About the programme
The Programme was established in 2003, after the assassination of Serbia´s first democratically elected Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. The Committee on Eastern Economic Relations initiated the development of the Internship Programme of German Business for the Countries of the Western Balkans in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The goal of the Programme is to preserve the legacy of Prime Minister Djindjic and to bring the region, Serbia and its people closer to the European Union. Following three successful years in Serbia, the Internship Programme was extended to encompass all the countries of the Western Balkans in 2007 and 2009. In total 7 countries participate in the Internship Programme: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia.
The interns receive a scolarship that is financed from the funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The participating German companies make available both the required management capacities as well as the internship placements. Furthermore, the companies cover the cost of accommodation and health insurance for the interns or pay a monthly allowance.
Prior to the internship, there is a common introductory programme held in Berlin with the aim of bringing together the interns with the relevant stakeholders in politics and industry, thus preparing them for their stay in Germany.
During their stay in Germany, scholarship holders have a possibility to attend appropriate language course in order to improve their command of German language, whose costs are also covered by the Programme.
Who can apply?
The call for application for internships in 2017 will be open from 1.10. – 11.11.2016, 2:00pm!
Undergraduate students of higher semesters (when applying enrolled at least in the 5th semester), postgraduates (MA or PhD students) and young graduates without or with first job experience are eligible to apply.
Their field of studies should have a focus either on economics, business administration, the various fields of engineering, journalism or agriculture.
The applicants should generally not be older than 30 years.
A very good command of English is required. German is an asset.
The internships start on 1st of July and last between 3 and 6 months.
Applicants from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia who study or have completed their studies in one of these countries are eligible to apply. Not eligible to apply are candidates who are enrolled as regular students at universities outside these countries and those who have already completed BA or MA studies outside the region.
The application procedure
The application procedure consist of:
- a written online application in English or German (October – November)
- an interview in the capital of the respective home country (December – February)
- and the selection of the proposed candidate by the company (February – April)
Candidates apply for internships in their respective fields of study, not for specific positions or companies. The Programme will forward the profiles of shortlisted candidates to the companies. Candidates should not contact companies in advance.
Most of the companies base their decision on the written application and the recommendation of the selection committee. However, some companies also conduct short telephone interviews with the proposed candidates themselves.
List of companies can be found Here
You will be notified by email one week in advance whether you have been invited to the interview or not. Here you can
Mrs. Antje Müller
Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations
Breite Straße 29
10178 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 30 206167-137
Fax: +49 30 2028-2647
Mr. Sascha Markovic
Zoran Djindjic Foundation
Zmaja od Nocaja 12/IV
11000 Belgrad, Serbien
Tel: +381 11 2623892
Fax: +381 11 2623065
For more information visit the Internship program of the german business website