In years past, AIT students have participated in summer internships at top Hungarian software companies, such as Prezi and LogMeIn. These internships proved to be a great opportunity for students to increase their practical software development knowledge, in addition to experiencing a fun team environment at a successful company.
There is no single streamlined application process for students seeking a summer internship in Budapest. Spring semester students who are interested in an internship are encouraged to speak to AIT staff once they arrive in Budapest, so AIT can facilitate talks between the student and software companies that fit the students’ interests. AIT also arranges a networking event during the spring semester that brings students in contact with representatives from Hungarian software companies so students can learn about various companies, and the companies themselves can get to know AIT students.
AIT cannot guarantee that a student wanting an internship will be placed, but many AIT students in the past who sought internships found a placement they were very pleased with. Most software companies in Hungary have expressed that they do not typically know their needs for the summer until early spring, and this is why it is very difficult to arrange for a summer internship before the students arrive to AIT. Those students who are very serious about staying in Budapest for the summer are encouraged to book a flight that has a flexible return date.
If a student decides to stay in Budapest for a summer internship, their status as an AIT student terminates at the end of the academic semester. Students are responsible for extending their residence permit and arranging their own housing for the summer. AIT staff is happy to assist, but is not responsible for these services.