International Internship program
CEMS International Internships provide students with the real-life professional learning experience of integrating an organisation’s culture and processes. The main objective is to turn academic experience and theoretical knowledge into a professional, multi-cultural experience. They must therefore be at the level of a graduate recruit in order to provide valuable business experience.
Take advantage of the network of CEMS corporate & social partners
Internships can take place at a CEMS Corporate Partner, although not on a compulsory basis. They can also take place at a non-profit organisation such as in a humanitarian mission.
Entrepreneurial internships (starting up an own business) may be accepted with permission of the home school Academic Director and as long as the CEMS requirements are met and supervision /tutoring by the home school is provided during the internship.
Students are responsible for finding their own internships. If students wish to receive internship offers by e-mail, they can use the CEMS Career Center.
Students are responsible for all official documents required for employment. The “CEMS Internship Guide” gives help and information on internship possibilities, visa,s and other regulations in each CEMS country.
- Students either spend the internship abroad, or, when spending both academic terms abroad, they may pursue the internship at home, but within a company operating in an international environment.
- For the purposes of the CEMS MIM Graduation requirements, "abroad" is defined as outside the country of the home school. Students may apply to their Academic Director to be allowed to do their internship in the home school country when their personal background justifies this interpretation, e.g. when originating from another country or having acquired secondary education or Bachelor's degree in different countries.
- Internships must cover a period of at least 8 consecutive weeks full-time in the same company (the first 8 weeks of a full-time employment position are also accepted), subject to a local decision based on home degree requirements.
- Students who are more oriented towards work in the entrepreneurial sector may fulfill the internship requirements through work with their own start-up if all conditions of a "regular" internship are met and it is approved by the home CEMS home school Academic Director. Supervision is provided by the home school.
- CEMS International Internships can take place at any time (also prior to CEMS selection with conditions, see below), except parallel to the two academic MIM terms.
- Internships must be during the graduate level of studies, starting with the date when the student fulfilled all official Bachelor’s degree study requirements.
- The internship can overlap with the Block Seminar only when a contractually agreed vacation is declared. The student is responsible for providing official documentation to the home school Programme Manager.
- Internships must be a full-time activity at the professional level (first job level, although salaries may not be commensurate) where the student is given one or more challenging projects with a certain degree of autonomy.
- The student's work must be supervised within the company.
- Internships must be approved by the home institution before the start (see Registration and Validation below).
- The company supervisor has to complete an online evaluation form at the end of the internship or at the end of the CEMS mandated minimum 8-week period.
- Students planning to graduate in 2022 must start the internship on 12 September at the latest and finalize it by 7 November at the latest.
Registration and Validation
- Students must register their internship before its’ start in their private zone on cems.org for validation, providing the necessary information.
- Home school managers verify the registered information. Once it is approved, students can start the internship.
- The online evaluation form is automatically sent to the supervisor at the end of the internship. The submission of the evaluation form is essential for graduation, therefore, students are to ensure company supervisors fill it in.
- When the supervisor submits the evaluation form, the internship will be validated. The evaluation result is accessible for managers and students via the student private zone.
- Refer to Steps to Register Internship Information to the CEMS Database for more details.
Please note that many countries can only offer internships to individuals having a student status at a University. CEMS as an organisation cannot legally offer student status.
The CEMS Graduation Committee has put in place exceptional measures regarding the internship requirements for CEMS classes 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/2023. The conditions stated below are valid until the Graduation Committee recalls them and are strictly subject to a case by case evaluation and the decision of the home school academic director.
Students may be exempted from having to carry out an internship abroad when there is justified evidence that traveling, hiring VISA etc restrictions imposed by countries or companies - particularly outside Europe - prevent students from securing an internship that meets the CEMS Graduation requirements.
Students may be exempted from having to carry out an internship physically present at a company when there is justified evidence as mentioned above. However, it is important to mention that recently several false/fraudulent online work opportunities have emerged – students are requested to carefully assess any online work offers.
Students will be asked to provide evidence of challenges to meet the international internship. Students are encouraged to contact their home academic directors and managers to assess their situations.
To graduate in 2022, internships must start at the latest on 12 September and finalize it by 7 November at the latest.
Students are encouraged to contact their home academic directors and managers to access their individual situations.