Hosting an Erasmus+ intern
It is an opportunity for higher education students or recent graduates to carry out a work experience placement in one of the 32 countries involved in Erasmus+ program. Doing a internship abroad gives students a chance to improve their language, intercultural and soft skills and what is most important, it enables them to get precious practical experience. The internship are full time and can last between 2 and 12 months. A intern will receive a financial support (grant) from Erasmus+ program for 3 months. The internship can be carried out at any type of organization or company, however, the internship should be relevant to the interns field of study and personal development needs.
• An Erasmus+ interns from another European country offers many benefits for your organisation. It enables you to work with a well-suited interns who meet your company’s needs
• Benefit from Erasmus+ interns insights into their home culture, which can open doors to new markets and expand your European horizons
• Road test potential future employees
• Bring a European flavour, new cultures, languages and working methods into your team.
• Built an image of a modern, open company
• See increased competitiveness and innovation, as trainees bring new skills, fresh enthusiasm and new perspectives.
Once you decided to become a receiving organisation for a intern, a good training plan should be prepared, bearing in mind that a internship is a learning experience and the intern is not a replacement for a regular employee.
The training plan is formalised in a learning agreement (LA), signed by receiving organization (you), intern and interns sending institution (university/consortium). The following must be covered in LA and agreed by all parties in advance:
• Particular tasks the intern should carry out
• Skills and competences the intern can gain during the internship
• Evaluation and mentorship system
• Exact period of the internship: start and end date
• Working language and language requirements
• Number of working hours (the internship is full time)
• Mentor: a person who would advise and support the intern during their stay in your organization
Erasmus+ interns are provided with a grant to contribute to their living expenses while abroad, so receiving organisations do not have an obligation to pay a salary. However, in most cases this grant will not cover all costs so receiving organisations are encouraged to reward interns (either in kind or with a financial support) wherever possible.
When abroad, interns must have an adequate insurance cover arranged prior to the departure. Interns can arrange their insurance themselves or you may provide them with the most suitable insurance policy according to the type of project carried out.
There is no obligation to do so, although some receiving organisations choose to help intern find suitable accommodation and contribute to transport costs.