If you are looking for internship opportunities in a dynamic and pleasant country, Malta can be the ideal destination for you. Here is how to proceed.
Performing an internship in Malta can be an enriching experience and worthwhile experience if you are looking forward to acquire professional experience. Indeed, Malta has been attracting foreign young professionals in large numbers since a few years, thanks to its developing economy and numerous career prospects that are available there. But before proceeding, take the time to inquire on related requirements and formalities, especially whether you will need a visa.
You are more likely to be hired in the following fields in Malta:
- hospitality and catering
- tour operators
- hotline operators
- online games
- language schools
- marketing and customer relations.
Many foreign companies have also set up across the country. Hence, why not seek the help of your home country's embassy or other diplomatic representatives during your search? In some cases, these can also offer to take you on board. Feel free to contact foreign Chambers of Commerce in Malta as well as foreign companies to which you can send spontaneous applications. You can find a list of these companies in online directories.
Good to know:
Nowadays, many foreign students are turning towards Malta for paid or unpaid internships in hotels, bars, restaurants, etc, in tourist regions.
The trainee status is defined and regulated by Maltese authorities. Hence, you will be entitled to a maximum of 40 hours working week for a total of 10 to 39 weeks. In fact, internships and professional trainings are jointly regulated by the Ministry of Employment and Family and by the Ministry of Education.
Once you have completed your internship, a proficiency certificate can be delivered.
You must be at least 18 years old, have a bachelor's degree or be in graduating class, to be allowed to perform an internship in Malta.
Having a good knowledge of English, and even Italian will be an asset during your internship in Malta.
You are advised to write your resume and cover letter in English.
You must subscribe to a health insurance which will be providing coverage in Malta as in the rest of Europe.
British and Australian nationals are eligible to free health care in Maltese hospitals for more than a month's stay according to a bilateral agreement that has been signed by Malta and these two countries.
Non-European Union nationals, for their part, have to subscribe to a private health and travel insurance which should provide coverage in Malta, including health repatriation. Make sure to inquire with your insurance company beforehand.
In general, European Union and US nationals, as well as foreigners coming from Commonwealth countries, do not require a visa to make a three months day in Malta. In case they intend to stay longer, they will have to apply for a resident permit.
If you are performing an internship via your university program, you can find accommodation at the student residence of the University of Malta. But you can also seek the help of private organizations, or even find a room or apartment for rent on your own thanks to the Internet.
Expat.com – Internship in Malta
European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) elsa.org
International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience – IAESTE www.iaeste.org
Malta Yellow Pages www.yellow.com.mt