Work in Portugal

Interested in working in Portugal? Search recruiters, seasonal, summer and year round jobs. Portugal is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and is easy to see why, expect sunny weather, friendly locals, spectacular beaches and incredible places to work. Apply today.


Jobs & Internships in Portugal

A Guide to Working in Portugal

Summer Jobs Portugal

On our guide to working in Portugal you can read information about what jobs are available and how to secure a dream summer job in places like the Lagos, Albufeira and the Algarve. We also provide tips and recommendations for working as a rep or promotional staff and other jobs which might appeal to you. If you would like to take a working holiday in Portugal apply today.

Where to start, a warm year round climate, beautiful beaches, great value, a modern country, lively atmosphere and nightlife, friendly locals and a much more relaxed and laid back destination compared to other seasonal jobs in Europe. For many people working in Portugal might seem like a dream, but you can make this a reality! With a bit of planning, research and also using our website you can make one of the best decisions of your life. You will get to know new people, make new friends, enjoy the best parties and see some of the most beautiful locations in the country in your spare time.

Although Portugal is very touristy, not everyone here speaks English and to give yourself a better chance of gaining employment you will need to speak at least basic Portuguese. There are lots of ex-pat bars and clubs where this won't be an issue, but for local business e.g. cafes, bars, restaurants and also working as a rep for a large holiday company it will be desired and sometimes essential you know Portuguese. So you could start learning today, buy a phrase book, learn online or book classes.




Popular Places to Work in Portugal

There are jobs available throughout the country in places like:

  • Lisbon
  • Porto
  • Coimbra
  • Algarve
  • Braga
  • Setúbal
  • Queluz
  • Madeira

If the idea of working under the sun and experience a great lifestyle appeals to you consider applying for seasonal jobs in some of the following popular resorts:

  • Lagos (our top recommendation with a lively atmosphere)
  • Vilamoura
  • Albufeira (another great option)
  • Alvor
  • Carvoeiro
  • Ferragudo
  • Monte Gordo
  • Praia da Rocha 
  • Armacao de Pera
  • Madeira (a luxury destinations and finding normal employment can be tricky)


Summer Jobs in Portugal

Work in Portugal

Portugal is a very popular destination with holidaymakers and because of this there are lots of summer jobs available for international staff. You can apply for jobs with international or local tour operators or direct with bars, restaurants and hotels. We highly recommend the Algarve region for these positions and the summer season generally runs from May to September.

In the Algarve local unemployment is very high at the moment but tourism helps by creating jobs. Often though the long hours and low pay put off a lot a lot of Portuguese staff from applying or continuing to work in this area which frees up positions for casual and temporary international staff. A popular summer working destination is Lagos.

You can apply to work a summer season selling tickets as part of a marketing and promotional team. Sometimes there is a basic salary provided or you work on commission for any event tickets you sell. If you are good at this job you can make a lot of money but you might need to be an efficient seller.

This job can involve going to hotels, bars, clubs, beaches and having a presence in tourist areas like Lagos and Albuferia. Positions can be joined in June, July, August and September and you will usually be offered a package including accommodation. Flights and food usually need to be paid for separately. Agencies are accepting applications now for this season and you an apply online today.


Internships in Portugal

Intern Portugal

Portugal is the oldest nation in Europe with a rich history and world class cities. Portugal is increasingly popular and there is no better time to apply. Where you go really comes down to personal preference and the company you would like to intern. We highly recommend you try to learn basic Portuguese as this will increase your chances of getting a placement and also help once participating. You might like to book a Portuguese language course in Portugal

There is so much you can do in your spare time like surfing or just exploring the rest of the country or even Europe via train, bus or low-cost airlines. Make sure you get your application for summer internships in early as this period is very popular with international students seeking work experience. You can expect a welcoming culture and enjoys warm weather almost all year round making it the ideal location to apply to intern. 


Types of Internships

You can apply to gain experience in a wide range of industries including:

  • Agriculture
  • Business & Finance
  • Biology
  • Charity
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • NGO
  • Medicine and Healthcare
  • Hotel and Hospitality
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Media and Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Veterinary
  • Eco tourism and sustainability


Top Tips

Sometimes just contacting organisations and businesses in Portugal from overseas can be difficult especially if you do not speak Portuguese. Some agencies offer assistance to international participants or you could just apply once in Portugal. It is possible to find paid internships in Portugal but this really depends on the company, internship provider or industry you are interested in working in. 


Cost of Living

Portugal is a cheap country to intern compared to other destinations in Europe, there are low living costs with food, transport, rent and going out usually cheaper than other places like the UK, Spain and France. Sample costs can include:

  • 1 room in a flat/houseshare: 250 Euros
  • 1 bedroom apartment in City Center (Porto/Lisbon): 400-500 Euros
  • Tram/bus ticket: 1.50 Euros


Salary for Working in Portugal

The salary for working in Portugal can vary depending on the position and company you work for, you might be shocked to realise that the minimum wage is around €500 per month for full time workers, the economy here has been hit badly by the world recession. You will usually be paid in the local currency the Euro (€) (EUR).


How to Apply

You can apply in advance on the internet or by searching employers we have listed, register with an employment agency in country or just seek out positions by going door to door. If you need any help getting a job in Portugal please get in touch.


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