Some exchange students want to do an internship after attending WHU. For all non-EU citizens it is important that the internship is legally permitted.
Option 1 (spring semester only):
Students staying at WHU during the spring semester can do a full-time internship of up to 120 days within their residence permit (applied via WHU). The spring semester officially runs from early-January to end-August but classes already finish early-May giving you time to do an internship or travel afterwards until the end of August. No extra paperwork is required.
Option 2 (spring and fall semester):
Students joining WHU during the fall or spring semester have the opportunity to work up to 240 days part-time within the residence permit they applied through WHU. No extra paperwork is required.
Students joining us in either semester have the opportunity to do an internship which is required for their studies and relates to their field of study as student employment. You have to inform the foreign office about the extension of your stay. In some cases the German Federal Employment Agency (ZAV) has to be involved.
In all other cases you have to apply for a work permit. Be sure to apply for your work permit as soon as you get the acceptance of the company! The application process may take up to six weeks.
For additional information about the necessary steps, please contact the International Relations Office.
Working / doing an internship is normally not allowed within the scope of a visa – so in case you have a visa that already covers your whole stay in Germany AND you would like to work / do an internship during that period of time, you will probably have to apply for a residence permit (or work permit – please see different options above) in addition to the visa. Please contact the IRO (International Relations Office) at WHU if this is the case for you, as we can give you an update about the most recent options.
For additional information about the necessary steps, please contact the International Relations Office. More information on this topic will also be included in your welcome package which you receive upon arrival at WHU.
Information as of 06/2016