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Boosting the digital skills of the next generation of European workers  - opportunity to provide digital internships to students and graduates

30 November 2017

The European Commission has launched a special scheme to provide in 2018-2020 transnational work experience in the digital field for up to 6,000 European university students and recent graduates.

The ‘’Digital Opportunity scheme’ will allow students of all disciplines and all study levels (bachelors, masters, PhD) and recent graduates (maximum one year after graduation) the opportunity to gain industry experience with organisations, small and large, working in the field of digital technologies.

Organisations and companies from across sectors and embracing digital technologies in their activities, whether this be in R&D, sales, marketing, back-office etc. ) are invited to offer up to five-month internships starting in June 2018.  In order to foster European collaboration, the internships will be carried out in a country other than that of the residence of the students.

The internships should focus on areas that are linked in one way or another to digital technologies. They could for example focus on IT skills necessary to programme or develop applications, skills in network management, skills related to fostering the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning products and services, or digital skills used in a broader business environment, such as digital marketing.

Interns will receive a grant of up to Euro 500 per month. This is paid to them directly from their universities – so there is no complicated administrative process for you to follow. Of course, companies may wish to top up the grant by offering an additional stipend or benefits.

The process for companies is simple. Publish your offer online at or and complete this template which should be sent directly to the European Commission at The whole process should take no longer than 30 minutes.

Internship openings will then be matched with students or recent graduate who have applied through their universities. Once matched, internal and companies will be introduced….and its over to you !

More details on the Digital Opportunity scheme can be found at: A list of Q&As can be downloaded here.

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