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Lisbon, Portugal

Summer Global Internship

Study Program Full-Time Internship

Dates

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8 weeks

Costs

Credit

6 semester hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Overview

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.

Unique Experiences

WORK IN A GLOBAL START-UP HUB, LAND OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND CREATIVITY

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.

LEARN FROM A GLOBAL CITY IN EUROPE

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.

LIVE IN A CITY BUT RELAX AT THE BEACH

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.

1,000 +

LOCAL PASTRY SHOPS

150

BIKE LANE MILES

5

TRAM LINES

Experience
  • lisbon ice cream eating together
  • lisbon central plaza

Your Destination

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.

The Culture

city overlook sunset study abroad students 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.
museum lisbon portugal student visit

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.
students on computers lisbon portugal

INTERNSHIPS OPPORTUNITIES

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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Academics

Academics

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.

GPA

2.5

Language Requirements

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.

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

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.

Requirements

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

Program Credit

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.

Grading

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.

Language of Instruction

English

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.

Internship Opportunities

Gain real-world work experience, grow your professional network, and bolster your resume while interning at global organizations, multinationals, NGOs, startups, and more in Lisbon. Search for a more detailed list of internship opportunities.

Marketing, Communications, and Advertising  
Social media, events, advertising, journalism, public relations, and video production.

Tourism 
Tourism companies. 

Entrepreneurship  
Accelerators and tech startups, research, business development, and community management.

Fashion  
Local fashion design ateliers.

Sustainability  
Environmental advocacy, green tech, content creation, event management, and sustainable business development. 

Note: Please keep in mind that securing a spot in any of these opportunities is not automatically guaranteed and depends on availability and the internship host organization's decision. This internship listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The internships, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development.

Courses

Course Information

Summer Session I 2024

Course
Language
Semester Credit

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.

Scholarships

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
  • MSI Grant
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

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.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Summer 2024 8 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $7,450

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.

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 protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300

Educational Costs = $4,453

Housing = $2,500

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $7,450

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 = $560

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $90

Books & Supplies = $30

Personal expenses = $175

Total Costs = $2,055

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.

See Scholarships

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in residence halls/apartments, you should budget approx. $260 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

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 travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Joana Almeida

Center Director

Joana has been working with CIEE Lisbon since 2011. She holds a B.A. in Art History, an M.A. in Social Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Historical Sociology.

Sara Cunha

Operations Manager

Sara has been working for CIEE Lisbon since 2014. She holds a Ph.D. in Management with a specialization in Strategy and Entrepreneurship. She has studied and lived abroad in Spain, Hungary, Sweden and Brazil.

Francisco Henriques

Academic Manager

Francisco holds a PhD in History at University of Lisbon. He previously worked as a teacher and researcher in Economics and Social History. He is passionate about the sea, history and literature.

Get Started Steps

Get Started

Here’s what you need to do to take the next steps:

1

START AN APPLICATION
You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience!

2

CONNECT WITH YOUR CAMPUS STUDY ABROAD OFFICE 
Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad.

3

CONTACT US

Send us an email if you still have questions or need information about applying to this program.

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