Since you’re reading this, it’s probably already been decided that your next academic adventure is going to take place in Germany! But where? Where else, but the ‘Milan of Germany’, Munich! Let’s take a look at what life is like for international interns in this diverse city and dive into the various industries that could be the destination for your summer internship.
Before you can decide if Munich is your new home, you need to do some research about what the city is like, where to live in the city and how much your adventure is going to cost. Lucky you, because we have the data you need! It’s no secret that Munich is one of the most expensive cities in the country. It’s no surprise that you’ll pay above the national average for student accommodation such as rooms or studios. In Munich, an averagely priced student room should cost you around €686 with bills included. If you want a little more self-sufficiency and privacy, an averagely priced studio should cost you around €1031 with bills included. Nothing to scoff at! Thankfully, German internships can pay quite well, but it won’t hurt to make sure you’ve built up a bit of a financial buffer.
Before you decide if Munich is the right city for your internship, it pays to know about the industries that stand out in this Bavarian gem of a city. Even if you’re not directly involved in the industries below, many industries, like IT, for example, have deep roots in the other sectors we discuss. On top of that, Germany is pretty hungry for an international workforce, so don’t let a lack of openings on a career page scare you off. Write that letter and secure that internship you didn’t think was possible!
Automotive: If you’re into cars, then Bavaria is the place to be! Munich as a city and the greater area itself is home to some of the giants of the German automotive industry. Alongside these giants, you will also find many of the companies that support and service providers that complete the automotive industry in the area.
Aerospace: Whether it’s drones, airplanes or even spacecraft, Munich is a hotspot for companies that cater to the aerospace industry. So if you’re all about the software or prefer to tinker with your hands, Munich could be the place where your career in this sector takes off.
IT: While pretty much every company has an IT department these days, Munich is home to a large number of companies that specialize in ICT services. Why? Well, the services they provide are catered towards the other industries on this list! So if your skills are in ICT, but you also love cars, this is a good way to start your career off in pole position.
Biotechnology: On the western side of Munich you’ll find the Martinsried-Großhadern campus, which is one of the clusters containing some of the most renowned biotech companies in Germany. So if you’re all about the technology behind modern medicine, this is where you can inject your career with the perfect dose of success!
Media & telecom: 23 of the top 100 companies in the German media sector are Bavarian (Forglobal.com), a number of which you can find in the city of Munich itself. With your polished communication or production skills, you’ll be sure to be able to put your career in the spotlight with an English speaking internship in the media landscape.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to list every company that offers interesting internship opportunities, so let’s focus on the best of the best internships in Munich for English speakers!
BMW: a BMW internship in Munich means working for one of the most well-known car manufacturers in the world. German engineering has an extremely good reputation and this might just be the opportunity for you to leverage that reputation for your resume and career! Whether you tinker with the engines as a mechanical engineer or make execs around the world sweat for the latest model with a kick-ass campaign in Marketing, internships at BMW are bound to be competitive. So switch into high gear and be creative in your application!
Bayern Munich: But sports weren’t on the list?! Well, you’re not interning as a player, are you? Thankfully, this football giant offers a large variety of internships, from photography to marketing to software development. So, get the ball that is your career rolling and you might just end up shooting straight for your goal!
ProSiebenSat.1 Media group: I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘Germany’s next top model’ or Dwayne the Rock Johnson? Well, they’re both part of the ProSiebenSat.1 family. If you want to work in any stage of a media production, an internship at ProSiebenSat.1 is sure to give you the opportunity to put your ideas in the spotlight at the millions of viewers their in-house productions reach on a daily basis!
MunichRe: One of the top providers of reinsurance, primary insurance, and insurance-related risk solutions in the world, a summer internship at MunichRe is bound to let you put in a claim for a great career in the insurance sphere. Whether you’re looking for a legal internship or are looking to gain experience as an actuary, MunichRe has internships and thesis placements for almost any kind of expertise.
Airbus: Do I even have to introduce them to you? One of the largest aerospace companies in the world, whose aircraft carry millions of people from country to country all over the world. Bring your best software, mechanical and aeronautical engineering skills on board and this aerospace internship might be the ticket that has your career cruise at great heights.
While not as flashy as an internship at the largest companies in the world, but guaranteed to teach you more than you thought possible, and internship at one of Munich’s booming startups is bound to get you going in your professional life. Let’s zoom in on Munich’s startup scene.
Blickfeld: Blickfeld is a startup that focuses on 3D light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology for the mobility industry. This allows machines like robots or cars to move on their own, by teaching them to ‘see’ their environment. Woah, cool. So, put your tech skills to the test to help develop the future, or go ahead and help them spread their message through a marketing internship.
KEWAZO: another startup that makes people’s lives easier! In this case, KEWAZO is sure to sae construction workers a backache with their automated logistics systems for construction sites. These include robotic elevators and automatic scaffolding construction. Let this company crunch your mechanical engineering know-how or help them bring their technology to more construction sites by interning with their sales team.
Rfrnz: it’s pronounced Reference, ok? Anyway, rfrnz uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing technology to help legal folks analyze contracts to identify risks! No more mistakes! So, help them build their systems with your knowledge of NLP or bolster their own legal team with your experience with everything legal professionals need.