Training through Practice

Original experiences in both academic and non-academic sectors, are provided through professional activities hosted by the degree-awarding institutions (teaching), its non-academic partners (internships) and its Project Management Office (AGORA© fora).

Video: GEM-STONES Early Stage Researchers share some of their impressions of the training provided through practice.



GEM-STONES program includes targeted modules on transferable skills for highly qualified job-seekers. Lead by the Istituto Affari Internazionali and organised in collaboration with other non-academic partners and instructors, the skills modules will promote task-based learning and ultimately result in the publication of a qualified job-seekers manual.

Estimated publication: February 2020


The GEM-STONES’ internship program has been set up with the aim of helping the ESRs develop new, transferable skills. Although bottom line for the PhD candidates is their own research project, GEM-STONES promoters believe that integrated non-academic experiences will help raise awareness of career opportunities outside of the academia. Counter-intuitively, taking some distance from their research problems will also help the ESRs to acquire fresh ideas on how to approach pressing issues in their project. In such a way the completion of an internship will put the ESRs in a better position to see their doctorate finished. Clearer career plans and support gained from colleagues working in non-academic environments is also believed to optimize focus on core research.

Accordingly, the internship program subscribes to the following objectives:

  • Application of knowledge and theories to practical work situations
  • Acquisition of appropriate skills and techniques directly applicable to ones career
  • Access to additional publication platforms and data
  • Creation of job exposure and enhanced employment opportunities
  • Opportunity to develop attitudes conducive to effective interpersonal relationships

For a listing of the internship destinations, see here.

This project receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 722826.