The EPICUR Internship Exchange Programme is an innovative mobility programme for Bachelor and Master students that connects the regions of the European University by offering students cross-border internships in one of the EPICUR universities’ locations. Gain practical experience abroad through an internship at an enterprise or at a civil society organisation, broaden your horizons and improve your intercultural skills!

This Internship Programme combines on-site internships or virtual internships with online learning elements that allow students to acquire essential skills for their future profession in times of growing globalisation and digitalisation and interact with other participants in the programme from different countries. Additional components, e.g., intercultural trainings, are offered to all participants of the programme.

The 2- to 5-month EPICUR internships will be offered between February and June 2022.

Formats of internships

The second run of the programme starts in February 2022 with two different formats of internships:

Internships at private enterprises

Internships at private enterprises offer advanced bachelor and master’s students the opportunity to gain work experience at successful start-ups. Located in the regions of the EPICUR universities, many start-ups bring innovation to their regions in different fields. Furthermore, the start-ups’ environments may encourage the students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset at an early stage and, thus, enhance their employability. Some of the enterprises also operate in the field of social entrepreneurship.

Internships at civil society organisations as part of an intercultural Service-Learning Course

« En route! » – Become a global citizen through cross-border service learning, coordinated by the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Service learning combines an innovative way of academic learning with civic engagement in an organisation of the third sector*. By working on a voluntary basis at one of our partner organisations, you gain work-based experience and strengthen your civic engagement and intercultural skills. The interns at civil society organisations take part in the intercultural service-learning course (compulsory), which provides space to reflect on academic topics and individual experiences. The online course starts on 3rd February 2022 and runs until 23rd June 2022 biweekly on Thursdays from 13:00 to 14:30 CET.

ECTS recognition is not yet regulated. A recognition of 6 ECTS may be possible, provided that the internship and service-learning course have been successfully completed and that you received prior approval from the appropriate authorities at your home university!

* Organisations of the third sector: NGOs, welfare associations, political and church organisations, theatres, cultural organisations, emerging initiatives, foundations, environmental agencies, and social enterprises.

Find more information on the course here.

All internship positions will be available in mid-September on

EPICUR Inter-University Campus (EIUC)

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Requirements for participation

Admission criteria:

  • Enrolment at an EPICUR university
  • Previous academic training ≥ 60 ECTS
  • Language proficiency:
  • English (minimum B2 CEFR)
  • The internship provider may require other additional language skills (details will be available in the position description)

* Different language certifications are accepted (see further details below)

Desired is an openness to work in an international environment and for online encounters and using (new) digital tools.

Participants from all degree programmes are welcome (depending on the position requirements).


» Choose one of your desired position from the listed institutions to apply

» Submit the application by 7th October 2021 (deadline); further information will follow!

Remark: The applicant should refrain from contacting the organisations or enterprises directly.

Application documents

» Transcript of records in English  

If possible, the transcript should contain the grade point average (GPA) of the current semester

» Previous degree of studies (only for master’s students)

» C.V. (in English)

» Letter of motivation in English (the template will be available from the start of the application phase by mid-September on the EPICUR Inter-University Campus (EIUC))

» Language certificate*

» Certificate of enrolment at your home university

» If available: Certification of previous work-experience or civic engagement

*Accepted language certificates: Official language certificates such as TOEFL and Cambridge, certificates from university language courses or from official language schools, signed letter from a language instructor at your university stating the level you achieved (CEFR)

Information on funding issues:

Please check funding opportunities such as the Erasmus+ Traineeship programme or further national fundings at your home university.



Join us for a virtual info session on 8 th  September 2021 from 13:00-14:30 CET!

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EPICUR PhD Exchange Programme – Research, Training & Skills Development

Are you a PhD candidate working towards a career in research? Do you sometimes feel that the problems go beyond what your field allows you to see? Come and join this programme to break the paradigm and allow you to approach your research through other lenses.

The EPICUR PhD Exchange Programme – Research, Training & Skills Development enables current PhD candidates to collaborate on interdisciplinary research projects at other universities within the EPICUR alliance while also receiving the latest methods of training. Besides the emphasis on skills development and interdisciplinarity, this programme fosters cross-border exchanges, connects the regions of the European University and enables future academic generations to jointly work towards finding solutions to societal challenges that Europe and the world are currently facing.


As an EPICUR PhD researcher, you can benefit from the following advantages:

  • Flexible, tailor-made exchange programme, allowing participants to define their own research focus (within a given research project) and training needs in close collaboration with a mentor at the receiving institute
  • Emphasis on skills development and developing an interdisciplinary approach
  • Collaboration on interdisciplinary research topics related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Networking opportunities with peers and researchers in other regions and disciplines
  • Gain first-hand research experience with world-leading experts and access to research infrastructures at another institute
  • Continuous supervision and guidance from a mentor
  • Intercultural experience


The PhD Exchange Programme offers four components to support participants in their research, training and skills development.

  • Interdisciplinary research: The interdisciplinary research activities addressing the SDGs allow participants to broaden their horizons and deepen their knowledge by gaining exposure to new perspectives, approaches and methodologies, while also bringing their own perspectives into the project.
  • Training and skills development: This programme offers the opportunity to participate in a virtual workshop on the topic of intercultural competence, as well as additional skills and/or methods training as agreed upon in the initial meeting with the mentor.
  • Supervision and guidance: Participants will receive ongoing support and guidance from a mentor at the receiving institute.
  • Plenary sessions and peer networking opportunities: Participants will attend virtual introductory and closing sessions and will be invited to participate in monthly virtual networking gatherings.


  • Duration: 2-6 months
  • Blended format: The research exchange will primarily be offered on site at the receiving institute with the option of choosing a virtual format (if possible); the accompanying plenary sessions, workshops and networking gatherings will be offered virtually.
  • Funding options: Possibility to apply for Erasmus+ Traineeships or local/national funding programmes offered by the sending institutions (in some cases also by the receiving institutions)
  • ECTS recognition: No general rule. Please confirm possible ECTS recognition with your home university.
  • Mobility phase: between February and July 2022


The entire application process will take place online on the EPICUR Inter-University Campus (EIUC). To view the available research positions from mid-September 2021 and begin your application, please log in with your institutional account. Submit the application September 30th (deadline).

Required application documents:

  • Master’s degree (or confirmation letter from university that master’s thesis has already been submitted and that degree will be issued shortly)
  • Transcript of records from master’s degree programme
  • Transcript of records from doctoral study programme, if available
  • CV (in English)
  • Proof of enrolment (if applicable)
  • Recommendation letter from doctoral thesis supervisor (serves both as proof of enrolment and agreement from supervisor to commence the exchange)
  • Letter of motivation in which research interests and current focus are outlined in English (compulsory) and in the language of the target country (optional)
  • Language certificate(s): Either an official language test certificate such as IELTS/TOEFL or a certificate provided by a language instructor of the home university showing the level according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) will be accepted. 
  • Unless explicitly stated otherwise in the position description, working language (English, local language or any other language agreed on by the research stay provider) should be understood as B2 required, C1 desired
  • English (if not working language): minimum B2 for participation in the programme
  • Other languages (if applicable): required/desired level to be determined by research stay provider (see position description)


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