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Internship in France or in England?

Have you ever desperately felt the need to do an internship before entering the world of work? Well, this was exactly the situation

I was in during my last year of university! I finished my bachelor’s degree in International Science and Diplomacy perfectly in the prescribed time, then I realised that even if an internship was not a compulsory part of my studies, I needed to do one. Nowadays every company requires at least one work experience from their applicants, thus what you learn at university is not enough.

I wanted and would suggest you to search for an internship abroad, in this way you can both do a work experience and better your knowledge of a foreign language. I have studied English for 10 years and French for 6 years, so I was prone to find it in the England, in France or in Belgium. Suddenly, I was assailed by a doubt: was it more important to improve my English, because it is the official language in many work environments? Surfing in the Internet I found out there is a great amount of offers for unpaid internships. I started apply to every job I was interested in, such as to an Insurance company in France, to the Italian Chamber of Commerce in England and to the European Commission in Belgium, unfortunately no one of these was successful.

I decided to focus my research on the subject of the intership, not on the country. This could sound banal to you, but I was really worried I had to opt for an internship in England to improve my English, even if I would have not liked the field. I would like to suggest you to choose an internship by its content and its quality, you should consider if it gives you the possibility to grow professionally. Moreover, English, French and all other languages are equally useful; your future boss will appreciate you know whatever language, if you are proficient in it.

Finally, I would like to recommend you to do as many interships as you can before entering the real work environment, you will gain experience in different fields and have the possibility to understand which career is more suitable for your future.


Translation Internship in Portugal

Last year I had to do an Internship as part of my degree in translation. I tried to get in contact with several companies in England but I received no response. Considering that it was mandatory for the conclusion of my degree I chose to do it for my University – the Internship consisted of translating a Education Manual for Teachers that have to deal with some sort of problems in a classroom environment and how they should react, I had a semester to do it.

It was not a normal Internship per se, my job was to translate the manual from English to Portuguese but I didn’t have a fixed schedule to work on it, I had to do it alone because my colleagues were translating other things. So I had to make my own schedule to accommodate the fact that I was both working and studying at the same time, without forgetting the fact that I had to present progress reports every 15 days,

Not having a fixed schedule worked relatively well, but when the work started to increase I had not only to schedule my day but I had to set up priorities on the go. I think the fact that helped me the most was that I was working and studying at the same time in the 2 first years in the university so I was used to divide my time in advance, that enabled me to do a good job both at school and in my work.

The manual had 83 pages and even though it was about Educational Practices it expanded in so many interesting subjects that made it even more easier and fun to translate.

I found it very interesting for a number of reasons: it was related to a subject I like (Educational Practices, Social Education) and because it expanded my knowledge about that specific subject since I had to search for keywords and exact terms in Portuguese.

Other thing I enjoyed during this Internship was the fact I was involved in all the stages of production, I was translating, revising, and editing the text. In a way it’s good because you have total control over the content you are producing on the other way was bad because it’s hard to get some distance over the things you are producing in order to make a meaningful and conscious critique of your own work.

All in all it was a great experience.

Tiago, Portugal