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How to find an internship in Romania? Learn about internship opportunities, requirements, and procedures of being an intern in Romania in this article.

For thousands of students and young professionals worldwide, performing an internship abroad can be a truly enriching experience in various aspects. Going in for an internship in a foreign country is not only helpful in getting international working experience but also opens up doors to learning about a new culture and lifestyle. So if you have chosen Romania, you will definitely discover a country that has much to offer, both in cultural and professional terms. But before proceeding, it’s a good idea to enquire on related conditions which are quite particular, compared to other European countries.

Conditions

There are several conditions under which you will be allowed to intern in the country. The most important one is that your internship offer should not be detrimental to the local labour market regarding available jobs. In fact, your specialisation and responsibilities should be clearly described in the internship contract. As for the working conditions themselves, things are pretty standard: the work week in Romania is 40 hours, typically with two days off a week.

Promising fields

Finding an internship in Romania can be quite complicated for candidates who do not understand Romanian — but that is not to say that you won’t be able to find a good position with one of the international companies across the country. These companies are quite open to providing internship opportunities for foreign trainees. You are most likely to find a good position in the country’s developed industries like finance and accounting, trade, telecommunications, information and communication technology, etc.

It’s also generally recommended to focus your internship search on major cities like Bucharest, which is the capital city, and Timisoara. In these cities, you are more likely to find opportunities in the fields of automotive construction, banks and insurance, hotels, infrastructure, as well as energy. Finally, Romania is deemed to be a haven for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Most of these are linked to the major groups involved namely in automotive construction, engineering, information and communication technology, the video game industry, etc.

Find an internship

Looking for an internship in Romania remotely may not be as easy as with other European countries — especially with no knowledge of the Romanian language. The first recommended step is to contact the foreign Chambers of Commerce in Romania for advice and guidance. You can also send spontaneous job applications with your CV and cover letter to major foreign and international companies operating across the country — getting in touch with them directly may be a good way to find a suitable position in the sphere that interests you the most. Alternatively, you could get in touch with professional placement agencies. Finally, you can search for internship offers on the Internet thanks to professional virtual platforms and social networks.

Possible difficulties

The language barrier could be a major obstacle during your internship in Romania. With that, it is quite unlikely for foreign interns to have a good knowledge of Romanian prior to visiting the country. To counter that, students in Romania, for instance, are entitled to a preparatory year before getting enrolled in a university, which will help them understand and speak Romanian. So when looking for an internship offer, feel free to register for Romanian language classes in a competent institution in your home country or to enrol for language courses at a Romanian university beforehand.

 Useful links:

Iagora
Internshipul
UNDP
Go Abroad

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