Pre-Study Internship Undergraduates

Why we expect you to complete a pre-study internship

A pre-study internship, preferably in the field of social or ecological work, should primarily contribute to making the necessary break from school and taking on initial socio-political responsibility. Raising awareness of the needs of people in need should shape future founders and decision-makers in influential positions at an early stage. Social entrepreneurship, as promoted by Zeppelin University, can only be practiced successfully if the actors involved have an understanding of the socio-political reality and recognize the importance of non-profit companies in society and the economy.

Photo: ZU, Ilja Mess

Photo: ZU, Ilja Mess


The aim of the pre-study internship is therefore to gain an overview of the field of activity of relevant institutions and to get to know an organization by way of example. This includes an understanding of business models, processes, culture and management behavior as well as the attitudes of employees.

The length of the internship is six weeks of 240 hours each (this corresponds to eight working hours per day). The internship can also be completed part-time and will be extended accordingly. You can also combine several internships (e.g. two three-week internships), but they must all be completed at the same institution.

Type and duration of the internship

The length of the internship is six weeks of 240 hours each (this corresponds to eight working hours per day). The internship can also be completed part-time and will be extended accordingly. You can also complete several internships (e.g. two three-week internships), but they must all be completed at the same institution.


Please note: Students starting the Bachelor's program in Corporate Management & Ecnomics must complete this internship in the non-profit or social sector.

Please note: Ideally, you should have completed your pre-study internship before starting your studies. However, your application will not suffer any disadvantages if you are unable to upload proof of your internship at the time you submit your application. If it is not possible for you to complete the pre-study internship before starting your studies, you have the option of doing it during your studies.


No ECTS points are awarded for the pre-study internship as part of the degree program. In principle, the recognition of proven pre-study internships is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Non-recognized fields of activity

The following cannot be claimed as a pre-study internship:


  • Activities in the context of school attendance (student co-administration, party organization, excursion organization, etc.)
  • A combination of several short internships
  • Internships in parental companies
  • Vacation jobs that do not involve taking on social responsibility


Criteria for recognition are the social commitment of the activity and previous organizational experience in the broader sense. A voluntary social year, a voluntary ecological year and a federal voluntary service or similar formats are recognized as a pre-study internship.

Recognizable fields of activity Bachelor CME pre-study internship

The following is a list of areas that are exemplary for completing a pre-study internship for the Bachelor in Corporate Management & Economics | CME stand for:


  • Youth work: children's and youth homes, child and youth protection facilities, cultural work, street work and neighborhood work, experiential education, assisted living, youth welfare office, youth court assistance, socio-pedagogical family assistance, care authorities
  • Health services: Social psychiatric service, HIV/AIDS counseling, psychosocial counseling, addiction counseling, assisted living, addiction clinics, psychiatry, work with relatives, day care centers, target group-specific prevention, help for those affected and their relatives, support for self-help groups, lobbying and networking, multiplier training courses
  • Facilities for people with special needs: early intervention, special kindergartens, residential homes and workshops for people with special needs, advice centers for people with limited mobility, schools for disabled children and young people, integrative work, work with relatives, special schools, special and remedial education
  • Facilities for homeless people and people in precarious living situations: homeless shelter, advice for homeless and socially vulnerable people, day shelter for homeless people, outreach social work, lobbying and networking, public relations work, debt counseling
  • Social services: Hospitals and clinics, health insurance companies, company social work, social support for the federal government and police, mediation of benefit claims, help with social and professional rehabilitation
  • Work with girls and women: women's shelters and centers, sheltered housing for girls and women, pregnancy and pregnancy conflict counseling, women's education, open leisure activities, counseling, self-help groups, mother-child homes
  • Offender work: juvenile court assistance, probation, prison, aftercare, victim-offender mediation, social training courses, care and work assignments, experiential education work
  • Educational work: support for retraining programs and job creation measures, other support for the disadvantaged, extracurricular youth education, adult education, senior citizens' education, employment projects, reintegration assistance
  • Social cultural work: games and theater education, music and movement, cultural management, media education, experiential education, neighborhood management
  • Intercultural work: refugees and asylum seekers, late repatriates, social counseling, foreign-language communities, cultural associations
  • Senior citizen work: open senior citizen work, senior citizen education, senior citizen counseling, senior citizen and nursing homes, pension offices, lifelong learning facilities
  • Nature conservation: landscape, soil and water conservation, organic farming, landscape conservation, species conservation, work in biosphere reserves and in contractual nature conservation, forestry
  • Environmental and climate protection: nature education, environmental agencies, environmental planning, environmental education, energy consulting, cooperation with developing countries, sustainability communication, sufficiency policy
  • Development cooperation: refugee support, humanitarian aid, project controlling, education and pedagogy, protected area management, projects within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, campaigning, fair trade, micro-enterprise promotion
  • Association work (general): Conceptual work, networking, public relations, educational work, lobbying, events, social management

Recognizable fields of activity Pre-internship Bachelor CCM, PAIR and SPE

The following areas are listed as examples for completing a pre-study internship for the


  • Bachelor in Communication, Culture & Management | CCM
  • Bachelor in Politics, Administration & International Relations | PAIR
  • Bachelor in Sociology, Politics & Economics | SPE


The type of activity in the pre-study internship is freely selectable with the exception of the above-mentioned "non-recognized fields of activity". Activities in non-profit work areas such as social work, art and culture, politics, administration, association and lobbying work, voluntary ecological, cultural, political or social year are desirable.


Students at our university are active in numerous (start-up) projects of a social nature and are always on the lookout for new talent. You can find more information on current projects at ZU with the opportunity to participate as part of a pre-study internship on the Student Projects homepage.

No Pre-Study Internship Bachelor MES

Only students starting the Bachelor's program in Management, Economics & Social Sciences do NOT need to complete a pre-study internship.

Further information

Contact applicant counseling and selection procedure

Dierolf Nadine, Hurlebaus Silvia, Wallace Birgit
Dierolf Nadine, Hurlebaus Silvia, Wallace Birgit
Team Admissions
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2000
Room:FAB 3 | 0.31
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