8 weeks / 12 ECTS

Internship (work placement)

(1)    As part of the MSc CDE programme, students must complete a compulsory internship related to the programme comprising 8 weeks, which is comparable to full-time employment and corresponding to 12 ECTS points. The internship should enable students to use the knowledge and skills they have gained during their studies.

(2)     The internship is to be completed at a university where less than one full semester of study is being completed, or at a non-university MSc CDE programme partner, or at another institution pre-approved by the responsible body. Pre-approval of the internship and the selected institution is required and must be granted by the responsible body.

(3)     Students with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses will be supported in the completion of their internship by the University (Office of the Rectorate for Disability & Diversity). Should the requirements of potential internships be rendered impossible to fulfil due to architectural and/or structural barriers, students with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses will be given the opportunity to complete this part of the curriculum in a different form.

(4)     An internship certificate issued by the host institution and serving as a basis for recognizing a completion of this requirement has to document these items:

  1. Institution and location where the internship has been completed.
  2. Timeframe / duration and workload (hours per week) of the internship.
  3. Description of assigned tasks and responsibilities.
  4. Written assessment of internship by supervisor at host institution.

As part of their internships, students can gain the following qualifications (among others):

  • Ability to put the theoretical knowledge acquired in the field of study into practice in a professional context
  • Acquaintance with different scenarios in which theoretical concepts can be used
  • Acquisition of soft skills such as teamwork, communication skills, planning and organisational skills in a professional context.
  • Familiarity with professional environments of Geoinformatics applications

The obligatory internship typically is conducted in blocked mode (1 or 2 periods) outside of course (semester) periods, but also can be completed as equivalent part-time activity.

Guidelines for Interns and Employers of Interns

Students are particularly welcome to contact following institutions – EM CDE associated partners – with their internship applications:

Visiting student in the lab at ESA/ESRIN (Frascati) for two month.

More information: Prof.  Sébastien Lefèvre, UBS GeoDataScience Specialization Track

Frascati, Italy.

Global market leader in GIS since 1969.

More information: and Prof. Josef Strobl, Joint Programme Coordinator

Offices world-wide.

GAF is one of the leading companies in the geo-spatial service market providing Geo-data, technology, solutions, products; development, sustainability, and compliance.

More information: or contact Stefan Saradeth

Headquartered in Munich, Germany with a branch in Neustrelitz (North of Berlin) and project offices worldwide.

Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications. Our technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous — ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

The Hexagon Geospatial division creates solutions that visualize location intelligence. From the desktop to the browser to the edge, we bridge the divide between the geospatial and the operational worlds. Hexagon’s Geospatial division creates solutions that deliver a 5D smart digital reality with insight into what was, what is, what could be, what should be, and ultimately, what will be.

We offer international internships at our European locations in Vienna, Leuven, Munich, Lodz and others. Please reach out to us with your favorite technical interest to find a suitable set-up.

For more information, or contact

For data protection reasons, we recommend that you send us your application documents encrypted. You can find our data protection statement here: Applicant Data Protection Statement.

‘Hexagon Geospatial’ internships at European locations in Vienna, Leuven, Munich, Lodz and others.

Spatial Services GmbH develops and implements geoinformation products and services aiming at resource efficient and sustainable development in support of climate change adaptation, stable livelihoods, secure energy supply as well as smart city and mobility planning.

More information: or contact Peter Zeil

University of Salzburg spin-off, located in Salzburg, Austria.

Students who intend to undertake their internship shall contact Programme Board members for local industry connections either in France (GeoDataScience Specialization Track), Czech Republic (GeoVisualization and Geocommunication Track) or Austria.

latest update: December 11, 2019