For Academic institutions

Why you should participate

Academic institutions are responsible for training translators that will eventually work within the language services industry. Elia Exchange provides the opportunity to get closer to the industry in order to better prepare your students, shape the future of the industry and enhance your own profile.

Elia Exchange provides:

  • A venue for open exchange between academic institutions and language companies through the EE Forums.
  • Internships with language companies for students and recent graduates, through the EE Database.

Specifically, Elia Exchange membership offers academic institutions:

  • A network of practising industry partners that provides up-to-date information on the direction in which the industry is heading, its tools and its trends.
  • Access to real localisation case studies for students to practice with before entering the real business world.
  • Access to a wider range of quality internship opportunities for students and graduates, each backed by the EE Internship MoU.
  • An additional marketing opportunity to attract students.
  • Access to Elia’s repository of reference documents, presentations and workshops from language companies and detailed feedback on student strengths and weaknesses following post-internships.


Internships are valuable for all three Elia Exchange partners:

  • Students gain experience, skills, insight into the ‘real working-world’, connections and a chance to prove their value to a potential employer.
  • Academic institutions receive support to achieve their goal and serve their purpose: to prepare students for a successful career in the language services industry. Achieving a high employment rate amongst graduates also strenghten’s the reputation of the academic institution.
  • Language companies are able to evaluate potential employees in real working conditions over an extended period of time (pre-recruiting), make full use of able interns to increase company production capacity and play a part in developing the overall quality of each year’s cohort of new graduates, resulting in shorter training periods for new employees.

A transparent system

Many individual companies have their own systems for hiring interns. However, companies signed up to the EE Code of Conduct offer students and academic institutions the safeguards and assurance of the EE Internship MoU.

Elia’s exclusive EE MoU is a tool to:

  • Help companies define the kind of internship they are offering.
  • Enable students to make an informed choice about which internship to accept.
  • Set the quality standard that all parties will adhere to.
  • Demonstrate the commitment of Elia member companies to providing quality internships.
  • Encourage academic institutions to send their best students to benefit from the programme.

Connecting students with internships

The EE Database is a register of students looking for internships and LSCs offering vacancies. Both are notified of matches. Academic institutions can view any students registered as well as any vacancies, and consult the placements accordingly.

Through the EE Database, LSCs can build their links not only with academic institutions in their region, but with those further afield — thereby expanding both the potential for sourcing quality interns, and the range of internships the LSC is able to offer (e.g. to take advantage of different languages and skillsets).

Similarly, by registering with Elia Exchange, academic institutions can expand their network of LSCs that they can trust to provide their students with proper training and supervision.


Exchanging knowledge and experience

Translation is at the heart of our business and will remain so, but how and what we translate is constantly — and very rapidly — evolving. It is industry players who are the most sensitive to these changes. They are therefore the most capable of propagating new trends and practices.

The EE Forum is an integral part of Elia Exchange. It provides a venue in which academic institutions and language companies can come together to address issues such as:

  • How relevant and up-to-date is information taught in the classroom once students graduate into the real world?
  • How can internships be of great value to students?
  • What is the future of the translation industry and how can we shape it?
  • What is the role and importance of technology within the industry, and what knowledge must new graduates possess?

With one eye on varying regional needs, our volunteer team of EE National Coordinators (NCs) is responsible for organising the EE Forums at regional and national levels, and for promoting the exchange of information and ideas on how to produce the best-prepared graduates, who are ready for employment.


Apply Now!

Apply for the EE Academic membership to build a link with the language industry and participate in our various initiatives.

To become an EE Academic member, please fill in the online application. Membership costs €150 and lasts for 12 months as of receipt of payment.

By submitting this application you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Elia Exchange, as well as the Elia Exchange logo use guidelines.

Apply now!