The Internship

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Internship in the Supplementary Area of the Bachelor of Arts Course of Study


Students at our university must complete an at least four-week long internship during their studies. They receive 6 ECTS points for the internship and for attending the career-orienting lecture series "Career Prospects for Humanities and Social Science Scholars".

The Career and Practical Experience Service offers support in the search for internship spots and has more than 600 contact partners with internship providers, which students are welcome to use. Internship providers often directly send internship placements currently open to the Career and Practical Experience Service, and are forwarded directly to students in the newsletter.

We also welcome students to look for internship spots on their own. If you find a placement on your own, you must work with the Internship Officer to find out if the internship can be recognized.

Humanities and social science scholars have many career paths available to them. Aside from studies, internships often set the path and create an important foundation for a successful start to a career. Depending on the career field, we recommend completing multiple internships. This particularly applies to journalism.

 

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about the Internship

How long does an internship have to be?

The exam regulation for a dual subject Bachelor course of study in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities requires a four-week full time internship. We recommend, however, completing an internship that is two to three months long. This way you can put what you have learned more intensively into practice. Furthermore, you must attend at least four presentations in the lecture series "Career Prospects for Humanities Scholars".

The exam regulation for the single subject Bachelor course of study in Humanities requires an at least six-week full time internship. However, we recommend completing a longer internship here as well. You must attend at least three presentations in the lecture series "Career Prospects for Humanities Scholars".

The exam regulation for the single subject Bachelor course of study Literary and Linguistic Studies requires an at least five-week long full time internship. We recommend completing a longer internship. You must attend the lecture series "Career Prospects for Humanities Scholars".

What has to be in the internship report?

The same criteria apply to the dual subject Bachelor of Arts, single subject Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, and the single subject Bachelor of Arts in Literary and Linguistic Studies.

You must first introduce the company where you completed the internship. Describe what activities and responsibilities you completed during the internship. Evaluate the internship provider based on the quality of supervision and the internship program. Reflect on how much the internship contributed to career orientation and what steps you would like to take to get closer to reaching your career goal.

You can use this Word format template to create your internship report. The report must be at least five pages and no longer seven.

What does the internship report officially have to look like?

The same guidelines for creating the internship report apply to the dual subject Bachelor of Arts and the single subject Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Literary and Linguistic Studies.

Your personal information and information about the internship provider must be on the first page. Please include the name of the internship supervisor. The report must be at least five pages long and no longer than seven. You can use the format template.

We ask that you adhere to the following criteria as well:

  • Spacing: single
  • Font size: 12 pt
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Margins: 2 cm left, 2.5 cm right

How can I get credit for a career orienting internship?

The following procedure applies to the dual subject Bachelor of ARts and the single subject Bachelor of Arts in social sciences and literary and linguistic studies.

Submit your internship report and a copy of your internship certificate to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Internship Officer. Bring the original internship certificate with you. Using the participation list from the lecture series "Career Prospects for Humanities Scholars" and a brief oral report on the four events, we will review your participation in the event.

You will receive 6 ECTS points for an internship in the dual subject Bachelor of Arts course of study (documented by the internship report and an official internship certificate) and for attending the lecture series.

You will receive 8 CP for an internship in the single subject Bachelor of Arts course of study in social sciences (documented by the internship report and the official internship certificate) and for attending the lecture series "Career Prospects for Humanities Scholars".

You will receive 7 CP for an internship in the single subject Bachelor of Arts course of study in literary and linguistic studies (documented by the internship report and the official internship certificate) and for attending the lecture series "Career Prospects for Humanities Scholars".

Can I get credit for internships that I completed before my studies?

This is possible if certain criteria are fulfilled. In this case, you should contact the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Internship Officer, who will then decide whether you can get credit.

Can I get credit for internships I completed during semesters of leave?

No, this is not possible. This goes against the the legalities set by the Higher Education Act and the RWTH Aachen Enrollment Regulation. A voluntary internship that serves an academic purpose can be a sufficient reason for taking a semester of leave.

Where do I find an internship placement?

Many companies have a category on their website dedicated to internships. There you can find out what internships are possible and who the contact person is in the company. Furthermore, professional associations have lists of address and contact information that is often available on the association's website or in printed form. Many internship spots are publicized in professional journals or intership databases online.

Some spots are directly registered with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Many of them are publicized via the mailing list. The Faculty also has a database of about 800 official internship providers. You can get the contact addresses for your chosen field from the Career and Practical Experience Service.

Are there internship providers who are not accepted?

Yes. We have unfortunately had a few cases were interns were not offered adequate tasks or responsibilities. Internship providers, who fall in this category, are no longer accepted as internship providers. Please contact the Internship Officer before beginning your internship, to ensure whether or not your can receive credit from the internship with the internship provider you found.

What do I need to pay attention to when looking for an internship?

The internship should open up the path to professional life. For this reason, you should be able to answer these questions when selecting an internship:

  • What do I want to attain with the internship? (Glance at the professional world or a particular sector, etc.)
  • What do I want to learn during the internship?
  • What tasks, content, and responsibilities will be included in the internship?
  • Are my abilities and interests compatible?

Before beginning an internship, make sure that the internship content and responsibilities have been set during the internview and that an internship supervisor will be present.

 

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about the Internship