German Internship Work Permit for Non-EU-Nationals

When putting together your internship job description targeted at non-EU residents you should have the relevant German regulations for internship work permits in mind. This will help you to recruit candidates who will be able to work legally in Germany and will prevent you from wasting your time with non-qualifying candidates.


Many years of experience have shown that for interns from non-EU countries and their German host companies the best option to minimize administrative effort is to closely align the position and candidate profile with the requirements for study-related internships laid out by the German employment agency (ZAV) before starting a search effort. To achieve this the following guidelines will have to be considered:

  • The foreign internship is directly related with the student's current area of studies
  • The student intern's learning and training will be at the center of the internship
  • The intern is enrolled at a foreign university or college for at least the duration of the internship
  • Intern has completed at least 4 semesters of studies (i.e. is in his/her third year of study)

Due to our experience we are able to complete the required steps for granting of student work permits swiftly and reliably. We especially advise, free of charge and with no obligation, small and medium businesses who do not possess large HR or legal departments to carry out the application process. If needed they can purchase our extensive service offering for application handling of student work permits for study-related internships of non-EU students. We operate purely success-based, i.e. no charges will be incurred in case the German employment office (ZAV) should ever reject an application filed by us on your behalf.

In additional to the formal guidelines for granting the respective work permit the profile and proposed tasks of the intern are crucial when designing and publishing the position. Through our partner site rocketinternships.com we provide pre-selected candidate suggestions with short video applications from foreign intern candidates matching your requirements and aligned with the regulatory requirements for student internship work permits in Germany - all free of charge.