1. Looking for an (Erasmus) internship
Unfortunately, h_da does not arrange any internships/placements for students from abroad. This means hat you will have to look for an internship/placement at h_da on your own. An overview of h_da’s departments can be found on the h_da-website.
The websites of the departments list our professors and lecturers and their research areas. If you think a professor or lecturer may be a suitable supervisor for your internship, please write them an email.
Ideally, your email covers the following aspects:
- a short presentation (your name, the name of your home university)
- a short description of what you’re looking for in an internship (what seems interesting to you about the prjects/research topics of this professor or lecturer? Where do your studies, your skills and experiences fit in here? In what way would you be beneficial for the project?)
- please attach a CV/resumé and a current list of the classes you took and the grades you received so far as well as other relevant documents
Please pay attention to the following aspects:
- If your email is in German, make sure to use the formal “Sie“ (instead of “Du“, which is rather informal). Call the professor or lecturer by their last name rather than by their given name(s)
- Make sure your email isn’t too long (there is no need to give a detailed account of all the phases of your life)
BEFORE your arrival in Darmstadt/Dieburg:
If you need a visa to enter Germany, please contact the local consulate or embassy in your home country as soon as possible. Please note that it may take a long time for your visa tob e granted, so you start as early as possible. To apply for a visa, you need an internship confirmation from your h_da supervisor.
In some cases, for instance if your internship starts in March, April, September or October, it may make sense to enroll as an exchange student at h_da (this is just a formality). Even though you need to pay about 220 Euros for this, the student status you will receive will give you many advantages:
- You’ll be allowed to use almost any busses, trams and local trains in Darmstadt, Dieburg, Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Marburg, Mainz for free (as well as in many other cities in the Southern part of Hessen) for the entire semester (March through end of August, or September through end of February) (You can save a lot of money this way).
- Student discounts for many leisure-time activities (z.B. in theaters, movie theaters and other events)
- You can take part in our Welcome & Orientation Program for exchange students, during which we will help you with administrative things (your visa, registering as a resident in Darmstadt etc.). What’s more, there will be German classes as well as day trips within Darmstadt and the Rhein-Main region and fun activities in September in March. You’ll also get the chance to meet our other exchange students.
- Right to apply for a room in the student residence halls
Students officially enrolled at h_da may apply for a room in one of the many student residence halls run by Studierenenwerk Darmstadt. You’ll find more details here.
If you’re intereted in enrolling as an exchange student in addition to doing your internship at h_da, please write an email to email@example.com.
DURING your stay in Darmstadt/Dieburg:
Having your address registered
If your internship is longer than 90 days you’re required to register as a resident of Germany with the city of Darmstadt, or the city of Dieburg, respectively. More details can be found here (for Darmstadt), or here (for Dieburg). You can translate these websites using www.deepl.com.