Overall objective of the project is to implement a Sustainable and structured RIS Internship Programme for East European (RIS) and EIT-RM- labelled MSc students, thus increasing students' entrepreneurial and business skills, broadening the University-Business Cooperation activities in the RIS region, boosting the employment of the RM graduates within the hosting organizations and leveraging the regional brain drain.

RIS Internship programme runs as an approved EIT RM KAVA project from the 1st of January 2022 until the end of 2024. The territorial coverage includes the initial pilot region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia) and the newcoming East European RIS countries:  Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Other RIS countries, such as Spain, Portugal, Italy (southern part), Ukraine, Turkey and Cyprus are eligible as well!


The following will be done during the next three years of project implementation:

  • 367 students will conduct an internship in 300 companies
  • 21 matchmaking events for students and hosting organizations will be organisad
  • 637 individuals (students and industrial supervisors) will be trained
  • continuous monitoring and support to interns and hosting organizations will be provided during the internships
  • strategy enabling semester mobilities from RIS Universities toward EIT labelled master programmes will be developed and implemented
  • internship-related best practice will be identified, together with other available funding schemes and national programmes ensuring the financial sustainability of the programme

Project structure

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Why your company benefits when accepting international students for internship?


  • Increase internationalization and visibility of your company,

  • Position your company at international labor market,

  • Increase your collaborative research network,

  • Connect your ongoing research with new academic partner via joint master thesis,

  • Apply for funding or conduct an international project,

  • Gain comparative advantage over your competitors, and

  • Contribute to important EU social standards on ethnical and national equality, diversification and equal opportunities for all.

  • Contribute to International collaboration and exchange lead to economic growth!

  • Enhance the CSR of your company

For more information on the RIS Internship programme contact your nearest RIS Internship institutional coordinator https://www.ris-internship.eu/our-partners

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