As part of the Erasmus+ programme, three million students have studied abroad, but only 5,000 interns participated in the exchange. Therefore France and Germany are joining forces to increase the number of young Europeans leaving to other countries for internships. Among the obstacles for an increased use of Erasmus+ by interns is also the insufficient harmonization of the European system of professional practice.
Following an undoubted success with students, the Erasmus programme of youth exchange was expanded in 2013 to include internships. However, the opportunity was not used by many young people. Therefore, France and Germany have initiated a pilot project to improve the use of the Erasmus+ programme by experts and potential interns.
By including around 50 interns from 11 large French companies, the goal of the project was to improve international expert exchange and identify best practices that may be used to expand the programme to more companies and more countries.
Currently, only large companies, such as Michelin, BASF or L’Oréal are involved, having operations in both countries.
The European Union hopes that due to the new, increased budget, another four million young Europeans aged 13 to 30 years will enjoy the advantages of the exchange by 2020.