Research internship

Conduct research as an international Bachelor or Master student at the University of Konstanz

For international students who are interested in a research internship at the University of Konstanz, the Welcome Centre provides advice on all organisational questions relating to the research stay.

As soon as you have found an internship at the University of Konstanz, you are welcome to contact the Welcome Centre directly in order to start planning your stay.

Organizing a research internship - step by step

1. Organize an internship position at the University of Konstanz

Search the university's website to find out which research area might be of interest to you. Send your application with letter of application, CV and list of grades directly to a professor or research assistant in this field of research.

2. Agree upon basics of the internship

As soon as you have been accepted for a research internship, you need to make a concrete agreement with your supervisor (example template):

  • contact person / supervisor
  • time period and tasks
  • accommodation and possible remuneration or financing

Do not determine your period of stay until you have a prospect of accommodation. Especially in the months June - August it is not easy to find affordable accommodation in Konstanz.

3. Clarify financing

Clarify financing options in your home country. In general, research trainees bring their own financing with them. Programmes for the promotion of internships / short-term stays with different selection criteria are e.g.

  • ERASMUS Placement (EU+ Turkey)
  • DAAD- RISE (UK, USA, Canada), DAAD-WISE (India), DAAD-IAESTE (student organized exchange)
  • University partnerships (e.g. state-to-state programme Ontario-Baden-Württemberg)

4. Prepare your stay

Before your stay, find out whether

  • the department at the University of Konstanz can help you to find accommodation
  • you have sufficient health insurance for Germany
  • you need a visa for entry / a work permit (non-EU nationality)

The Welcome Centre will be happy to answer any non-academic questions you may have. Contact the colleagues there by e-mail.

5. Arrive in Konstanz

Upon arrival, in the Welcome Centre or in the Department you will receive your guest card for the library and an e-mail guest account. Afterwards, you can

  • buy a canteen and copy card
  • buy a monthly bus ticket or rent a bicycle
  • join our Facebook group for social activities and sign up for excursions

Enrolment as a student is only possible if you have received admission before your arrival. However, this is not possible or necessary for research interns.

The International Office and the Welcome Centre will be happy to help you with any questions you may have about your stay in Konstanz.

If you have any questions regarding your internship, please discuss them with your supervisor.

Minimum wage

Federal International Placement Services (ZAV) has set the binding minimum wage for Erasmus+ interns from abroad (see minimum wage law). International Erasmus+ interns are exempted from this minimum wage limit when the Internship Agreement specifically classifies their stay as a “part of the curriculum” or a “compulsory internship”, even if they are staying for longer than three months.
For Erasmus+ and students (KA103): If the stay is not a “compulsory internship”, then minimum wage will need to be paid starting the first day of the fourth internship month.
For graduate / postgraduate internships: minimum wage regulations apply from the start.