EPICUR Internship Exchange Programme

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The EPICUR Internship Exchange Programme connects the regions of the European University by offering students cross-border internships in one of the EPICUR universities’ locations. Gain practical experience abroad through an internship in an enterprise or in a civil society organisation, broaden your horizons and improve your intercultural skills! Work in an international environment while staying at your current location (due to your personal situation or persisting travel restrictions)! Be part of the EPICUR Internship Exchange Programme, which is fully virtual in the 2021 pilot run (due to the pandemic and to enable innovative and inclusive student mobility)!

This programme allows EPICUR students to have the opportunity to acquire important skills for their later profession in times of growing globalisation and digitalisation. The virtual 2-month internship (minimum) between June and October 2021 enables innovative and inclusive formats of student mobility. Additional components, e.g. intercultural trainings, are offered to all participants of the programme.

Regions and types of positions 

Currently, there are internship positions available in the regions of Karlsruhe, Vienna, Poznan and Thessaloniki. Most of the internship providers have experience in offering virtual internships.

Choose from a wide range of internship options. Would you be interested in supporting an online platform for languages, getting insights into software development, supporting the development of smart city solutions, developing social media strategies, working creatively and initiating a new project or joining a social-cultural organisation as a video editor or international office assistant? Then apply and become part of the programme! All internship positions are exclusively available for EPICUR students here!

Internships at private enterprises

Internships at private enterprises offer master’s and advanced bachelor students the opportunity to gain work experience at successful start-ups. Whether located in Vienna, Thessaloniki, Poznan or Karlsruhe, there are many start-ups that bring innovation to their regions in different fields. Furthermore, the start-ups’ environments may encourage the students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset at an early stage and, thus, enhance their employability. Some of the enterprises operate in the field of social entrepreneurship.

Internships at civil society organisations with Intercultural Service-Learning Course

« En route! » – Become a global citizen through cross-border service learning, coordinated by the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at Karlsruhe Institut of Technology (KIT)

Service learning combines an innovative way of academic learning with voluntary work in an organisation of the third sector*. By working on a voluntary basis (10 hours per week) at one of our community partners, you gain work-based experience and strengthen your civic engagement and intercultural skills. The interns at civil society organisations take part in the intercultural service-learning course (compulsory), which provides space to reflect on academic topics and individual experiences. The virtual course starts on Friday, 14th May 2021 with an introductory workshop and runs until October 2021.

ECTS recognition is not yet regulated. A recognition of 6 ECTS may be possible, provided that the internship and service-learning course have been successfully completed and that you received prior approval from the appropriate authorities at your home university!

* Organisations of the third sector: NGOs, welfare associations, political and church organisations, theatres, cultural organisations, emerging initiatives, foundations, environmental agencies and social enterprises.

Find more information on the course here.

if you any questions about the internship programme, please contact internships-epicur@intl.kit.edu


Requirements for participation

Admission criteria:

  • Enrolment at an EPICUR university
  • Previous academic training ≥ 60 ECTS
  • Proficiency in English and/or in the language of the target/host country (minimum B2 CEFR)*

* Different language certifications are accepted (see further details below)

Desired is an openness to work in an international environment and for online encounters and using (new) digital tools.
Participants from all degree programmes are welcome (depending on the position requirements).


  • Choose up to two preferences from the listed organisations or enterprises (find the list within the EPICUR Inter-University-Campus)
  • Submit your application by Sunday, 4th April 2021 (application deadline)!
  • The applicants will be ranked on the basis of a set of criteria, aiming also at geographical balance (the criteria include e.g. motivation, academic performance, relevant previous experience, language proficiency). Please note that we can only accept complete applications.
  • You will receive the final decision no later than Friday, 30th April 2021. The applicant should refrain from contacting the organisations or enterprises directly.

Application documents:

  • Transcript of records (in English)
  • Previous degree of studies (only for master’s students)
  • CV (in English)
  • Letter of motivation (one page) in English (compulsory) and in the language of the target/host country (optional)*
  • Language certificate (English and/or the language of the target/host country, minimum B2 CEFR) **
  • Certificate of enrolment at your home university
  • Declaration of Consent
  • If available: Certification of previous work experience or civic engagement

* Please indicate which time frame between June and October 2021 suits you best for the internship, why you chose this programme, what your preferences are, which relevant previous experience you bring with you and how you apply your newly acquired skills afterwards.

** Accepted language certificates: Official language certificates such as TOEFL and Cambridge, certificates from university language courses or from official language schools, signed letter from a language instructor at your university stating the level you achieved (CEFR)

Please, be aware that during the virtual pilot run there is no common framework for scholarships available!

Heads up: There is only a limited number of internship positions available in the pilot run 2021!

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