BEST Programs provides the opportunity for companies in Spain, Belgium and Italy to host university educated candidates from foreign countries. For the local businesses, the benefits of accepting an overseas intern are numerous.
• The intern will help the staff in a range of administrative duties. For example, research and marketing, cost and benefit analysis, Internet and web page assistance, customer and public relations, text processing, and database entry.
• Translation and interpretation.
• The selection and referral of the intern to the company has no cost.
• An additional person amongst the staff will cover the absence of another employee, provide part-time work for special projects, and alleviate the workload in the department.
• Through the promotion of cultural exchange, the overseas intern may expose the local businesses to new ideas and perspectives.
• With a native speaker of other languages on hand, the level among the personnel will improve.
Accepting foreign interns is a great opportunity to enrich the company in a cultural exchange. The application and selection process are free. One hopes that the experience creates a high level of satisfaction for both the local businesses and the overseas intern. Often ties are formed between the two parties, which can lead to future collaborations, commercial contacts, possible employment, etc.
Duration of Stay
After receiving the perspective intern’s application, the two parties decide on the duration of the internship, ranging from one to six months, similar to a university or business program. Typically, the interns work four hours per day, five days a week but full-time can be arranged (see Compensation section below).
A contract between the student and the business in unnecessary. The nature of the internship is strictly experiential. In no way is the business obliged to provide future work for the intern. Therefore, work permits, social security quotes, and revenue business accounts are not required. The businesses do not establish an official contracted relationship with the intern. This is confirmed on a simple agreement signed by the participants.
In agreement with the regulations of international exchange, participants are required to have insurance that suitably covers medical emergencies such as sickness, an untimely accident, or an unfortunate demise.
Businesses that select an intern are not obligated to provide a salary. However, a compensation or form of scholarly “aide” is optional, depending on the company’s or the intern’s interests. BEST Programs advises the companies to consider the possibility of a stipend, especially if an intern dedicates more than four hours per day to the company/NGO, etc. This aid can be based on lodging, transportation, work clothing, etc.
Most of our candidates are university students or post-graduate native English speakers. The business internship program is offered to university graduates and students from the United State (80%) and the European Union (10%) with an average age of 24, although there is no age limit. The student’s background may range from telecommunications to health professionals. The opportunity to host an intern is available to all businesses. Predominating sectors and departments are:
• Business Administration
• International Commerce
• International Relations
• Customer Service
• Educational fields, such as EFL and others
• Financial Departments
• Graphic Design
• Sales and Marketing
• Public Relations
BEST Programs advertises online throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to the individualized programs, agreements have been established between BEST Programs and universities in the United States and Europe.
Requirements for the Applicants
• Minimum age of 18 years.
• Intermediate Spanish, English, Italian or French levels, depending on the positions and their locations.
• Native English or an advanced level of spoken and written English.
• Optional third language.
• Previous educational or professional experience.
• Medical Insurance coverage.
All of the interns enrol in BEST Programs with the intention to improve their levels of Spanish, French, Italian or English in a professional setting. Some candidates want to reintroduce themselves into a professional environment after a relocation. In addition to this, some applicants are required to intern in a foreign country to fulfil a graduation requirement. The interns are driven with the motivation to build their resumes and gain practical experience in an international arena.
Steps to Request an Intern
1. Let us know how many interns are needed and in what fields of interest. You can request more than one. We recommend that you let us know with advanced notice (about eight weeks before the start of the internship). However, we also accept last minute requests, depending on the availability of a suitable candidate.
2. An appointment will be arranged to meet with the candidate personally, or a telephone interview will be set up. Once the business and the applicant have met, the final decision will be made accordingly. BEST will help to facilitate the process in every way possible. Our communication with the companies is personalized and at some point we will try to send a representative to your company to clarify the program.
3. We provide an Internship Agreement for educational programs and insurance. See a copy of the Agreement in English in the section on Formality above. There is no contract per se and as an educational program these are unpaid internships, though if the company wishes to recompensate the student in some way it is entirely voluntary.
4. The candidate begins the internship in the schedule agreed upon, normally 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, for between 2 and 6 months.
Contact BEST and we will find you the intern which adapts to your company’s needs.
By letter or telephone:
Calle Solano, 11, tercero C
Pozuelo de Alarcón
28223 Madrid, Spain
Tel.: (0034) 637-543-900