Blended Remote IT Internships 

Recommendations and guidelines for distance internships with short presence phases.

Blended Remote IT Internships

We develop recommendations and guidelines for distance internships with short presence phases in companies with a focus on community-based open source culture. Working and learning remotely have been deeply rooted in the IT industry and especially in the open source area for decades.

This is in direct line with the implementation goals of the “Open Source Software Strategy 2020-2023” of the EU Commission, specifically “Develop skills and recruiting expertise” and “Increase outreach to communities”.

Why do we develop this product?

In times of the Corona crisis, all industries are facing major challenges. Companies are forced to offer their employees home office and distance e-learning. But you shouldn't lose focus on future employees. It is now difficult for them to find a way into the professional world. Because the internship as the first step in a company and essential professional orientation is lost.

Remote work will continue after the pandemic. Many employers have found that remote work solutions offer many advantages for the future world of work and create welcome freedom for employees that has a lasting positive effect on professional life.


Objectives and target groups

  • Primary target group are internship providers: IT companies
  • Secondary target group are interns who use the guidelines to get an idea of ​​the internship.

Expected results & time frame

We are breaking new ground with the concept of a blended remote internship.  At the moment we are collecting pieces of the mosaic from different worlds. We gain experience with digital work processes (remote work) in the IT and in free and Open Source,  but we also look at processes and contributions to in-real-life (IRL) internships and e-learning.

In the blended remote Internship we assume on the one hand that a digital internship has to be structured differently than the real one and that on the other hand, presence phases are necessary in the internship.

Based on experiences from different worlds, we will be able to design a concept and define a process for an internship in which digital and IRL processes and methods go hand in hand.

Over the summer we will turn the concept into an guide for companies and document the process.  At the end of the summer an gathering of experts on an alpine pasture is planned.

The resulting process content will then be transformed into a modern information design at the beginning of autumn and presented to a broad audience for the first time at an IT conference at the end of October. The audiences opinion we will evaluated using a questionnaire.

Lead organisation

Christine Baumgartner, Klein & Partner KG - Project Lead

Paula Klöden, International Formation Center - Research

Sebastian Albrecht, Talentbrücke - Research

Magdalena Kahr-Göpfart, The Schubidu Quartet - Design

Antonia Pokorn,  The Schubidu Quartet - Design

Jens Klein, Klein & Partner KG - Technical

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