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Internship experience

It is not enough just to possess knowledge, it needs to be used. It is also not enough just to want something, it needs to be done.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What do you gain from an internship?

Regardless of what you study, an internship smooths your path to starting a career. Most employers expect you to have some prior work experience, ideally in the same field you are applying for.

You can use an internship to find a suitable career field as well as to test your own interests and abilities in that field. In addition, you can expand your professional network and make contacts for your future career. These contacts are particularly helpful for you, since job openings in Germany are often not published but rather obtained by recommendation.

Where do I find an internship?

How long should my internship last?

An internship should ideally last three to six months, even if only a six or eight-week internship is required for your studies. You have a decisive career advantage by gaining practical work experience - whether during a longer internship or, for example, by working as a student trainee.

It is less of a priority for employers that you keep in line with the standard period of study and more important that you have work experience!

What should I think about when looking for an internship?

Your internship should

  • give you insight into a possible career after you graduate.
  • include challenging tasks.
  • provide you with individuals who can help you with questions or problems.
  • ideally give you the opportunity to work with a team on specific projects.
  • not restrict you to simple tasks, even if making coffee and copying work are sometimes part of the job.

Should I complete an internship after graduating?

There are many reasons why an internship after your studies can be worth the effort. For example, in some cases it can be difficult to start your career because of the overall economic situation or a very competitive job market. If you only have a small amount of work experience in your target business sector, it can also take some time to find a position.

You should take great care to find an internship position that offers you enough practical work experience and is also paid. Current minimum wage laws have made it more difficult for businesses to misuse interns as cheap labour.

How do I solve conflicts that occur during my internship?

If problems pop up during your internship, you should try to solve them within the company. It the problems persist, you can contact either your department or the Career Service.

Do minimum wage laws apply to my internship?

Find out whether the required hourly minimum wage of € 8.84 (gross) applies to you by visiting, for example,

How can I finance an internship abroad?

You can find out about how to fund an internship abroad from a presentation by the International Office and Career Service.

Please contact the International Office, if you have additional questions.

You can find additional information about internships abroad in the “Wege ins Ausland” (opportunities to go abroad) brochure from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Students in the natural sciences can also use IAESTE to obtain a suitable internship abroad.

There are also a number of international internship programmes providing scholarships for internships abroad, such as MLP's “Join the Best” programme.

living in Konstanz and surroundings

Living in a Seezeit student residence hall

Seezeit student services is the largest provider of student accommodations in Konstanz. In total, 2,355 rooms are available for our students. The rooms are usually in single or double occupancy apartments as well as in shared flats (WGs = Wohngemeinschaft). Every student, however, receives their own personal room. The WGs are usually shared by male and female students. Due to the extremely high demand, the rooms are assigned by lottery. For this reason, it is very important that international degree-seeking students begin their search for a room in a residence hall as soon as possible. International exchange students are guaranteed a room as long as they apply for one during the university application process and before the deadline expires.

A few of the residence halls are located near the city centre on the Rhine river, while others are a short distance from the university. As a result, students living in the residence halls can quickly reach the university campus on foot, with a bicycle or by bus. The rental costs for single or double occupancy apartments as well as rooms in shared flats run between 270 and 390 euro per person, depending on their size and location. The rooms in the residence halls are furnished.

1. Application for exchange students

Students who come to Konstanz via exchange programmes (Erasmus+ etc.) or university partnerships will submit an application for accommodation when they apply for admission to the university. The link to the online application is sent to nominated students by the International Office. The application deadlines are

Winter semester: 15 May
Summer semester: 15 November

The housing deposit payment of 550 euro is also due by these deadlines.


  • Rooms can only be rented out for the time frame identified in the online form.
  • Rooms can only be rented for a maximum of 2 semesters. If you will be staying a third semester, please begin your search for private accommodations as soon as possible (see private accommodations in Konstanz) or apply directly through Seezeit.

2. Application for master degree students and DAAD scholarship holders

International master degree students and DAAD scholarship holders are welcome to book a Seezeit room through the International Office. This service is only offered for the winter term.

Application deadline: 30.6.

Contact: international.incoming@uni-konstanz.de

3. Application for degree-seeking students and free movers

International degree-seeking students and free mover students apply directlyonline to Seezeit Bodensee student services . The Seezeit application is always available under the following link: www.seezeit.com/Wohnen
Please address all applications and questions to Seezeit Bodensee student services . Email: studentisches.wohnen[at]seezeit.com

Since residence hall rooms are assigned by lottery due to high demand, not all international students will receive a room through this process. Please consider an alternative from the very beginning.

All successful applicants

Successful applicants will receive a reservation confirmation via email. 

Students can only move into their rooms on working days (Monday through Friday) and only during the opening hours identified in the confirmation email. Those who arrive in Konstanz on weekends or after business hours will have to arrange for temporary accommodations.
You will either need to provide your own pillow, blanket and sheets in the Seezeit residence halls, or purchase them for 45 euro from the building manager. These 45 euro will automatically be deducted from your deposit at the end of your stay.
In this case, please be sure to also request bedding and sheets from the Mieterservice when you set a date to move in. You are also responsible for providing your own towels. 

Other student residence halls (private providers)

Converted, former French barracks | no central room allocation; the flatmates themselves choose their new roommates | residents of the self-organised housing need to be willing to actively participate in managing the facility.
Neue Arbeit KN GmbH
Schürmann-Hoster-Weg 3, 78467 Konstanz,
Phone: + 49 7531 5938 -11

Jägerkaserne (Steinstrasse 17, 17a, 21)
Converted, former French barracks | 208 places in flat shares

Weckerle & Florian GmbH, Hausverwaltung
Bleicherstr. 10, 78462 Konstanz
Phone: +49 7531 16631

Residence hall run by the Catholic Church in Konstanz | 336 furnished single apartments for students of the University and HTWG (University of Applied Sciences)
Rheingutstr. 36, 78462 Konstanz
Phone: +49 7531 2001 -30

Residence hall operated by the Protestant Church in Konstanz | 174 single apartments for students of the University and the prioritized HTWG (University of Applied Sciences)

Rheingutstraße 32, 78462 Konstanz
Phone: +49 7531 25085

Humboldt Institute
The Humboldt Institute is a private language school with a residence hall near the university campus. Residence hall rooms are available to non-language school students when space is available. Single and double rooms with a bathroom can be rented per week or month. The building has a cafeteria but no individual kitchens.

Humboldt Institute
Mainaustrasse 172, 78464 Konstanz
Phone: +49 7531 4570 -60

Temporary accommodations

If you have received accommodations in a residence hall but need to find temporary accommodations
before moving into your room. the following options are available to you:

Deutsche Jugendherberge (DJH)
Zur Allmannshöhe 16, D-78464 Konstanz
Phone: +49 75 31 32260 | Fax: +49 75 31 31163
info[at]jugendherberge-konstanz.de | www.jugendherberge-konstanz.de
A valid international youth hostel card is required. You may purchase one when
you check in.
Directions: Bus line 4, bus stop “Jugendherberge”. Then walk up the hill.

Jugendherberge Kreuzlingen
Promenadenstrasse 7, CH-8280 Kreuzlingen (TG)
Phone: +41 71 688 26 63 | Fax: +41 71 688 47 61
kreuzlingen[at]youthhostel.ch | www.youthhostel.ch/kreuzlingen
Directions: Train station Kreuzlingen Hafen (harbor), then walk 700 meters.

Andy's Hostel
Fürstenbergstr. 104, D-78467 Konstanz
Phone/SMS: +49 1520 175 7272
info[at]andyshostel.de | www.andyshostel.de
Directions: Bus line 2, 3 or 12, bus stop “Fürstenberg”.

Humboldt Institute
Mainaustrasse 172, D-78464 Konstanz
+49 7531 - 457060
info[at]humboldt-institut.org | www.humboldt-institut.org

Gerry's Backpacker
Byk-Gulden-Str. 33, D-78467 Konstanz
Phone: +49 7531 64006
Directions: Train station Wollmatingen | Bus stop Riedstrasse, bus line 6 (city); 11 (university)

Aqua Hotel & Hostel
Opelstrasse 6, D-78467 Konstanz
Phone: +49 7531 127370
info[at]aqua-hotel.de | www.aqua-hotel.de

Inexpensive hotels or boarding houses near the train station
(within walking distance):

Hotel Restaurant Barbarossa
Obermarkt 8-12, D-78462 Konstanz
Phone: +49 7531 128 990 | Fax: +49 7531 128 99700
info@hotelbarbarossa.de | www.hotelbarbarossa.de

Hotel Goldener Sternen
Bodanplatz 1, D-78462 Konstanz
Phone: +49 7531 25228 | Fax: +49 7531 21673
hotel-goldener-sternen[at]t-online.de | www.goldener-sternen-konstanz.de

Further accommodations:
Tourist Information Konstanz
Bahnhofplatz 13, D-78462 Konstanz
Phone: +49 7531 9001 33030 | Fax: +49 7531 90013 3060
info[at]ti.konstanz.de | www.konstanz.de/tourismus 

Private accommodation

Your search for a private accommodation in Konstanz will require time, patience - and a little luck! It is best to arrive early and to search in person. Your chances of success are much higher if you meet landlords or tenants of shared flats personally. (Beware of fraudulent announcements on the internet: Fraudulent advertisements may include English-language ads, mailed copies of owners' personal IDs, requests to send money through Western Union, MoneyGram or to a foreign account, or deposit payment before arrival. Never rent a room without first seeing it in person.)


Wohnen für Hilfe (accommodations for help)

Gardening, child care, cleaning, spending time together - “Wohnen für Hilfe” means you support your landlord and can save a portion of the rental costs as a result. One hour of assistance is approximately equal to a rental discount of one square meter. Anyone looking for affordable living space, who likes to be socially active, enjoys family life and is not afraid to help out, has found the right place here.

For students at the higher education institutions in Konstanz as well as senior citizens, families and people with disabilities. Visit seezeit - Wohnen für Hilfe to find out more.

Living in Switzerland

EU citizens:

Students from EU-member states may also live in Switzerland. You will need a residence permit from the Migrationsamt Kanton Thurgau (office of migration for canton Thurgau).

Non-EU citizens:

International students who are not EU citizens will not be able to receive a residence permit in Switzerland. Housing in Switzerland is therefore not an option for you.

Emergency accommodations

Seezeit Student Services usually provides students with emergency accommodations at the beginning of the winter semester. Students who have arrived in Konstanz but have not yet found a room can stay in a 10 person-bedroom for 10€/night from 2 October until Seezeit has found a vacancy in the dorms.  Please contact mieterservice@seezeit.com

Couch surfing option "Haste mal'n Sofa?” (got a couch?):
The Student Union of the University of Konstanz (AStA) organises emergency accommodations for students provided by other students before the winter semester. Simply send an email to asta@uni-konstanz.de