If you want to conduct an internship during your studies at WU, please read this website carefully as it contains all information relevant to the process.
Before you start to think about an internship in Austria, we would like to emphasize that good German language skills are often required for jobs or internship positions in Vienna, both at local and international companies.
Labor market regulations
Due to labor market regulations, not all students have unlimited access to the Austrian labor market. Students entering Austria with a national Austrian student visa (Visa D) are not allowed to take up any employment during their stay. Students with a “Residence Permit – Student” are enabled to apply for work in Austria (depending on your nationality) under the following conditions:
Incomings from EEA Countries and Switzerland
In accordance with the principle of free movement of workers, all citizens of the EEA member countries (with the exception of Croatia) as well as Switzerland are allowed to work in Austria without the requirement of a work permit. Croatian citizens are subject to a transition arrangement requiring a permit for working in Austria, even for minor employment until 2020. Employers ultimately submit the application for a work permit with the public employment service (ams.at), which will only be valid for this particular employer or job. The criteria to be granted a work permit are the same as those for students from third countries. However, after one year of continued legal employment, which has to be confirmed by the public employment service, Croatian citizens can be granted free access to the Austrian labor market.
For Students from Third Countries
Incoming students from any country outside of the EEA and Switzerland are allowed to work in Austria to a limited extent in accordance with the Employment of Foreign Nationals Act. However, as a foreign student, you need to apply for a work permit, even if you are only marginally employed. With a work permit, you may work for a maximum of 20 hours per week.
Dependent Employment not Requiring a Work Permit:
› Voluntary service
› Mandatory internship as part of the curriculum (please note that the CEMS Master program is the only program at WU with a mandatory internship, all other internships are optional)
These two types of employment do not require a work permit, only a confirmation of registration (“Meldezettel”). The employer must report the employment to the public employment service and the tax authorities at least two weeks prior to the start date of your work.
Where to search for a job
WU‘S ZBP Career Center regularly posts available jobs and internships and serves students in an advisory capacity. The ZBP offers an overview of internships and jobs through an online portal. No guarantee for internship allocation can be made. The WU ZBP Career Center is located in the LC building. For directions and opening hours please go to: https://www.zbp.at/en/wu-zbp-career-center/contact/. Job posts can be found here: https://www.zbp.at/en/jobs-internships/latest-jobs/
We also recommend the following websites (all Websites are available only in German):
Internships for Business Law students: http://www.jusjobs.at/jobs/beruf/praktikum/
ÖH – Austrian Student Association: https://schwarzesbrett.oeh.ac.at/praktika/
Website of the career services of University of Vienna https://www.uniport.at
OEAD – Austrian Exchange Service https://www.oead.at/go_international/studieren_forschen_weltweit/sommerkurse_praktika/praktika/
Formal aspects when applying in Austria
More information on applying in Austria is available here.