Portugal Internship Program


The Portugal Internship Program gives you the opportunity to spend 8-weeks in Lisbon in a full-time internship or do a part-time internship with a Portuguese language course.  You will earn 6-credits for this experience. This program is a collaboration with the Study in Portugal network and leverages their extensive resources to offer you placements in an incredibly wide-range of fields, including scientific and medical research, engineering, social science, public policy, and more.  Internship placements are offered across a variety of fields with opportunities in English and Portuguese.
An internship placement questionnaire along with a resume and cover letter are required. The individualized placement process will help place you in an opportunity that meets your academic and professional goals. You will get support from both Pitt and the Study in Portugal Network to ready your resume and ace any interviews.  
As a part of the program, you'll live in the center of Lisbon with Portuguese and international students.  Your program will include two weekend trips throughout Portugal (exact locations TBD) as well as two day trips.
PittBusiness students who are interested in summer international internships should visit the International Internship Program for more information.

As an engaged and active participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • study the benefits and challenges of working in a cross-cultural environment with a guided internship course
  • develop professional skills in your field of study
  • develop cross-cultural competencies in a professional setting
Learning Objectives: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • Professional skills in your field of study with full-time internships in English and Portuguese
  • Cross-cultural competencies in a professional setting
  • An understanding the benefits and challenges of working in a cross-cultural environment along with a guided internship course
  • Portuguese language skills (optional)
Partner Information: 

The University of Pittsburgh partners with the Study in Portugal Network (SiPN) on this program. You won't have Pitt faculty on the ground with you for this program.  However, SiPN the partner organization we work with on this program will provide academic, intern, and emergency support for you.
The Study in Portugal Network (SiPN) study abroad program is managed by the non-profit Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD), with the support of the Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science, the US Embassy in Lisbon, the Fulbright Commission in PortugalAICEP, and the Lisbon City Municipality, among others. It offers North American students the opportunity to spend a semester, year or a summer in the vibrant capital city of Lisbon, Portugal. Eventually, SiPN seeks to expand beyond Lisbon to include other quality Portuguese universities in other cities.
The program’s primary aim is to increase the number of students from North America who study abroad in Portugal. SiPN provides an academically rigorous but flexible study abroad program that is designed to meet the needs of undergraduates from a variety of majors. Its core curriculum is focused on Portugal’s place in Europe and Lisbon as a safe and attractive cosmopolitan hub from which to explore themes related to the larger Lusophone community of some 260 million people.
SiPN Lisbon has a large number of internships for academic credit in either Portuguese or English, with full or part-time options. Placements exist for a wide range of majors & career interests. They require at least an 8-week stay in June & July,
Ricardo Pereira is your main point of contact. Ricardo is a Portuguese native from the Lisbon area who spent his 12th grade year attending a U.S. high school in Ohio, where he lived with a host family and developed a close familiarity with American culture and near-native fluency in English. Based on his experience running the day-to-day operations of UMass in Lisbon and successfully serving the needs of nearly 40 study abroad students for that program, Ricardo was tapped by SiPN’s Program Director in 2014 to develop the SiPN Program for FLAD and to take over as SiPN’s Program Coordinator in June 2015.

Location Description: 

Lisbon is Portugal's capital, situated along the hilly Atlantic coast.  As one of the largest and most popular cities in the European Union, Lisbon has been recognized as an alpha-level global city by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group.  It is an important place for finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, education, research, and more, making it the ideal location to intern in a variety of fields.  The city's location, climate, history, safety, quality and cost of living all make it the ideal location to live, too! 
Temperatures and precipitation vary based on the season. In June & July, the temperatures average 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Temperatures cool off at night and there’s also always potential for rain. It is a good idea to pack a light, waterproof/resistant jacket.

Housing Description: 

On the program, you'll have double occupancy room in an international residence, living with other international and Portuguese students. Your housing is located in the Santa Clara neighborhood, one most desirable areas of the city. It is a short walk from buses, trolleys, and subway stations making it a convenient location for your commute to your internship or to the Study in Portugal Network offices. Plus, your transit pass is included in the program. Final rooming assignments will be provided a few weeks prior to departure. You can expect the following with your accommodations:

  • Double-occupancy rooms depending on availability
  • Private bathrooms
  • Shared Kitchen area with basic utensils, plates, glasses, pots and pans,
  • Access to a gym
  • WiFi
  • Coin-operated washer (additional charge), no dryer and housekeeping, fully equipped kitchens, and common areas to relax!

We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions. 

Academic Description: 

You'll earn a total of 6 credits on the Portugal Internship program. You will intern full-time 35-40 hours per week in a field of related to your academic area studies or related to your professional interests. Internships are available in a wide range of fields including: Health sciences, liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences. In addition to your internship, you will meet regularly with your fellow program participants and a local faculty member to discuss and reflect on your experiences living and working in Portugal. It is a great forum to discuss the benefits and challenges of working in a cross-cultural environment. There is no Pitt faculty or staff that accompanies the group on this program. Interested in learning Portuguese during the program? Talk to your program manager for more information.

Students who have attended this program in the past have taken classes in the areas of:: 
International Internship - Portugal June
International Internship - Portugal July
Experiential Learning Description: 

Pitt's partner in Portugal, Study in Portugal Network (SiPN), will work with you after your acceptance to find you an internship. Internships in Lisbon are available in a variety of fields, and SiPN always takes your academic focus and career goals into account when pairing you with a host company. Internships are in English, but students with advanced Portuguese skills can be placed into Portuguese-speaking companies/organizations. SiPN will work with you throughout the placement process to perfect your resume, prepare you for your interviews, and find out your internship goals. These internships run the gamut from placements with governmental organizations, NGOs, INGOs, or for-profit companies. 

Sample Internship Placements

Past placements have included:

  • The Institute for Research and Innovation in Health Sciences (Lab Research)
  • Champalimaud Center for the Study of the Unknown - Neuroscience Research 
  • The Portugal Economy Probe
  • Fabrica de StartUps
  • University of Minho School of Health Sciences Research Domain
  • IBM: Marketing, Events, and Corporate Communication

*Note that the above sample placements are only examples of possible positions, and placement options are not limited to these industries/fields.

Program Fees: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Internship placement assistance
  • Housing (single room with access to a kitchen, WiFi, and gym)
  • Local cell phone for calls and texts to program staff and participants
  • Two weekend trips (exact locations TBD)
  • Two day trips (exact locations TBD)
  • International Health Insurance
How Much To Budget: 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $4,656 $4,856
Program Fee $0 $0
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $4956 $5156

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1200-$1500
Personal Expenses $1000-$1500
Local Cell Phone $100

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Additional Information: 
  • All students who participate on this program are required to meet with Tim Crawford
  • The internship placement process will take work and patience on your part.
  • You will integrate into the local workforce and intern 35-40 hours per week. You will contribute meaningful work to the organization which will in-turn benefit your budding career.
  • You will learn cultural competencies not only in a professional environment, but also a social environment. This is a great opportunity for you to build professional relationships and develop an international network.