Internships & Research Opportunities (SiPN´s Experiential Learning Program)

Internships and Research opportunities are available year round and students may enroll exclusively in SiPN´s Experiential Learning Program or concurrently with any semester or summer coursework.

All internships are credit-earning via the registration in the “International Internship for Mobility Students” at one of SiPN’s partner universities. Upon conclusion, students will receive a grade and will earn the corresponding ECTS, both of which will be included in their final transcript. At the end of the experience students are awarded with a grade, associated to the respective ECTS (6ECTS for part-time, 12 ECTS for full-time), both included in their final transcript.

The academic perspective of the experiential learning international mobility program is to provide students with opportunities for immersive, community-based and community-engaged learning, helping students to develop critical thinking skills as they engage first-hand with contemporary issues and challenges in local organizations. In addition to their work as interns or researchers, the students combine classroom topics, discussions, readings and films with site visits in Lisbon and Portugal intended to help them better comprehend these themes. This experiential learning component is mandatory.

Internship opportunities run the gamut from placements with governmental organizations, NGOs, INGOs, for-profit companies, research labs, etc. Most internships do not require Portuguese language proficiency. Research opportunities are available in the various research labs that are associated with SiPN´s partner universities in Lisbon. Should the student have some fluency in Portuguese, internship possibilities are virtually endless.

Moreover, some internships allow for part-time placements of 20h/week during summer 10h/week during semester, in these cases students earn 6 ECTS (usually go back as 3 US credits). Full-time internships require 40h/week over the summer (8 weeks) OR 20h/week over the semester (15 weeks) and typically earn 12 ECTS (up to 6 US credits).

All internship partners have been screened by SiPN and academic credits are awarded in accordance with a course syllabus developed by the instructor of record (available upon request).

All students enrolled in SiPN´s Experiential Learning will receive a grade for the class which along with the corresponding unit credit will be reflected in their transcript.

Students interested in these opportunities should start by applying to the preferred term, just like a student who intends to take regular in-class courses only.
Take a look at the term that you are willing to explore:

Semester/Academic Year

4 or 9 month long experience!
There is no better  opportunity to combine hands-on experience, while meeting fellow Americans, Europeans and Portuguese. More time usually eases and enriches the overall experience.

Semester

Summer

2 month-long experience (June and July)
An excellent choice for students who want to leverage upon their summer, build resume, improve their Portuguese, etc. All while making new friendships in the vibrant country of Portugal!

Summer
In order to make the search for these many options easier, we have organized your choices
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Life changing lecture

My brother had always encouraged me to study abroad and the start of my junior year seemed like the perfect time to start that adventure. I drew my inspiration for choosing Lisbon, Portugal from my anthropology professor and the many stories he told about living in Portugal and falling in love with the language, food, the people, and the culture. 

Natalie Castilleja
University of Missouri Kansas City

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5.0
2019-02-04T11:40:52+00:00

Natalie Castilleja
University of Missouri Kansas City

My brother had always encouraged me to study abroad and the start of my junior year seemed like the perfect 

Finding Her in Heritage

Growing up with immigrant parents I guess you could say that I had a different upbringing compared to most of my peers. Of course, there were times when cultures would clash leaving me stuck between my Portuguese and American identities, but over time I learned to embrace the best of two worlds. I had always wanted to visit mainland Portugal, but I never thought that I would get to experience living here which has provided me with an even better experience than I could have imagined. Studying abroad wasn’t originally part of my academic plans, but here I am in my senior year and this is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Diane Fontes University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

SiPN
5.0
2020-07-29T16:18:34+00:00

Diane Fontes University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Growing up with immigrant parents I guess you could say that I had a different upbringing compared to most of 

From Grandparents to Me

Having grandparents from the Azores growing up, I thought I had a good understanding of Portuguese culture. I figured my trips to the Azores as a teenager, eating bacalhau and seeing my traditionally dressed grandmother cook octopus on Christmas made me an expert on the Portuguese experience. However when I arrived, I realized The Portuguese people are young, and Lisbon is culturally diverse and thriving city. 

Derek Robidoux
University of Massachusetts Amherst

SiPN
5.0
2017-03-13T11:54:16+00:00

Derek Robidoux
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Having grandparents from the Azores growing up, I thought I had a good understanding of Portuguese culture. I figured my 

Across Four Continents

Long story short, I received a scholarship for my study abroad but with the condition that I study in Bahia, Brazil. That year changed my life and lead me to study abroad another semester in Florianópolis Brazil and earn a minor in Portuguese. As an advanced speaker of Portuguese being in Lisbon is a dream come true to be living my day to day life in the Portuguese language. Even the walk to the grocery store is never dull when you are surrounded by history and smiling Portuguese faces. 

Samuel Orlowski
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

SiPN
5.0
2019-02-04T11:33:43+00:00

Samuel Orlowski
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Long story short, I received a scholarship for my study abroad but with the condition that I study in Bahia, 

Another piece to the melting pot

Studying abroad seemed like the perfect opportunity to do this. I must admit, before coming to Portugal, if someone asked me where Lisbon was I would have had no clue. This however actually gives great insight as to why I chose Portugal as my study abroad destination. The chance to come to a place I had no knowledge of seemed like another great time to expose myself to beautiful new places, people, and things.

Liz Bovell
University of Connecticut

SiPN
5.0
2019-02-04T11:44:07+00:00

Liz Bovell
University of Connecticut

Studying abroad seemed like the perfect opportunity to do this. I must admit, before coming to Portugal, if someone asked 

Happy coincidence

I started learning Portuguese by accident. I spent the majority of my life learning Spanish as a second language. Although my dad is from Peru, I never spoke Spanish with him growing up. I think this is how my love of languages arose. Frustrated that I never learned the language of my dad’s family, in school I dedicated myself to learning Spanish and to sounding as “Peruvian” as possible. Now, two and a half years later, I am a Spanish and Portuguese major studying abroad in Lisbon, Portugal. I never imagined that I would learn to speak Portuguese as quickly as I have, or that I would come to love the Portuguese-speaking world as much as I loved learning Spanish.

Claudia Bellido
Emory University

SiPN
5.0
2019-02-04T11:14:26+00:00

Claudia Bellido
Emory University

I started learning Portuguese by accident. I spent the majority of my life learning Spanish as a second language. Although 

Positive Impact

Studying in Portugal was one of the best experiences of my life! I’ll always remember the friendships I made and the wonderful memories from traveling all over the country. I learned about Portuguese culture which has influenced me in profound ways that I treasure very much.

Mila Barzdukas
Emory University

SiPN
5.0
2019-02-04T12:00:57+00:00

Mila Barzdukas
Emory University

Studying in Portugal was one of the best experiences of my life! I’ll always remember the friendships I made and 
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