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FEMtech internships: FAQs for female students

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During a FEMtech internship, students of natural science and technical fields of study complete high-quality internships in companies and non-university research institutions. You will acquire practical know-how, will be supervised by experts in the organization and will actively work on research projects.

Table of Contents

1. Overview of FEMtech internships
2. What will this internship bring me?
3. Who can offer internship positions?
4. Where and how can I apply for an internship?
5. When can the internship take place?
6. What requirements does my degree have to meet?
7. How do I check whether my field of study is approved for a FEMtech internship?
8. Can I do several internships?
9. Can I do an internship in a company in which I am or have already been employed?
10. How sure is it that my internship will be funded?
11. How much do I earn on this internship?
12. Can I work less during the semester and more during the holidays?
13. I do not have Austrian citizenship. Can I do a FEMtech internship?
14. I am studying in Austria and would like to do an internship abroad or I am studying outside Austria and would like to do an internship in Austria. Is there a grant for this?
15. Who can I share my experience with?
16. Where can I get more information?

 

1. Overview of FEMtech internships

  • High-quality internships for female students in natural sciences and technical fields
  • Internship providers: companies and non-university research institutions in Austria
  • Internship scope: 1 to 6 months, at least 28.5 hours per week
  • Gross monthly salary of at least 1,400 euros
  • Employee employment relationship (no work contract, no free service contract
  • Support from qualified employees of the company

2. What will this internship bring me?

  • Collaboration on research and innovation topics
  • Know-how from practice and acquisition of key qualifications
  • Establish contacts with potential employers

3. Who can offer internship positions?

  • Companies and non-university research institutions
  • based in Austria
  • with activities in the field of research and development in the natural sciences or technology
The internship must be embedded in the organization's FTI activities and correspond to the student's training. As an intern, you will work on high-quality subtasks in the RTI activities.
 

4. Where and how can I apply for an internship?

  1. You actively apply as an intern at a suitable organization of your choice.Tip: The R&D job exchange can be helpful in the search.
  2. If the organization is not yet familiar with the FEMtech internship funding program for female students, please inform them about the possibility of funding when you apply. The information link for companies can be found on the FFG website.
  3. If the necessary criteria are met, the company can submit an application for funding for the internship to the FFG. A short, simple online application is sufficient for this. Danger: The application is always submitted by the company, not by the student!

5. When can the internship take place?

The internship can begin on the day on which the application for funding is submitted at the earliest.

Internships in the 2021 announcement can take place no later than July 31, 2022 (= last possible internship day).

Internships in the 2020 announcement can take place no later than July 31, 2021 (= last possible internship day).

6. What requirements does my degree have to meet?

  • During the internship, you must be registered (enrolled) at an Austrian university or university of applied sciences in a scientific or technical field of study.
  • Before starting the internship, you must have completed at least one semester at a university or college.
  • A leave of absence from studies is not permitted during the internship.
  • The internship can also be completed in the course of writing a thesis (e.g. diploma, master's, bachelor's degree).

7. How do I check whether my field of study is approved for a FEMtech internship?

female students scientific and technical fields of study can do an internship. They are basically
  • All courses of study at universities of applied sciences which, according to the index in the current FH Guide, are assigned to the subjects of life sciences and technology, engineering. Please note that the assignment is based on the FH guide and not on the website.
  • All fields of study that are not included in the above-mentioned topics and convey scientific or technical content to a significant extent according to the curriculum.
tip: If you are unsure, you can ask us whether your field of study meets the criteria.

8. Can I do several internships?

If you want to do several internships in one job advertisement, you have to do the internships at different organizations. Only one internship per job advertisement is possible in the same company.

9. Can I do an internship in a company where I am or have already been employed?

Employment in the same company must at least six months before the start of the internship lag behind. Example: The internship starts on August 17th. -> February 16 of the same year is the last day on which you may be employed in the submitting organization.
The company or the non-university research institution must ensure that the funding application no later than the day the internship begins is submitted.

10. How sure is it that my internship will be funded?

If all the criteria according to the application guidelines are met, the chances of receiving an internship are very good. The organization submitting the internship for funding is responsible for meeting the criteria. Since the demand for this funding is high and the funding is limited, we recommend that internship providers submit it as soon as possible. It is possible that the tender has to be closed before the planned deadline due to the exhaustion of funds.

11. How much do I earn on this internship?

The gross monthly salary is at least 1,400 euros. All other regular or irregular cash benefits (e.g. special payments, revenue sharing, commissions, bonuses, allowances) are not included in the gross monthly salary of EUR 1,400.00. If stipulated (e.g. according to collective agreement), these are to be paid additionally by the employer. A part of the tax payment can usually be repaid at the end of the year via the employee tax assessment (more detailed information on the website finanzonline.at.

12. Can I work less during the semester and more during the holidays?

The extent of employment must be at least 28.5 hours per week during the entire internship. The level of employment can also be higher. With a flexitime arrangement, you can achieve greater flexibility in working hours.

13. I do not have Austrian citizenship. Can I do a FEMtech internship?

Basically yes. The decisive factor is a scientific or technical degree at an Austrian university or university of applied sciences. Please check whether you can get a work permit. You can find information on this, for example, on the OeAD's information pages.

14. I am studying in Austria and would like to do an internship abroad or I am studying outside of Austria and would like to do an internship in Austria do. Is there a grant for this?

Such internships cannot be funded as part of FEMtech internships. But there are other options:
The following programs for international internships are known to us:
AIESEC
Erasmus +

15. Who can I share my experience with?

  • All FEMtech interns receive one Feedback questionnaire sent by email. We are interested in your experience and therefore ask you to fill it out online. Your feedback supports us in the ongoing improvement of the funding offer. Your data will of course be treated anonymously and confidentially. Thank you for your feedback
  • Sometimes difficulties arise in an employment relationship. You can contact us at any time or, depending on the problem, contact the following organizations:
  • If you have any further feedback or concerns, please feel free to contact us directly.

16. Where can I get more information?

 

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