With over 50 student organizations, the University of Mannheim has a lot to offer its students outside of the lecture halls. Getting involved with a student organization is a good opportunity to gain practical experience and meet new people, especially at the start of your studies. The large number of different organizations means that there is something suitable for almost everyone who wants to become actively engaged in voluntary work.
The university’s AStA Student Organization Fair takes place at the start of each semester and enables students to get to know the different organizations. In addition, charities from Mannheim and the surrounding area present themselves at the ABSOLVENTUM Volunteering Fair that is organized by the university's alumni association each spring semester.
AEGEE strives for democracy, tolerance, and a unified Europe. Each year, its members can participate in over 150 events across Europe, giving them the chance to become more familiar with the continent and help shape its future. As an international network of students, AEGEE encourages cultural exchange between young people, and organizes Summer Universities, projects, and working groups.
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AIESEC is the largest, global student organization, and therefore provides an ideal platform for students to get involved in communities and spend time abroad. As a member, you get to know the structures within an international organization while helping other students to gain exciting experience abroad. AIESEC also gives its members the chance to do an internship abroad, or to participate in a project in a developing country for six to eight weeks, and help achieve the UN Global Goals.
Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization which fights violations of human rights around the world. Students of the higher education institutions in Mannheim can join group 1388 which is part of the Amnesty network, and is involved in global campaigns. Each semester, the group decides on the areas in which it wants to raise awareness, and organizes campaigns, petitions, and displays.
Arbeiterkind.de is a charity that supports school children with non-academic backgrounds and encourages them to go on to study. The members of Arbeiterkind.de are in direct contact with the school pupils and advise them on all things related to studying. They give presentations, arrange fairs, and speak to the children in person.
The Arbeitskreis Börse is Germany’s largest student-led stock market organization. It has around 1,000 members. The organization prepares students for their career, with partner companies from the banking and consulting sectors giving workshops and presentations, and running working groups. Students can use the organization to exchange ideas and opinions on investment banking, capital markets, consulting, and start-ups in the fintech sector.
Artes Liberales is an association that supports students of the Humanities and Social Sciences and, through the presentation series, Wohin-denn-ich?, helps them to find an internship or job, among other things. In addition to presentations and workshops on various topics such as cultural management, the group organizes trips to cultural events. Once a year, the organization, in partnership with ABSOLVENTUM, awards excellent bachelor’s and master’s theses with the Artes-Liberales-ABSOLVENTUM prize. Members of the organization can gain experience in project management, fundraising, and public relations, and meet new people at the same time.
Bai Ganyo is a student organization that centers on the Bulgarian culture. It uses dance, sport, and art to provide an insight into the country’s traditions and history. Through its own mentoring program, the organization supports international first-year students and helps them to settle into life at the University of Mannheim quickly.
The German Association of Political and Business Economists (Bundesverband deutscher Volks- und Betriebswirte, BdVB) is the largest academic network for economists in Germany. In addition to workshops and presentations by companies, the organization arranges seminars on careers and character development.
Through joining [Direc°t], movie fans can produce their own films and videos while learning how to use a camera, and how to cut and edit their work. The organization regularly holds practical workshops and enables its members to build up a network in the film and TV industries.
The initiative Earth Guardians Mannheim is committed to ecological sustainability and social justice. Through a variety of regional projects, the initiative wants to increase people's awareness of the fact that every trade has a global impact. In collaboration with public and private stakeholders, Earth Guardians develops innovative solutions – for example, with the “Restaurant Label” project, which aims to help the restaurant industry improve its environmental performance. The variety of projects and the diversity of members allow everyone to generate great added value and quickly assume responsibility.
Effective Altruism is a global social movement characterized by scientific rationality and intellectual curiosity. The goal is to systematically evaluate effective interventions that strengthen the well-being of humans and other living beings. The Effective Altruism Initiative at the University of Mannheim seeks to make the best use of limited resources, time and money, to achieve the greatest possible positive impact.
With 50,000 members, the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) is the largest, independent association of law students in the world. As a member of ELSA, you are given lots of opportunities to gain legal experience. In addition to workshops and presentations at law firms and legal institutions, ELSA has its own international internship program and law schools.
Enactus has over 70,000 members worldwide, and is committed to nonprofit projects. The organization aims to find sustainable, lasting solutions to challenges in society using innovative ideas and entrepreneurial action. The range of projects available gives everyone the chance to contribute their ideas, take on responsibility, and work on developing solutions. The ReSoil project, for example, is helping small farm owners in Uganda to improve their diet and income by using soil which is particularly rich in nutrients.
Following the theme “Rhine-Neckar. One Region. One Vision.”, the student organization FUSO.MA strives to ensure a better connection between companies, the non-profit sector and other actors in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. The aim is to develop sustainable collaborations to overcome social issues. Students organize various discussions and workshops that enable intersectoral communication and collaboration.
Green Office is dedicated to making the University of Mannheim and its surroundings ecologically, socially and economically sustainable. Every semester, the organization arranges different activities to draw attention to the use of nonrenewable resources. By introducing recyclable coffee cups, the Green Office contributed to reducing the resources used by the University of Mannheim.
Infinity Mannheim is committed to raising awareness about sustainability. In addition to presentations and workshops on sustainability, Infinity also organizes courses in which members can develop their skills, such as courses on rhetoric and Photoshop.
INTEGRA is a business consultancy run by students, which has already worked on 300 projects with companies from different sectors. The organization works with companies of all sizes, from start-ups to major corporations. By attending workshops and courses, members have the chance to develop their skills outside of their program of study, and to prepare for life as a young professional in the consulting sector.
Members of JEF, the Young European Federalists, strive for peace and democracy, and a unified Europe. To bring Europe closer to the students of Mannheim, JEF Mannheim organizes panel discussions with politicians from all political parties, plans trips to cities across Europe, and hosts the presentation series, Europäer berichten, where members talk about their home countries.
KinderHelden helps children of elementary school age to improve their self-confidence and their learning abilities. Through the collaborative project, Uni-Cleverlinge2, school pupils are paired up with students from all subject areas. The mentors learn with the children, and do activities with them in groups, such as baking Christmas cookies or looking for Easter eggs.
Members of the Lernleserhelfer organization volunteer at elementary schools in Mannheim to teach disadvantaged children to read. Being able to read well is extremely important for both everyday and working life. The organization’s mentoring program provides each child with supervision that is tailored to his or her needs. Each mentor meets up with their mentee to read for at least an hour every week.
As a member of the Mannheim Debating Union, you learn how to quickly become familiar with new topics and spontaneously form an opinion on them. Each week, debates are held on controversial topics relating to society, the economy, and politics, giving members the chance to practice debating, and to receive feedback from fellow members. In addition to debates, the organization also arranges workshops to train rhetorical skills.
The MaFAT student club is the only student organization active in the fields of tax and accounting. Its main activities include workshops, presentations, and informal meetings with partner companies. The club aims to share the academic and practical experiences and opportunities on offer in these fields with its members, and create a network of students, scholars and practitioners. It also plans social events, excursions, and monthly discussions.
The MFCC combines the theoretical knowledge taught at university with controlling, auditing, and finance. Members can improve their SAP and Excel skills by attending workshops with companies. The MFCC also organizes large events such as panel discussions on football and the economy, and social events like the Running Dinner.
With over 500 participants, the Mannheim Forum is one of the largest student conferences in Germany. Panel discussions, presentations, and workshops on current topics take place over three days. Members of the Forum help to plan and organize the event by finding speakers and sponsors, managing the event and its participants, and providing IT and communications support.
The MIC wants to make students enthusiastic about topics relating to finance. By completing the Junior Analyst training, which begins each fall semester, members learn how to make good investment decisions, develop an understanding of financial markets, and carry out their own competitor analyses. The club also organizes training sessions, presentations, and workshops with companies as well as social events.
As a member of this organization, students gain an insight into logistic and production processes, and become familiar with supply chain management at companies in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. The organization not only arranges specialized presentations and discussions, it also organizes visits to plants and factories, including the LIDL warehouse in Speyer, the Porsche production plant in Zuffenhausen, and Frankfurt international airport.
MARKET TEAM is a cross-disciplinary student organization that provides students with an insight into different sectors, helping them to choose the right career. Members organize presentations and workshops, gain initial experience in project management, and network with companies. The organization hosts the Mannheim Consulting Weeks each semester, where interactive workshops, presentations, and case studies are organized in collaboration with international consulting firms.
MaXperience organizes the annual TEDxUniMannheim event as well as other workshops. TED, or Technology, Entertainment, Design, is an event concept from the US which provides a platform for ideas worth spreading. Short presentations are designed to inspire people and make new ideas accessible to them. TEDxUniMannheim take place every September. Artists, entrepreneurs and scholars are invited to the event to present new or unique ideas. You can also find the presentations from the event on YouTube.
The Model United Nations organization simulates global UN meetings. Students take on the roles of diplomats from UN member states, and represent these states at simulated UN meetings. In debates on current global topics, students practice speaking in public and develop their diplomatic skills. Members of the Model United Nations can also participate in international conferences as delegates, and meet other students from around the world.
MTP is an organization for all students interested in marketing. Members of MTP don’t just benefit from the organization’s national network, they can also attend soft skills training sessions on, for example, time management, project management, and creative skills. In addition to presentations, workshops, and consulting projects, MTP organizes large events such as the European Marketing Camp in Barcelona, and Marketing Horizonte in Frankfurt.
Nice to meet you Mannheim supports refugees in the city. The organization helps refugees to integrate into society. It also works to remove prejudices and reservations between refugees and the other citizens of Mannheim by providing extra tuition, and organizing barbecues and sports activities.
Plurale Ökonomik Mannheim focuses on various topics and methods from the field of Economics. The organizations provides a forum for discussions on politics, economics, and society. There are also presentations, and small group discussions with professors on, for example, current economics-related topics such as sustainable consumption.
POLImotion is a forum for discussions on politics, the economy and society. It organizes presentations, panel discussions, debates and workshops. In the last semester, artificial intelligence and development aid, among other topics, were covered.
Students from across the University of Mannheim can join PRO BONO and provide free legal advice on matters relating to private law, residence law and asylum law. The organization is supported by professors and lawyers. PRO BONO also regularly provides consultation hours for refugees.
The Q-Summit is a conference on entrepreneurship and innovation which is organized by students. The two-and-a-half day conference attracts over 500 visitors and features pitch battles, workshops, panel discussions and a start-up village. Our members can get involved with the conference by developing the event concept, providing IT support, finding speakers and sponsors, and organizing and marketing the event.
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radioaktiv is the student radio station in Mannheim, Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen which gives students the chance to work on weekly radio shows. Students of all subjects can join radioaktiv and take on roles as editors, journalists, technicians, PR managers, event planners or presenters. In addition to working on radio programs, members can participate in various workshops.
Members of ROCK YOUR LIFE! mentor pupils as they transition from school to the workplace. Alternatively, members can get involved with the administrative side of the organization and contribute, for example, to developing its marketing strategy. The overall aim of the organization is to develop and promote educational equality.
SAV brings together students from various disciplines to give them practical insights into the (automotive) mobility industry in cooperation with companies. The goal is to enable an intensive exchange with practitioners from the automotive industry and research through the nationwide association program. SAV members have the chance to exchange ideas and make contacts nationwide at joint workshops, company visits and internal social evenings.
Studenten bilden Schüler is a national organization which supports children from low-income families by providing private tuition free of charge. Students meet with school pupils each week to give them extra support in subjects that they find difficult. All of the tutors meet up two to three times per semester to share ideas and plan new projects.
The Studenteninitiative für Kinder is a charitable organization which helps disadvantaged children to improve their grades at school and their career prospects for later life. Members of the organization support children and young adults by providing private one-on-one tuition free of charge. Each student tutors a child for one hour every week.
The Students' Association for Data Analytics & Statistics (STADS) e.V. addresses students in university programs with a quantitative background who are interested in data science. STADS imparts knowledge in statistical programming languages and promotes its members' presentation and project management skills. Moreover, STADS participates in competitions and organizes specialist lectures on topics such as data science, and machine learning. STADS members who already have advanced skills advise public institutions, companies, and other university departments on statistical issues.
Students For Liberty is a worldwide student network with over 2000 local groups. The initiative is a pluralistic and non-partisan forum for the far-reaching ideas of liberalism and regularly organizes lectures and discussion panels. Topics in recent semesters have included “Crisis in Venezuela-what is happening?” and “Cannabis-legalization.”
thinc! is an organization for start-ups and addresses questions like “how do I turn my idea into a business?” and “what do I have to think about when starting my own company?”. It regularly organizes presentations and workshops with experts from different sectors, and its members travel to Berlin once per year for an insight into the city’s start-up culture. You don’t need to have a concrete business idea to join thinc!, it’s also possible to help others with their projects.
Members of the UNICEF Hochschulgruppe support UNICEF’s work around the world. The organization is committed to improving the rights of children, including the right to education and equal opportunities. By hosting events such as the annual Hochschullauf (a mini marathon at the university), Christmas activities, and presentations, the organization is able to draw attention to UNICEF projects and actively support them by collecting financial donations.
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The uni[ma]gazin is an independent magazine created by students for students in Mannheim. By joining this organization, members can get experience working as journalists by writing articles, taking photos and creating layouts. The magazine finances itself. In addition to the weekly meetings, the organization also arranges workshops and presentations.
VaPassion. wants to show students the different career options open to them after they graduate from the University of Mannheim. In past semesters, the organization arranged presentations and workshops with Porsche, Hugo Boss and Google Deutschland. Its projects give members the chance to contribute their own ideas at any time. The organization also regularly hosts social events such as the Running Dinner and the flunkyball tournament against the departmental student committee for Business Administration.
The Verein der chinesischen Studenten und Wissenschaftler Mannheim (VCSW-MA) is a nonprofit organization which helps Chinese students and scholars living in Mannheim if they need to contact the Chinese embassy and other institutions. The organization encourages Chinese citizens working and studying in Mannheim to come together and learn about German culture and society. The organization also promotes Chinese heritage and gives students from around the world the opportunity to get to know Chinese traditions.
vinUM is a student organization that treats wine as a cultural object, and organizes events on wine from the region surrounding Mannheim. Members can learn all about wine in general, and the wines of the region by participating in excursions to wineries and regional wine events. Students can get involved with event organization, communication, and the acquisition of sponsors.
VISUM, the “Verein Internationaler Studentenpatenschaften an der Universität Mannheim e.V.”, is an organization which tries to make arriving in Mannheim less stressful for international students. Through its buddy program, VISUM establishes tandems with students local to Mannheim and new exchange students. It also regularly hosts events that encourage cultural exchange. As a member of VISUM, you have the opportunity to get to know students from different cultures and make friends from all over the world.
The list of accredited organizations is correct as of: 26 February 2018
Further information on accreditation and confirming a period of volunteering in a student organization is provided, in German, below.