Digital technologies create new opportunities for businesses and other organisations. They allow them to develop new products, reach more customers, improve efficiency and competitiveness. In fact, 90% of jobs today require at least basic digital skills and there are over 350,000 open vacancies for ICT specialists in the EU. To help improve students' advanced digital skills and their career prospects as well as to provide companies with digitally competent job candidates, the Commission has launched the Digital Opportunity Traineeships initiative.

Digital Opportunity trainees will get a work-based training in fields like cybersecurity, big data, quantum technology and machine learning, or digital marketing in another EU country. For students, these temporary work placements are a unique chance to develop their skills opening many exciting career options. At the same time, the initiative brings sustainable benefits to businesses attracting more students to careers in ICT-related professions.

The first traineeships will start in June 2018 and interns will receive an allowance of around 500 EUR per month, for an average of five months.

How do students apply?

Students apply through their university, according to the timing and procedures established by the university for Erasmus+ traineeships. The Digital Opportunity traineeship offers are posted on ErasmusIntern and Drop'pin. The pilot project is open to all Erasmus+ Programme Countries and to the Horizon 2020 Associated Countries and it is inanced by Horizon 2020 and implemented through Erasmus+.

How do companies get involved?

Both large, small and medium sized companies and organisations are welcome to offer traineeships in digital skills by publishing their offers on ErasmusIntern and Drop'pin, or advertising them through direct contacts with universities career offices. 

Find out more

Have a look in these materials to learn more about the Digital Opportunity Traineeships initiative:
Background (EN, ES, DE, FR, IT, NL)
Factsheet (EN, ES, DE, FR, IT, NL)
Q&A for students (EN, ES, DE, FR, IT, NL)
Q&A for companies (EN, ES, DE, FR, IT, NL)
Leaflet (EN)