AUTH internship & job-shadowing programme
The internship/job-shadowing programme involves incoming ERASMUS+ students to AUTH and takes place in Host Institutions-potential workplaces (companies, NGOs, non -profit organizations) active against social pathogenesis through adult education, counseling or cultural events.
- from 2019-03-01 to 2019-05-31
- The programme provides students with training for a specific period of time, ranging from one (1) to four (4) months, in private and civil services that provide internship placements.
- The programme provides for the payment of the wages of the interns, as well as for their monthly insurance contributions, covering health and accident compensation costs.
- The students of the Faculties/Schools of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki who participate in the programme can do their internship locally, in the city of Thessaloniki, or in any other city in Greece. It needs to be noted that accommodation costs are not covered.
- Undergraduate students from the 23 Faculties/Schools of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki which take part in the “Student Practice Programme” are entitled to participate in the programme, provided they are in the last year of their studies and have acquired adequate knowledge to meet the demands of the internship. Each Faculty/School sets additional criteria for selecting students who will participate in the programme.
- They familiarize themselves with the work environment, and they are offered the opportunity to fulfill tasks that are directly related to their field of study,
- They get acquainted with market trends and the skills required,
- They are given the opportunity to demonstrate and put into practice the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their studies,
- They begin to acclimate to the work environment and receive information necessary for them to choose wisely what is best for themselves both at a personal and professional level.
- GEORGE ZARIFIS
The Host Institutions (structures) have no financial and insurance liability towards students and not any employment relationship with them. Students’ employer is the AUTH Research Committee. After selecting the structures AUTH contacts their HR managers and informs them about the possibility of participating in the internship/job-shadowing program. AUTH gives them the necessary information (duration, student’s academic background and experience, conditions, integration process) and finally asks them to offer the appropriate internship/job-shadowings. After structures respond positively, they give an accurate description for each internship/job-shadowing. Internship/job-shadowings candidates have to satisfy specific eligibility criteria set by AUTH. Once chosen students are under a duty to carry out an online application to the information system ATLAS. The internship/job-shadowing programme refers to short term (three months), full time, paid supervised work experience outside University as a part of an educational program offered during a university semester combined with a specific course referring to continuing education (interns are normally university students attending or have attended in the past continuing education courses). Internship/job-shadowing provides students with hands-on experience working on tasks according their studies and/or in the career field they are considering. In parallel allows students to develop new skills and offers both training and supervision The program takes place under the Operational Program "Human Resources Development , Education and Lifelong Learning" and is partly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). For this off-campus internship/job-shadowing students receive remuneration, health and accident insurance. Continuously, AUTH presents the activities of each entity to the students and everyone choses a structure for their internship/job-shadowing. In parallel, AUTH looks at their interests (test based on Holland-codes and personalized career guidance), gives them specific instructions on CV and cover letter writing (according Europass Curriculum Vitae model) and asks them to prepare their personal CVs/cover letters focused on the placement they have chosen. Also asks them to communicate with HR staff in the structures in order to express their interest, have a job interview or send their CVs and their cover letters. In cases where most students want the same job and structure, the final choice is made from the HR manager or structure’s mentor after a job interview. With this way structures have the opportunity to find the very best interns to fill their internship/job-shadowing position(s). The placements begin March 1st and last until 31st May (1/3-31/5). As internship/job-shadowings are part of an educational program are also carefully monitored and evaluated for academic credit. AUTH maintains an open channel of communication with formal and informal meetings. Individual and group supervision are provided by mentors in every placement which have the primary responsibility for the interns and are ready to help them design their learning plan, and a supervisory board in the academic context.
The “AUTh Student Practice” Programme is implemented within the framework provided by the Operational Programme “Education and Lifelong Learning,” and co-funded by the European Union (European Social Fund) and national resources.