For the past two years, international student internship at IUS has been organized by the International Relations Office (IRO) of IUS. Several students from France, Spain, USA, and Turkey applied for one-month or longer internships at IUS, where they were given the opportunity to acquire new skills and experience of professional work. What's more, a number of IUS students have been sent to Erasmus+ traineeship program owing to the engagement of the IRO. Among these are two senior year students Ajša Bunjo and Emina Jusufbašić who embarked on an adventure of international internship in Ankara.
Within the scope of the Erasmus+ program, our young potential entrepreneurs worked for an association entitled “Young Initiative Education, Youth and Sports Club Association” where they gained new skills, knowledge and experience in the field of entrepreneurship. They were tasked to develop projects and perform sportive activities in local communities targeting the youth population. As Ajša Bunjo noted, these 5 months helped her develop, improve and acquire skills needed for planning, creating and promoting complete projects focused on youth and local development, participation of disadvantaged groups in sports activities and establishing a networking capacity in cooperation with the local stakeholders.
It is without doubt that the Erasmus+ for Young Entrepreneurs program provided our students with valuable knowledge, skills and on-the-job training that they can use to launch their own start-ups or run an already set business in their home country. Furthermore, they also benefited from international cooperation which might open the door to their potential collaboration with business partners in Turkey and other countries abroad. This internship was an opportunity for students to travel and visit other countries as well.