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07:14 May 15, 2001
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: mehrtägige Schnupperpraktika
It's a recruiting text

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namulti-day trainee trials
Roland Grefer
nahands-on familiarization daysUlrike Lieder
nashort-term work experienceclaudiar
naa few-day open door practice
Vidmantas Stilius
na -1Sniffing practices for more daysChappo



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Sniffing practices for more days

hope it helps
Schnupperpraktika= Sniffing practices
For more days

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Ulrike Lieder

disagree  Roland Grefer: too literal ... also, "more" should be "several"
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39 mins
a few-day open door practice

There is no exact translation for this German word. Young people are given a chance to study a certain subject independenly, and then they are given a chance to visit a company/factory etc.

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Vidmantas Stilius
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Ulrike Lieder
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short-term work experience

"Work experience" is the commonly used term for "Praktikum". If the context indicates that there is no workplace connection, "practical experience" might be the appropriate term to use.

If you want to bring the "Schnupper" component in, I would suggest something like "for orientation purposes".

I don't think that there is one single equivalent English term for this.

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1 day 4 hrs
hands-on familiarization days

Praktikum (pl. Praktika) is commonly translated as "internship", at least in US usage. (Schäfer gives "traineeship"). However, I think that internship would go too far here as it does imply a more structured, contractual work relationship.

A Schnupperpraktikum would be a few days' work (unpaid) for the applicant to familiarize him/herself with the company, no strings attached, to see if s/he would like to work there.

I don't think there is an English equivalent, but a phrase such as "hands-on" will convey the practical, work-related aspect, and "familiarization" conveys the fact that this is a getting-to-know-you proposition.

If you context allows, you might also want to simply paraphrase the concept and say s.th. like, "a few days during which you [the applicant] can become acquainted with our company by working alongside our associates" (or s.th. similar).


Ulrike Lieder
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99 days
multi-day trainee trials

Schnupper = test out / trial / eval

Praktika = training period
Praktikant = trainee

Roland Grefer
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