Do you wish to acquire work experience in Spain? You can do an internship there, whether as a student or young professional. Find out how to proceed in this article.
Thousands of students and professionals across the globe dream of acquiring work experience in Spain. If you are one of them, you may opt for an internship. In fact, Spain welcomes every year thousands of interns wishing to benefit of its various professional opportunities along with discovering a new lifestyle. But above all, you are advised to inquire on the local labor market, on internship terms and conditions, as well as the cost of living in the country.
Indeed, the cost of living in Spain, although it is lower compared to neighboring countries, remains a key point to consider in the absence of any official regulations regarding remuneration for trainees. You must, therefore, make sure to have sufficient funds to support yourself for the duration of your stay in the country.
Good to know:
You do not need professional visa or work permit to be able to do an internship in Spain. However, all foreign nationals performing an unpaid internship or voluntary work, or having registered for a more than 90 days' training course must be in possession of an appropriate long stay visa. Application must be made at the nearest Spanish embassy or consulate to your place of residence. Note that this requirement does not apply to European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Swiss nationals. Finally, all foreign trainee have to register with their region's foreigners register or at the nearest police station to their place of residence.
Types of internships
Internships in Spain are known as “practicas”. In general, these are curriculum integrated training courses leading to graduation. In fact, most university courses include a work placement module in order to allow students gain necessary experience before joining the labor market. Hence, Spain offers two types of internships: student internships and graduate internships.
Student internships are regulated by an agreement between the university and the company which wants to offer an internship to the student through a "Programas de Cooperación Educativa". Thus, the student is not considered as an employee, and therefore it will not be remunerated. But the company may offer a compensation to the trainee. Moreover, the trainee is supported by the students’ social security scheme in case of an accident.
As regards graduate internship, there is no regulation to date. Hence, graduates are free to apply for an internship in a company of their choice. They can also go through training agreements which are offered by their university and a company. Internships are not remunerated but trainees may still be eligible to a scholarship. Moreover, trainees may also receive a "Contrato de Prácticas", that is a probationary contract at the discretion of their employer. Hence, they will be remunerated and will have to contribute to the social security scheme. Note that this type of internship must have a duration of six months to two years.
Find an internship
There are different ways to find an internship in Spain. First of all, you can spot a few companies based in the country and send them spontaneous applications as you would have proceeded to find a job. You can also check out internship offers on general and specialized websites or seek the assistance of a hiring or internship agency such as the Fundación Universidad/Empresa (FUE).
Opcion Empleo www.opcionempleo.com
Spain Internship www.spain-internship.com
Go Abroad www.goabroad.com
Students Go Abroad www.studentsgoabroad.org