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  • Requirements and prerequisites

    To complete an internship at Volkswagen, you must be enrolled at a university and not yet have completed your degree.

    This obviously excludes the basic internship, which is required in advance for several study programmes.

    Types of internship

    At Volkswagen, we provide various internship options:

    Basic internship  Before or during your degree 
    Voluntary internship During your degree 
    Voluntary internship Between your BA and MA 
    Mandatory internship During your degree 

    Duration of the internship

    Your chosen internship will last between eight weeks and six months. We work with you to set the schedule and duration of you internship, taking into account your conditions of study. Where possible, we recommend completing a six-month internship with us, as this gives you sufficient time to learn about Volkswagen, familiarise yourself with your topic, and start to network.


    At Volkswagen: we pay the full statutory minimum wage without exception, whether you are a voluntary intern, a compulsory intern or writing a dissertation.


    At Volkswagen, interns are also entitled to holidays. The number of days is calculated on the basis of the duration of your internship and legal regulations.

    Basic internship for a technical degree

    We provide key technical information during your preliminary/basic internship. Between June and August you learn skills such as turning, milling and welding. This initial practical experience ensures that you are well equipped for courses including mechanical engineering, automotive engineering, electrical engineering and industrial engineering.

    Duration8 weeks
    Period19.06. until 01.09.2017
    Prerequisites (Predicted) grade of at least 2.4 in the Abitur examination; focus on mathematics and natural sciences.
    Application We are sorry, but the application period for 2017 has expired.

    After your Volkswagen internship

    Once you have completed your internship at Volkswagen, we offer you the option of joining our pool of academic talent, which can make you our first choice when you come to apply for a job.

    Our Student Talent Pool is a study-related development scheme featuring specialist and non-specialist training opportunities. Students gain entry to the scheme through a one-day selection centre.

    If you wish to do so, it is also possible to go on to write your dissertation at the end of your internship. Simply consult your internship supervisor who will talk you through the options.

    Just one more thing...

    An internship at Volkswagen is a well-rounded concept. You get to know Europe’s largest automotive company, work in exciting areas of the company, have responsibility in projects, and receive attractive compensation. But we offer our interns even more, including:

    • Employee rates when purchasing or leasing a Volkswagen
    • Help finding accommodation
    • A full tour of the factory
    • The option to take part in interview training
    • A regular social event for interns to share their experiences and to network