20y – 20 years of internship programme

20 years of success - 20 years of the Internship Programme of German Business

2023 marked the 20th anniversary of the Internship Programme of German Business. Its regional alumni network now consists of more than 1.000 young professionals from all the Countries of the Western Balkans and Croatia. It provides opportunities for further education and life-long learning, professional and personal growth. This is a true regional business network, promoting friendship, peace building and reconciliation in the region.  

We celebrate 20 years of success – and counting! Meet our incredible alumni and the companies which participate [link to the companies]. Celebrate with us and enjoy our showroom.    

Slide Meet our alumnus: Aleksandar Ilic, generation 2008 Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH & Co. KG, München “Being part of the Internship Programme of German Business and of the regional alumni network provide endless possibilities - building professional relations, friendship, network and personal growth. Meet our alumna: Elona Hajzeraj, generation 2022 “Because of the internship I now have a new perspective in life and a new workplace in my home country. Also, seeing other cultures and mentalities helped me enrich the way I view the world." Metro AG, Düsseldorf Slide Meet our alumna: Aleksandra Komatina, generation 2019 Linde AG, München “The regional alumni network serves as a platform for connecting with like-minded individuals. Alumni create a rich tapestry of expertise and experiences. In addition to professional benefits, the network fosters personal and social connections." Meet our alumnus: Mato Mrkalj, generation 2009 “Despite the financial crash in 2008 the Internship Programme of German Business offered the opportunity to partake in an internship in the economic sector and gain valuable experience in a leading company in Germany.” Daimler Financial Services, Berlin Slide Meet our alumnus: Jasmin Valjevac, generation 2009 ProXcel GmbH, Berlin “I can say with certainty that I would not be where I am today. The regional alumni network has created a situation, that I have both professional and private contacts to which I can refer to in any situation all over the region." Meet our alumna: Maja Savin, generation 2019 “I am grateful to be part of the amazing alumni network. The friendships l have built mean the most to me. The network is built from like-minded people, there are many opportunities for great ideas." Kaufland Dienstleistung GmbH & Co. KG, Heilbronn/Neckarsulm Slide Meet our alumna: Tina Baleta, generation 2021 IHP GmbH Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics, Frankfurt/Oder “The regional alumni network serves as a platform for connecting with like-minded individuals. Alumni create a rich tapestry of expertise and experiences. In addition to professional benefits, the network fosters personal and social connections." Meet our alumnus: Elvin Civici, generation 2010 "Wouldn’t it be great to know that you have a friend living in a neighbouring country? The regional alumni network is how the internship experience continues and turns into friendship among countries and generations." WAZ Mediengruppe, Essen Slide Meet our alumnus: Dejan Pejovic, generation 2012 Apotheke Quartier 205, Berlin "Being part of the alumni network has helped me to get to know the region better and meet great people. I am proud to call many of them my friends. I have discovered that we have many things in common and that the region has enormous potential for collaboration among all countries." Meet our alumna: Lejla Hrustemovic, generation 2022 “The Internship Programme of German Business offered me my first working experience and I've learned important skills like how to behave in a corporate environment, to be proactive and to organize my time." ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG, Waiblingen Slide Meet our alumna: Ana-Marija Vlintoska, generation 2012 Europoles GmbH & Co. KG, Neumarkt “In my career as a structural engineer, my participation in the Internship Programme of German Business has already had a significant impact. My employers in Skopje trusted me planning projects in Germany without hesitation due to my internship." Meet our alumnus: Jeton Haxhimustafa, generation 2017 "Participating in the Internship Programme of German Business has been a turning point in my career, especially when I returned to Kosovo, for the reason that the experience gained, even in a short period of time in Germany, was highly valued by other people." iproplan Planungs GmbH, Chemnitz Slide Meet our alumnus: Stefan Petkoski, generation 2019 Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG, Lüdenscheid "The participation in the Internship Programme of German Business provided me so many opportunities and opened many doors. Giving back to the Programme is something which is very important to me. I am still very much engaged in all activities. This is the least I can do." Meet our alumna: Nikolina Tytymce, generation 2021 “The Internship, apart from mind-opening, also opened many doors in my country after I came back. This experience upgraded my skills and really is a jump to reach your career goals, and makes you a competent candidate in job positions." Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Nürnberg
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