All the undergraduate courses at ISAL (Tourism, Business Management and Hotel Organisation and Management) offer a compulsory curricular internship in the last semester of the course, in a working environment at regional companies.
The curricular internship is a process of practical-pedagogical experience that brings students closer to the professional life of their field of study, helping them understand different theories that govern a particular professional practice.
Students must apply for internships according to the annually approved internship calendar which is displayed at ISAL and on its website.
The student must comply with the Internship Regulation.
Students must apply by presenting the required documentation and filling in the official form – The internship requests are internal documents that are not available on the website.
The Internship may be carried out in one of the following ways:
- By applying for internships that are proposed by ISAL;
- 1.By carrying out the internship in an organisation suggested by the student, as long as ISAL’s Pedagogical Board approves the respective request, which must be appropriately justified.
At the end of the internship, students must present a compulsory internship report.
Curricular Internships and the employability of ISAL’s undergraduate courses
The internships promoted in the context of ISAL’s undergraduate courses have been contributing to its students and the island’s employability.
This course unit gathers advantages for both sides. On the one hand, it provides the future graduate with the opportunity to put into practice what he/she has learnt at university. On the other hand, when the company receives interns, it has the great benefit of assessing with time the interns’ creativity, energy and capability to work, without making a labour commitment that removes flexibility.
Big companies are investing more and more in this recruitment method which gives them the possibility to assess their interns and time to introduce them to their corporate philosophy.
Some of the internship companies: