Lisbon, Portugal

Summer Global Internship

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Information for term Summer Global Internship

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: May 15 – Jul 8, 2023 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 semester hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Spend your summer interning abroad in Lisbon, where you'll immerse yourself in Portuguese culture! The sights and sounds of Portugal's coastal capital will be at your fingertips during this incredible summer program. Participate in an internship – based on your skills and interests – as you explore one of the oldest and most unique European cities.

At CIEE Lisbon, students from all areas of study will have the chance to experience the many cultural wonders while earning college credit and getting familiar with local companies and organizations. Enjoy being in a cosmopolitan city that combines the ocean vibe with stunning architecture and encourages you to explore typical restaurants and narrow streets full of stories to tell.


    Lisbon is a major spot for tourism and Portuguese traditions, and the Lusophony market center will connect you with many companies that offer Portuguese language opportunities.


    Lisbon offers a thriving, young population and a multi-cultural environment where Portuguese is the local language, but you can always find someone who speaks English.


    You can take advantage of living in a capital with many museums and a rich cultural offering, but if you want to enjoy nature you can go for a stroll on the beach less than 30 minutes from the city center.

  • Local Pastry Shops

    1,000 +
  • Bike Lane Miles

  • Tram Lines


Location & Culture

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Located at the very tip of Europe, Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world. With one of the most eclectic collections of museums and picturesque postcard views from the city’s seven hills, it will most certainly captivate your eye! Despite being known for its history and blend of Roman and Moorish architecture, Lisbon has also developed to become a modern and vibrant city, home to innumerous startups, Michelin-Star restaurants, and trendy design and street art scene. 

CIEE Lisbon is conveniently located inside the host university, allowing students to easily reach out to center staff. 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Lisbon.

Excursions & Activities

Lisbon is famous for its startup vibe! Enjoy and learn while visiting and taking part in a workshop hosted by a social entrepreneurship hub Casa do Impacto. You will be able to share your questions and knowledge with the local professional community. 

  • Visit local organizations and learn from industry experts to gain insights into work culture and a better understanding of your industry on a global scale. 
  • Lisbon and other locations in Portugal will be your classroom with day trips and excursions to museums, local neighborhoods, and nearby towns and villages providing a cultural context. 
  • Grow your professional network by attending networking events and free lectures, as well as connecting with professionals in your field. 
  • Enjoy a local meal during Lisbon's great festivities 
  • Explore and learn about tile painting tradition in Lisbon on a tour of the Tile Museum followed by a painting workshop. 

Professional Development

  • Take advantage of resume optimization and improve your interviewing skills based on local business culture. 
  • Explore your own career path through workshops on personal branding, networking skills, and making the most out of your internship. 
  • Examine and develop your transferable skills through guidance and feedback from your internship supervisor and course instructor. 


In this program, students will be able to select internships in many different areas going from Art to Zoology. Past students interned at a local newspaper, veterinary center, policy and sustainability-focused startups, fashion brands, and others. 

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  • Housing

    All housing is within a 30-minute commute to CIEE. 

    Homestays: Live with a Portuguese family, with or without another CIEE student, and immerse yourself in the city’s language and culture. Each student has an individual room. 

    Residence Halls: Students usually live with a mix of CIEE students and local and international students. If local health and safety regulations permit, students live in single, double, or triple rooms. Students usually share kitchens and common areas. 

    All housing provides internet access; utilities are provided. 
    Housing is tight in Lisbon. If we can’t accommodate your first housing choice, we’ll let you know before you arrive. 


  • Meals

    Homestay: Breakfast and dinner (seven days a week) provided. Dietary needs may be accommodated. 

    Residence Hall: Meals not included; communal kitchens available.   

    All students have access to the subsidized cafeteria on campus. 


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As a global intern in Lisbon, you’ll work in a non-paying position within a wide range of opportunities across a diverse set of innovative industries. Extra-curricular cultural activities in and around Lisbon complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city. 

This eight-week program includes a full-time internship and an integrated online academic course.  



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Rising sophomore standing and above required at the time of participation. 

*Additional visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process. 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Students participate in an academic course taught in an online learning environment alongside the eight-week, full-time internship. Participation in the integrated academic course and internship are mandatory for all participants. 


Total credit: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits 

Course Credit

Internship: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits; 15 integrated academic course hours, 225-300 internship placement hours 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations. The academic course is designed to prepare students for leadership in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse workforce. 

Class Format

Students participate in an eight-week CIEE full-time internship and academic course taught in an online learning environment. Class and/or work hours may be scheduled Monday-Friday, and attendance is strictly enforced for all. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from the city during the work week. 


Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the academic course, including but not limited to: online discussion forums, reflection papers, analysis of readings, an internship work plan, and feedback from internship supervisor. Internship supervisors and students each provide written evaluations of progress towards goals. 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

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Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


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Fees & Housing

Summer 2023 8 weeks Deadline Passed May 15, 2023 Jul 8, 2023
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300

Educational Costs = $3,953

Housing = $2,500

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $6,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,250

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $140

Books & Supplies = $30

Personal expenses = $450

Other = $15 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $3,085

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Cost for students staying at the residence hall; homestay students should budget 750

†† Covid test to enter US, if required

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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