Understand how Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme work.

About Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme.

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe, including traineeship mobility abroad for university students and recent graduates.
Erasmus+ Traineeship* is a temporary job placement opportunity for students and young graduates in form of an internship abroad supported by financial means of Erasmus+ Programme.

It might:
1) Be a part of higher education and bring credit points
2) Take place after graduation, not bringing any credit points
3) Occur also in other form of work experience
*Erasmus mobility version is called „Erasmus+ Traineeship“. On this platform, we refer to traineeships as internships – these two expressions are often used interchangeably in the European-level context. However, internships are always understood among employers as a temporary job opening not leading directly to the permanent position, in contrary to the perception of traineeship concept.

Know the difference between regular and Erasmus+ internship.

Erasmus+ internship is an excellent opportunity to get a new valuable team member funded by Erasmus+ grant, who is eager to get industry insights, learn new things and contribute to your success on the market.

TYPE OF AGREEMENT Trilateral Learning Agreement for Traineeships signed by intern – employer – university Agreement between intern and employer in form of work contract
REMUNERATION Partially paid: EU monthly grant for intern is administered and paid out by the university Salary paid by employer
INTERNSHIP LOCATION Internship has to be conducted abroad, in a country different from the country of studies Not relevant to the internship
INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME DESIGNER Programme designed by employer Programme designed by employer

Know the difference between regular and Erasmus+ internship.

Erasmus+ internship is an excellent opportunity to get a new valuable team member funded by Erasmus+ grant, who is eager to get industry insights, learn new things and contribute to your success on the market.

Conditions to be eligible to host Erasmus+ intern.


Prospective intern STUDIES at the university in a different country

mentor must be assigned to intern

Learning Agreement for Traineeships must be signed by 3 parties

Important answers to understand the process.


  1. Public or private organisation
    • Enterprise (public/private; small/medium/large)
    • Public body at local, regional or national level
    • Social partner representing working life, incl. chambers of commerce, craft/professional associations and trade unions
    • Research institute
    • Foundation
    • School /institute/educational centre
  1. Non-profit organisation, association, NGO
  2. Higher education institution (e.g. university)
  3. Body providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services


  1. EU institutions, bodies and agencies
  2. Activities by which you are not employed and supervised (e.g. conferences, summer schools, symposiums)
  3. Conflict of interest (e.g. interning in an organisation that you co-own or co-created) is focusing currently on advertising non-corporate internships, mostly in start-ups, SMEs, NGOs, non-profits and institutes.

To be eligible, the prospective Erasmus+ intern must be:

  • STUDENT registered at a higher education institution – in most cases a university holding Erasmus+ Charter (Cycles of studies: bachelor/master/doctoral studies) Internship takes place during regular study period.


  • FUTURE GRADUATE registered at a higher education institution. He/she must apply for a grant while still being enrolled and must be selected by their university during the last year of study. Internship takes place after graduation and must be completed within 12 months from graduation date.

Their nationality does not matter as long as they are enrolled at the university holding Erasmus+ charter (most of European universities).


  • Internship abroad duration can vary – from a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 12 months. Funded period is usually up to 6 months, but it might differ from university to university.
  • The same student may participate in Erasmus+ mobility activities in total up to 12 months per each cycle of study (study exchange, internships combined). Participation with a zero grant from the EU counts as well towards the maximum duration.
  • One-cycle courses (e.g. medicine, architecture, etc.) allow students to go abroad with Erasmus+ for a total period of 24 months.

    • Student start searching for a suitable internship abroad and applies for a grant through international office of his/her university.


    • Students goes through the regular selection process with the prospective internship provider.


    • Student, receiving organisation and university sign a trilateral Learning Agreement for Traineeships.

  4. INTERNSHIP DURATION (recommended 3-6 months)


    • Internship provider issues a Traineeship Certificate after successful completion.

Participating Programme countries are divided into 3 Groups.

Erasmus+ grant amount provided to student depends on his/her mobility flow
(country of studies) –> (country of internship).

There are 3 types of mobility flows:

  • Mobility towards a country with similar living costs (within the same group)
  • Mobility towards a country with higher living costs (e.g. from Group 2 to Group 1)
  • Mobility towards a country with lower living costs (e.g. from Group 1 to Group 2)


Group 1
Programme Countries
with higher living costs
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg,
Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway
Group 2
Programme Countries
with medium living costs
Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece,
Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal
Group 3
Programme Countries
with lower living costs
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia,
Slovenia, Republic of North Macedonia, Turkey


Applications for the United Kingdom:

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and is not a member of the EU anymore. The agreement on withdrawal allows the UK to participate in current Erasmus+ programme at the moment. Internships done in academic year 2020/2021 and in winter semester 2021/2022 can still be financed through the Erasmus+.

My Internship doesn’t plan to advertise any internships in the UK.

Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme funds paid and unpaid internships abroad.
Erasmus+ interns might apply for an EU grant at their university as a contribution to their costs for travel and subsistence during the period of internship abroad. The grant amount varies between 400 – 800€ depending on the combination of sending and receiving country. Their university is responsible for making all payments after grant application approval.
You can advertise two types of internships on our platform:
  1. Paid internships – you offer regular salary paid monthly to the intern during the full duration of his/her internship with you (including employee labour costs and taxes)
  2. Unpaid internships – you do not offer regular salary remuneration (no employee labour costs), but offer additional financial benefit(s) to prospective interns

In case of unpaid internships, we highly encourage you to award prospective interns with additional financial benefit(s) such as public transportation reimbursement, meal vouchers, accommodation allowance etc. It is solely your choice, how you decide to help your intern to cover the costs.

Our goal to provide high-quality internships, so we prioritise collaboration with employers open to offer additional perks (it will also attract more candidates). 

Any kind of remuneration is compatible with Erasmus+ grant.

Erasmus+ interns are responsible to to cover their own insurance.

The EU grant amount provided to student depends on their mobility flow:

Mobility towards a country with similar living costs (the same country group): Medium range EU grant between 270 – 470€/month topped up by additional amount of 100 – 200€/month for for students carrying out internships
Example: from Belgium to France

Mobility towards a country with higher living costs (towards a higher country group): Medium range plus at least 50€ and between 270-520€/month topped up by additional amount of 100 – 200€/month for for students carrying out internships
Example: from Bulgaria to Belgium

Mobility towards a country with lower living costs (towards a lower country group): Medium range minus at least 50€ and between 170-420€/month topped up by additional amount of 100 – 200€/month for for students carrying out internships
Example: from Finland to Belgium

Learning Agreement for Traineeships is a trilateral document setting out a detailed programme of the internship, information on insurance, internship recognition and rights and responsibilities of all parties. It needs to be signed by you as internship provider, your intern and home university.


  • General information about parties
  • Before the mobility
    • Table A – Traineeship Programme at the Receiving Organisation/Enterprise
    • Table B – Sending Institution
    • Table C – Receiving Organisation/Enterprise
  • During the mobility – For case of changes
  • After the mobility = Traineeship Certificate – Confirming the results of the agreed programme

See blank template of Learning Agreement for Traineeships here.

Sending institutions – universities play a crucial role in Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme:

They ensure that

  1. Provided internship is relevant for intern’s degree-related learning and approve the internship programme by signing Learning Agreement for Traineeships.
  2. Administrative matters in preparation period regarding grant application are fulfilled.
  3. Personal support from a contact person, usually an Erasmus+ coordinator, at the sending institution (university) is provided to the intern during the whole internship period.
  4. Financial support is administered and paid to the intern.
  5. Work placement is academically recognised (e.g. ECTS, Diploma Supplement or Transcript of Records)

My Internship is a digital career platform facilitating easier connection between students and employers. On one hand, it enables employers to advertise their internship vacancies, interact with candidates and recruit. On the other hand, it helps students/future graduates to find a host organisation in easier, faster and more transparent way. We tailor our internship offer and database of employers based on the demand of students.

We do NOT administer grant application/funding, nor provide assistance with administrative matters of Erasmus+ programme as the grant application process is university-specific

National Agency is the institution managing Erasmus+ programme on a country-level, providing information on Erasmus+, supporting applicants and participants. You can contact them if you have any specific question related to employing Erasmus+ intern.

Find National Agency in your country on the website of European Commission here.

Source of the information about Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme:

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