Active since 2018, Y-MED aims to promote circular migration pathways and foster the circulation of skills in the Mediterranean region. The project gives students and fresh graduates from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya the opportunity to develop their skills through a six-month internship program in Italy. At the end of the internship, the interns return to their home countries and labour markets where they can apply the know-how acquired during their experience in Italy. The project is funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, and it is implemented by the International Organization for Migration.


Information for internship candidates from Libya

What is covered by the Y-MED project
Y-MED staff supports each candidate through every phase: pre-departure, internship and return. The project covers the following costs: 

  • Visa-related costs; 
  • Health insurance; 
  • Pre-Departure Orientation and Italian language course in the country of origin; 
  • Travel to/from Italy; 
  • Lodging (single room in shared accommodation); 
  • Internship allowance (paid by the hosting company). 

Eligibility requirements 

  • Candidates to the 2024-2025 edition must meet all the following requirements to be considered eligible:
  • Be a citizen and resident of Libya. Candidates holding Italian nationality are not eligible, even if they have dual citizenship.
  • Have completed a bachelor's degree in the last 24 months (from the deadline of the application). 
  • Be born on or after 1 January 1994.
  • Be fluent in English, or be fluent in French and have a basic knowledge of English or Italian.
  • Have graduated at one of the partner Universities (see list below) in the following fields. 

Professional sectors 
For candidates from Libya, the Y-MED project foresees the activation of internships in the following sectors: 

  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Civil engineering 
  • Architecture
  • Graphic design

Partner Universities and contact information: 
Benghazi University: 
Derna University: 
Omar Al-Mukhtar University (Al Bayda):  
Ajdabya University: 

  • The tentative timeframe for the 2024-2025 edition of Y-MED is as follows: 
  • April-May 2024: application period;
  • May-June 2024: selection of candidates;
  • July-September 2024: approval of internships at the regional institutions in Italy;
  • July-October 2024: Italian language course in the country of origin;
  • September-October 2024: Pre-Departure Orientation in the country of origin;
  • November 2024-April 2025: internship in Italy;
  • April-May 2025: return and job placement support in country of origin.

How to apply 
•    Information and more details on the application process will be provided by partner Universities to candidates having the minimum eligibility requirements between April and May 2024. If you fulfil all the eligibility requirements and you can’t get information on the application procedures, please contact IOM through ELBERKAWI Aynoor  Please also follow the IOM Libya Facebook channel to not miss any updates.

Important information

During the job placement phase, IOM’s role is to support selected candidates in the job search with activities that include, but are not limited to, training on soft skills and promotion of their profiles among companies in the country of origin. While IOM strives to do its best to facilitate this, it is important to know that securing a job at the end of the internship is not among the objectives of the project. At the same time, if at the end of the internship, participants are offered a job by the company in Italy, all the administrative procedures related to this process fall outside the scope of the Y-MED project. Finally, please also note that internships might take place in any Region in Italy, depending on where the company is based.

Female candidates who are interested in participating in the internship program should be able to travel to Italy by themselves as the program will not cover the cost of companions. 


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