The Internship Programme of German Business provides your company the excellent opportunity to meet and educate highly qualified and motivated young talents of various professional backgrounds during an internship in Germany. You get the opportunity to train committed and well prepared interns for a future employment at your company branch in the region or as a business partner in one of the successful companies of the regions.
Up to 75 scholarships are provided to highly qualified students and young graduates from Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia annually. The scholarship holders have a background in economics, the various fields of engineering, IT, commercial law, journalism, biology, chemistry and agriculture and food-industry. The scholarship holders speak English and/ or German.
Benefits for your company and services by the Programme
By participating in our Internship Programme of German Business your company has access to committed and well-educated Young Professionals who are highly motivated to engage and learn about issues and business fields that are of high importance for the strategic development of your company. By doing so, you boost the positive recognition of your company and promote your effort to support the youth.
Our Internship Programme offers your company the opportunity to host highly qualified young professionals, who support your business by their expertise and technical knowledge, their knowledge about their home country as well as the regional market and who make use of their country-specific language knowledge as well as English and German for the further development of your company.
- Call for application, reviewing of applications, candidate selection in interviews, which consists of assessment of expertise and language skills conducted by an independent selection committee, including the Programme coordinators
- Matchmaking of your company needs with a pre-selected list of suitable candidates. The final decision on the choice of the perfect fit for the internship position is completely up to the companies themselves.
- Organisation of administrative issues such as visa, working permit and health insurance
- Organisation and financing of the intern’s arrival to and departure from Germany
- Financing of a German language course during the stay in Germany
- Intercultural training of interns prior to their stay in Germany
- The Programme coordinators remain your direct contact persons not only throughout the selection process, but also during the entire matchmaking process and the internship period as well.
Public Private Partnership
Over the past 15 years, the Internship Programme of German Business has become a best-practice example of excellent cooperation between German business and the national German development cooperation.
Your company provides the internship position(s) and mentoring during the internship, and covers either the costs for accommodation and insurance or pays a monthly remuneration to the intern/s. The duration of the internship varies between 3 and 6 months. Additionally to that, every intern receives a monthly scholarship by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
According to the law of minimum wage, German companies participating in the Internship Programme pay the minimum wage to interns depending on the status of interns and the length of the internship. The payment of the minimum wage includes the payment of the insurance and the accommodation.
For more information on the minimum wage please visit the website provided by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs: https://www.bmas.de/DE/Themen/Arbeitsrecht/Mindestlohn/mindestlohn.html (External link!)
Please feel free to contact Ms. Antje Müller (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any further questions.
CV database of Alumni
Since 2004, more than 700 highly qualified Young Professionals have been participating in the Internship Programme and gained professional experience in Germany. Upon their return to their home countries, all scholarship holders became members of a very lively regional alumni network. Within this network, events and further training measures are organized regularly.
By doing so, our alumni network offers a large and interesting pool of Young Professionals for companies, specifically those which work in the countries of the Western Balkans. We invite you to discover the CV database of our alumni and gain an overview on the profiles of our alumni.
Please, feel free to contact Ms. Angela Nerenz (email@example.com) and sign up for an account as a company.
If you are interested to become a scholarship holder of our Internship Programme, please apply here.
Experiences of Participating Companies
„We have been participating in the Zoran Djindjic Internship Programme since the very first day on. It has always been a pleasure to work with highly motivated scholarship holders. We are looking forward to the next generation!”
Robert Bosch GmbH
„We as Deutsche Telekom are delighted with the opportunities the Zoran Djindjic Internship Programme provides us with: To meet highly qualified young professionals of different fields of expertise during their internships in Germany. Due to the fact that we have subsidiaries in 4 of the Programme’s 7 countries, the Programme is of special interest to us and differs from similar programs through its internationality. For our daily, intercultural work exchange with the subsidiaries, we benefit from the personal experiences of our interns which they have brought from their home countries. In this respect, we can only recommend the Programme and are happy to continue our close cooperation with the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations in the future.”
Deutsche Telekom AG
„We have been participating in the Internship Programme of German Business for the countries of the Western Balkans since 2010. Our expectations have been exceeded from the first year on. We have not only been and still are able to accompany committed and very talented interns who are eager to learn but also to support them starting their professional career.”
Europoles GmbH & Co. KG
„We enjoyed our first participation in the Zoran Djindjic Internship Programme very much. It provided us with a great intern who fully integrated herself into our team on a personal as well as a professional level and therefore helped to strengthen the cooperation between our employees in Belgrade and Hamburg. We are looking forward to more great experiences to come.”
esome advertising technologies GmbH
„We are very satisfied with our participation in the Zoran Djindjic Internship Programme and in particular with our two interns and their performance, both professionally and socially. Both scholarship holders were outstanding, extremely motivated and made great contributions to our company. Overall, our participation in the Programme was very successful. “
In the past seventeen years about 200 leading German companies have been participating in the Zoran Djindjic Internship Programme of German Business for the Countries of the Western Balkans. In addition to large and medium-sized companies, many small companies and start-ups are also involved. These companies have made our Internship Programme what it is today – a regional success story.
The long-standing and active commitment of many German companies is one of the most important pillars of the Internship Programme.
We would like to thank all companies for their professional support and personal attention as well as their financial contribution to the Internship Programme of German Business for the Countries of the Western Balkans.
Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG
ALSTOM Power GmbH
alu-druckguss GmbH&Co Brandenburg KG
ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG
Atlantic Multipower Germany GmbH und Co. OHG
BAUER Kompressoren GmbH
Beak Consultants GmbH
berolina Schriftbild GmbH & Co. KG
Bio Hof bölingen
Bioland Markt GmbH & Co. KG
Bionardo REPower GmbH
Bilfinger EMS GmbH
Bombardier Transportation GmbH
EVI Audio GmbH / BOSCH Communications Systems
Bottwartaler Winzer eG
BSL Betriebsmittel Service Logistik GmbH & Co. KG
Spaarmann Logistics GmbH
Camag Chemie-Erzeugnisse und Adsorptionstechnik AG & Co. GmbH
Claas KGaA mbH
concertare Beratungs- und Dienstleistungsgesellschaft mbH
Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
Daimler Financial Services AG
DB Cargo AG
DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH
DB Fahrzeuginstanthaltung GmbH
DB International GmbH
DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena)
Deutsche Bahn AG
Deutsche Bank AG
Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS) e.V.
Deutsche Telekom AG
Dirk Rossmann GmbH
DMG Mori Seiki AG
Dornier Consulting International GmbH
Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
Dresdner Bank AG
E.ON Ruhrgas AG
Economic Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia
EMKA Beschlagteile GmbH & Co. KG
Envio Recycling GmbH & Co KG
EOS Technology Solutions GmbH
esome advertising technologies GmbH
Europoles GmbH & Co. KG
FICHTNER GmbH & Co. KG
Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentrum Fachhochschule Kiel GmbH
Fördergesellschaft nachhaltige Biogas und Bioenergienutzung (FnBB) e.V.
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V.
Fraunhofer-Institut für Hochfrequenzphysik und Radartechnik FHR
Fraunhofer Institut für Holzforschung, Wilhelm Kauditz Institut
Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen IIS
Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
FUNKE Corporate IT GmbH
Gazprom Germania GmbH
German Bionic GmbH
Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e. V.
GFA Consulting Group GmbH
GFA Envest GmbH
GFT Technologies SE
Gloria Haus- und Gartengeräte GmbH
Hahne Mühlenwerke GmbH & Co. KG
Hannover Rück SE
Hannover Rückversicherung AG
Harting Eastern Europe GmbH
HARTING Electric GmbH & Co. KG
hauserpartner architekten innenarchitektin mbB
Heinle, Wischer und Partner
Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
Hochtief AirPort GmbH
Hödlmayr Logistics GmbH
hotz + architekten PartGmbB
HypoVereinsbank / UniCredit Group
IASP - Institut für Agrar- und Stadtökologische Projekte an der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
ILF Beratende Ingenieure ZT Gesellschaft mbH
Infineon Technologies AG
Institut für Geotechnik Dr. Jochen Zirfas GmbH & Co. KG"
IQ wireless GmbH
iproplan® Planungsgesellschaft mbH
Fraunhofer-Institut für Windenergiesysteme IWES
John Deere International GmbH
Karl Otto Braun GmbH & Co. KG
Kaufland Dienstleistung GmbH & Co. KG
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Knorr-Bremse Systeme für Schienenfahrzeuge GmbH
KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Kroatische Wirtschaftsvereinigung e. V.
KTG Agrar SE
KWS Saat SE
LEMKEN GmbH & Co. KG.
LEONI Bordnetz-Systeme GmbH
Leoni Wiring Systems GmbH
LimCo International GmbH
Linde Material Handling GmbH
MAN Ferrostaal AG
Mangold Consulting GmbH
Messer Group GmbH
Metro Cash & Carry Deutschland GmbH
mibe GmbH Arzneimittel
Mühldorfer GmbH & Co. KG
Nikolic Gabelstapler Service GmbH
Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH & Co. KG
NUKEM Technologies Engineering Services GmbH
Obermeyer Planen + Beraten GmbH
ODW ELEKTRIK GmbH
open europe consulting
P3 communications GmbH
P3 group GmbH
pascom Netzwerktechnik GmbH & Co. KG
PETKUS Technologie GmbH
Philips Medical System
PLAN PRO SAAS Datacenter GmbH
Polifilm Extrusion GmbH
Prevent DEV GmbH
Procredit Bank AG
R+S Solutions Holding AG
Robert Bosch GmbH
Robert Bosch Thermotechnik GmbH
Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG
RMA Rheinau GmbH & Co. KG
RMA Kehl GmbH & Co. KG
Ruckh GmbH Elektromotoren
RWE Innogy GmbH
RWE Power AG
Salzgitter Mannesmann Stahlhandel GmbH
Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
Schleswig-Holstein Netz AG
schneider+schumacher Planungsgesellschaft mbH
schneider+schumacher Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
Schmitz Cargobull AG
Siemens Building Technologies GmbH & Co. oHG
Siemens Healtcare GmbH
SMS Siemag AG
Solar Millennium AG
Spaarmann Logistics GmbH
thyssenkrupp Materials Services GmbH
Timing-Architects Embedded Systems GmbH
TRON - Translationale Onkologie an der Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz gGmbH
Truck-Lite Europe GmbH
T-Systems Business Services GmbH
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Toyota Fleet Mobility GmbH
UniCredit Bank AG
Uniper Technologies GmbH
Vattenfall Europe PowerConsult GmbH
voice INTER connect GmbH
Internationale Spedition Willi Betz GmbH & Co. KG
Wolfshöher Tonwerke GmbH & Co. KG
ZF Trading GmbH
Ed. Züblin AG