INTERNSHIPS

Internship

To whom is the Internship Program addressed?

To university students and professionals who are interested in broadening their studies through working in internship programs. Students enrolled in the CEH (Hispanic Studies Course) and students in the CILE (Intensive Spanish Language Course) (from level 7, C1, C2).

When could I start?

The program is available in two different periods: from October to December (Fall) and from February to May (Spring).

What is the registration process?

The students enrolled in the CEH will have free access to a catalog of companies so that they can decide which ones are best suited for their professional profile and needs, always with the help of the teacher. Also, the company will receive the assigned student’s profile for its assent.

What is the chronological sequence of the subject?

  • The internship has a minimum duration of 45 hours / 11 weeks (Fall)
  • 14 weeks (Spring); 3 – 4 hours per week (2 days per week or only 1 morning).

And this is the syllabus:

  1. Joint seminar (10 class hours).
  2. Individual interviews with your tutor (2 interviews of 1 hour each).
  3. Joint seminar or follow-up of the adaptation to the company (2 hours).
  4. Internship: 45 hours depending on the period: fall – 11 weeks or spring – 12 weeks. 3 – 4 hours per week (2 days per week).
  5. Outside tutoring.
  6. Final report.
  7. Exposition and evaluation of the final report.

Joint seminar 1: 10 hours

  1. Spanish corporative culture:
    1.  Zara. Spanish corporative culture at multinational level.
    2. Discussing corporation. The role of corporations in today’s society.
    3. Communication style, leadership and status in Spain.
  2. The development of the intercultural competence.
    1. Resolution and mediation of labor conflicts: management styles.
    2. Affectivity and neutrality in the workplace.
  3. Basic lexical concepts of business.
    1. Grammatical competence, lexical competence.
  4. Corporate sector
    1. Aspects related to both the business and the work world in the Hispanic corporative culture.

Individual interview: 1 hour

Each student meets with the teacher in order to establish the foundations for the final report.

Joint seminar 2: 2 hours

The student and the teacher discuss the adaptation process, hesitations and other concerns.

Individual interview 2: 1 hour

Revision of the points on the final report on the part of teachers: grammatical aspects and development of the internship.

Exposition of the final report: ½ hour

The salient points that the student believe to be opportune regarding the work experience gained in the Spanish corporative culture will be considered, as well as a summary of the final report.

Which are the evaluation criteria?

  • Final report: competence in both written and oral expression (30%+10%).
  • Tutor’s report: intercultural competence (60%).
  • Participation and attendance (90% compulsory).

What kinds of companies do take part?

Multisectoral: environment, translation, new technologies, chemistry, biotechnology, administration, consultancy, audiovisual media, tourism, marketing, sales and healthcare.

Volunteering

To whom is the Volunteering Program addressed?

To university students and professionals who are interested in broadening their studies through volunteering in collaboration with the NGO Solidarios.
To students enrolled in the CEH (Hispanic Studies Course) and students in the CILE (Intensive Spanish Language Course) (from level 7, C1, C2).

When could I start?

The program is available in two different periods: from October to December (Fall) and from February to May (Spring).

General Competences

Specific competences: students will learn the operation of an NGO in Spain and how it works, benefitting from the interaction with the extended teams. In the same way, the NGO will benefit from the collaboration with the interns, due to their implication in the development of the volunteering service.

  • Sociolinguistic competence: working on the students’ sensitivity towards social conventions and how they affect the use of the language.
  • Intercultural competence: becoming aware of cultural diversity through literary texts, in order to get closer to the culture of the language that is being studied.

Objectives

  • To foster and strengthen the students’ critical analysis.
  • To encourage their participation and interest.
  • To make them capable of establishing connections and obtaining a complete overview of the Spanish culture by means of their immersion in a volunteering program in Spain.
  • To develop their general linguistic competence.

Subject’s syllabus

  • Theoretical element:
    • The Emergence of the NGO I / II
    • Introduction to Volunteering Course
  • Practical element:
    • Facts and Figures
    • Interviews on preferences
    • Case studies

Final assessment:

  • Required attendance to the 80% of classes.
  • The 30% of the final grade will be given to the report issued by the external tutor on the work carried out.
  • The remaining 40% will depend on the result of the final oral and written report to be presented by the student at the end of the course.
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