Internship Support Program (ISP) Fund
Two offices, CEU’s Academic Cooperation and Research Support Office (ACRO) and the Career Services Office (CSO), administer competitive internship funds aimed at providing support to students who find internships that will allow them to gain relevant professional experience. Please see the calls below:
Note: The Internship Support Program (ISP) Fund Spring Call AY 19-20 has been suspended. For information about the ISP Remote Internship Fund AY 19-20, please follow this link.
CEU Internship Support Program (ISP)
The Internship Support Program (ISP) is administered by the Career Services Office and is intended to support CEU students who engage in substantive, professionally-relevant internships in order to develop real-life skills and experience in support of their longer-term professional goals.
CEU Internship Support Program Fund (ISP Fund)
The aim of the Internship Support Program Fund (ISP Fund), an instrument of ISP, is to provide grant awards intended as a contribution towards the expenses incurred by students in connection with unpaid or low paid internships conducted during academic year 2019-20 (AY 19-20) and/or summer and fall 2020. In AY 19-20 priority will be given to students who are pursuing an internship as part of a specific internship-related degree program requirement or recommendation and/or to students who secure a CEU-specific internship.
 An internship is considered low-paid if the monthly payment to be received by the intern does not exceed one third of the potential monthly amount of the grant.
ISP Grant Awards
An ISP Fund grant award is intended to serve as a contribution towards the expenses incurred during an internship and is not intended to substitute a salary. ISP Fund awards are distributed on a competitive basis. Successful applicants receive funding which they may use for travel, accommodation or other expenses incurred in relation to the internship. The award will be disbursed in two installments. Students are advised to make sure they evaluate the personal resources available to them during the period of their internship when accepting any internship offer.
To be considered eligible for the ISP Fund, students must:
- Have secured an internship by the time they apply for funding.
- Be enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program at CEU at the time of application.
- Submit a fund application in relation to a single internship.
- Be making satisfactory progress towards their degree as detailed in CEU’s Student Rights, Rules, and Academic Regulations.
Students will not be eligible for ISP Fund support if they:
- Are receiving funding from another CEU funding source in relation to the internship (for example, the Erasmus+ Internship Mobility Grant).
- Are recipients of the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship.
- Apply to conduct internships that involve: a) independent research, b) language study programs, c) part-time internships.
Please note that first-year and one-year School of Public Policy students are not eligible for this fund. Information on the SPP Internship Fund has been shared separately with eligible SPP students.
- LOCATION: The funded internship may be in the student’s home country, country of residence, or an international location. For details about award amounts per country, please see the relevant section below. Please note that internships conducted with a CEU unit are not eligible.
- SECTOR: The internship host organization may be in the public, private, education and research, non-profit or multilateral sector.
- DURATION: ISP Fund awards are intended to support internships lasting a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 months. The internship must be consecutive, meaning the internship period may not be split. Students doing a longer internship are still eligible for an award from the fund, but the award amount will not exceed 3 months. The internship must be full-time and unpaid or low-paid. Students may receive funding for a single internship during the eligibility period.
- TIME PERIOD: The ISP Fund provides support for internships that take place between June 1 and November 30, 2020. Internships may start earlier and end later than the period indicated, however, students may receive funding only for the portion of an internship taking place in that period and for no more than 3 months.
Securing an internship
The responsibility of securing an internship rests with the student. The Career Services Office offers guidance and support on the internship search process.
Internship Grant Awards Calculation
Award amounts are calculated at a monthly rate, where one month is equivalent to 30 days. In case of incomplete months, the number of days is multiplied by 1/30. The grant will be disbursed in two installments: 80% pre-financing upon the signature of the grant contract and start of the internship and 20% at the end of the internship period, after the submission of all documentation.
Grants according to country group
Group I 520 EUR/month
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey
Group II 570 EUR/month
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, and The Netherlands
Group III 620 EUR/month
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxemburg, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden, and United Kingdom
Group IV 700 EUR/month
All other countries except the countries listed above + one-time travel contribution
Travel Distance for Group IV
Between 100 and 499KM
180 EUR per participant
Between 500 and 1999KM
275 EUR per participant
Between 2000 and 2999KM
360 EUR per participant
Between 3000 and 3999KM
530 EUR per participant
- The ISP Fund is administered by the Career Services Office. Disbursement of awards, however, is handled by the CEU Budget and Finance Office (BFO), which has its own timelines and procedures. There is no guarantee that awards will be disbursed before internships commence, however, everything possible will be done to support timely disbursement of awards.
- After award recipients are selected, they will be required to submit further documents and information for awards to be disbursed. There will be very short turnaround times and firm deadlines. The Career Services Office ask in advance for full cooperation and maximum attention towards communication regarding the Internship Fund during this stage in the process. Students who receive awards will be responsible for completing all required additional paperwork by communicated deadlines. Failure to do so may result in significant delays in disbursement or even in cancellation of awards.
Award Recipient Obligations
- Students are expected to complete the internship as described and within the timeframe indicated. Failure to do so may result in the grant being rescinded.
- Upon conclusion of the internship, the student is required to submit the ISP Fund Internship Report (filled out by the student) and the ISP Fund Evaluation Form (filled out by the intern supervisor). These documents will be provided in advance. Failure to submit the required documentation and doing so according to the established timeframe may result in the grant being rescinded.
The deadline to apply for the ISP Fund is Wednesday, April 15, 2020 11:59 pm. Late applications will not be accepted.
To apply, students must submit the following documents:
- CEU Internship Support Program Fund Online Application Form (once you save the form, it will be considered submitted)
- An ISP Application Statement signed by the student andthe student’s CEU department and uploaded to the Online Platform
- An Internship Agreement providing details regarding the internship and signed by the student and the responsible person at the organization. Upload a signed copy to the Online Platform and submit the original document to the CEU Career Services Office.
- A one-page motivation letter covering the following:
- Reasons for choosing the specific internship host organization
- Description of your planned primary responsibilities during the internship
- Narrative on how the internship aligns with your career plans
- One recommendation letter from a faculty member from the student’s department. The letter should include comments on the student’s academic performance and on the internship itself as relevant for the student’s longer-term goals. The letter should be sent via email by the recommender to InternshipSupportProgram@ceu.edu, with the subject: “Recommendation Letter_Name of the Applicant”.
- An unofficial copy of Transcript of Records from CEU (you can request it by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org).
- An up-to-date CV/resume. The Career Services Office's recommended CV and resume templates can be found here.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following:
- Applicant demonstrates relevance of the chosen internship to the student’s studies and career goals.
- Applicant demonstrates professional and academic potential and achievement.
For questions regarding the ISP Fund, you can write to InternshipSupportProgram@ceu.edu.