Summer Internships

Unpaid internships for academic credit, Part-time and Full-time options available. Both options require an 8-week commitment.

Full-time internship

12 ECTS – usually transfers as 6 US credits


Part-time Internship

6 ECTS, usually transfers as 3 US credits


Add an extra class per session

6 ECTS – usually transfers as 3 US credits



Types of internships

SiPN provides a unique range of opportunities for students looking for an international internship.

These opportunities run the gamut from placements with governmental organizations, NGOs, INGOs, or for-profit companies. The opportunities listed below provide variable academic credits through our partner universities, for a minimum commitment of 8 weeks during our summer edition. The majority of our placements do not require Portuguese, if students possess Portuguese language abilities than the possibilities are even greater.

Moreover, some of our internships allow for part-time placements of 18h/week during the semester, so that students could conceivably combine a part-time internship with two (preferable) or three of our regular classes.

Full-time internships require at least 35-40h/week and are worth 12 ECTS. All of our internship partners have been screened by SiPN and academic credits are awarded in accordance with a course syllabus developed by the instructor of record.

Take a look at the types of internships and organizations that are involved in SiPN´s Internship Program (aka SiPN´s Experiential Learning Program). Please note that these are just some examples, SiPN has many more host organizations in its internship placement portfolio.

Management, Marketing & Business

STEM-related and Life Science

Humanities, Arts & Design

Social Science & Public Policy

SiPN Internships examples of placements

You can find some of the organizations that integrate SiPN’s Experiential Learning Program; This entails internship and research opportunities for academic credit. 

The organizations below have hosted SiPN-promoted experiences in recent years.

Internship Placement

When interest in applying for a summer internship, students should be ready to send SiPN the following documents during their application phase:

  • Updated Resume
  • General Cover Letter/Letter of Motivation – open format, this is where students describe the kind of internship they are looking for, as well as highlighting their achievements and ambitions
  • Updated Student Transcript of Records – unofficial version will be accepted
  • SiPN Internship placement questionnaire

Students interested in taking on this opportunity will start their SiPN semester application just like a student who only wants to take regular classes (click “apply now”!). It is only later during the process that they will indicate their interest in the internship option, that is when SiPN requests the materials enumerated above.

After SiPN validates students´internship application materials, it might ask applicants for an extra meeting to clarify some aspects, this is not always the case. The first round of contacts with potential hosts for our students is then initiated (students are not involved in this phase). Once we have encountered one or two options that have shown interest in hosting SiPN´s applicant, SiPN will establish contact between the HR person at the host and our student for an interview/conversation to make sure expectations are met on both sides. If both parties then validate the possibility with SIPN, we will register the student for that class (International Internship for Students in Mobility). Frequently, the interview is done during the first days after the student’s arrival.

During the second day of the program, the student is introduced to SiPN’s faculty of record for internships who furnishes the student with all the information to kick start his practical component.

Learning Objectives and Grade Assessement

Student performance will be evaluated based on the syllabi:

  • International Internship for mobility students:(Part-time 150h, 10h a week/15weeks , 6ECTS) – Download Syllabus
  • International Internship for mobility students (Full-time 300h, 20h a week/ 15 weeks, 12 ECTS) – Download Syllabus

If our students or their academic advisors would like to receive a packet with full information on how the experience is handled from an academic standpoint, please send us an e-mail. We do not make it available for download here as it contains SiPN intellectual property.

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