International Internships & Work Experience in Portugal

Portugal is increasingly popular place to intern 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. 

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. 

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. 


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


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 UKSpain 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



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


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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