School Students


Are you curious about what goes on at a university or a research institute? You are interested in mathematics but you are not exactly sure what you could do with it later on as a profession? You could gain your first academic or professional experience by taking an internship with us, get oriented and test your talents. Afterwards, you will certainly know a whole lot more!

Together with our partner, the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kaiserslautern-Landau(RPTU), we offer two-or-more-week internships for students with a great interest in mathematics. Our student internships are organized by the Felix Klein Center for MathematicsFelix-Klein-Zenrrum für Mathematik , an institute co-managed by the Department of Mathematics at RPTU and Fraunhofer ITWM.

Programs for Mathematics Enthused Students

Together with our cooperation partners we organize various events for students who are enthusiastic about mathematics.

One example is the Math-Talent-School, which takes place every year – organized by the Felix Klein Center for Mathematics, in cooperation with the TU Kaiserslautern and MINT-EC.

In our Math-Talent-School 2018, mathematics-enthusiastic students had the opportunity to learn more about studying mathematics and to get to know a mathematician's everyday work. They were also able to experience what applied mathematics means in practice.

In four projects from different subject areas, the pupils of grades 11-13 worked in teams on different questions with the help of mathematical modelling and computer simulation. At the end of the week, the teams presented their solutions and discussed them with the other participants.

Besides working on mathematical problems, the talent school offered the students a number of free time activities. They got to know each other better and exchanged ideas with other girls who are interested in mathematics.

Internships for High School Students (Gymnasium)

During an internship, you can learn more about a course of study in mathematics and the daily routine of mathematicians at the department of mathematics at the University of Kaiserslautern-Landau. The staff in the various work groups will guide you and explain what knowledge is required of you in your studies and profession. 


What to Bring With You

  • Type of school: (vocational) High School (gymnasium), comprehensive school
  • Grade 11 or higher
  • Duration: at least 10 days
  • Mathematical knowledge: In general, you should have an above average interest in solving mathematical engineering problems and in working with computers. Of course, it helps if you have achieved good grades in math class.
  • Student interns ideally already have programming and/or software skills or are willing to acquire these

How to Apply

The department of mathematics at TU Kaiserslautern offers internships once a year in January/February. The application deadline is October 31 of the previous year.
Applications are accepted by e-mail or mail only. You can find more details on the required application documents at Felix Klein Center for Mathematics.

Internships During Vacations or After Graduation

An internship during vacation or between high school and university gives you the opportunity to accumulate professional knowledge, skills, and experience in a top mathematics department at ITWM. Our department staff will guide and show you what is important in this job. Internships provide a closer look at the professional life of a mathematician at a research institute. 

What to Bring With You

  • You are a student or recent graduate of a (vocational) High School (gymnasium).
  • Grade 11 or higher
  • Duration: at least 4 weeks
  • Mathematical knowledge: In general, you should have an above average interest in solving mathematical engineering problems and in working with computers. Of course, it helps if you have achieved good grades in math class.
  • For an internship in a mathematical department of the ITWM, you will be required to demonstrate some programming experience.


How to Apply

Company internships are offered by the Department Mathematics at TU Kaiserslautern once a year in January/February. Please note the application deadline: October 31 of the previous year. We offer company internships every year in January/February.

Further dates are only offered if there is sufficient capacity and demand. If you would like to try it out, please apply at least three months before the start of your internship.

Only applications by email or post will be accepted. Details on the application documents to be submitted can be found on the website of the Felix Klein Centre for Mathematics.

Felix-Klein Scholarship for Incoming Math Students

Are you already a high school graduate or will be one soon and do you want to study mathematics, industrial mathematics, or business mathematics?

At the RPTU – University of Kaiserslautern-Landau, you can complete a Master's program in Finance and Actuarial Mathematics, Mathematics, Technomathematics, Business Mathematics, or Mathematics International in an application-oriented way and, for example, write your Master's thesis directly at Fraunhofer ITWM.

The Felix-KleinFelix-Klein-Zenrrum für Mathematik master's degree grant for Industrial Mathematics provides monthly funding of 500 euros but, more importantly, the recipient receives individual professional supervision.

Milena Röhrs – Science and Mathematics in Combination

Video Series: »Tell Us Your Lautrer Math Story!«

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»I think the bridge between science and business is totally interesting«, says Milena Röhrs in her Lautrer math story. She is currently a math student at the RPTU. The Fraunhofer ITWM was an important location factor for her to start her studies in Kaiserslautern. In addition, the performance of the university's department in the relevant rankings. Besides her current studies, she works with Prof. Dr. Bernd Simeon in the Department of Mathematics.



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Felix Klein Academy / 26.9.2022

Fall School 2022

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Career / Interview / 16.12.2022

Insights into the Specialized Informatics Training Program

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