Professional Internship

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, 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, oral presentation, 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.


Dr. Kathrin Ruf

Dr. Kathrin Ruf

Coordination and recognition

Currently no consultations at my office at TUM!

Please contact me by e-mail and use the function adresse:

internship (at)

Internship Seminar

ATTENTION: Measures due to the Corona pandemic

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Presentation and Internship Seminar / seminar points

In summer semester 2020 the internship seminar will not be held as a classroom event. We are currently examining alternative reporting options (presentation), which also enables mutual exchange and feedback options (seminar points). As soon as this is clarified, you will find more detailed information on this page. Those presenters who have registered so far will also be notified by e-mail.

Internship certificates

Until further notice, please submit the certificate (and any other necessary documents) digitally as PDF, scan or photo (readable) by e-mail to internship (at)

Important Information on Internship Seminar

Wichtige Informationen

Presentation dates

The first presentation dates in the summer semester 2020 are now open for registration.
Further dates are going to be unlocked soon.

Days with English presentations only

Since we have more and more non-German speaking students, we have organized one purely English seminar day per week in the coming summer semester. This will give everyone the opportunity to attend enough presentations, exchange ideas and to receive seminar points. Here you can find the list with all upcoming presentation topics. Since German language skills are required for many jobs in Germany, we strongly recommend that international students improve their German language skills during their studies.

Last day of registration for presentations in summer semester 2020

29. Dezember

Last day of registration is 14 June, 2020

If you want to hold an oral presentation in the Internship Seminar during the winter semester 2019/20 you must register at the latest by 14 June, 2020, using the form provided here. In the event that all slots are already booked, please send an email to Dr. Kathrin Ruf by 14 June, 2020 at the latest; you'll than be informed concerning your presentation in winter semester in the second week of January at the latest.

Open slots can still be booked after the last day of registration but additional slots will no longer be offered.

Seminar points: Why attend the Internship Seminar?

ATTENTION: Measures due to the Corona pandemic

In summer semester 2020 the internship seminar will not be held as a classroom event. Alternative formats are currently under consideration. Further information will be published.


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 oral presentation.

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 or tutoring. 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.

If you seek credit recognition for vocational education and training you have already completed, please send copies of all relevant certificates to Kathrin Ruf.

Need assistance with a job search or application?

Take advantage of our Career Services.

Internship abroad?

Contact Carola Jumpertz or check the information on "paths abroad".

Generell information on Internship abroad.

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:

Verification of compulsory internship

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 at the Infopoint Mathematics. The certificate should include the following information:

  • your name, address, and date of birth
  • duration of the internship
  • number of hours worked per week
  • name and address of the company
  • 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.

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.

ATTENTION: Measures due to the Corona pandemic

Until further notice, please submit the certificate (and any other necessary documents) digitally as PDF, scan or photo (readable) by e-mail to internship (at)

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: What requirements do I need to consider?

ATTENTION: Measures due to the Corona pandemic

An alternative reporting format will be established in summer semester 2020. The decision regarding the format has not yet been made. Further information will be published.


Following your internship, you register for the Internship Seminar using our form below, in order to secure a slot for your presentation. This slot is binding. Should you nevertheless be prevented from presenting, you must immediately inform the contact person responsible, in emergencies no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled presentation. Otherwise the module will be considered as failed.

When preparing your presentation, you should consider the following guidelines:

Presenting twice?

Have you already delivered a presentation about a professional internship during your Bachelor’s mathematics program at the TUM? Then a second presentation during your Master's course is not necessary.

Formal guidelines

Content guidelines


At the beginning of your presentation, state your name, your degree program (where applicable the minor subject, if the internship drew upon that), the semester in which the internship took place, and the duration of the internship. Then cover the following content – referring to at least three of the bullet points under each heading:


Registering your presentation in the Internship Seminar

Please fill out the form below to make a binding reservation for your presentation in the Internship Seminar. (Internal data is not displayed, your name is only visible up to and including the day of your presentation.) You won't receive a confirmation email. Your information on the presentation can be seen in the list of upcoming presentations 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 presentation date in summer semester 2020 is expected to be 9 July, 2020.
Are there no slots available before the registration deadline? Please email to Kathrin Ruf.

ATTENTION: Measures due to the Corona pandemic

There'll be an alternative reporting format in summer semester 2020. Until this is settled registering for a "presentation" is not possible.