You have the opportunity to do an internship next year and you would like to have an international experience at the same time? Great! Deciding to do an internship abroad can be stressful, but it will definitely benefit your professional experience and personal development.
First and foremost, you have to decide on the destination! If you are reading this, it is probably because you have chosen Spain to do your internship - and if not, well, we hope it will convince you. Lots of international students lust for this European country as well, which makes Spain the first Erasmus destination for both studies and internship programs.
Therefore, the competition is stiff, so you will have to distinguish your application to get your dream internship. But don't worry, we are here to help and we will give you the keys to make sure you get to live your best international experience!
Take a look and understand the Spanish market
Before you even send your application to many companies, we recommend you to look at the internship offers in Spain and understand the type of profile sought by the companies that are recruiting. Consequently, you will notice that internship offers in Spain most often have very versatile and varied tasks and projects. This is a great opportunity for you to develop and strengthen some skills that you can, later on, emphasize on your CV. By taking into account the selection criteria of Spanish employers, you will be able to adapt your application and thus multiply your chances of finding the right internship. Luckily, the internship offers in Spain cover all training and professional fields. However, regions such as Andalusia or Barcelona offer more internships in tourism or hospitality for example.
Adapt your application to Spanish culture
To increase your credibility and thereby your employability potential in the Spanish-speaking market, it’s essential to submit an application that meets the standards of culture and language. No, a simple Google translation of your English CV is not enough! Since your wish is to do an internship abroad, it is essential to know your language levels. In Spain, every language can be as useful as Spanish, so don't ignore your French, German or Italian skills. To determine your language level accurately, it is essential to use the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) scale. Developed by Cambridge University, the language levels range from A1 (elementary level), through B1 (independent level) to C2 (native level).
To avoid overestimating or underestimating your level, make sure you take language tests! Free tests are available and easily accessible online.
Use organizations to help you in your search for an internship in Spain
Finding an internship in Spain, but also generally abroad, can be an assault course. It can be reassuring to go through the process with an organization that is used to the Spanish job market. You will be advised, followed and helped to find your dream internship and thus live an exceptional international experience. You can approach your university's international mobility department, check job boards that specifically offer internships abroad or use an intermediary agency such as Stud&Globe. Thanks to a team of international mobility experts based in Barcelona, you will have the chance to find a paid internship with assignments that correspond to what you are looking for. Our mobility experts will also be able to advise and guide you in your scholarship applications to finance your mobility abroad. An organization such as Stud&Globe is the guarantee you get a high-quality internship in a reliable company, professionalizing tasks and projects and assistance for any concerns during the time of your mobility. Yes, this can save you from unpleasant surprises!
We hope you are now ready to find your internship in Spain.
Stud&Globe is a team of expert in global mobility helping you in your project of international mobility. Being a student looking for an internship abroad or a professional looking for new international opportunities, our team adapt itself to every kind of project to help you realize your dream!
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