Internship

2015 Internship Programme of the German Business for the Countries of the Western Balkans

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Application Deadline: October 31st 2014

The Internship Programme of German Business offers young graduates and students from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia the possibility of a three to six-month-long internship at leading German companies. The interns gain an insight into corporate culture in Germany and are acquainted with modern management and work organisation.

Following their stay in Germany, the interns return to their respective home country and are able to contribute the newly acquired knowledge and skills there. The experience and contacts established will strengthen the economic development of their home countries and promote bilateral relations with Germany as well as economic relations within the region.

Thus, this programme and the ssociated alumni network make an important contribution towards regional reconciliation, intensified economic relations and create a cross-sectoral network of young, cosmopolitan professionals in the region.

The programme was established in 2003, following the assassination of Zoran Djindjic, Serbia’s Prime Minister, when the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations initiated the development of the Zoran Djindjic Internship Programme in close collaboration with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

 

Eligibility:

  • Students of higher semesters and postgraduates with first job experience are eligible to apply.
  • Their field of studies should have a focus either on business, engineering, journalism or agriculture.
  • The applicants should generally not be older than 30 years. At the time of starting the internship (1st of July of each year), the applicant must have graduated within the last 18 months. That means, if the internship start on 1st of July 2015, the date of graduation must not be older than of 1st of January 2014. 
  • A very good command of German and / or English is required. The internships lasts between 3-6 month.
  • Applicants from Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are eligible to apply

 

Benefit:

The interns receive an allowance that is financed from the funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The participating German companies make available both the required management capacities as well as the internship placements. Furthermore, the companies cover the cost of accommodation and health insurance for the interns.

Prior to the internship, there is a joint introductory programme held in Berlin with the aim of bringing together the interns with the relevant stakeholders in politics and industry, thus preparing them for their stay in Germany.

The application procedure

The application procedure consist of:

  •  a written online application in English or German
  • an interview
  • and the selection of the proposed candidate by the company

Important Dates:

INTERVIEWS:

  • Belgrade: 24. 11. – 28.11.2014
  • Skopje: 08.12. – 10.12. 2014
  • Pristina: 11.12.2014
  • Zagreb: 26.01. – 27.01.2015
  • Sarajevo: 29.01. -30.01.2015
  • Tirana: 09.02. – 10.02.2015
  • Podgorica: 12.02.-13.02.2015

SHORTLIST

Candidates from Serbia, Macedona and Kosovo: by end of December 2014.

Candidates from Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Montenegro and Albania: by end of February 2015

SELECTION BY COMPANIES

By  end of May 2015 the companies will have selected the intern.

INTRODUCTORY WEEK IN BERLIN:

All scholarship holders will be invited to participate in the introductory week in Berlin from Jun2 25 – June 30, 2015. After the introductory weeks, the scholarship holders will travel to their final destination in Germany.

STARTING THE INTERNSHIP

All internships start on July 1, 2015.

Apply Now for the Internship Positions

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2015 Internship Programme of the German Business