The virtue of virtual internships
In pace with globalization and internationalization more and more companies look for interns who can help them with their tasks, and who at the same time possess many other competences – for instance good skills within certain foreign languages and knowledge of different cultures.
Instead of using many resources on finding the right candidate who has the possibility to move abroad, companies can benefit from a so-called virtual intern. With a virtual intern the company and the intern communicate with each other via e-mail and skype.
“With a virtual intern a company can get cost-effective access to new knowledge, new markets and native speakers. Besides this a company also has the opportunity to further explore the trend of teleworking”, says Mariët Vriens from University of Leuven (BE), who is the project coordinator of the PROVIP project which precisely deals with virtual internships.
“Many companies have projects piling up on their desks, which they don’t have time to work on themselves. In those kinds of situations a company can make use of a virtual intern with advantage who can solve the projects for them”, believes Tiago Monteori, who participated in the PROVIP project as a student.
At the end of August a meeting about the PROVIP project was held, which Lillebælt Academy is a partner in. PROVIP, which is short for Promoting Virtual Mobility in Placements, is a 2-year project about virtual internships, which is a follow-up project of the previous EU-VIP project.
The project is about how a network can be created between the three involved parties of virtual internships – the students, Higher Educational Institutions and companies. In the PROVIP project main focus has been on companies, as this stakeholder seemed to be the hardest to reach.
The PROVIP project started in the autumn of 2012 and thus this meeting was the last meeting for the project. Besides Lillebælt Academy a selection of the other partners are University of Leuven (BE), Laurea University of Applied Sciences (FI), BEST(Board of European Students of Technology), IT-forum Fyn and AIESEC (BE).
Are you interested in hearing more about virtual internships? Join the PROVIP webinar for companies and organizations! You can find more information below.
Tuesday den 16 September from 2-3 pm CET for companies and organisations:
"The future of international internships", online on:http://kuleuven.adobeconnect.com/provipwebinar1/