City:  Ilmenau
Date:  Jul 5, 2024

Initiative position as an intern

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 800 employees work with an annual research budget of 3.0 billion euros. 

The Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT is part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Headquartered in Ilmenau, Germany, the institute is internationally recognized for its expertise in applied electroacoustics and audio engineering, AI-based signal analysis and machine learning, and data privacy and security. 

At the headquarters, on the campus of “Technische Universität Ilmenau” researchers work on technologies for robust, trustworthy AI-based analysis and classification of audio and video data. These are used, among other things, to monitor industrial production processes, but also in traffic monitoring or in the media context, for example when it comes to automatic metadata extraction and audio manipulation detection. Another focus is the development of algorithms for the areas of virtual product development, intelligent actuator-sensor systems and audio for the automotive sector. 

There are currently around 70 employees working at Fraunhofer IDMT in Ilmenau. 



What you will do


You would like to support the team in Ilmenau with your competencies? We are currently conducting research on the following topics and are looking forward to your contribution. Please indicate in your application the topics you are mainly interested in. 


  • using sound to detect errors in production (machine learning algorithms for acoustic condition monitoring) 

  • Providing sound for virtual prototypes (auralization of virtual products in different acoustic environments) 

  • creating space-filling sound in every seat (3D audio technologies in the automotive sector) 

  • developing small loudspeakers with big sound (intelligent actuator-sensor systems) 

  • composing catchy tunes thanks to intelligent music production (robust, AI-based recognition and analysis of music and audio data) 

  • analyzing and recognizing faces for media and security applications (AI-based image and video analysis) 

  • trustworthiness of media content and media technologies (research in the context of media forensics, media security, privacy protection, and trustworthy AI) 


What you bring to the table


Depending on your aspired position, you will have the appropriate qualifications. Please send us a meaningful CV and references. Please also indicate in your application whether you would like to complete a voluntary internship or a mandatory internship.


  • motivation, initiative, flexibility, and willingness to perform  

  • a strong independence and reliability as well as a thorough way of working 

  • enjoying interdisciplinary cooperation and being willing to take on responsibility 

  • good communication skills and a convincing appearance 

  • analytical, structured and output-driven working style 

  • very good knowledge of German and English, both written and spoken 


What you can expect


  • exciting market-related topics with complex issues to be solved – you can be actively involved in shaping the future 

  • challenges at a high level – on top we offer you excellent opportunities for professional and technical trainings 

  • space to also implement your own ideas, such as in our quarterly open-topic idea contest 

  • an excellent technical infrastructure 

  • renowned partners and customers who work closely with you to develop the technologies of tomorrow 

  • a very good work-life balance thanks to flexible working hours, a co-child office, the option of digital childcare in case of daycare shortages, and the possibility of mobile working, because family comes first – we know that 

  • an open-minded and interested team, a tolerant and familiar atmosphere as well as regular team events 

  • good transport connections and proximity to the state capital Erfurt 

  • attractive special offers as part of Fraunhofer corporate benefits with numerous enterprise partners 

  • new work and diversity are not just empty buzzwords, but an integral part of our corporate culture 


We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity. Severely disabled persons are given preference in the event of equal suitability. Remuneration according to the federal government guidelines for intern salaries.

With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 

Interested? Apply online now. We look forward to getting to know you!


Questions about the application process:

Katrin Pursche

Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT 


Requisition Number: 24983                Application Deadline:


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