Challenges and opportunities of online internships were discussed at the ON-IT webinar on Online Internship in Europe: How can virtual internships ensure meaningful work-based learning experiences? held on 15 October 2021.
Organised in the framework of the Erasmus Days 2021, the event provided an overview of the ON-IT project, aimed at supporting the advancement of the online internship practice in higher education. It was also an occasion to officially launch the report on Experiences of Virtual Internship in Europe which includes some initial findings on online internships from a mapping exercise undertaken by the ON-IT consortium.
The webinar included interventions by: Director of UNIMED, Marcello Scalisi; coordinator of the ON-IT project, Gigliola Paviotti, from the University of Macerata; Cristina Stefanelli and Federica De Giorgi, from UNIMED.
These were followed by a panel discussion moderated by Alessio Cavicchi, Professor at the University of Pisa, and involving: Nicoletta Bimbo, International Relationships Coordinator at Red Visitar (Spain); Jure Bulović, student at the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Croatia); Marion Catarina, from the Montpellier Business School Career Center (France); and Francisco J. García Rodríguez, Professor at the University of La Laguna (Spain).
A full report of the webinar is available here.
About the ON-IT project
The ON-IT – Online Internship in Tourism project aims to develop a guidance framework and practical tools to design and implement quality online tourism internships in higher education. By actively engaging all actors involved in the internship experience, the ON-IT project focuses on equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to face the challenges of digital transformation in the labour market.
The ON-IT project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, and implemented by a consortium led by the University of Macerata (Italy) and including: University of La Laguna (Spain); JAMK University of Applied Sciences (Finland); Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management of the University of Rijeka (Croatia); Montpellier Business School (France); Mediterranean Universities Union – UNIMED (Italy); and IGCAT (Spain).