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Internships and Social Impact Projects

Work experience during the MIM

The MIM allows for students to gain up to 10 months of practical experience through a mandatory internship (duration: 3-6 months) and the participation in the Social Impact Project (SIP). The SIP enables students to put relevant business skills to use in a non-profit organization working on social challenges in a developing country.

In addition, the ESMT Career Services Team helps students to connect with employers and advance their professional development through a series of activities:

  • ESMT Career Fair
  • Company visits and presentations
  • Soft skills trainings and workshops
  • CV Book and many more.

Visit the Career Services pages for more information.

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MIM student insights

MIM student Raquel Gonzalez Rodriguez discusses her interest in the Global & Digital Strategy track, and shares highlights of her internship at RIMOWA.

MIM Internships

Hear from students to learn how they apply the skills learned during the program directly to their internships.

ESMT's Master in Management program integrates up to two internships into the curriculum.

MIM students earn credits towards the Master's degree by doing a mandatory internship between April and September. The internship has a minimum duration of 12 weeks, but most students choose to do a longer internship of up to six months. ESMT's Career Services team helps students to find the right opportunity and prepare professional and convincing applications for their chosen positions. Most students find their internships through a combination of engagement with ESMT's partners and open applications to companies of their choice.

Germany is the most popular location for internships; however, students are allowed to do the internship anywhere in the world. Other locations in the past included the Netherlands, Japan, Turkey, Switzerland, France, South Korea, and Kenya.

Many students, especially after returning for the second year of their studies, will take up a working student position of up to 20 hours per week to continue their professional development and gain further practical experience.

  • Internship examples

    • Adidas working as Digital Analytics & Consumer Insights Intern
    • Allianz working in Investment Management

    • Amazon working in Project Management

    • Bain & Company working as Associate Consultant Intern

    • BASF working as a Procurement Intern

    • Bosch working as a Manufacturing Coordination Intern

    • Daimler working as Venture Architect

    • Deloitte working as Human Capital Consulting Intern

    • EY working in Consulting

    • Kearney working as Summer Trainee

    • McKinsey & Company working as Fellow Intern

    • Mercedes Benz Mobility working in Financial Reporting

    • Microsoft working in Sales

    • Montblanc working in International Retail

    • PwC working in International Project Finance

    • PUMA working as Global Collaboration Intern

    • SAP working as Data Analyst

    • Siemens Energy working as Strategy and Business Development Intern

    • Tesla working in Business Operations

    • Zalando working in Culture, New Work, Diversity & Inclusion

The Social Impact Project


The Social Impact Project is a five-week project during the second year of the Master in Management program. It offers students the opportunity to serve as an economic or management consultant for an organization with specific social impact objectives, such as a non-profit organization, a CSR department, a social entrepreneurship venture, or a social impact project of a for-profit organization.

As consultants in these Social Impact Projects, MIM students are expected to apply the tools from courses such as management science, economics, finance, marketing, strategy and organizational behavior to guide the decision-making process and increase the likelihood of achieving the desired social impact.

During the project, students develop skills such as leadership, problem-solving, and project management, which are difficult to acquire without guided practice. Unique to ESMT, MIM students are required to use these skills to benefit society as a whole, which is a cornerstone of ESMT’s mission. The Social Impact Project is therefore applied fieldwork with the goal of developing well-rounded, socially conscious graduates.

Students are welcome to travel to the project destinations to gain onsite experience and consult directly with the social ventures.

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Master Voices

Watch the highlights of one of the 2021 Social Impact Projects at Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia, a non-profit organization that advocates for and on behalf of women and children who are victims of gender-based violence.

Master Voices

Alumna Taylar Herman shares her Social Impact Project experience, talking about how she and her team helped Raise Your Voice, a non-profit organization based in Saint Lucia that supports and empowers victims of domestic violence.

  • Social Impact Project examples

    Examples of current MIM Social Impact Projects

    • Allianz SE | Group Sustainability, Munich/Germany - Researching and setting up suitable models for further enhancing Global Partnerships
    • Beca a un Pana, Venezuela - Creating a sustainable business plan for a student scholarship fund NGO
    • COVID-DATA, Berlin/Germany - Creating publicity strategy for different COVID-19 vaccines in the market
    • Freundeskreis Nepal e.V., Nepal - Developing a fundraising strategy for an education and inclusion NGO that addresses disability discrimination
    • GIZ, Cambodia - Opportunity assessment of decentralized smart grids solutions for the food & agricultural sector
    • MMKN, Lebanon - Strategy development for health awareness campaign in an under-privileged population
    • SINA, Uganda - Plastic Upcycling in Ugandan Refugee Camp

    Past projects

    • Audi AG, Germany - Analyzing the strategy of future sustainability and development projects at Audi
    • Bean Voyage, Costa Rica - Optimizing operations and marketing processes for a coffee distribution startup
    • Deloitte, Germany - Assessing social innovation programs at Deloitte
    • DHL, India - Identifying opportunities to foster the collaboration between DHL and SOS Children Villages
    • Lotus Fund, Vietnam - Impact assessment project for social startup investments
    • MicroEnergy, Peru - Project improving the value chain of mini-grids in rural areas
    • OECD - Measuring the cost of inaction in developing countries
    • PwC, Athens - Using the success factors of Berlin start-ups to help grow the Greek entrepreneurship scene
    • UNDP, Uganda - Finding innovative solutions to make Uganda Tourism Ecosystem Platform (UTEP) financially sustainable in the mid- and long term
    • UNIDO, Ecuador - Market research project about fruit extraction and production
    • United Nations, Paraguay - Improving the sustainability of cotton farming by preserving the national culture
In their own words
Internship reflections

The integration of this 6-month internship in the master curriculum at ESMT is the highlight of the whole program. It enabled me to use the knowledge I gained in the business world and it also helped me establish strong networks with top organizations.

Anish Kakroo, master alum
Social Impact Project Reflections

I got the opportunity [during the SIP] to understand and witness the impact that students can have on real-world problems, get in contact with local communities, get to know their needs and in the end be able to help them.

Pino de Wilde, master student
Social Impact Project Reflections

Taking a break from the conventional for-profit businesses, the Social Impact Project with Ashoka in Berlin provided me the chance to learn in-depth about the setup of social businesses.

Sopha Nem, master alum
Internship reflections

I interned as a research assistant at a management consulting company that develops strategies to enable fair and global sustainable energy access. This is a knowledge hub where everybody is passionate about improving the lives of those in need.

Juan Espana, master alum
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