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Full Time Internship | Lisbon

Portugal | Optional Credit Available | Fall 2023
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Overview

With ancient roots, hilly vistas and its proximity to the coast, Lisbon is the ideal location to intern. With pastel buildings and ceramic art at every corner, Lisbon will be sure to take your breath away!

Lisbon is located where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic Ocean, making it a hub for international business, creative sectors and more! Internships in Portugal range between 8 to 12 weeks and take place in the summer, fall, and spring.

With easy access to the rest of Europe, there will always be something for you to do and see during your internship in Lisbon.

With Global Experiences, you’ll have everything you need to have a life-changing adventure and gain valuable professional experience. Early applications are encouraged, because Internships in Lisbon are in increasingly high demand!

What’s Included

The AIFS Abroad inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help interns make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Guaranteed Internship Placement

    Once accepted into program we guarantee an internship in one of your approved career fields

  • Global Career Readiness Program

    Connecting academic goals to professional experiences

  • Housing

    Student apartment

  • Excursions

    Day trips to Sintra and Belem

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience

  • On-Site Location Coordinator

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Green Initiative

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from accommodation

  • Credit

    Credit can be obtained through our School of Record, Fairfield University

    Earn up to 6 credits during the summer, and up to 12 during the semester

    Some universities require credit to be earned, and we cannot change a university’s requirement

Program Details: Full Time Internship | Lisbon Multiple Career Fields

Dates

September 2, 2023November 26, 2023

Term

Fall

Application Deadline

June 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees

$8,990

Eligibility

Open to

Minimum of GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Contact your advisor or login to your portal for more information.

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture & Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Social Services
  • Global Sustainability
  • Language, History & Culture
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Internship Opportunities

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for interns on this program, with the following academic options available:

The Global Experiences Enrollment Team reviews application materials, which are a combination of relevant work experience, college or university level course work, and an assessment of maturity and readiness for working in a professional setting. After a participant has been accepted, we guarantee an internship placement. 

Our team works with applicants 1:1 to gain a better understanding of the skills you will bring to your team, talents you want to grow, and expectations you have of your experience. By working individually with each intern, we can assess academic knowledge, career goals, language proficiency, and overall expectations for your time in Lisbon, in order to place you in a dynamic work environment.

Once a match is found, all interns will interview by phone or Zoom with your manager before the placement is offered and confirmed. When you arrive in Lisbon, Location Coordinators will be there to help you start your internship and support you with on-site check-ins and coaching to make the most of your internship placement. 

Global Experiences has 20+ years of history matching talented interns with top tier international companies. Our placement team is dedicated to finding the right employers for our interns in a variety of career fields. Below are some of our top fields for our Portuguese Internship program, but are not limited to these:

  • IT
  • Graphic Design
  • Communications
  • Social Media
  • Marketing
  • Business

Global Experiences provides an award-winning Global Career Readiness Program which combines assessments, career coaching, and experiential learning to connect interns’ academic knowledge with their professional ambitions. The Strengths-based approach focuses on interns meeting their potential and thriving in their future careers. 

Core Components Include

  • CliftonStrengthsFinder® Assessment
  • On-on-One Career Strengths Coaching
  • Goal Setting and Career Planning
  • Interview preparation
  • On-Site Career Seminars and Networking Events
  • Leadership Training and Recruitment Opportunities
  • Summer 3-6 Credits
  • Semester, up to 9 Credits
  • Semester, up to 12 Credits

Adding credit can allow interns to access existing financial aid options and gain credit towards graduation for many majors. This is suitable for interns who attend a university that does not offer credit for internships. Some universities will require credit and we cannot change university requirements. For more information please discuss your situation with your program consultant at time of application.

Credit will be obtained through our School of Record, Fairfield University. 

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Living Abroad

AIFS Abroad provides excellent accommodations, activities, resources and staff to help interns learn about and integrate into their host community.

Apartment

  • Single or shared room
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Desk
  • Shared living/dining area
  • Full Kitchen
  • 24/7 Security
  • Located just outside of the city center

Geography

Lisbon is famous for its sunny weather, colorful buildings, Fado music, and friendly locals. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe, dating back to 205 BC. It was built on top of 8 hills and a Roman city.

Architecture

Beautiful architecture is abundant with it’s black and white, patterned stones also known as Portuguese pavement, adorning the sidewalks and public squares all over the city. Lisbon is home to one UNESCO site, the Tower of Belém which was constructed in 1502.

Cuisine

Lisbon is home to one of the world’s most top secret recipes, the Pastéis da nata, a sweet creamy desert with a flaky crust adorned by locals and tourists alike.

Hailey is the Lisbon Program Manager for Global Experiences. Hailey spent a summer studying in Madrid, Spain while studying at Virginia Tech, and had the opportunity to travel to Switzerland and France. She loves the ability to combine her passions for travel and higher education to help students grow professionally in an international setting. She holds two Bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Spanish.

To help you get a true taste of Portuguese culture, a wide range of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. Activities and events may include:

  • Guided city tour
  • Visit to Sintra
  • Tour of the famous Lisbon market
  • Fado evening

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.

Excursions

This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Lisbon and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Portugal. Previous excursions have included:

Sintra.

Sintra

Sintra is known for its lavish and exuberant palaces, from the Palacio Nacional de Sintra to the Moorish castle, from the arabesque influences apparent in the Monserrate Palace, to the influence of the Templar Knights in the well of the Quinta da Regaleira. A guided journey through medieval history. Full-day trip.
  • Portugal
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Belém Tower with a sunset in the background.

Belem

The tower of Belém, served as a lighthouse, and saw many of the Portugal’s greatest explorers leave and return from their transatlantic voyages, and is a marvel of medieval and military architecture. Transportation via tram from the city Center to the lighthouse tower and its adjacent park. Half-day trip.
  • Portugal
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines

Details

  • Early Application Deadline*
    May 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline**
    June 1, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    April 1, 2023
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    September 3, 2023
  • Program Begins
    September 2, 2023
  • Program Ends
    November 26, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    November 26, 2023
  • * We encourage applicants to apply by this date for a better chance of acceptance into their preferred career fields.
  • ** Deposits are due within 10 days of acceptance.
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

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Ready to Study Abroad in Lisbon?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: aifsabroad@aifs.com