In the course of your studies at BTK you will absolve an integrated practical semester. Within the standard period of study this would take place in your fifth semester. During this exciting time frame you will make the first steps towards your desired field of work and have the opportunity to reflect on your chosen orientation. In order to ensure your best learning experience, we have compiled the most important guidelines for your practical semester at BTK.
Before you start your internship
- Make sure to visit the internship colloquium of the previous semester. More information is also available on our internship blog.
- Please finish all of your open projects to ensure an easy start as well as a seamless resumption of your studies.
- Begin your search for an internship at least six months in advance to avoid being stressed. If you do not succeed at first, keep on looking! Often internships are confirmed on short notice.
- Apply with a purpose: Reflect on your expectations and needs and think about where you would like to be heading after your graduation. An internship could grant you the entry into an industry of your choice.
- Invest in your portfolio and make use of the experiences from documentaries and process books. Be mindful of a smart content structure, a clear layout and short explanations. A portfolio consists primarily of your artistic résumé, student work or free projects. Shine a light on your strengths! Add a statement on why you are interested in the particular employer and use your portfolio to emphasize your qualifications.
- Show off the diversity at BTK, your interdisciplinary knowledge and ability to work in a team that you have cultivated in group workshops. Make sure to note your proficiency of foreign languages.
- Usually applications are handed in via email. In the best case you compress your résumé with all relevant information, professional strengths and interests and a cover letter into a well-formatted PDF-file (mind the file name, e.g.: internship_YourName.pdf). An email can also contain links to more extensive files. As emails tend to get lost easily, it is advised that you call in after a couple of days.
- When attending an interview, please bring a printed and casebound copy of your portfolio (no plastic!) or a notebook or tablet to show your work.
- As an alternative to an internship you can choose to go and study abroad for one semester. For further information, please contact the international office (mail).
- You can also attend your internship abroad. It is advised to plan this in advance and mind special requirements such as visa, vaccinations etc. Read more
- If you find yourself by all means unable to find an internship on time, it is possible to post-pone it up to just before your bachelor semester. This is not advised in other circumstances.
During your internship
- Begin documenting your projects right from the start in a format and rhythm of your liking.
- Make use of the setting and practice voicing your concerns to your superiors: If you feel under- or overexerted, say so!
- Make sure you and your employer have signed a legitimate contract.
- As a student absolving an obligatory internship, your employer is not obliged to pay you minimum wage. This has helped internships become more attractive to agencies and other companies. You can confidently ask about appropriate wages. These range from no income to 700 €/month.
- If you feel mistreated or do not attain the desired learning results, you are free to switch to another internship at any time. Please insist on a written confirmation that notes your work days. You are required to work a total of 105 days during the practical semester.
After your internship
- Following your internship you will present your experience in the internship colloquium. It is scheduled in the fourth or fifth week of the new semester. Please prepare yourself accordingly. The presentation should include your finished projects with descriptions of your personal experiences. You have around seven minutes to display your work. A possible structuring could include the course of your internship, your learning successes, your personal highlights (your very own, shootings, realized drafts?), criticism, suggestions for the BTK curriculum, photography and videography.
- The written and printed internship report as well as your internship certificate are to be handed in at the examination office. Only then your ECTS credits will be activated. It is advised that you also add your practical work to your portfolio. If you have further questions or are faced with additional challenges, please contact your head of program or the examination office.
More information and an overview of our students’ successfully attended internships can be downloaded from the intranet.
BTK - University of Art & Design wishes you every success with your internship!