First Internship Programme launched at EuropeFides

Author: Sandrina Schäfer (HCSM Steuerberatung GmbH)
Last edited: 7 February 2023

EuropeFides has launched an internship programme to further develop the networking idea and to offer professional development opportunities to young professionals.

Johannes Lindorf is the first candidate to complete the internship programme, working at Bernardini, Egger & Co Steuerberatung und Wirtschaftsprüfung GmbH in Vienna, Austria, for four months. The 23-year-old is currently studying business law at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany, and is simultaneously working as a student trainee at HCSM Steuerberatung GmbH in Wiesbaden, Germany.
After the search for an internship abroad proved difficult due to the Coronavirus pandemic, he spoke to Dr. Siebelt Habben, managing director at HCSM Steuerberatung GmbH, about it. He was immediately offered support and directly asked some member firms of EuropeFides if they would be willing to offer an internship. A few days later, Johannes had the first video interview and shortly afterwards the confirmation for the internship. The idea of an internship programme within the network was born and the interest and commitment of the member companies was immense.

Each EuropeFides member firm has the opportunity to send interns and host interns from other firms. It is a great opportunity for member firms to offer their staff a stay abroad and professional development. Through the personal contact via the network, everyone knows each other and the areas of practice of the other member firms on the one hand, and the strengths and interests of one's own staff on the other. This very quickly results in a match, which is a great benefit for everyone involved.

Johannes looks back on the last four months with satisfaction:
"It was a very good experience for me. I was very warmly welcomed and trained in Vienna. It was great to see how work is done in another country, what are the similarities and also differences to Germany. The time in Austria has helped me personally and professionally. I learned a lot and can really recommend the internship programme."

The Internship Programme 2023 is now officially open. Member firms that wish to participate in the programme can register here:
The application process for interns will open soon.