The Ciencia sem Fronteiras program, in case of Hungary, is a 12 months long program, which includes the 10 months long academic year (2 semesters of 5 months) and 2 months of internship, which should be completed after the end of the academic and exam period. In other words, the last two months of the scholarship program are designated for internship.
However, even during the academic year, universities can decide on assigning you different tasks (university projects, participation in conferences, extra courses), which later could be included in the workload of your internship.
Please find below some information on the internship:
1 - When the internship should happen?
Officially, it should be completed after the end of the academic and exam period. In other words, the last two months of the scholarship program are designated for internship.
However, even during the academic year, host institutions can decide on assigning you different tasks (university projects, participation in conferences, extra courses), which later could be included in the workload of your internship.
2 – Do I need to go find by myself some internship?
You don’t need to find an internship on your own, because your institution will provide you possibilities (maybe with the help of the CSF Coordination). However, if you bump into some good possibility (project work, research, some company that accepts interns to a field you are interested in) that you would like to take advantage of, you can consult us and your institutional coordinator to check whether it could be included in the workload of your compulsory internship.
3 – There is any risk of not doing an internship and being sent back home sooner?
You cannot return to Brasil without completing the internship here, as it is part of the scholarship program.
4 – Who is responsible for organizing the internship?
The institutions and the CSF Coordination are responsible together to provide you internship possibilities. The institution is responsible on the first level as it has the relations, access and contracts with companies/labs/industries that can be used in providing internship in the field you study. However, HRC as responsible organization for coordinating the CSF program in Hungary, also has the responsibility to provide internship in cases where the institution doesn’t have the appropriate network to do so.
5 – What internship possibilities do I have and what are the requirements?
The internship can be any of the followings: lab work, research, project work, extra course, and visits to different companies, factories or industries. It depends on your study field and also on what the host institution can offer you. Please note that internship possibility at a company is possible, but according to the corporate environment and the extremely large number of Brailian students in Hungary, might be available only in exceptional cases.
The internship should be 8 weeks long, but there is no regulation regarding the workload. The number of working hours depends on the project, research you work on. Also, it’s hard to define the hour-load, because some students may do 2 weeks of internship at a company, 4 weeks of research, and some other project works or courses. In the end of the internship, your employer/professor should sign a certificate that you accomplished your tasks. The internship certificate template is available under ‘documents’.
6 – What should I do in case I have to return to Brazil earlier than the official termination of the scholarship programme?
Your return to Brazil before 31 August 2016 – the official termination of the activities for students in call 201 – is possible, in case you finish your academic studies (including end-term tests and exams) and prove the accomplishment of your 8 weeks long internship.
In order to complete the internship before your planned return to Brazil, you should accomplish all your activities during the semester or right after the end of the academic year in May/June. Please contact your institutional coordinator and request doing the internship (project, clinical work, extra course, etc.) parallel with your studies.
Afterwards, please write a letter to CAPES via linha direta explaining your situation and ask their permission to return earlier. Upon request, the Hungarian Rectors’ Conference can also send you an official letter supporting your decision.
Also, in exceptional cases, eg.: if the academic year in your Brazilian institution starts before 31 August 2016, CAPES can accept your request of returning home earlier without completing the internship.