highly practice-based and interdisciplinary, and usually include a practical study semester or internship phase: 

Bachelor degree programmes

  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration
  • Bachelor’s in Economics
  • Bachelor’s in Business Information Systems
  • Bachelor’s in Business Engineering in Environmental Science and Sustainability
  • Bachelor’s in Business Law
  • Bachelor’s in International Management (German / French programme)
  • Bachelor’s in International Business Management (in English)
  • Bachelor’s in International Business Administration Exchange

Master’s degree programmes

If you are completing a Master's degree programme, then a practical study semester is also compulsory upon completion of the previous bachelor's degree programme with 180 credits.
Important information about preparing for and organising your internship, arranged according to degree programme, as well as the documents that you need to submit:

Parallel to the practical study semester, your degree programme’s practical seminar must also be completed. If the internship is completed outside of Berlin, the practical seminar has to be completed in the following semester. In this case, we recommend that you read the notes on the seminar as well as the report during the internship period.

Search and application for internship

Before the application phase, it is advisable to consider your own goals as well as the conditions and possibilities surrounding internships. Although the actual application phase often lasts no longer than three months, it is a good idea to start the ball rolling about half a year earlier: Which industry interests me? What is the size of the company/institution where I will do my internship? Which tasks should my desired internship cover?  Is there any internship salary or a remuneration? At what location should the internship take place? Foreign internships have a longer lead time - especially if the placement is to be provided through an organization.

Our course FB 1 - Internship info in Moodle offers initial orientation. The company lists, which represent an overview of previous internship positions, including possible fields of activity, are particularly helpful.

Internship searches are supported through publication of incoming internship announcements. These can be found in the corridor of the Internship Office (room B 1.32), in the foyer as well as online on our Moodle webpage. An overview is available here: HWR Berlin counselling services / internship information / FB1 - Internship Exchange.
The various online job markets on the Career Service are also helpful.

Our courses in Moodle

  • FB 1 - Internship Info
    Information and orientation
  • FB 1 - Internship Exchange
    Offers at home and abroad

Whether you are applying on your own initiative or to a specific offer: The application documents are your first contact with a potential internship host. Therefore, you should make these documents appealing and ensure that your information is up to date. Career Services provide extensive tips within the Internship and Vocational Orientation Moodle course. But Career Services also provides one-to-one support in getting the best out of your application documents.

Foreign internship

The completion of a foreign internship is an ideal opportunity to acquire foreign and professional experience during your studies and to use the knowledge acquired to further your career.

Companies hosting internships

The mandatory practical semester, which is a component of numerous courses at the Department of Business and Economics, offers potential and advantages for both companies and students.