Erasmus Internship Mobility represents an educational activity where a student who is enrolled in a higher education institution performs an internship in a business abroad. “Internship” is a beneficiary’s process of gaining working experience and/or acquiring vocational education within an abroad organization or a business joining the program. Internship activity cannot be used for a research assignment in any academic study within a specific education program, or analysis studies. Internship activity is the student’s acquiring applied work experience in their vocational education.
The internship activity is not expected to be compulsory for the student’s degree program. However, the economic sector to be trained must be a sector of the student’s current vocational training program. Studies conducted by students to complete or support their own scientific studies are not considered scientific research and projects as internship activities. In order to be an internship activity, these activities need to be carried out as professional activities that are economically viable in the related sector, not academic studies. For example, for product development; working in research and research conducted in a research and development (R & D) company or a company made by a company or a company that is engaged in economic activity or a university or research centre is evaluated within the scope of the internship activity.
The duration of the operation is between 2 and 12 months, which is separately for each learning stage. Internship activities can be carried out in each class within the learning period and within the last 12 months of graduation. In the internship activity after the graduation, the student application must be made before the student graduates (the second grade for the associate degree program and the fourth grade for the undergraduate program). Graduated students cannot apply.
Institutions that will host the internship may be businesses, training centres, research centres, and other organizations that meet the business definition specified in the Erasmus + Program Guide. In this context, an appropriate enterprise means any enterprise engaged in any kind of economic activity including private and public-owned institutions and social economies, regardless of their size, legal status and economic sector in which they operate.