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Completing your Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis at Volkswagen

A winning finish: at Volkswagen, you can step it up a gear in the final stage of your studies. And best of all, you can write your dissertation in any Volkswagen division: the ideal way to bring together theory and practice.

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Target group: Enrolled students about to finish their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
We offer dissertations in:
Wolfsburg, Hannover, Kassel, Braunschweig, Salzgitter and Emden
Business areas:
You can do your internship with us in virtually all areas of the company
Application period: all year round
Start: all year round
Duration: 6 until 9 months


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    What requirements do I need to meet?

    You must meet the following requirements to be able to write your dissertation while you are with us:

    • You must currently be enrolled on an active, ongoing course of study
    • Your grade average must be equal to or better than 2.4
    • Your university must accept a non-disclosure agreement with Volkswagen if one is needed
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    Sites and divisions

    Where can I write my dissertation?

    We can offer you the opportunity to write your dissertation in almost any of our company divisions, including Research and Development, HR or Sales. You can apply for the following Volkswagen sites:

    • Wolfsburg
    • Hannover (VW Commercial Vehicles)
    • Braunschweig
    • Emden
    • Kassel
    • Salzgitter

    Head to the job portal for an overview of the currently advertised dissertation internships.

  • Times, deadlines and duration

    When can I apply?

    We advertise dissertation internship places throughout the year. You can find these on our job portal. This allows you to apply for an advertised position at any time.

    When can I write my dissertation?

    The period for starting a dissertation internship is given on the relevant posting on our job portal. The start date is usually at the start of a month. In individual cases, it may also be possible to arrange an individual start date with the department.

    How long will the dissertation internship last?

    Your internship will last between six and nine months. The time and duration will be defined to suit your conditions of study. It is generally possible to extend or shorten an internship.

  • Working hours and mobile work

    What working hours will I have?

    During your dissertation internship, you will have a 35-hour week.

    • You will start work between 7:30 am and 9 am, depending on what you agree with your department
    • You will finish work between 3:40 pm and 4:40 pm, depending on your start time; however, you will not finish any later than 5:45 pm
    • The minimum number of hours you will work each day is four hours
    • You will have a 40-minute lunch break

    Can I also work remotely?

    During your dissertation internship at Volkswagen, you are generally allowed to work up to two days per week on a mobile basis, provided your duties permit this. You can discuss the exact number of days and the days of the week on which you can work remotely directly with your department.

  • Support and mentoring

    How will I be supported while writing my dissertation at VW?

    While writing your dissertation, you will have a dedicated supervisor on hand in the department to provide assistance. Our colleagues from the internship team will be there for you during your application and the recruitment process. And if you have any administrative questions during your time with us, the specialist team at our HR Advisory Centre will be happy to help.

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    Identifying a topic

    What topics can I write about at Volkswagen?

    Have you not yet decided on a topic? Not a problem. Thanks to an extensive list of focus areas, we at Volkswagen can help you if you have not yet decided on a particular topic. We of course look forward primarily to hearing your own suggestions, however the final decision is made together with your professor and Volkswagen. The dissertation job posting may also give a rough idea of the topic – this can be found on our job portal.

What we offer you

A dissertation with lots of added extras

By completing your dissertation at Volkswagen, you will also get to know Europe’s largest automotive company. This will give you the opportunity to work in exciting areas of the company and have responsibility in projects, as well as gaining access to company resources and receiving attractive remuneration.

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    Whether you are undertaking an internship of your own volition or as a mandatory activity, or writing your dissertation, we pay everyone the full statutory minimum wage. That goes without saying. But we also do so in a spirit of fairness. Even if it is only for the foreseeable future for now.

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    If you choose to write your dissertation with us, you will of course be entitled to paid holiday, as are all other employees. The number of days is calculated on the basis of the duration of your internship and legal regulations. Your personal contact from the intern support team will tell you this at the start of your internship and is available for any questions.

And the extras:

  • Employee terms and conditions when purchasing or leasing a Volkswagen
  • Assistance with finding accommodation (see below)
  • A fascinating tour of the plant (based on availability)
  • Free specialist literature orders
  • Access to databases to find publications for professional research purposes

Accommodation during your time with us

(Offer currently only available for Wolfsburg)

Rooms in a shared flat through Volkswagen Immobilien

If you need a place to live while you are writing your dissertation with us, Volkswagen Immobilien has the perfect shared flat room available to rent on a simple and affordable basis, and with the flexibility in terms of time to match your needs. A room in a shared flat will also help you to quickly get to know new people, the city and the region. You can learn more about SF listings on the website of Volkswagen Immobilien.

The inside story

Who could be better qualified to provide a clear and credible report about the topic of a dissertation with us than an internship student at Volkswagen? Take a look at your leisure here at an interesting report.


Intern preparing a thesis in the area of sales

Incidentally: Here’s how you apply to us for an internship


Deadlines and durations:

We advertise our internships for writing a dissertation all year round. This means that you can apply to us at any time. The respective job description indicates when your internship will start.

Attachments needed:

To apply for a position to write your dissertation, we will need the following documents from you:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Enrolment certificate
  • Current overview of grades

If available:

  • Activity report (e.g. side job, pupil internship etc.)
  • Other certificates (e.g. training)
  • Bachelor’s certificate


  • Letter of motivation

Current positions:

You will find all the latest advertised positions for writing a dissertation at Volkswagen in our job portal. Should you not find a suitable internship offer, simply check back at a later time or activate the push notification (Job Agent).

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Still have questions? We have listed and answered the most frequently asked questions here. 

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