To find out more about a typical day in the life of an intern, we sat down with three of our current interns who are here with us until December. We asked them about their experiences so far and what you can expect if you also decide to intern with us in Valencia.
What’s your internship?
We are all currently doing our internships with Villarreal CF, a football club in the first division of La Liga. We are concentrating on international marketing and business.
What’s your daily schedule like?
Each day can vary but we usually work 4 days a week, 4 hours per day. So, starting at 10pm and finishing at 2pm. On the days we travel to the Villarreal club offices, we need more time to commute and so we end up working longer hours. We usually do this once or twice a week. The rest of the time we work from the Villarreal offices in Valencia.
One of our interns also takes Spanish classes and so she added: I do Spanish classes 3 days a week, twice a week for 4 hours and one day a week for 2 hours. This works for me because it fits easily around my internship hours, enabling me to combine both programs.
What type of tasks do you do in a typical day?
Our tasks change on a daily basis, based on what our supervisor needs and the current projects they have going on. Some of the tasks we do are translations for articles published on the website, help with the social media accounts, research on soccer markets in different countries and on youth soccer clubs in the US, where Villarreal CF can make potential collaborations in the future.
What do you during lunch breaks?
When we finish at 2pm we just go home to our host families or our apartments to eat. On the days we work all day, we may bring lunch and eat in a local park or go to a restaurant/ cafe for a meal. Usually we go to lunch with the other interns and sometimes with our work colleagues.
Are there things to do on the weekends in Valencia?
There’s a lot to do here! You can go to the beach, walk in the Turia Park which runs right through the city, and also take a bike through this park too as there are many bike trails. Also, Valencia is a great location from which to travel to other cities and towns nearby. You can take cheap trips by train and even cheap flights to other countries in Europe. We have 3 day weekends so we have the opportunity to travel outside of Spain and make the most of short expeditions to different countries.
What advice would you have for somebody who wants to come to intern in Valencia?
Each student gave a word of advice to make the experience the best it can be …
Be adaptable. You may be working on one project and your supervisor will give you more to work on. You need to be able to adapt and work on several tasks at the same time, even when these tasks may be very different.
Find ways to meet people here. It’s really fun to find out about the culture and meeting people from here is the best way to do this. You can stay with a host family to get a true feel for the culture and you can also go to the weekly language exchanges to meet people too.
Stay open minded. The cultural differences can be hard to get used to and you will have to deal with a different work schedule and different meal times which can be a culture shock at first. But if you stay open minded and learn about the new culture, this is the best way to enjoy your experience!
If you’d like to try an internship abroad here in Valencia, check out our Internship Placement Sectors to see if they fit what you’re looking for!