Work placements for students of Management and Production Engineering

Information for students

During study-related placements, students build on skills learned in their respective fields of study at university. Experience has shown that especially placements undertaken before taking up studies can provide important basic knowledge of Management and Production Engineering that stands students in good stead when they start their university studies. Apart from being an enriching personal experience, such placements are also a help when deciding which subject to study. Experiences of the workplace and corporate social structures are important elements of an engineer’s qualifications. This also applies to the industrial placements undertaken towards the end of studies, during which students gain experience of working as engineers.

Notes on the internship report

The written description and reflection sharpens the view of the engineering profession. The respective internship regulations or internship guidelines provide information on the structure and content of an internship report. Basically, a report should be clearly and structured and have the following structure: Cover sheet, table of contents, introduction, main part, conclusion, possibly list of sources and appendix. Supplementary descriptions of personal motivation, special experiences and surprising experiences make the report interesting reading for the practice office. Two pages per week is considered reasonable.
The reports are not passed on by the practice office, are not published anywhere and are only read by officially appointed internship coordinators. Common practice for sensitive areas is that the internship company checks and approves the report in advance.

Students on the Bachelor’s study programs Mechanical Engineering and Process Engineering are expected to complete a mandatory 8-week industrial placement before taking up their university studies. The preliminary internship should preferably be carried out in production companies. Alternatively, processes in the chemical industry or something similar can also be the subject of the internship. Dual vocational training in a metalworking or comparable profession counts toward the pre-study internship. Prospective students must provide proof of receiving a pre-studies placement when they submit their application for a study place to the Sekretariat for Students [Office for Student Affairs]. When applying for the BA program Mechanical Engineering and Process Engineering, please see the page Applications and mandatory contents of pre-studies placements.

For Management and Production Engineering a full six-week pre-study internship (35-hour week, five-day week) is required, which should be completed before the beginning of the study for content and organizational reasons. The availability of an internship is to be proven with the enrollment at the secretariat for students with an internship contract of the internship company. They do not need to undertake an industrial placement until enrolling on the master’s study program Management and Production Engineering. When applying for the BA program Management and Production Engineering, please see the page Applications under the study program BA Management and Production Engineering and the Placement Regulations for details of the mandatory contents of pre-studies placements.

Students on the bachelor’s study program Systems Engineering complete a ten-week industrial placement. You can find the relevant information in the Placements Regulations according to BPO2015. For students from winter semester 22/23, the following Placements Regulations according to BPO2022 apply. It is not necessary to complete a pre-studies placement before applying to study BA Systems Engineering. When applying for the BA Systems Engineering program, please see the page Applications under the study program BA Systems Engineering.

Information for internship companies

Interns are the workers and managers of tomorrow. As an employer, would you like to get to know students studying production engineering, mechanical and process engineering, Management and Production Engineering or systems engineering? In the practical office consultation, students receive support in finding suitable internships. If you would like to be named as an employer, please use our contact form.


Please address any questions concerning student placements in the context of the different study programs to the Praxisbüro [placements office]:

Torsten Bolik
contact form:
Telefon: 0421-218 64782

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