Practical Phase / Internship

The one-semester practical phase comprises a professional internship and an accompanying seminar. The internship needs to cover topics from the domain of media informatics or other relevant related domains like computer science (please note: the relationships to the MI program should be obvious). The internship is awarded 20 ungraded credit points; thus the internship workload should be at least 600 hours (30 x 20h). Additionally, you need to take an according seminar that is awarded 5 graded credit points.

For all administrational issues concerning the practical phase, you can contact Pascal Lessel. In the following, this person is called the "internship contact person".

Scope, topic and company are suggested by the student and need to be accredited by Prof. Krüger, before you start the internship. The procedure to get this approval is the following:

  1. Provide the following information via e-mail to the internship contact person with the team assistance in CC:
    Name of the company
    The time frame when you plan to do the internship
    What the company is doing
    In which department of the company you will work (include a short description of the department)
    A short description of what you will do in the company during your internship
    Why you think that this is a reasonable topic for your media informatics internship
  2. The internship contact person will either request more information or will forward this to Prof. Krüger with a first assessment.
  3. As soon as Prof. Krüger has given his final assessment, the internship contact person will relay it back to you. Sometimes this process can take longer. Please wait for at least 14 days before you ask the internship contact person about the current process state.
  4. (Optional) Some companies require you to proof that the study program requires you to do an internship. In such a case, please send them your immatriculation certificate and your study regulation (found at the examination office page). For example the "Studienordnung Master Medieninformatik 2020" clarifies this in §6. If this is not sufficient, you can download a German or English document, enter your data here and send it to our team assistance.

 

The evaluation of the practical phase is done 

  1. formally. You need to submit an official document verifying the internship (see the FAQ!).
  2. by a colloquium (see section Seminar below). This talk should be within 4 weeks after you have completed the internship

Further information can be found in the FAQ.
A frequently appearing question is how to get credit points for the internship and the internship seminar: After having done both, you contact our team assistance, provide the employer certificate (see FAQ), your personal data (e.g., name, matriculation number) and state that you have completed the internship and the internship seminar.  

Seminar

To pass the seminar accompanying the practical phase, there are the following requirements:

  1. Attending at least 3 other seminar talks
  2. Giving a 30 minute presentation about the internship. This presentation should introduce the company, as well as the work you have done. The presentation is supposed to close with a short summary and what you liked about the internship and what not.

Notes:

  • As many of our students are not German-speaking, prepare the talk in English. Please write a mail to the internship contact person if there is a good reason why you need to give the talk in German.
  • Because of many students that came late to the presentations (and besides missing a lot from the talk also disturbing the speaker) we want you to be on time! If you miss more than 5 minutes (we start at the time denoted in the calendar), we thus will not count your participation for this talk.
  • We will keep the online format of the presentation, as it allow others that are not in Saarbrücken to easily join. Thus, the internship contact person will provide you with a Teams-Link as soon as a date is fixed (see below). 

To choose a timeslot for your presentation, please contact the internship contact person with 5 suggestions of possible dates. After the date is aggreed upon, you will receive the Teams link. Now, please write an e-mail to Maximilian Altmeyer (maximilian.altmeyer@dfki.de) and add the following information (please follow this format): 


Title: [Add the title of the talk]
Type of Talk: Internship-Talk
Internship-Company: [Add the name of the company where you did your internship]
Speaker: [Add your name]
Time and date: [Add the time and date]
Teams-Link: [Add the link]
Abstract: [Provide a short abstract of the talk]

The talk will be added to the calender "Internship" (see below).

Upcoming Talks

We use only this calendar to announce the practical phase seminar talks. There will be NO announcements concerning any talks via the mailing lists in the future.

So please use one of the following options to keep you updated:

  1. If you have an Google Account, you can add the calendars to yours. Then you can also activate mail notifications to be automatically informed on updates.
  2. If not (and you do not want to create one) you could also always check the UMTL webpage

Further information and regulations

Further information can be found in the FAQ and in the respective regulations of the study progamme.