Doubled number of interns in the 2nd edition of the EIT Food RIS Fellowships

20 September 2019 South, North-East, Albania We are more than proud to announce that this year, 50 students from 28 RIS countries have attended their internship projects. 15 Ph.D. and 35 MSc students took their chance and succeeded in getting an internship in a wide range of companies from the food sector area. 

Doubled number of interns in the 2nd edition of the EIT Food RIS Fellowships

Thanks to the project, students from all over Europe could broaden their theoretical knowledge with practical skills. Not only global companies but also startups from RisingFoodStars association and research institutes have been delighted with the cooperation with youths, which brought an added value for all stakeholders.

During the multistage recruitment process 23 EIT Food host companies among 236 applicants finally approved 50 best candidates for interns who met the selection criteria. Moreover, all interns benefited from widening their horizons, getting practical experiences, developing competences, and building a professional business network.

We believe that after coming back to their home countries, they will be inspired to start their own business by sharing best practices of the agrifood industry. 

About the project

MSc students and graduates with different educational backgrounds as well as Ph.D. students and post-docs from 28 RIS countries will discover job opportunities in the food industry, by getting unique, professional, paid, 3-6 months internships within the framework of EIT Food RIS Fellowships project. Unlike other scholarship projects, the MSc students and graduates will reveal their talents in the agrifood sector, throughout gaining hands-on experiences and strengthening their job-related skills, including analytical thinking and creative problem-solving. Whereas, Ph.D. students and post-docs will participate in innovation projects of EIT Food and R&D projects by becoming involved in dedicated internships in the EIT Food partner organisations.

The project enhances the innovativeness of personnel in the agrifood industry and targets candidates from all EIT RIS countries. RIS Fellowships candidates will apply academic knowledge in practical real problematic situations of the EIT consortium companies while RIS Talents doctoral students and young postdocs will participate in R&D projects carried out by EIT Food partners. Internships offered were based on the individual programs focused on the intern's profile and ongoing activities in the companies. The selection process of candidates was implemented as an open call, using clear and transparent selection criteria.

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