CzechMates Internship

in person summer 2023


5 June – 28 July


3,000 EUR

€200 early bird application discount; additional €400 discount for partner universities


1 February (early bird) 15 April (final)

About summer programme

Summer internship opportunities within a spectrum of local, regional, and multinational companies in Brno are available for those students seeking an internship option beyond the beaten path to extend their international experiential acumen.

Varied Internship Sites in the following disciplines/areas including: Advertising, PR, Strategic Communication, Journalism, Social Justice, Arts, Fashion, Sports Communication, IT, Business, Marketing, Interna­tional Relations, AG/Food Science, Sustainability, Public Policy, Practi­cal Research (Kinesiology/Exercise/Aging). Get more information.

Please note: this program can be combined with the Global Perspectives: Media, Communication, Culture program, for more information please write to  

Instructor: C. Michael Elavsky is an award-winning American instructor and research scholar (formerly tenured at The Pennsylvania State University) with 20 years in-country academic experience including 2 US State Department Fulbright Scholar appointments.

Why this program: Students do not need to choose between a fulfilling internship in their field and a study abroad opportunity. Students will be able to learn and experience Brno, while traveling to Prague, Budapest, and Vienna.

Learning outcomes: Learning outcomes will depend on the agreement between supervisors and students, however each internship is designed to enhance the students professional experience.


Academic Overview

Students are expected to work 200 hours over 8-10 weeks, plus attend a mentored seminar. The actual internship can either start on 30 May (arrival 29 May) or on 13 June (arrival 12 June). Apart from the organized weekend trips (which will be Friday-Sunday) students and their supervisors will choose which days they should be in the office. Culture/social activities will take place in the afternoons/nights.

What is included in the cost?

Cost: The cost of this program is €3000, with a €400 discount for partner universities.

Tuition includes:

  • Tuition for Internship
  • Transportation for the weekend trips (Prague, Vienna, Budapest)
  • Accommodation on weekend trips
  • Academic trips
  • Opening and Closing receptions
  • Culture activities around Brno

Not included:

  • Accommodation in Brno
  • Meals

Students should budget an additional €1500-2000 depending on their spending habits for food in Brno (breakfast, lunch, dinner), weekend trips (lunch and dinner) and fun "optional" activities in Brno, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest (the underground labyrinth in Brno, Budapest baths, bars, etc.) in addition to the cost of accommodation.

Life in Brno

Brno is a great place to live, even if just for a short period of time. As a student city (1/5 of the population are students) and an international city there is always something to do, and the Czech language isn’t a barrier. This means that exploring cafes, teahouses, restaurants and the local sites is easy, even without our amazing assistants. However, because we want you to get the most out of your experience, we have a team of local Czech students to show you their favorite things in Brno!

Best Cafes for coffee and tea
Best Restaurants
Favorite Places in Brno to relax


The team of professional and local students provides the 24/7 assistance from the practical and safety arrangements to creating a rich cultural program helping the participants to understand better culture of Moravia and Central Europe in general. This support is provided both in Brno, as well as on all the field trips. Moreover the staff is trying to assist with creating social activities that aims at enhancing the mutual cultural exchange and understanding.


Students are expected to pay separately for their accommodation. They can either find accommodation for themselves, or we can assist them in reserving space in a student residence hall. On the field trips, accommodation is arranged at low end hotels or the equivalent. Students are usually accommodated in ensuite rooms with three beds.

More information on student residence halls:

Our Residence Halls house both international and Czech students live during the school year. This is a great opportunity to see how student housing is different all around the world (or is similar, depending on what country you are from!). Students share a room with one other student.

Bedding is provided; however, students should bring their own towels. Students will have an opportunity to cook their own meals, some cooking supplies will be provided, as supplies last.

The approximate cost is €15/night at a student residence hall.

How to apply

Before applying, students should write to C. Michael Elavsky about their internship goals at 

Please follow this link and choose the correct programme. Do not forget to include all the necessary information (and documents if requested) including writing a short statement of purpose. We will contact you afterwards to tell you if your application was successful and to discuss the further steps (including the deposit payment) with you.

Student experience

This program challenged me to get comfortable being uncomfortable. I truly believe I came back a changed person in that I felt so much more prepared for the real world, the challenges that come in a new environment such as a language barrier, but also the joys that can be found in the unknown. I will forever be thankful for this program, the incredible people I interacted with on a daily basis, and the career opportunities I was able to pursue, that expanded my world view and gave me a once-in-a-lifetime summer I will never forget.



Life in Brno...

The 'beach' in the city centre where students can sit with friends.
Make friends of a lifetime.
Experience Czech culture.
One of the fabulous cafes where students grab a bite to eat before class!

Travel to...





C. Michael Elavsky



Martin Glogar

summer school manager


Erin Anna Smith

summer school manager


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