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Internships

 

INTERNSHIPS DURING THE PANDEMIC

  1. We can sign new internship agreements and you can go to the company in case it guarantees for your safety. 

  2. Otherwise, we can consider signing the agreement in remote-working mode.

  3. Please, remember that we won't validate or sign internship agreements during the following periods: 15/07-01/09 i 15/12-10/01.

 

 

Academic internships are temporary stays that a student can carry on in a company or a laboratory, with the aim of complementing the studies and the practical experience related to the degree in which the student is enrolled. For this reason, the tasks to be carried out in the company must be directly related to the student's degree.

The internship is an academic activity and its validity must be agreed among the company, the university and the student within the student's curriculum; as such, it is necessary to sign an agreement before starting. When internships are finished, they are evaluated and graded.

You can have a look at the UPC/EETAC regulations (in Catalan). Further details are also given during the informative session (in Catalan)  which takes place at the beginning of each semester: we encourage you to sign up!

 

TYPE OF INTERNSHIPS

 

The curricular internships are defined as a specific course inside the curriculum; it is thus necessary to enroll them in order to have them recognized in the curriculum:

  • They are compulsory in the Bachelor of Networks Engineering and in the Bachelor of Telecommunications Systems Engineering (12 ECTS)

  • They are optional in the Bachelor of Aerospace Systems Engineering (12 ECTS)

They must be signed for the total amount of hours in a single agreement (not by accumulation of small agreements). To enroll the curricular internships, you must have previously passed a minimum of credits that varies according to each degree see the Table with the internships rules.

It is compulsory to carry out the curricular internships before the extracurricular ones (except for the masters in which curricular internships are not defined).

They can be recognized through professional experience, as long as:

  • You have worked on tasks related to the degree

  • At least 3,200 hours of work have been accumulated (in the same company or in more than one, having worked at least 800 hours in each one)

  • One (or more) employment contracts have been signed with the company (or companies)

The extracurricular internships are voluntary and are not part of the study plan. In order to sign the agreement, you must have passed a minimum of credits.

To carry out these internships, it is necessary to meet the following requirements:

  • Having enrolled and finished the curricular internships (if defined in the study plan)
  • Having an ongoing enrollment of a minimum of 15 ECTS
  • Having approved at least half of the courses enrolled in the previous semester

In this case, the objective of the internship is to work on the tasks related with the Final Thesis Project. The final goal for the student is to defend the Final Thesis.

  • The number of hours in this agreement depends on the number of credits of the Final Thesis in each degree ( see the Table with the internships rules).
  • The internship agreement, in this case, must include the tasks related to the Final Thesis.

 

Extracurricular internships will not be recognized for curricular internships: you must take this decision when requesting the internship and before signing the agreement. It is compulsory to do the curricular internships before the extracurricular ones. 

 

WHERE YOU CAN DO AN INTERNSHIP 

The internships can be done in:

  • Private companies and institutions
  • Public companies and institutions such as City Halls, Provincial Councils and others
  • Professionals and professional associations
  • The university itself, in laboratories and research groups (administrative support and teaching support tasks cannot be considered as a valid internship)
  • In a Spanish company or as a mobility period in a foreign company

 

PROCEDURES

 

 

REPORT

 

At the end of the internship period, at the time of the evaluation, the student must deliver a written report evaluating the internship period.

The report cannot be longer than 2 pages and must include at least:

  1. The student personal information
  2. The name of the collaborating entity where the internships have been carried out
  3. Specific and detailed description of the tasks and the departments in which the student has been involved 
  4. Assessment of the tasks carried out with the knowledge and skills acquired in relation to university studies 
  5. List of problems raised and procedures followed for their resolution 
  6. Identification of the learning gained throughout the internship 
  7. Evaluation of the internship period and suggestions for improvement 

In the event that the memory does not comply with the regulations, your EETAC tutor will ask you for a new version that must be entered again in the system.

 

ECONOMIC COMPENSATION, SCHOOL INSURANCE AND ASSISTANCE

 

Economic compensation

 

The internships must be paid. The UPC has set a minimum depending on the academic level of the studies:

  • The minimum is 8 €/hour for Bachelor students
  • The minimum is 10 €/hour for Master students

You cannot sign agreements for lower amounts, unless previously agreed between the company and the School. In the case of an internship to carry out the Final Degree Project in the company, this minimum may not be paid.

Please, take also into account that EU citizens will suffer a tax retention of approx. 2%. Non-EU citizens can suffer a much higher retention (20-25%). 

 

School Insurance

 

The school insurance in the case of an accident and of civil liability is mandatory.

The student must be up to date with the payment of the school insurance while the agreement is in force. The insurance covers Spanish students under the age of 28 in periods of one year, from September 16 to September 15 of the following year.

If the student is over 28 years old, he/she must take a private insurance. To this end, the UPC has signed an  agreement with the CONFIDE Insurance Brokerage.

It is very important that the internship does not start before the agreement is signed, since the student would not be covered by the insurance. 

Also, find out more on this in the UPC risk prevention website; the entity where you will do the internship is responsible for providing you more specific information on its own rules.

 

Scholarships

 

You can find more information regarding scholarships related with internships following this link.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

The internships offered by the companies to EETAC students are available through our online platform; this selection has been already processed by the School and meets the established requirements on content and remuneration. The student can also find an internships on his/her own, taking into account the requirements summarized in this page.

In the case of Bachelor students, you must have passed half the credits of the study plan. For more information you can access the Table with the internships rules

Only in the case of curricular internships, as they are considered as a regular course in the study plan; therefore, they must be enrolled once the Internship Agreement is accepted by all the parties. You will receive more detailed information on how to process it when you collect the signed agreement.

Yes. During the mid-semester and end-of-semester break, you can take your day off in the case you have an exam. You can also take hours off in case you need to meet your professor, present some academic work, take part in the governing and representative bodies of the University, and to go to the doctor. However, you must inform the company in advance and deliver them the corresponding supporting documents.

Yes. All the students that are younger than 28 are covered by the school insurance, which is paid every time you first enroll a course at the beginning of an academic year. The students that are over 28 years old must purchase a complementary insurance.

No. You are not entitled to vacation leaves during the internship period, since it is not an employment contract. It is an academic relationship with the company, as also specified in the agreement, and it does not involve an employment relationship. Anyway, in the internship agreement you can see all the rights and duties that are assumed by all the parties.

No, as this is not an employment relationship but an academic activity. Review the signed internship agreement where the rights and duties of all the parties signing in are detailed.

Yes. We need the evaluation from the three parties: the company, the student and the EETAC supervisor; finally, the External Relations vice-Dean will validate them. On the one hand, we need the evaluation in order to get the feedback from the company on the student's knowledge, and to get information on the company from the student point of view. It is also necessary to upload the student's report. In the case of the curricular internships, the final assessment will be recorded in the student academic curriculum, according to the established criteria.

No. Until you have the new internship agreement signed and delivered, no legal relationship has been yet formalized between the company and the student; therefore, you cannot go to their premises. The commitments assumed by each party and summarized in the internship agreement takes over at the time of the signature, and are not valid before.

Yes. The company has to specify again the work plan to be carried out by the student (it may be similar to the previous one or different) and the Vice Dean of External Relations has to approve the new conditions.

No. You need to be an UPC student in order to hold an internship agreement, as it is an academic activity. As soon as you complete your studies at the UPC, your internship agreement is ended. Once you get your degree, you need to enter the company as a employee, not as an intern.

The insurance is only valid for the premise (or premises) that appear detailed in the internship agreement. Any change must be specified in the agreement before the trip takes place.

In the case of a trip in Spain, you must add this change to the work plan. In addition, if the trip is abroad, you will need to pay a travel insurance, detailing the duration of the trip and its location.

The company pays a 15.70% to UPC in terms of management expenses; this percentage is calculated over the total amount paid to the student by the company. In addition, the corresponding VAT is also applied.