International Internship

Internships provide students with the real-life professional learning experience of integrating into an organisation’s culture and processes. The main objective is to turn academic experience and theoretical knowledge into a professional, multi-cultural experience.

The internship must be at the level of a graduate recruit in order to provide valuable business experience.

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 your own business) may be accepted with permission of the home Academic Director, and as long as the CEMS requirements are met and supervision/ tutoring by the home institution is provided during the internship. 

Students are responsible for finding their own internship. If students wish to receive internship offers by e-mail, they can use the JobMarket service or explore the Career Services page  

Students are responsible for all official documents required for their employment. The “CEMS Internship Guide” gives help and information on internship possibilities, VISA and other regulations in each CEMS country.

UPDATE : The CEMS Academic Committee decided  (in April 2016) to reduce the minimum requirement of internship to 8 weeks from Academic Year 2017/18 onwards. The change will first apply to the CEMS MIM class 2017/18, and note that CEMS schools may keep a longer internship requirement for their home degree. Please consult with the local Programme Managers if you are concerned.


  • 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.
  • Internships must be a full-time activity at a 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.
  • Internships must cover a period of at least 10 (for class 2017/18: 8) consecutive weeks full-time in the same company (the first 10 (for class 2017/18: 8) weeks of a full-time employment position is also accepted).
  • Internships can take place at any time (also prior to CEMS selection) except parallel to the studies during the two MIM terms.
  • Internships must be during the graduate level of studies, starting with the date when the student fulfilled all official Bachelor degree requirements.
  • Internships can overlap with the Block Seminar only when a contractually agreed vacation is declared. Official documentation will be requested. 
  • The student's work must be supervised by a tutor within the company.
  • Internships must be approved by the home institution before they start.

At the end of the internship, an Evaluation Form of the CEMS Intern's Performance will have to be filled in.