11 March 2021
A new framework for European internships: Unite! internship co-creation sessions
Co-creation is a core mission of the Unite! alliance. This is why Unite! took the opportunity to reach and engage students, workers and entrepreneurs in a series of co-creation sessions, led by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech, to create a common framework for Unite! internships and establish a model for a European internship.

The Unite! alliance presents a unique chance to define the rationale of a Unite! internship in the context of a European University alliance. Aiming at gathering voices, experiences and sensibilities of all stakeholders involved in an Internship process, so as to identify a common added value, the Unite! co-creation sessions have gathered more than 40 participants from all Unite! universities. 

Working in international and interdisciplinary groups, Unite! students, alumni, processors, internship scholars and representatives of the private sector (both form SME and big companies), have shared ideas, approaches and possible solutions during two on line sessions (held on the 12th and the 19th of February), a third asynchronous meet and one last live discussion on 25th of February.

Concepts such as innovation focused internships, entrepreneurship, knowledge transfer or Live Long Learning training stages, have appeared all along the process. Moreover, the participants identified Unite! internships as a solid and reliable way to build up not only engineers, but also conscious and engaged global citizens.