2018 Internship Programme of German Business for the Countries of the Western Balkans (Fully Funded)

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Application Deadline: November 23rd 2017

The Internship Programme of German Business was established in 2003, after the assassination of Serbia´s first democratically elected Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. The Committee on Eastern Economic Relations initiated the development of the Internship Programme of German Business for the Countries of the Western Balkans in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The goal of the Programme is to preserve the legacy of Prime Minister Djindjic and to bring the region, Serbia and its people closer to the European Union. Following three successful years in Serbia, the Internship Programme was extended to encompass all the countries of the Western Balkans in 2007 and 2009. In total 7 countries participate in the Internship Programme: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia.

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Undergraduate students who are enrolled in the 5th semester or higher when applying, Master or PhD students and young graduates who graduated after January 1st, 2017 are eligible to apply.
  • Their field of studies should have a focus on economics, business administration, the various fields of engineering, journalism or agriculture.
  • The applicants should generally not be older than 29 years.
  • A very good command of English is required. German is an asset.
  • Exception: Candidates who apply for an internship in the fields of architecture or commercial law are required to have a good command of German (minimum B2 level).
  • Applicants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia who study or have completed their studies in one of these countries are eligible to apply. Not eligible to apply are candidates who are enrolled as regular students at universities outside these countries and those who have already completed BA or MA studies outside the region.


  • The interns receive a scolarship 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 or pay a monthly allowance.
  • Prior to the internship, there is a common 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.
  • During their stay in Germany, scholarship holders have a possibility to attend appropriate language course in order to improve their command of German language, whose costs are also covered by the Programme.

Financial assistance

Nearly all of the costs during the preparation of interns in their home countries and their stay in Germany are covered by the Programme. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) provides the funding for a monthly scholarships, the organizational expenses and the expenses of the alumni activities. The participating German companies provide the internship places, the associated management capacities and cover the costs of accommodation and health insurances for the interns or provide an internship wage.

Covered by the Programme:

  • Costs of accommodation and health insurance: Companies either cover the costs directly or pay a sufficient monthly allowance to the interns. The costs vary depending on the city.
  • Monthly scholarships of 550 EUR: The scholarships are sufficient to cover all remaining living expenses during the stay in Germany.
  • Preparatory meetings in home countries
  • Flight ticket to Germany and back home
  • Introductory week in Berlin
  • Train tickets to the internship places
  • Mid-term meeting in Germany
  • Train tickets to the airport at return
  • Up to 200 EUR for a German language course during the internship
  • Visa is free of charge

Not covered by the Programme:

  • Costs for the translation of documents
  • Travel expenses in home country to the interview, for the visa application, as well as to the airport and back home

The application procedure

The application procedure is devided into three parts:

  • a written online application in English or German (October – November)
  • an interview in the capital of the respective countries (December – February)
  • and the selection of the proposed candidate by the company (March – May)

Candidates apply for internships in their respective fields of study, not for specific positions or companies. The Programme will forward the profiles of shortlisted candidates to the companies. Candidates should not contact companies in advance.

Most of the companies base their decision on the written application and the recommendation of the selection committee. However, some companies also conduct short telephone or skype interviews with the proposed candidates themselves.

Online application

Before you fill in the online application, you should prepare the following documents:

1. Letter of motivation in German or English (as one PDF file)

The motivation letter is one of the main criteria which distinguish you from other candidates. Therefore make sure that your motivation letter addresses the following topics and sign your letter at the end:

  • What is your motivation to apply for the Internship Programme of German Business?
  • What is your working field (fields) of preference (e.g. marketing department in financial sector, research department in automotive sector) and what do you hope to learn during the internship? How will you use this internship opportunity to excel your professional development?
  • What makes you a valuable asset to a company? Name experience, skills and personal characteristics.
  • Describe the set of experiences, skills and ambitions from which you drive your motivation to contribute to the development in your country.

2. Curriculum vitae in German or English (please use the provided template and upload the it as one PDF file)

3. Portrait photo in a common graphics format, e.g. JPG (as a separate document)

4. Scanned transcript of records: overview of the courses and marks, issued by your faculty (as one PDF file)

  • Bachelor students: transcript of records of bachelor studies
  • Master students: transcript of records of master studies AND transcript of records of bachelor studies
  • PhD students: transcript of records of PhD studies AND transcript of records of master studies

5. Translation of transcript of records in German or English (as one PDF file)

The documents can be translated by you, not necesarrily by an official translator.

6. Two recommendation letters from professors, supervisors or other relevant referees (as one PDF file)

7. Optional: other scanned documents available, combined as one PDF file (e.g. language certificates for German or English, references, diplomas)

You may upload the documents in PDF or JPG formats. The documents do not need to be zipped.

Before applying, please read our homepage including the FAQs carefully! Incomplete applications will not be accepted!

Here you can find and download a detailed guide how to apply.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2018 Internship Programme of German Business

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