An internship in Portugal - your first step towards a cool career
Taking an internship is a smart way to start a long and promising career. It is a clever way of gaining relevant practical knowledge to the function of a business, and internships are also frequently identified as the best way to land a full-time job. Internships are a convenient way to test off different career paths, enabling a student to see which industry could be attractive to explore after graduation.
More than providing valuable and relevant experience, an internship extends your professional network, which may be one of the most valuable currencies in a modern working environment. The specific characteristics of internships, such as their duration, type, and whether or not there are paid, tend to vary. This is usually based on industry and/or company size.
Working and living in Portugal
Portugal has been hit by the European debt crisis and is still struggling with the aftermath. When looking for internships in Portugal, it should be noted that graduate unemployment is high there compared to other European countries - nevertheless, opportunities might open up in niche fields.
Most of the country’s GDP is earned by the service sector, especially within the tourism industry. The industrial sector is largely focused on machinery and electronics. Agriculture has seen a bit of a rise in recent years. Portugal’s capital Lisbon has developed a quite lively startup scene where a number of internships can be found.
Portugal is also represented in the Graduateland Network through our partner, the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics.
Tip: Be aware that the requirements for job applications in Portugal may be different from what you are used to. Check the points where you can adapt your CV, cover letter, and communication with employers to local standards.