Internship Programme Of German Business For The Western Balkans 2012

Deadline: 27 November 2011
Open to: Students and Graduates with good knowledge of German and/or English  from the Western Balkans
Remuneration: The trainees get a monthly allowance.

The committee of Eastern European Economic Relations in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development announces the Internship Programme of German Business for Western Balkans 2012. The objective of the programme is to provide internships for qualified candidates in German enterprises for a period of 3 to 6 moths in Germany. The programme is supported by the Federal Goverment. The Internships in Germany will begin in June 2012.

Within the framework of the Internship Programme of the German Business, young graduates and students from the Western Balkans complete three to six months long internships in leading German companies and they get an insight in German business culture. After their stay in Germany, the students will use their experience and contacts to support the reconstruction in their home countries. The program serves to intensify the regional reconciliation, economic relations and create a cross-sectoral network of young, cosmopolitan professionals in the region.


The programme was initiated to give young people the possibility to gain practical experience in leading German companies and to support the economic reconstruction of Western Balkans. The Internship Programme of German Business offers young professionals, internships which last three to six months. Participants gain insight into the method of operation in modern German companies. Consequently, the students will learn what free market-orientation and management really means. They can use the acquired knowledge and experience during their studies and in future jobs and thereby contribute to the knowledge transfer to their home countries.

The goal is that the trainees use their gained experience to strenghten economic reconstruction in their home countries and to strengthen the economic co-operation in the region. Know-How from Germany will be transferred to the economy in these countries and the image of cooperation in the region will be encouraged publicly.


  • Education: mainly studies with focus on business or engineering.
  • Level of education: Students from the higher semesters and postgraduates with first job experiences.
  • Age: The candidates should not be older than 30 years.
  • Languages: very good command of English and/or German.


The trainees get a monthly allowance. This money is provided by Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The companies bear the costs for accommodation and insurances. The programme also provides German language courses.

Trainees take part in a four-day introductory programme in Berlin prior to the internships, where they can learn about German institutions and attend seminars on German business culuture.


The application procedure consists of:

  • a written online application
  • an interview
  • and the selection of recommended candidates by the companies.

Most of the companies decide which candidate to take based on the application documents and the recommendation of the selection committee.  However, some of the companies also conduct short telephone interviews with the recommended candidates themselves.

You will find the internship fields and the online application forms here.

Before you apply online you should prepare the following documents:

  • a letter of  motivation (1-2 pages in German or English)
  • CV (in German or English)
  • your picture (in a common graphics format e.g. JPG), as a separate document
  • a scanned transcript of your courses and marks (with self provided translation in English or German, for the email application it is not necessary to send official translations)
  • other scanned documents (e.g. language diplomas, letters of reference)

The internships will be provided by some of the most renowned German companies in various sectors. Detailed infromation and the online application form can be found here.

The Official Call

The Official Webpage

9 thoughts on “Internship Programme Of German Business For The Western Balkans 2012

  1. I participated last year. The best experience of my life so far!

    It's easy to apply. When in Germany you have the chance to explore every thing that has to do with the german culture, you can travel every weekend, plus you meet the alumnis even after the internship is over.

    1. Dear Stojanovska,

      Please contact the contact persons on the official webpage A.Gumpert(at) and schmidt(at) to check whether you are eligibile.

      Best regards,

  2. Hello,

    The programme seems very interesting – thank you for posting it.

    I would like to ask something – is the programme limited to candidates only from the countries from Western Balkans?

    If a candidate comes from one of the EU member states – participation in the program is not possible probably?

    Thank you in advance!

    Warm regards,


    1. Dear Iva,

      As far as I can see, it is clearly stated that the program is designed for students from Western Balkan states. So, I presume that people from the EU member states are not eligible.

      Kind Regards,

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