The first step on the career ladder
During both the Bachelor's and the Master's programs, mathematics students at TUM must complete a professional internship or an equivalent term of professional activity. This offers a great opportunity, as an internship ensures insights into the diverse professional roles and sectors in which mathematicians can work. It can also generate contacts to potential employers. Most importantly, students enhance their applicant profile by completing internships.
Professional Internship and Internship Seminar
Participation in the Internship Seminar is compulsory for the Professional Internship Module (MA8101, MA8102, MA8103) in all degree programs at the Department of Mathematics. The seminar is an opportunity for students to share their experiences and discuss their professional internships with one another. In their oral presentations or in their report, students talk about the content of their internships, their duties and responsibilities, as well as the application process and business environment.
Components and recognition
The Internship Module consists of three parts: seminar points or evaluation points, oral presentation or report, and the professional internship itself, including a certificate of completion from the company. So it may extend over several semesters. Once successful completion of all three parts has been verified, we proceed with credit recognition for the module in TUMonline. Please allow a few days for the review process. After this brief period, you can then view your account and grade report in TUMonline to see whether the module has been recognized.
Modifications in winter semester 2020/21
In winter semester 2020/21
- the internship seminar will take place as an online seminar in Moodle (course "Praktikumsseminar")
- you can gain evaluation points instead of seminar points; 2 evaluation points correspond to 1 seminar point
- short video reports or written reportsare produced instead of the oral presentations, with a question and discussion forum
- the reports remain visible to all participants after the report date
- you have more time flexibility and you can also see or read and evaluate individual reports
Internship Seminar: dates and periods
The upcoming reports are listed here.
- Reports must be submitted in Moodle at least 1 week (12:00 / noon) before the report date.
- Reports can be seen in Moodle at least 6 days before the report date.
- The authors are available in their forum for questions and mutual exchange (active phase: 6 days before up to and including the report deadline). Take advantage of this opportunity!
- In order to receive an evaluation point for a report, you must give a feedback in Moodle by 23:59 on the report day.
Registering for the presentation or report
Register for your presentation or report in the Internship Seminar 6 weeks before the end of the lecture period at the latest, by using our form below. The last day of registration for this winter semester is 10 January 2021.
Looking for an internship?
Get ideas, inspirations, contacts and valuable tips during the presentations and reports in the internship seminar. Take the chance for mutual exhange in the chat. Benefit from the information and the offer of the Career Service. Please note the information in the flyer Working in Germany of the TUM Career Service.
Important Information on Internship Seminar
Presentation dates and new regulations
The first presentation dates are opened for registration.
The regulations for the winter semester 2020/21 have change slightly and have been updated on the Professional Internship website.
Last day of registration for reports in winter semester 2020/21
Last day of registration is 10 January, 2021
If you want to submit a report in the Internship Seminar during the winter semester 2020/21 you must register at the latest by 10 January, 2021, using the form provided here. In the event that all slots are already booked, please send an email to Dr. Kathrin Ruf by 10 January, 2021 at the latest.
Open slots can still be booked after the last day of registration but additional slots will no longer be offered.
Vocational orientation and Seminar points: Why attend the Internship Seminar?
The Internship Seminar offers students the opportunity to exchange experiences from their professional internships. Further, application tips and other important information concerning companies are discussed. Registration is required only for your own presentation or report, but you must be registered for the Moodle course.
Modification in winter semester 2020/21
The internship seminar takes place as an online seminar in Moodle (course "Praktikumsseminar").
Instead of oral presentations, authors present short video reports or written reports, which are accessible for all participants 6 days before the report date. The reports remain accessible after the report day, too.
Question and discussion forum: the authors are available to participants in the respective forum for questions and for mutual exchange. In the period from 6 days before up to and including the date of the report, the authors are active in the forum and answer you promptly (within 24 hours). You shouldn't miss this chance to get additional first-hand experience and tips and to make contacts!
After you have viewed or read the reports, you can give feedback to evaluate the report until 23:59on the day of the report in order to receive evaluation points for seminar points. If the feedback is submitted too late or if we get the impression that this evaluation is not sensible - i.e. apparently you have not sufficiently dealt with the report - you will not receive any evaluation points. Because of the shorter reports, one evaluation point is equivalent to only half a certificate.
Take advantage of the time flexibility and the possibility to view or read and evaluate individual reports only.
What is a seminar or evaluation point?
The presentations held in the Internship Seminar are followed by a discussion and questions from seminar participants, after which the presentations are evaluated by anonymous feedbacks. For every feedback you give, you receive a seminar point.
In the winter semester 2020/21 there will be one evaluation point for each sensibly evaluated report in the online seminar; 2 evaluation points correspond to 1 seminar point.
How many seminar points do I need?
For the Internship Module in the Bachelor's program, 8 seminar points (16 evaluation points) are required, in the Master's program, 2 seminar points (4 evaluation points) are required. Ideally, you acquire these prior to your internship. Seminar points acquired during the Bachelor's program are also recognized toward the Master's program.
Seminar points: How else can they be acquired?
Bachelor students who hold their oral presentation or report in English in the Internship Seminar receive 1 seminar point (2 evaluation points). Registered participants also receive 1 seminar point (2 evaluation points) for attending Meet My Company.
Seminar point count at a glance
Students are directly informed in the Internship Seminar of how many seminar points they have acquired up to that point. There is a regularly updated list indicating the number of seminar points recieved so far in the Moodle course.
Planning your participation in the Internship Seminar
Which career fields and companies are you interested in? Start thinking about this in advance and select those presentations or reports in the Internship Seminar that you would particularly like to see or read.
Gain inspiration for professional life
In the Internship Seminar, students report on their experiences at companies. Reports from previous semesters also help in the search for interesting internship positions.
Professional Internship: What is required?
Students should gain genuine professional experience during their studies – proof of this is compulsory in all degree programs. As such, it is initially of little importance whether this is gained as a student worker or intern, as an apprentice, or in connection with an occupation taken up independently.
The following aspects are considered in the review for recognition:
Internships or occupations practiced as a student worker can be undertaken at several different employers, either on a full- or part-time basis. The type of employment contract and whether it is a compulsory or voluntary internship is immaterial for the purposes of recognition. However, in order to qualify, the conditions of employment must amount to a total of at least 4 weeks full-time work.
An internship encompassing at least 4 weeks of full-time practical professional activity is compulsory for all Bachelor's and Master’s programs. Bachelor's students whose internships exceed this duration, can have surplus hours recognized toward a subsequent Master's program, providing that the accomplishments are of Master’s standard. Tip: An internship period of just four weeks is often too short for many companies. Being available for longer periods increases your chances of finding a suitable internship, and the potential to be involved in more interesting tasks is also greater.
Please note that a sufficient level of German language proficiency is needed for many jobs.
If you apply for recognition for your activities as a student worker or for part-time employment, the number of working hours should equate to 4 weeks of full-time work (ca. 160 hours).
For longer internships during the lecture period, you can apply for a leave of absence at the Student Service Center - Student Admission (You need an aproval of the department. Please send an email with your data and study program to the Infopoint Mathematik.).
The activities and tasks completed during the internship must be relevant to your degree program, that is, have a mathematical context or a context relating to one of the minor subjects, Informatics, Physics, Economics, or Electrical Engineering. For example, employment involving the application of knowledge of numerical analysis, stochastics, optimization, computer algebra or similar. As a rule, placements at consultancies can be recognized despite the lack of a direct connection to mathematics. This is because the field does hold potential for mathematicians and draws upon mathematicians’ soft skills.
Merely using commercial programs such as EXCEL or exclusively creating web pages is insufficient for an professional internship to be recognized, as is the simple dissemination of school knowledge of mathematics, tutoring or teaching. Purely administrative tasks or research internships without any clear application context are also insufficient. Any doubts? Then send an email in advance, containing a short description of the prospective tasks, toKathrin Ruf.
Students enrolled in the Mathematics in Data Science Master's program must be able to prove the completion of a professional internship lasting at least 6 weeksfull-time or work experience of the same duration as a student worker or self-employment in this area.
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Verification of compulsory internship
To verify to the company that an internship is a required component of your degree program, you can attach the following letter with your proof of enrollment:
Professional Internship Certificate: What must be included?
To have your work experience or internship recognized, you must submit a copy of the certificate of completion from the company and any other necessary documents digitally as one single PDF by e-mail to internship (at) ma.tum.de. The certificate must include the following information:
- your name
- duration of the internship
- number of hours worked per week
- name of the company (address if possible)
- short description of activities
- name and contact details of your internship advisor (should any queries arise)
The certificate must be issued on the company’s official letterhead or be stamped with the company's stamp. Points not listed must be documented when the certificate is handed in (e.g. weekly working hours by excerpt from the contract).
If will contact you if problems concerning the recognition occure or if we have further questions. Otherwise you won't recieve any message from us.
Having surplus weeks recognized
If you complete more than the number of weeks of internship required by the TUM Bachelor’s program in Mathematics, you can, in general, have these recognized toward the Master's degree program. To this end, Master's students should send a short email to the Infopoint Mathematics
Presentation or Report: What requirements do I need to consider?
Following your internship, you register for the Internship Seminar using our form below, in order to secure a slot for your presentation or report. This date (and the associated deadlines and forum period) is binding as an examination date. Should you nevertheless be prevented from fulfilling your tasks, , you must immediately inform the contact person responsible, in emergencies no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled date or the associated deadlines. Otherwise the module will be considered as failed.
Modification in Winter Semester 2020/21
Switching to the online seminar format requires some adjustments to the presentation on the internship and the subsequent group discussion in the internship seminar.
Documents to be submitted
Instead of an oral presentations, short video reports or written reports are to be produced, as well as key facts on the internship and the company. In addition each author formulates 2 questions on the report, which are to be answered by the seminar participants in the feedback.
The report, the key facts sheet and the questions on the report have to be submitted in Moodle (course "Praktikumsseminar") and will be accessible for all course participants after the report has been activated. They stay accessible even after the report date.
You add the report, key facts and questions about the report on your report page in Moodle. They will be accessible to course participants after the report has been activated, even after the report date. More information about this can be found in the Moodle course.
Uploading the documents in Moodle must be done no later than 1 week before the report date at 12:00 (noon). For example, for the report date on Monday, November 2, the deadline is Monday, October 26 at 12:00 (noon). The documents will be checked and made visible to the course participants the following day.
Question and discussion period
This semester the group discussion will be replaced by a question and discussion forum in Moodle . Your binding and active forum period lasts 1 week. It starts with the publication or from the day after the submission deadline of your report and ends on your reporting day at 23:59. Binding and active means that you have to respond actively and promptly (within 24 hours) to questions and discussion posts about your report during this period. If you are not sufficiently active, you automatically fail the presentation or report. We therefore recommend that you subscribe to your forum. Outside of the active forum time it would be nice if you respond to forum posts, but this is not mandatory.
Feedback on the report
After the question and discussion period, you will receive an evaluation of the feedback on your report. Please inform us if you have the impression that an evaluation is not sensible - i.e. if a participant has apparently not sufficiently dealt with the report.
- 10-15 minutes, no longer!
- MP4 format
- readable and acoustically comprehensible
- Content guidlines see below at "Content on the report"
Submission – Panopto rights
If you would like to make a video report, please send an e-maila few days before submitting. Please include your TUM-ID (xx00xxx) so that we can assign the rights to you. You will then receive an e-mail with a link to Panopto where you can upload the video. On your report page the video can then be integrated via the Panopto symbol (green).
Tips and further information
No glossy video is expected. It is sufficient to see the slides (readable!) and hear you speak and explain (acoustically comprehensible).
The easiest way is probably to record your Powerpoint presentation, or to do a screencast.
Tips for producing videos can be found in In-depth assistance: produce your own instructional videos provided by ProLehre.
Please keep to the time limit! If necessary, shorten the report so that it has10 rather than 15 minutes.
The information you provide in the key facts does not need to be mentioned in the report.
- Format: DIN A4, 2cm margin, 11pt, line spacing1.5
- Continuous text (complete sentences), Exceptions: figures/data/... can be displayed in tables
- pure text content (without pictures, table, ...) 5 pages: of which
- approx. 10-15% thematic block Company
- approx. 10-15% thematic block Application
- approx. 40-60% thematic block Internship
- approx. 20-30% thematic block Conclusion and personal assessments
- For thematic blocks and further contant guidelines see below at "Content on the report"
- link the PDF on your report page
Tips and further information
The report does not have to be a glossy project like a thesis.
However, it is expected that the text is illustrated (like in a presentation) at appropriate points with pictures, graphics, tables, ... .
Structuring the report by using headlines and paragraphs is also desirable, as these make reading easier.
The information you provide in the key facts does not need to be mentioned in the report.
- 2 short questions related to your report
- to answer it, active reading or viewing of the report is necessary, i.e.
the answer cannot simply be found in the description (registration form), the key facts or via Google
- to be written on your report page
"What advice did I give regarding the application?"
"Why did I choose ... ?"
"What did I find particularly good on ... ?"
If not in the short description also: "Which algorithm/programming language did I use?" or "Which math. field did I deal with during my internship?", ...
Presenting or reporting twice?
Have you already delivered a presentation or report about a professional internship during your Bachelor’s mathematics program at the TUM? Then a second presentation or report during your Master's course is not necessary.
Content of the presentation or report
There are 4 thematic blocks, all of which must be addressed appropriately. Your main focus should be on the thematic block internship and on the thematic block conclusion. The key points and questions listed below in the thematc blocks serve as an orientation for the design of these blocks. Give a SHORT general overview of each thematic block and then report more on this topic. Key questions may be:
- Which information do you find particularly interesting?
- What is particularly important to you to report on this topic?
- What would you like to have known before the internship?
- What could be of particular interest to your fellow students?
- What should your fellow students know about this topic?
- Is there any special information that one should definitely know?
The thematic blocks and suggestions as to what could be discussed in the individual thematic blocks are:
Facts, data, history, corporate culture, industry, competition (benchmark), general conditions, division, business climate
Which points about the company / department do you find particularly interesting or worth mentioning? Why did you choose this company? What professional perspectives does this company offer?
What was your goal in finding the job? How did you find the job? How did the application process / interview go? What were your own ideas and expectations of the internship/job? What tips do you have in terms of applying to this company or a similar position?
3. Internship (tasks, activities, supervision)
What were your duties? How did the activity proceed? What knowledge from your previous studies could you apply? What knowledge / soft skills have you newly acquired and where could you use them in your studies or career? How were you supported? How do you rate the support? Where did the internship get you? What will you pay attention to in the future? To whom would you recommend this internship and to whom not? Why?
4. Conclusion and personal assessment
What did you like and what didn't you like? How would you rate the scope and quality of the internship? What knowledge have you gained about the profession of mathematicians? How do you assess the internship activity in relation to the choice of a major / master's degree / topic for the final thesis? Does this internship have an impact on your choice of career? Your personal professional goals for the future? Other ...
Registering your report in the Internship Seminar
Please fill out the form below to make a binding reservation for your presentation or report in the Internship Seminar. (Internal data is not displayed, your name is only visible up to and including the day of your presentation or report.) You will not receive a confirmation email. Your information on the presentation or report can be seen in the list of upcoming topics after successfull registration. Please note the deadline for registration!
Dates for the upcoming semester will always be unlocked during the semester break. During the semester further dates are going to be opened for registration. Last date in winter semester 2020/21 is expected to be 10 January, 2021.
Are there no slots available before the registration deadline? Please email to Kathrin Ruf.
Please also register for the Moodle course right away.