EFMD Call to Participate in a Pilot Network Supporting Virtual Internships

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ProvipWhat is a virtual internship?

International internships are gaining more and more importance in the context of the internationalization of higher education and globalization of our (professional) world. Traditional international work placements, where the learner travels abroad to the company, are not always feasible for all students because of financial, geographical, social or other reasons. For those physical placements abroad that do happen, there are also a number of difficulties to overcome, mainly related to a lack of communication between the student, the foreign company and the institution for higher education.

Virtual mobility and ICT-supported interaction can help address these issues. There are always three stakeholders involved in an international internship: the higher education institution, the student and the receiving company or organization. ICT-supported activities can be used to facilitate the interaction between these stakeholders. When the interaction between a student and a company is mainly ICT-supported, this is classed as a virtual placement.

The European project EU-VIP looked into the conditions for success when integrating virtual mobility in international internships. All of the results are available via www.euvip.eu.

The project noted that international internships are mostly the result of individual relationships or actions, while - for successful virtually supported placements - a structured implementation and collaboration between higher education institutions and companies is desirable. These issues are now being addressed in the follow-up project PROVIP (“Promoting Virtual Mobility in Placements”, 2012-2014), http://www.provip.info. This project is aimed at creating an international network of companies and study programmes in the fields of marketing, IT and engineering, interested in offering international internships to students, vip2supported or facilitated by virtual mobility. The whole internship process (before, during and after) will be supported through an online platform.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for companies or their departments of marketing, IT and engineering willing to be part of this pilot network and its innovative approach towards international internships. We are also looking for study programmes in the same fields that can provide mature students who can work independently.
 
What can you expect from us?

For companies
  • An additional international pool of candidates for an internship
  • Contacts with higher education institutions from all over Europe, active within study fields related to your sector
  • A network that can serve as a bridge towards foreign markets, other languages and business cultures
  • Development of the online platform based on your needs and current practices regarding (international) internships
  • Input of extensive knowledge in the field of virtual mobility
For business schools and HEIs
  • An additional offer of virtual or virtually supported international internships to your students
  • Contacts with companies from all over Europe, active within sectors related to your study field
  • A possibility to further internationalize your curriculum and work on the intercultural competences of your students
  • Development of the online platform based on your needs and current practices regarding (international) internships
  • Input of extensive knowledge in the field of virtual mobility
What do we expect from you?
  • To promote your internships via the platform or to promote to your students the international virtual or virtually supported internships in addition to your “traditional” internships
  • Active participation in and use of the platform by the internship supervisor
  • To assist in platform evaluation
Timing?
  • June 2013: input of information about your needs and practices regarding internships
  • September / October 2013: short training session about the use of the platform
  • October 2013 – June 2014: pilot run of the network and platform, during this period evaluative input will be asked of the participants twice.
If you are iInterested to know more or to get involved, please contact Boriana Marinova at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..