For international apprentices

Internship in Germany

The mobility advisors of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Potsdam assist apprentices and young professionals (up to one year after their vocational training) in finding an unpaid internship in a German company in the district of the IHK Potsdam. The internship period should be between 3 weeks and 90 days. German is the corporate language in most our companies. If you have a good to excellent level of English, internships can also be organized in a number of companies.

We offer the following free services

  • Search for a suitable internship among our member companies in the service sector, commercial sector or industrial sector
  • Assistance in searching for an accommodation in the internship location
  • Pick-up from Potsdam central station and transfer to the internship location/ company (Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm), provision of directions
  • Mentoring during the internship (Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm) – contact person in case of problems during the internship, visit during the internship
  • Assistance in completing the learning agreements (in case of ERASMUS plus funding) 

What do we need?

  1. Completed request form (DOC-Datei · 924 KB)
  2. CV in the Europass format, if possible in German, otherwise in English (please also indicate your language skills)
  3. PowerPoint Presentation about yourself with images (profession of your vocational training, practical experiences, your training company or school, language skills, hobbies, motivation for an internship in Germany, preferences on your internship)
  4. Description of your level of knowledge regarding your vocational training (apprenticeship year, professional tasks you can already do) or regarding your profession in German or English

What are the next steps?

Please send your complete documents no later than 4 months before the preferred starting date of the internship via e-mail to auslandspraktika@ihk-potsdam.de. We will contact you via e-mail and arrange a telephone (or Skype) interview with you to get to know you and to answer your questions. The conversation will be held in German or English. As soon as we will have found a company for your internship, we will get in touch with you and send you the necessary documents.
Please remember to insure yourself (accident, liability and health insurance) for your internship in the company and for your leisure time in Germany. Accommodation costs depend on the location. In the city center of Potsdam, a furnished room may cost up to 500 EUR, in smaller cities from 150 to 300 EUR per month. Some companies also provide accommodation.
You can find useful links while searching for an accommodation here. (PDF-Datei · 165 KB)