Recommendations for the selection of internship schools

Projektbild "Förderung besonderer Interessen und Begabungen", zwei Kinder spielen miteinander

When looking for an internship school, most students choose either a school where they themselves have been students or a school that is close to their place of residence. However, this process should be done with consideration and reflection in order to personalise the learning opportunities of the internship. With this in mind, the selection of an internship school should not be based solely on proximity to home.

Possible selection criteria:

  • excellent quality of supervision for interns
  • Innovative school concept
  • reform pedagogical approaches

Here you will find a selection of reform pedagogical concepts to help you choose your placement school with this selection criterion in mind:

Dalton plan

The Dalton concept

Here you will find a video explaining the Dalton concept.

Here, the Elisabeth Selbert School in Hamelin shows how it implements the Dalton plan.

Montessori pedagogy

Montessori pedagogy

The Montessori concept is presented in this explanatory video.

In this video you will learn more about the basics.

The Montessori Foundation Berlin explains in a video what characterises Montessori education.


Waldorf education

Waldorf education

Here you will find information about Waldorf education.

The Waldorf School Soest introduces itself.



What characterises the Jenaplan is explained here.

A primary school in Jena shows how it implements the Jenaplan.

Thuringian schools

The Thuringian Institute for Teacher Training, Curriculum Development and Media (ThILLM) provides a search function for all state schools and independent schools in Thuringia in the School Portraits section of the Thuringian School Portal (TSP).

Recommendations for the application to internship schools

application documents

An application to schools should not only be formally correct, but also appropriate and respectful to the addressee. In this context, it is advisable to explain the reasons and motivation for choosing a particular school in a letter of motivation. This enables the schools to better assess the suitability of the students and create a suitable environment for the internship. In this context, we kindly ask you not to apply to several schools at the same time in order to conserve their resources. If you do not take up a requested internship, it is imperative that you inform the schools accordingly.

The following paragraph lists various reform pedagogical school concepts that can help you choose a suitable internship school.