living in Portugal
Updated 5 months ago

Portugal offers many opportunities for those seeking professional internships overseas. Many students and young professionals dream of acquiring professional experience in a foreign country, which can be of great benefit to your professional career.

Living and working overseas can broaden your horizons, improve your language skills, and open new doors for your career. Portugal can be the ideal country to undertake an internship, as there are many opportunities in a wide range of fields.


To have the best success at obtaining an internship in Portugal, you must:

  • Have a good command of the Portuguese language (particularly if you wish to perform an internship in the tourism field. However, a strong knowledge of other foreign languages such as English, Spanish, French and German can also be advantageous)
  • Demonstrate a strong academic and/or professional background, as internships can be competitive
  • Determine whether or not you will require a visa to enter Portugal for the purposes of interning
  • Consider the financial cost for supporting yourself in Portugal for the duration of your internship, if you are considering internships that do not pay.

However, some internships can offer academic credit, if you are still studying- discuss this with your university to learn more.

Internship durations can vary from several months, up to a year, and may be paid or unpaid. They can be part-time or full-time.

Popular internship fields

In general, Portuguese companies welcome foreign students, recent graduates, skilled professionals, as well as job seekers. Depending on your future career goals, you may wish to undertake an internship within your field of study or future occupation. Major industries in Portugal include tourism, electronics, finance, oil, technology, pharmaceuticals, software and IT, textiles, renewable energy, and machinery, to name a few. Students and workers in these fields may benefit from an internship in Portugal.

The country is highly modern and developed, with a robust economy, meaning internships may later lead to paid career opportunities.

How to apply for an internship

Before applying for internships, ensure your resume is up to date and showcases your skills in the best possible way. You will need to apply for internships via your resume and a covering letter, outlining why you are the best fit for the role, and how you can benefit the company. Internships, like paid jobs, can be very competitive, so it’s important to put your best image forward. Make sure your resume also includes the languages you speak, and how fluent you are. Some internships may also require an in-person or telephone/Skype interview.

The best place to find internships is online, or potentially via media or newspapers. Or, if you are interested in interning for a particular company, consider contacting them directly to inquire about potential internship programs. If you are a university student, your university may be able to help with internship placements, course credits, or housing options.

If your internship is unpaid, also consider whether you will need to find additional, paid, part-time work to supplement your finances during your time in Portugal.

 Useful links:

Europe Internships
Go Overseas

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