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Welcome to Internships in Portugal

Embark on a transformative internship journey and gain valuable professional experience in the captivating country of Portugal.

Portugal is increasingly becoming an attractive destination for nonprofit internships because it offers a unique blend of cultural richness and social impact opportunities. Located along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is home to many amazing landmarks and sights including the Belém Tower in Lisbon, the lively Ribeira district in Porto, the Castle of Guimarães, and many more. During your internship in Portugal, make sure you get the chance to visit these historic places so that you can really immerse yourself in your Portugal experience.

The spectrum of nonprofit initiatives in this country can be as diverse and vibrant as its landmarks and sights. Whether your passion lies in conservation initiatives aimed at preserving its ecological treasures, environmental education programs designed to raise awareness about sustainability, or providing essential veterinary assistance to protect the country’s cherished animal populations, nonprofit internships in Portugal present you with many opportunities to express your commitment to meaningful causes.

As you dive into your nonprofit internship in Portugal and immerse yourself in the country’s rich culture and nurturing environment for personal and professional growth, you will also get to work with our partner organizations in Portugal. Your collaboration with our partner organizations will be a dynamic and reciprocal relationship, where you offer your skills, passion, and dedication, and in return, you receive valuable knowledge, cultural enrichment, and the profound satisfaction of knowing that your contributions have made a lasting difference.

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Portugal Highlights

Cultural Heritage

The culture that you will experience during your internship in Portugal will give you an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in a society deeply rooted in its past while also embracing modernity.

Festivals

An internship in Portugal for foreigners like yourself will undoubtedly leave you amazed at all its cultural events and festivals throughout the year. These festivities and cultural events provide you with a unique window into the country’s traditions.

Welcoming Atmosphere

During your time in Portugal, you will find yourself surrounded by friendly and welcoming locals who are eager to share their culture and make you feel at home.

Language Immersion

Portugal is an excellent place to improve your language skills, especially if you’re interested in learning Portuguese.

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Girl walking in field with a tree

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Environmental Education Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Santarém, Portugal
  • EDUCATION, FACILITATION, CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, MONITORING
Inspire change through education initiatives and community outreach, raising awareness about animal mistreatment and environmental issues.
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Girl with white duck

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Marketing and Fundraising Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Santarém, Portugal
  • CONTENT CREATION, FUNDRAISING, MONITORING & EVALUATION, FUNDING RESEARCH
Contribute strategically to initiatives aiding in raising crucial funds for vulnerable animals and promoting their welfare and well-being.
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Vet holding dog

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Veterinary Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Santarém, Portugal
  • ANIMAL CARE, VETERINARY ASSISTANCE, TREATMENT
Gain valuable insights into wildlife healthcare by providing first-hand veterinary care for vulnerable animals in a forest sanctuary in Portugal.
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Important information about Portugal

Internship locations in Portugal

Santarém

Santarém, Portugal: This city stands as an inviting location for your nonprofit internship in Portugal where your dedication can truly make a difference. This historic Portuguese city located beside the Tagus River offers you a unique mix of cultural heritage and opportunities for impactful community work. As an intern in Santarém, you’ll have the chance to engage in various nonprofit initiatives, from education to environmental conservation, all within a setting that encourages personal and professional growth.

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Weather and Climate

The weather in Portugal can vary depending on where you ultimately decide to do your internship. For example, northern Portugal (Porto, Braga, etc.) experiences an oceanic climate with relatively mild summers and cool, wet winters. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, and temperatures are generally cooler than in southern regions. On the other hand, central and southern Portugal (Lisbon, Santarém, Portimão etc.) experience a Mediterranean climate characterized by mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. These areas typically have more temperature variations between seasons.

Whether you end up doing a winter, spring, fall, or summer internship in Portugal, remember to always check what the weather in your preferred location is like during that specific season so that you can pack accordingly.

Safety and Support

During your internship in Portugal, we’re here to support you. Portugal is ranked number six on the GPI scale, which makes it one of the safest countries to travel and intern in. However, as with any destination, it’s important to take common-sense precautions to ensure your safety. Some of these precautions include knowing emergency contacts, being aware of your surroundings, and keeping your belongings safe.

Portugal Travel Requirements

  • Visa – If you are a citizen of the EU or an EU member state and want to do a Portugal internship, a visa is not required since you can stay in the country without needing one for up to 90 days. If you are a citizen of a country that is not visa-exempt for short stays, you will need to apply for a Schengen Visa.
  • Travel Insurance – You want to have a carefree experience during your internship abroad, so it’s important to get the right travel insurance; a package that is suited for your upcoming trip. Check out our page with more information on flights and insurance.
  • Police Clearance / Background Check – This is a standard policy for most of our internships, as you are often working with vulnerable individuals. The procedure on how to obtain a police clearance/background check varies per country.
  • Vaccinations – Some generally recommended vaccines for an internship in Portugal for foreigners are: routine vaccines, COVID-19, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, measles, and rabies.

PORTUGAL FAQS

Is it safe to do an internship in Portugal?

Portugal is considered one of the safest countries in the European Union, meaning that an internship in Portugal for foreigners is very safe. However, it is always a good idea to take basic safety precautions when visiting or interning in any country.

Do I need to speak Portuguese to be an intern in Portugal?

Whether or not you need to speak Portuguese to do an internship in Portugal solely depends on the specific internship opportunity, the organization you will be working with, and the nature of the work. For example, if you are going to be doing an internship in the area of education, this probably means that you do need to have some basic Portuguese language skills in order to communicate with the individuals who may not have the ability to speak English.

What are the living costs in Portugal?

The living costs in Portugal can vary depending on where you decide to intern. Interning in popular destinations such as Lisbon or Porto will have higher living costs (accommodation, groceries, transportation, etc.) than other lesser known destinations, for example Santarém or Braga. However, even the cities that are on the more expensive side of the spectrum are still considered one of the most affordable living costs compared to other European cities.

When should I start planning my internship in Portugal?

We recommend you to start planning for your internship in Portugal at least three months in advance. This is in order for you to make sure that you have all necessary documents, vaccinations, and other aspects of your internship experience prepared

How do I apply for an internship in Portugal?

You can browse through all our offered opportunities for internships in Portugal. Once you find one that suits your interests, you can apply by filling out the application form online. After we have revised your application, we will contact you in order to schedule an online interview to give us a better idea of your internship goals. You will also be able to ask any questions that you may have. If everything goes well, we’ll send your application to the host organization.

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HOW TO APPLY

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

APPLY

Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.

GET STARTED

SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR

We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.

INTERNSHIP MATCHING

If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.

PAYMENT

If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.

CONFIRMATION

Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

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