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. 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.
Registering for the presentation
Register for your presentation 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 31 December, 2018.
Important Information on Internship Seminar
Last day of registration for presentations in winter semester 2018/19
Last day of registration is 31 December, 2018
If you want to hold an oral presentation in the Internship Seminar during the winter semester 2018/19 you must register at the latest by 31 December, 2018, using the form provided here. In the event that all slots are already booked, please send an email to Dr. Kathrin Ruf by 31 December, 2018 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?
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.
What is a seminar point?
The presentations held in the Internship Seminar are followed by a discussion and questions from seminar participants, after which the presentations are evaluated using an anonymous feedback sheet. For every sheet you fill out, you receive a seminar point.
How many seminar points do I need?
For the Internship Module in the Bachelor's program, 8 seminar points are required, in the Master's program, 2 seminar 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 in English in the Internship Seminar receive 1 seminar point. Registered participants also receive 1 seminar point 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. At each seminar, there is an updated list indicating the number of seminar points received to date.
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 in the Internship Seminar that you would particularly like to hear.
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 Admissions and Enrollment Office.
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. 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, to Kathrin 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 weeks 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 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.
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, as a rule, 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?
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:
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.
The presentation should last 15 to 30 minutes. Students whose presentations are too short will be required to expand and then deliver them again.
The oral presentation must be accompanied by a visual presentation using a projector. A purely oral report is not sufficient.
Students can deliver their presentation in German or English. Please indicate the language of your presentation when registering.
Be sure to check in time whether or not your computer has the correct port for the projector. Does your presentation display correctly?
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:
- Facts, data, history, company history
- Sector, competition (benchmark)
- General conditions (remuneration, weekly hours, etc.)
- Department, business environment
- What was your aim when searching for a position?
- How did you discover the position?
- Application process, interview
- Tips for new applicants
- What were your tasks?
- What did you gain from the internship? Where could you potentially apply newly acquired skills?
- Self-criticism: What will you pay more attention to in the future?
- What appealed to you, what did not appeal?
- Which professional prospects does this company offer?
- Your personal goals for the future
- To whom would you recommend this internship, to whom would you not recommend it? Why so?
- Contact with supervisors or contact persons
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. Please note the deadline for registration!
Are there no slots available before the registration deadline? Please email to Kathrin Ruf. Dates for the upcoming semester will always be unlocked during the semester break. (Internal data is not displayed, your name is only visible up to and including the day of your presentation)