Work placements and internships are a core component of EMILDAI’s curriculum that contribute to fostering academic excellence in the learning experience by providing students with practical, transversal, communication and interpersonal skills.

Non-contributing, optional work placements will be offered during the summer of Year 1. EMILDAI partners have developed a catalogue of public and private organisations willing to offer internships, including major tech companies, public authorities and research institutions.

A variety of curricular internships and professionalisation activities take place in the second year of the EMILDAI programme. In semester 3 at Aignon Université, students are supported in preparing for their semester 2 internship at Avignon Université/Università di Pisa through the ‘Professional Practice’ educational unit. This encompasses a module on Digital players, which will allow students to prepare, lead and report on a public conference at which professional or academic digital players are invited; the module Tutored Project for which students will work in teams following a project management process managed by partner organisations in relation to GDPR, open data, transparency of algorithms, etc.); and the module Professionalization and Internship Search that will specifically support students in their research and preparation for their semester 2 professionalisation internship at Avignon Université/Università di Pisa.

In semester 4, both Law and Computing Stream students will pursue a curricular internship at, respectively, Università di Pisa and Avignon Université. Study Track B Computing students completing year 2 at Universidad de León will have the possibility to complete a work placement in both semester 3 and 4, which will be supported and assessed in the modules Practicum I, II and III.