Special offers

  • Apart from the State archive of Lower-Saxony (NLA), the University archive employs history students as interns during the lecture-free period (minimum duration: 2 weeks). Your contact partner is Kirsten Sturm.
  • For students who are interested in the studies of archaelogy and/or preservation of monuments there is the possibility to do an internship in one of the following institutions:
    - Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research in Wilhelmshaven (NihK). Your contact partner is Dr. Annette Siegmüller.
    - Lower Saxony Office for the Preservation of Monuments (NLD). Your contact partner for the regional team Weser-Ems located in Oldenburg is Dr. Jana Esther Fries.

Further Information

  • Information of the didactic centre on school internships ("Schulpraktika")
  • You can find the general part of the internship regulations and the rules of conduct for history here (under "Praktika").
  • Guideline for the orientation and career field internship




Internships offer possibilities to come to know professional fields with their specific needs and possibilities for action. Students are given the opportunity to review their own professional motivation and see whether their choice of study subjects fit their future plans. In addition, the experience in an internship often provides an occasion to reflect on the further shape of study or about future career prospects. Therefore, you will complete several internships in the course of your studies, which differ depending on the career goal.

About internships at schools you will find the necessary information on the hompages of the Didactic Centre (diz in German). On this page all information about the practice modules in the subject history in the BA-programme are listed, see about:

  • Orientation internship (outside of schools) for all students (plus accompanying course)
  • Pre-vocational internship for students with extracurricular mit außerschulischem career goal (plus accompanying course)

Questions about the orientation/pre-vocational internship

Search and Find: the work experience placement

  • Theexecutive regulationin Historyprovides thatallextracurricularinternshipsmustbe completed in the field of culturalhistory.This includes for examplemuseums, archives, historic preservation, journalism and publicmedia, public relations, culture management, butalsolibraries, historical societiesandhistory workshops, adult education, politicalinstitutions, researchinstitutes, universitiesand researchcompanies.

  • Students are expected to find their own work experience placement. There is a large number of potential internships providers. You should carefullyconsider in advance whichareas you would like to know andwhich skillsyou wantto acquire for the start of yourfuture job. Of course,individual situationsdetermine  the decision-making also. Before you apply you should get detailed information about the institutions of your choice and also clarify e.g. by phone whether and in which form trainees are selected.The earlieryou apply,the higher might be the chances ofacceptance.In principle,internships can be completedall over Germany, butalso abroad.Even if an internship seems most convenient at your own university and/orin your hometown, above all keep in mindsubstantivecriteria when making your decisionsand take thechance tobroaden your horizons.
  • A smallselection of possiblecontacts/institutionsto address in your search, you may find on page2 of the guide. (in German)


  • In the subject history you may do your orientation intership (usually during the semester break of the second semester) and the career field internship  (usually during the semesterbreak after the fourth semester) see the graph below about the duration of the specific variations of internships. Each practice module exists of the internship itself and a accompanying course.
  • The accompanying course in the subject history takes place as a blocked course of two parts - usually on a Friday afternoon or a Saturday morning. The first block (in the summer semester) serves as a general preparation for the internship, the second block (in the winter semester) for reflexion and postprocessing. The accompanying course in the subject history are interlinked in content with basic module 4 (history as profession).They offerthe opportunity to actually use and deepen the "Key skills of historicalprocesses of mediation" that can be learnedin the verysametutorial.
  • Students who know from the start of their BA-studies that they want to achieve an extracurricular Bachelor have the option to do a (longer) career field internship instead of an orientation internship (see variant III on the graph below).Against the backgroundof the executive regulations the variantsII andIVare identicalin History.Informationon the scope andECTS calculation, please refer to the chartfrom theBPOenclosure 3.


  • You can register for the orientation internship at the end of the first semester (usually in the beginning of February) at the Didactic Centre diz. There is no need to register for the career field internship.
  • You can enrol for the accompanying courses via StudIP. In case you should change the direction of your subject in the course of your search for a placement and change into the accompanying course of your second subject, please be so kind to de-register because the number of students enrolled are an important prerequisit for planning the course. The title of the course is:"Begleitveranstaltung Orientierungspraktikum Geschichte" or "Begleitveranstaltung Berufsfeldpraktikum Geschichte".


  • The complete recognition of the internship module is done by the examination office (P-Amt), if there is proof of a training in astate-approvedapprenticeship.
  • A part recognition through the module coordinator of History will be possible if at least a three month full time employment or a three month whole day internship in a history cultural field of activity was done that is not older than six years. In this case the internship period will be recognized, but the accompanying module still has to be done. That means that you will have to write a report among other things and be able to relate your experience to your current educational situation.
  • Volunteer activities that have been done over a period of one year (orientation internship) or the equivalent of 400 hours (career field internship) are only eligible if they were done in a historical cultural field, e. g. in the context of a voluntary cultural year. The volunteer leadership of a youth group (e.g. in a music or sporting club) or a membership in the volunteer fire department are not a reason for recognition in History.

Examination components

General Information

  • Theexamisan internshipreportin allpractical modules. It includeswritten documentationof the practicaltasks during the internship, a criticalevaluationandafinal oralpresentation in amultimedia-based presentation.
  • The examination component of the orientation internship will not be graded; intheprofessional fieldinternshipthe reportwill be graded(incl.speech / presentation).
  • Report and presentation have to be handed in to the representative for internships (Dr. Maren Ullrich) in digital form, the report can also be a print-out. The form Bescheinigung über die Ableistung eines Praktikums has to be signed in the placement and attached to the report. The exact deadlines you will find Stud.IP.

Internship report

  • Subject of the report are not your personal experiences, but the relevance in view of the competence in practice, professional orientation or entry into career. It proved to be helpful to write a kind of diary during the internship already and to take pictures of chosen working processes and document them. Tipps on how to write internship reports you can find in current guide books around studies and profession.
  • In the appendicesto the reportmaterialsto illustrate theinstitution, above all themain activitiescan be outlined(texts, photos, createdmaterial, archive items, etc.). Literature on thevarious professional fieldscan be foundin the handset"OrientationCourse"at level 2of the library. It is expected that in addition to that literature is found and used for the report. The bibliographymust include at leastfive titles, including two academictitleof thecareer field.Its processingisdemonstrated bycommentsin the report. 
  • Thesameformalrequirements asawritten paper(orsourceinterpretation) apply to the report.Thequotation rules of the Institute of Historyareto be followed.The title pagecontainsthe following information:placementtype,internshipinstitution, internshipduration, name, address, e-mail study programme, subjects, number of semesters, date.
  • The report is 10-12 pages long and structured into: introduction(about ½page) descriptionof the professionandtheinternshipinstitution(about 2 pages) description of theactivities carried out(about 2 pages), a detailed analysisoftwofocal points(4- 6 pages), reflection and evaluation ofown activities(about 1½pages; What have Ilearnedand what are the prospects forwork and study), bibliographyand attachments.

Speech and Presentation

  • The lecture is to be limited to 15 minutes of actual speaking time and must be supported by a multimedia presentation. During the presentation, the following structure has to be followed: Presentation of the institution (maximum 2 slides), Overview of own activities (maximum 2 slides), detailed description of a focus (maximum 10 slides).
  • The Basics of presentation are subject of the tutorial "key skills of historical processes of mediation" (BM 4) the visit is recommended in the 2nd semester.


(Changed: 2021-04-30)