Infor­ma­tion for Companies

The HfG Schwä­bisch Gmünd contri­butes in many ways to the inten­si­fi­ca­tion of know­ledge transfer in the fields of commu­ni­ca­tion, inter­ac­tion and product design, for example through corpo­rate coope­ra­tion within the frame­work of rese­arch projects or rese­arch contracts, through stra­tegic part­ner­ships with compa­nies, through study projects and the estab­lish­ment of a prac­tical semester in the under­gra­duate degree programs.


The HfG Schwä­bisch Gmünd coope­rates with a number of compa­nies and rese­arch insti­tu­tions in its rese­arch and deve­lo­p­ment projects. The coope­ra­tion promotes the transfer of know­ledge into appli­ca­tion and leads to the deve­lo­p­ment of inno­va­tive and user-friendly solu­tions and products.

The univer­sity has entered into stra­tegic part­ner­ships with Carl Zeiss Meditec AG and Paul Hart­mann AG. They aim at a conti­nuous coope­ra­tion in the field of system and product design. In this context, the usabi­lity of new care products or surgical work­place solu­tions is also examined from an ergo­nomic point of view.


The transfer of rese­arch and deve­lo­p­ment issues from corpo­rate prac­tice to teaching and rese­arch and the transfer of new scien­tific findings from rese­arch to prac­tice are critical problems for the deve­lo­p­ment of inno­va­tive products and systems. The HfG Schwä­bisch Gmünd contri­butes to the inten­si­fi­ca­tion of this know­ledge transfer through company coope­ra­tion: through rese­arch projects, rese­arch assign­ments, final theses or semester projects.

Forms of Cooperation

Semester projects
Up to twelve students work on a design task. In one semester, up to seven solu­tions are deve­loped.

Final projects
One or two students work on a special problem. The result is a well-founded solu­tion or design draft.

Contract rese­arch
A rese­arch team inves­ti­gates a specific problem using scien­tific methods.

Rese­arch projects
A rese­arch team uses scien­tific methods to inves­ti­gate a specific topic or issue and deve­lops concrete results or imple­men­table solu­tions.

Rese­ar­chers, employees or profes­sors prepare expert reports, act as consul­tants or conduct trai­ning courses.


A prac­tical semester is an essen­tial part of the educa­tion at the HfG Schwä­bisch Gmünd. The intern­ship lasts 26 weeks and must be successfully completed before admis­sion to the 6th semester. This prac­tical work expe­ri­ence in compa­nies, insti­tu­tions or design offices in Germany or abroad comple­ments the theo­re­tical content of the course. Students look for a posi­tion on their own. The univer­sity main­tains up-to-date direc­to­ries of suitable insti­tu­tions and will gladly accept your inquiry.

Contact Person for Internships

Student Secretariat