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Cultural and Practical Exchange in Over 80 Countries

IAESTE Worldwide Internship Program

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The internship exchange organization IAESTE offers students from the fields of science, engineering and business (in some cases also for other subjects) internships from four weeks to six months in over 80 countries. There is no charge for the placement and participation in the program.

The internships typically take place in the semester break during the summer (Mid-July through Mid-October). However, there are often positions also available for other times in the year.

What makes the IAESTE program so special is that interns can rely on an excellent support system and a focus on intercultural exchange: Interns typically are picked up from the airport, accommodation is arranged, and the local IAESTE groups often organize excursions and buddy programs. Even though internships in English-speaking countries are very rare in IAESTE, it is possible to find an English-language internship in another country. Due to the support system, the language barrier is usually not a problem.

When you apply you are not required to accept a particular position and participate in IAESTE: The pre-application in January merely gives you the opportunity to see which positions are available and decide in a later step (February/March) if you really want to apply for a certain position.

Missed the Deadline?

Throughout the year new IAESTE positions are constantly being added to the network. If you are interested, please send your CV/resumé and a cover letter to Laura Hope.

Application Information for TU Students

Apply by 15 January!

© Laura Hope​/​TU Dortmund

Application Process

The (non-binding) pre-application deadline is 15 January.

The internship would start at the earliest in June of the same year, however some positions will be available for a start date of up to one year later. This depends on the company's requirements.

Missed the Deadline?

If you apply by 15 January, you will receive priority consideration in the placement process in February and March. However,  it is also possible to register later in the year and be considered for new IAESTE positions that are constantly being added to the network. If you are interested, please upload the full application (see below) to the IAESTE Exchange Portal and then send an e-mail to Laura Hope so that she can verify your account. If you have already found a position for which you would like to apply, please also sende the reference number to Laura Hope.

The following documents have to be uploaded to the IAESTE Exchange Portal:

  • Statement of Purpose (English)
  • CV/Resumé (English)
  • Transcripts of Records (e.g. from BOSS)
  • English Language Certificate (see the link to "Application Information" above)
  • Current Certificate of Enrollment

There is no need to turn in any documents to the International Office. After the deadline you will receive an e-mail with further information about the application process.

The positions that are available for TU Dortmund University's students will be announced around the end of February. At this time all students who are interested in one of the positions will be able to express this interest and students will be matched with positions.

In the subsequent phases up until the end of March more and more positions will be made available. Approximately 50% of the IAESTE applicants find their internship position in this phase.

Only one person will be nominated for a single IAESTE position: That means that the chances are relatively high that the company will accept the nomineee. The acceptance letter and all further information will then come from the local IAESTE group through the IAESTE Exchange Portal.

The placement through IAESTE is free of charge and all internships are paid. The salary is typically enough to pay for your accommodation and standard living expenses. Additional excursions, trips and extras have to be paid for by the students. 

Students in an overseas internship may apply for the DAAD travel grant. Should the DAAD turn down your application, you may apply for a PROMOS scholarship from TU Dortmund University.

Students in internships in Europe may apply for the Erasmus scholarship.

After the internship you will need to turn in your report through the IAESTE Exchange Portal.

In case you received an Erasmus or a PROMOS scholarship, there are additional documents that you need to turn in.



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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.


The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Site Map of TU Dort­mund University (Second Page in English)

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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