Mandatory Internship in the Bachelor’s Programs in Political Science and Sociology

Internships are part of the curriculum in both the bachelor’s program in Political Science and the bachelor's program in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences. They enable students to gain professional experience at an early stage of their career and establish valuable corporate connections. You can create a mandatory internship certificate yourself via AretUM.

The Internship Office will help you find a suitable internship position and assist you in applying and preparing for it.

When and how long?


What’s next?

6 weeks/210 working hours

12 weeks for students enrolled since fall semester 2019

Completion of the internship in a field of social sciences

Attend the course Political Science/Sociology & Career Development II

Ideally during the semester break

10 ECTS credits
  1. Write an internship report
  2. Fill in the Request for Recognition of Internship form
  3. Because of the current suspension of the lecture period please send the request form and the report together with proof of the internship (e.g. a copy of the internship certificate) as well as a declaration of authorship to:
    University of Mannheim
    School of Social Sciences – Dean's Office
    Mrs. Gesine Götze
    Building A – Room A 414
    68131 Mannheim

    or put in the letter box of the building L1,1.
  4. Send the internship documents as one merged PDF file via email at (file name: year_internship_documents_major_name_forename; e.g. 2023_Internship_documents_BAPowi_Smith_John or 2023_internship_documents_BASozi_Doe_Jane)

Work experience gained before the start of the program cannot be recognized

Important Documents

  • Request for Recognition of an Internship

  • Deadlines for Submission of Internship Documents

    Please make sure that you are re-registered for the semester in which the submission period for the internship falls. This also applies if the internship is the last exam to be completed in your degree programme.  For example, if you complete an internship up to and including August, you can submit it for recognition (=examination date) no earlier than 1 September. This deadline is in the autumn/winter semester (1 August to 31 January). The recognition of the internship therefore requires a re-registration for the autumn/winter semester. If you do not wish to continue to be enrolled after submitting the internship documents, you can exmatriculate on the same day as 1 September.

    Submission Periods

    Request for Recognition of an Internship together with the internship documents

    Forwarding to the Student Services

    (through Intership Office)

    Semester Registration
    16 November to 31 JanuaryEnd of JanuaryFall Semester
    1 February to 1 MarchBeginning of MarchSpring Semester
    2 March to 15 AprilMid-AprilSpring Semester
    16 April to 15 JuneMid-JuneSpring Semester
    16 June to 31 JulyEnd of JulySpring Semester
    1 August to 1 SeptemberBeginning of SeptemberFall Semester
    2 September to 15 NovemberMid-NovemberFall Semester


  • Guidelines Internship Report

  • Declaration of Authorship

  • Compulsory Internship Certificate

    If you want to do an internship, some internship employers require a mandatory internship certificate. This is a proof that you have to complete an internship during your studies. You can now create the mandatory internship certificate yourself via AretUM. Together with a current certificate of enrollment, you can present this certificate to your internship if required. You can also use AretUM to edit your learning agreements for a semester abroad.

Career Prospects

What should I know about the mandatory internship? What can I do after I graduate? Find out here.

Internship and Job Database

The Internship Office pools vacant external and internal internship and student assistant positions for students at the School of Social Sciences.


Do you have any questions? We’re happy to advise you!

Students are welcome to contact the Internship Office if they have any questions on the mandatory internship, internships abroad, or their application documents. We also invite employers to send us any open internship positions at their company or institution.

Gesine Götze, M.A.

Gesine Götze, M.A. (she/her)

Internship Manager
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
A 5, 6
A5,6 Building A – Room A 413
68159 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Office hours without appointment:
Monday, 10 – 12 am
Wednesday, 11 – 12 am;
The next office hours will take place on:
10/ 12/ 17/ 19/ 24 June
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