Internships provide the great opportunity to gain on-the-job experience while studying at a university. Both, the intern and the company benefit: the students can apply their theoretical knowledge and gain practical working experience. The company, on the other hand, establishes contact with new talents at an early stage. At X-FAB, you can do an internship at each of our six manufacturing sites.

"Advancing future technologies and my career."

Oliver, Development Engineer (Process Control Monitoring), X-FAB Erfurt

Oliver started his professional career at X-FAB in Erfurt, Germany, right after graduating from university. For him, the job at X-FAB was the perfect fit after obtaining his degree in technical physics. 
As a development engineer, he works mostly on his own and independently, but appreciates the interaction with customers and colleagues.

Oliver is responsible for testing the wafer at the end of the manufacturing process before it is delivered to the customer. His tasks include designing the test layouts, programming the equipment in the clean room, performing electrical tests and, finally, evaluating the test results with the customer.

Those results ultimately have an impact on whether production of a specific device can be continued. 

"I am involved in the overall process of making the product. Having this insight makes me really proud. I am an interface both internally and externally. Internally, I deal with different departments: from process development to product management to quality assurance. Externally, I am in direct contact with the individual customers."

It is fantastic that I can contribute to making our customers’ products better with my work.

As a development engineer, Oliver works mostly on his own and independently, but appreciates the interaction with customers and colleagues.


When are you satisfied at the end of a working day?

It makes me happy, when my measurements make sense, uncover problems and help others.


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Opportunities for students

Internships are a great opportunity to gain on-the-job experience while studying at a university. We offer internships in different departments like production, engineering, customer service, quality, human resources and technology.

As a student you can apply for a local internship, for an internship abroad, as working student or for writing your thesis. In any case, you will be an important part of the X-FABulous team at one of your six manufacturing sites and you will take over responsibility in your first project.

At X-FAB you will always be supported by experts with many years of professional experience. If you are a students with great communication skills, you are self-organized, reliable and comitted to work independently, then get in touch with us or apply directly via the below contact form.

Once you have gained initial experiences at X-FAB, the doors are open for you to join the company after graduation.

Find your new job and join the X-FABulous Team! 

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International Internship Program

Living and working in a foreign country is an important step in personal development and the best way to grow your intercultural skills. X-FAB’s International Internship Program offers you the opportunity to take this next step in your career and spend some months abroad at one of our six manufacturing sites in Europe, the US or Malaysia.

During your stay abroad, you can put the knowledge you gained in your studies into practice, while immersing into another culture by living and working with local people. Through this, you will not only improve your English, German, or French language skills, but also develop personally just as much as you grow professionally.

The steps to need to take for your internship abroad at X-FAB: 

  1. Application - We are interested in finding a good match for you and us. Therefore, it is essential to know what you expect from your internship. A detailed cover letter in which you introduce yourself and share your expectations is a good foundation for our decision. The more precise you describe your motivation, personal goals and topics of interest, the better we can search for the right internship department abroad for you.

    To allow ample time for all arrangements, it would be ideal to contact us about 4 months prior to your planned internship. Within a few days, we will get back to you and ask for your motivation and vita.

  2. Interview - Getting to know each other is an important part of the recruiting process, for you and us. In an interview (at one of our sites or remotely), we want to give you a better understanding of who we are and discuss what department and role fits best to you. 

  3. Organization - Once the contract is fixed, we will find a host family for you and take care of all the administrative and organizational tasks. Together, we make sure you are ready to take off for your experience abroad.

  4. Internship abroad - Start your journey and work up to 3 months abroad.

  5. Ready to continue? - You can extended your internship at the X-FAB site in your home country. This will only be the starting point for your career at X-FAB. 

If you’ve got the travel bug, you probably know a million reasons to explore the world. But how much can you learn about a culture on a short vacation? Working abroad will allow you to gain a much deeper understanding of a country. You won’t just be a visitor. 


There are many more reasons why:

  • You gain experiences in working in an international high-tech company.
  • You sharpen your intercultural competences and master a second language.
  • You get paid a monthly salary.
  • You take over responsibility for own projects.
  • You profit from experienced mentors and knowledge sharing.
  • This will be your entry for a career path at X-FAB.

The curriculum of your study includes a mandatory internship? Additionally, you are open to working abroad? Then the main requirements for your application are met. 


These are the requirements for your international internship at X-FAB:

  • An internship is a mandatory part of your studies.
  • You need to have a valid student visa or other residency authorization for the appropriate country (USA, France, Germany or Malaysia).
  • Your English language skills are good or very good.
  • The application process could take several months. Please keep that in mind and send your application about 4 months before the planned start of your internship.

“In my internship I had the chance to really immerse in a totally different life abroad. I was able to see parts of the world that I had never seen before. I moved from Lubbock, Texas (USA) to Germany and worked at X-FAB Erfurt where I gained practical experience that helped prepare for my future career. Staying with a host family made it a lot easier to adapt to the culture. I experienced what everyday life is like in a different country with people who made me feel like family.”

DAVID HOEFS, Software Development Engineer at X-FAB

Get in touch

Our International Internship Program sounds like just the right thing for you? Then get in touch with us by sending an e-mail or by filling out the contact form

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