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The Digital Internship Model for Universities, Students and Employers provides recommendations and offers useful tools for stakeholders to build mutual cooperation in the implementation of digital internships.

What is a digital internship?

An internship is a period of practical training carried out by a student within a company or organisation.  Digital (also called “virtual” or “remote”) internship provides students with an opportunity to gain professional experience at local or international level without the conventional requirement of being physically present in an office. It allows students to work for organisations that they might not otherwise have access to because of geographical distance. However, digital internship is like a traditional one in the aspect that students still have work tasks to do, a supervisor to report to and communication with the team of the receiving organisation.

How is a digital internship different from a traditional internship?

  • Environment: An in-person internship requires students to travel to an office, store, warehouse or other company location, whereas they can do a digital internship at home, dormitory or other space.
  • Communications: During digital internship, students conduct most business by email, online chat, video conferences or by phone.
  • Work hours: An in-person internship typically follows a standard business workweek, like Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. With a digital internship, students often have more control over creating a flexible schedule.
  • Relationship building: Both internship types let interns build connections with colleagues, clients, fellow interns and customers, though it can be more challenging through a digital one. Face-to-face connections may work better for one person, however, digital tools provide many ways to connect online, too.

Digital internship model for Higher Education Institutions


Digital Internship model for Students


Digital Internship model for Internship Companies


How to use the model?

You can find and use different materials in the following sections of the model homepage:

These instructions can help you to start to use the model: