Team for International M.Sc. Programmes
Please have a look here if you want to know how and where to find offers for internships and HiWi positions.
Student assistants are employed for services in research and teaching and related administrative activities. The student assistant, or so called "Hiwi", is a student who works up to 19 hours per week at a university institute within the framework of an official work contract.
This calculator ("Hiwi-Komfort-Rechner") will help you to evaluate your monthly income and leave entitlement.
If you have worked for at least 3 months with 10 hours a week (120 hours) as a science assistant (research assistant), this work experience can be included in your final transcript. You will have to submit this form to the ZPA, when turning in your Master thesis at the latest.
The institutes at the RWTH Aachen University usually provide information on vacancies regarding mini thesis (Studienarbeit), Master thesis, and Hiwi positions (Studentische Hilfskraft) on their websites.
Further you may refer to these search engines:
If you want to gain work experience in the German industry, it is common for students to do internships. There are different types of internships: voluntary internships that can be completed out of personal interest, and compulsory internships which are a required part of many academic courses (e.g. CAME). Please also view the section "Earning money-legal framework" below for information regarding the minimum wage.
You can find information on the internship process, internship guidelines, contact information of the RWTH Internship Office, and information about internship accreditation on the "Academics and Organisation" page of your programme:
Information concerning internships is also provided by the chamber of commerce and industry (IHK). Two PDFs listing companies that offer internship positions especially for international students can be found here
The following links provide some job search engines:
Listed below, please find the latest job announcements for internships and HiWi positions. If you would like to publish your job announcement here, please contact us!
International students from non-EU countries are permitted to work for a total of 120 full or 240 half days per year off-campus. This does not include work you do as a student assistant (Hiwi). However, you will need to inform the foreigners' office. Students are generally allowed to earn EUR 8354 per year tax free, which means they can hold a mini-job paying EUR 450 per month without having to pay taxes. If you take up a job, you will need an income tax card which can be obtained from the Residents' Office of the City of Aachen (Einwohnermeldeamt):
Though a minimum wage of EUR 8.50 was introduced in Germany in 2015, it does not necessarily apply to interns (student assistants do receive a fixed income that is higher than the minimum wage).
Excluded from the minimum wage:
Entitled to minimum wage:
Please find more information on the following websites:
When applying for a job in Germany, it is essential to know how to create a German standard CV and cover letter. The following links and downloads give you guidance on what needs to be considered.
If you should have any questions or wish for an individual CV check, please contact us!
The team of the RWTH International Academy conducts application workshops on a regular basis. In these, you receive material that will enable you to work on your documents individually at any time (please see download section). Please make sure not to copy any passages out of the examples! Your application should always be individually designed according to your professional background and the recipient. After you have finished your documents, please feel free to send them to us by email for an individual CV check (word doc)!
The team of the RWTH International Academy conducts application seminars on a regular basis, where you will receive all necessary information in order to prepare your application documents.
In a next step, you can arrange a personal CV check with us via email or in person.
In addition, we regularly offer a "How to find a job in 50 days" workshop with a professional consultant, and our yearly Career Day event, during which our students have the chance to get to know several local companies.
Furthermore, we offer excursions and company visits and also CV checks conducted by companies and their HR staff.
Please feel free to also join our LinkedIn Group "Career Services | RWTH International Academy".
We are continuously working to further improve our career services for our international students.
Team for International M.Sc. Programmes