For Students

Why you should participate

Elia Exchange takes you right to the heart of the language service industry.

Students and recent graduates gain direct experience and industry insights, with the assurance of high quality internship experience, thanks to the EE Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Every language service company that signs up to the EE MoU is committed to ethical business practices and investing in the growth and professionalism of the language industry through its engagement and relationships with the academic world.


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 strengthens 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 that sign the EE Code of Conduct offer students and academic institutions the safeguards and assurance of the EE MoU.

Elia’s exclusive EE MoU is a tool to:

  • Help companies define the kind of internship they are offering.
  • Enable the student 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.
  • Set a baseline for strong working practices that extend beyond the internship and which will ultimately benefit the industry as a whole.

Connecting students with internships

The EE Database is a register of internship available in Elia members companies that have signed up to the EE Code of Conduct and of students looking for internships.

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During the registration process you will be asked to provide your preferences as regards country, languages, etc. You will then receive notifications with vacancies that match your preferences.

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