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Experiences of Virtual Internship in Europe

Stefanelli, Cristina; De Giorgi, Federica; Aleffi, Chiara; Paviotti, Gigliola; Antonova, Natalia; García Rodríquez, Francisco Javier; Gutierrez Taño, Desiderio; Martínez González, José Alberto; Ruiz de la Rosa, Inés; Allievi, Francesca; Kassardjian, Elsa; Ivančić, Ivana; Toccoli, Fabrizia

This report presents the results of the mapping activity of online internship experiences provided by EU universities during COVID-19 pandemic. The distributed case-studies targeted University teachers supervising virtual internship, students having completed online internship, internship office or career centre administrators of the same universities and company tutors or supervisors in charge of hosting the trainees. This report shows the great potential of virtual internships and at the same time includes a set of recommendations aimed at improving them. This document is essential reading for all the actors involved in the online internship experience: students, university administrative staff, university tutors, company tutors, and anyone interested in advancing in the design and implementation of meaningful online internships in higher education.

This report has been produced within the Erasmus+ project ON-IT (

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