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Internship | Guidelines & Validation

In this page, you will find out how you can ask for an Internship Break as well as how you can validate your Internship Experience (if your study plan has an International and/or Internship Requirement).

Internship Semester

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Some master programs may include an internship requirement or an international requirement, that can be fulfilled with an International Internship.
Also, even if you do not have a mandatory internship requirement you can choose to take an Internship Semester.

Thus, if you are considering taking an “Internship Break” during Fall Semester 2021, i.e., from September 2021 to January 2022, please submit the form below until 11th of June.

INTERNSHIP SEMESTER FORM

 

IMPORTANT: This procedure is for the Semester Break, not to apply for Internships. It is all students responsibility to secure their own internships and find suitable opportunities. Nevertheless, our colleagues at the Careers & Talent Office can offer you some recommendations. If you need assistance with your Internship search, please send them an e-mail to careers.clsbe@clsbe.lisboa.ucp.pt

After submitting the form, you will be considered to take a break during the entire 1st Semester of 2021-2022. This means:

  • You will be exempt from all academic activities during this specific semester, at the same time, keeping your student status;
  • You will be exempt from paying tuition fees during an entire semester;
  • Nevertheless, you will have to pay the annual enrolment fee, so you can keep your student status and be enrolled in for the academic year.

If you are enrolled in for the International Master Program and you want to fulfil the International Requirement with an international internship, keep into consideration the following specificities:

  • The internship has to have a minimum duration of 6 weeks (240 hours) in a country other than Portugal and your home country (if not the same);
  • You will need to submit your internship for validation in the Career Network Platform. We highly recommend you do it at least 2 months before defending your thesis. More information can be found in the Internship Validation Manual below.

If you are enrolled in for the International Master Program or in the MSc in Finance and you want simply to complete your internship requirement, keep into consideration the following specificities:

  • The internship has to have a minimum duration of 6 weeks (240 hours);
  • You will need to submit your internship for validation in the Career Network Platform. We highly recommend you do it at least 2 months before defending your thesis. More information can be found in the Internship Validation Manual below.

Internship Validation

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We currently share your concerns regarding the uncertainty in the job market and how this is going to affect your ability to fulfil the internship and the international requirements that are part of your master program.

These requirements exist because a varied path and a set of skills to complement academic preparation are important for your success. Professional, international and extracurricular activities are essential to differentiate you from a competition that is going to be fiercer than ever. So we strongly recommend you keep on working to find an experience in the coming months that contributes to your development. We will continue sharing tools and information to help you navigate this context.

Nevertheless, if you are not able to secure a corporate experience to fulfil the internship requirement, the school will exceptionally waive the requirement for those students who started the program in September 2019 and can not complete an internship before the thesis defence.

In the current conditions, if you have chosen to fulfil the international requirement with an internship instead of an exchange, you will exceptionally be allowed to fulfil this also through:

  • an internship in an international company in Portugal or in your home country. It will be considered an international company if it is present in more than one country or with clients outside own country (that is, with more than 30% of their sales to/in international markets/non-domestic market). This must be mentioned in the proof of internship when validating it.
  • Or, a volunteering experience in a third country lasting at least 6 weeks full time. This must be validated similarly to the internships.

Home company internships or international volunteering should be new experiences (have to take place within the period of the master program, not before).

Internships can be conducted in a remote setting, matching the work mode of that company and should involve company supervision, interacting with other members of the company (same requirements as before).

(updated April 8th 2020)

We currently share your concerns regarding the uncertainty in the job market and how this is going to affect your ability to fulfil the internship requirement that is part of your master program.

This requirement exists because a varied path and a set of skills to complement the academic preparation are important for your success. Professional and extracurricular activities are essential to differentiate you from a competition that is going to be fiercer than ever. So we strongly recommend you keep on working to find an experience in the coming months that contributes to your development. We will continue sharing tools and information to help you navigate this context.

Nevertheless, if you are not able to secure a corporate experience to fulfil the requirement, the school will exceptionally waive the requirement for those students who started the program in September 2019 and cannot complete an internship before the thesis defence.

(updated April 8th 2020)

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