STEP by STEP – Integration to the German Job Market

We want to support you in planning your career and make sure you feel prepared for entering the (German) job market after your graduation. Each semester, we host various events that are designed to help you start your career as part of our STEP by STEP program – an offer which exclusively addresses our international degree-seeking students.


All steps at a glance

Step Topic When? What to expect
1 Company Visit 21 February 2024, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Gain insight into the operations of American Express.
2 Information Session with the Federal Employment Agency 7 March 2024, 3.30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Gain insight into the basics of German residence and working regulations for international students and graduates
3 CV Checks 14 March 2024, 18 April 2024, 16 May 2024, slots of 45 minutes between 9.15 a.m. and 12.15 p.m. We will help you polish your CV for a convincing application according to German formalities
4 International Alumni Night 19 March 2024, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Be inspired by international graduates from different fields. Learn from others and network
5 Application Training 22 April, 24 April, 29 April, 5.15 p.m. – 6.45 p.m. Work on your application documents with our expert from Welcome Center Rhein-Neckar. In three 90 minutes sessions, you will learn about German application formalities and can get useful tipps on your individual CV and/or cover letter.
6 Career Fair 16 April to 18 April Annual event hosted by the Career Network of Mannheim University.
7 Information Session “From Student to Graduate” 13 March, 3 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. (Online), 22 May (in presence), 3 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. Find out what's important for a smooth transition from student to graduate
8 Intercultural Training TBA Learn about cultural differences and acquire a better understanding of the working culture in Germany
9 Tax Clinic TBA Learn how to handle taxes in Germany from Dr. Alexander Putz, lawyer and tax advisor

Please note: Photos and videos will be taken during the events. They will be used for documentation purposes and for subsequent publications to report on the event.

Registration is required for all events.

  • Good to know

    • You want to register for one or several STEPs? All international degree-seeking students of the University of Mannheim will receive an email to their university account as soon as the registration period for each STEP begins. Registration is required for each STEP by STEP event.
    • You  would like to work more than 120 days a year? Internships and working student positions that relate to your program of study may be excluded from the 120-days-rule. The International Office can issue a confirmation for this purpose, if you present your internship contract or your contract for working students. The confirmation then needs to be submitted to the immigration office in Mannheim. Only then, your internship or working student job does not count towards the 120 days. Please note: This only applies if you have your main residence in Mannheim. Immigration offices in other cities may have different regulations.
    • You are planning to do an internship and want to apply for an academic leave of absence? If you hold a residence permit for the purpose of studying, the foreigners’ office of the city of Mannheim unfortunately does not allow you to take an academic leave of absence for an internship. You must be regularly enrolled during your internship and also pay the tuition fees. Please note: This only applies if you have your main residence in Mannheim. Immigration offices in other cities may have different regulations.
    • You hold a residence permit for the purpose of studying and are about to complete your studies? Please note that if you intend to stay in Germany, you must apply for the following residence permit after successfully completing your studies (publication of the last grade in Portal2) in due time. Should you disenroll, your residence permit will expire automatically within 14 days after disenrollment. We recommend that you contact us in good time so that we can support you.
  • Further links on networking and job search

    At the University:

    LinkedIn – International students and graduates of the University of Mannheim

    Absolventum - Alumni network of the University of Mannheim

    AStA Job Board – Job board of the General Student's Committee (AStA)

    MINT-Marktplatz – Career fair of the School of Business Informatics and Mathematics

    Mannheim Forum – Multidisciplinary conference organized by students, with company speed datings

    Q-Summit – Conference for entrepreneurship and innovation organized by students

    Career Network – Career service unit of the University of Mannheim

    CareerFair – Career fair of the CareerNetwork

    Outside the University:

    Agentur für Arbeit – Nationwide job board

    Welcome Center Rhein-Neckar – Regional welcome portal for international professionals

    Make it in Germany – Welcome portal of the Federal Government for international professionals

    Mannheim my Future – Life and work in Mannheim

International students obviously need a lot of support when making the transition to a new country. The Step by Step program offered by the International Office helped me a lot with understanding German culture and working environment. The various events offered range from “Applying for Internships” to “International Students & Taxation”. The Step by Step initiative comprehensively covers the needs of International students!

Vishal Sharma from India, student of the Mannheim Master in Management (MMM) / Foto NN

Participating in the Step by Step workshop was the best decision I made during my studies in Mannheim. Not only did I learn something valuable and useful for my future profession, but I also received helpful feedback on what I can improve in order to have better job opportunities in Germany and to integrate better into German society. All foreigners share the same concerns due to worries about the future and problems associated with integration. Workshops like the ones of Step by Step help us all to overcome these problems.

Valeria Lebedieva from the Ukraine, student of the bachelor's program in Psychology
Stay in touch!

Stay in touch with the University of Mannheim after graduating and make new contacts as alumnus/a. Make use of the networking opportunities in the course of your career entry.

Our co-operation partners:


Solrun Graham-Parker

Solrun Graham-Parker (she/her)

Advisor for International Degree-Seeking Students/ Coordinator STEP by STEP – Career Entry Phase
University of Mannheim
Division II – Student Affairs
International Office
L 1, 1 – Room 108
68161 Mannheim
Office hours:
Working from home Mon and Fri