Professional Integration HUB



A unique internship program for Ukrainian professionals in Austria


Nataliya Sherimbetova: “Now I have confidence in my qualifications and abilities to excel in any office environment in Austria and beyond”

16 July 2024

Nataliya Sherimbetova, Professional Integration HUB 1.0 program participant (WIENXTRA). Age: 44 years old City in Ukraine where you lived before the full-scale invasion (forced relocation): Kyiv… Read more


Professional Integration HUB is a long-term internship program for Ukrainians residing in Austria as a result of Russia‘s aggression against Ukraine. The goal of the program is to facilitate the professional advancement of Ukrainian specialists by integrating them into the European professional environment. Additionally, the experience gained through the program will be a significant contribution to the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine and its integration into the EU.
Achieving these goals involves the most effective form of professional education – internships in relevant positions in leading institutions and organizations in Austria. The duration of the internship is three months. The HUB provides comprehensive organizational support.
Participation in the program provides an opportunity, among other benefits, to familiarize oneself with the specifics of labor relations in Austria, management procedures, requirements for professionals, and their specialization. It gives a chance to become part of the European professional community.


  • 13 participants
  • 3 months of internship
  • 1200€ monthly stipend
  • 10 top organizations, institutions for Internship
  • 6 study visits
  • 4 weeks German Crash Course
  • 3 joint meetings for participants
  • 100% engaging professional environment


into the European professional community
in top institutions and organizations of the EU
for qualified work, career, and professional growth
in the community of Ukrainian professionals
To apply acquired knowledge in Ukraine‘s reconstruction
of a stipend
in the community of Ukrainian professionals
To apply acquired knowledge in Ukraine‘s reconstruction
of a stipend


  • 04/12/23 Start of application acceptance
  • 07/01/24 Last day of application acceptance
  • 22/01/24 - 26/01/24 Announcement of program finalists
  • 05/02/24 - 01/03/24 German Crash Course
  • 04/03/24 - 31/05/24 Participants‘ internship in institutions in Austria
  • 15/06/24 Submission of participants' reports


  • Ukrainian professionals temporarily residing and eligible for official employment in Austria who hold a higher education degree and have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience.
  • Proficient in English at a professional level, knowledgeof the German language for communication is highly desirable.
  • Analytical thinkers and responsible individuals with teamwork skills, able to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Those who share European values, aspire to develop in their field, learn from EU countries’ experiences, and ultimately contribute to the reform and reconstruction of Ukraine.


  1. Check eligibility criteria.
  2. Choose institutions for internship.
  3. Prepare CV and motivation letter.
  4. Fill out the online application by January 7.
  5. Receive confirmation and await selection results.

Announcement of Program Finalists is scheduled on January 22. The selection will be conducted in 3 stages:

Technical Selection – participant‘s eligibility check against program requirements, CV analysis.

Intermediate Selection – online interview with representatives of ERSTE Foundation and EUCFI.

Final Selection – interview with representatives of the hosting organization.


The Professional Integration HUB is supported by the following internship partners: Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport; Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science, and Research; Belvedere Museum Vienna; Caritas Austria; ERSTE Foundation; European Forum Alpbach; Salzburger Kunstverein; Viennacontemporary; WienXtra. The "Professional Integration HUB" is initiated and funded by ERSTE Foundation. The project is implemented by the European Centre for Freedom and Independence.

  • ERSTE Foundation creates social, economic and cultural infrastructure and innovation for a changing Europe. We empower initiatives for change, contribute to civil society development and regional progression. As core shareholder of Erste Group ERSTE Foundation secures the independent future of one of the largest financial services providers in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe. As a private Austrian savings banks foundation, the foundation is committed to serve the common good. We focus on four strategic goals based on the believe that most people want others to do well and should be supported to do so, that financial literacy is life literacy, that the European idea is worth fighting for, that culture is a central part of our identity and that every society needs Culture.

  • The European Centre for Freedom and Independence is an Austrian public organization founded by Ukrainians after the start of the full-scale invasion in Ukraine. The mission of EUCFI is to promote the united Europe, support the reconstruction of Ukraine, and its integration into the EU.


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