Have you ever thought of doing an internship in an International Relations Office?

My name is Ewelina Reczulska and a student of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw. When I came to Valencia, I had already had a one -year experience as an Erasmus student in Spain. Like every Erasmus student I spent hours waiting in a queue to the International Relations Office. Every time I needed something I always received there such a nice welcome and I was amazed at the great atmosphere that created all the different nationalities. So, when I decided to do an internship, I knew it should be that place and of course in Spain!

As I have two weeks left of my training, it’s a good moment to share my experience as in intern at the International Relations Office of Cardenal Herrera CEU University.

During these three months, I was assigned different and interesting tasks, such as translations of articles for different departments of the University, writing articles to the blog or looking for student work placements and internships in UK. The last one was pretty challenging for me because, firstly, I had to contend with the British accent, and secondly, I had to learn how to be persuasive and trustworthy by phone. I also completed administrative duties such as answering phones and e-mails, filing, preparing the necessary documents and other administrative tasks.

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However, my work was mainly focused on management of the Erasmus program. I was preparing documentation, helping students with their inquiries on study abroad opportunities, contacting the universities abroad, assisting in solving student’s problems.  I have to admit that the contact with international students was the most enjoyable part of my duties. It was very interesting experience since this work allowed me to understand administrative proceedings in other countries.

Also, I think I was lucky because I worked with people who, from the beginning, trusted me and from the first days included me into group. Everybody was very helpful and made me feel welcome and at no time I felt alone or isolated. The atmosphere at the office always has been friendly. Everyone gets together, has fun and laugh but also works hard. I´ve learnt many practical skills from my colleagues that will help me in my future career.

During my free time, I managed to squeeze in some local culture such as eating authentic tapas and paella, drinking sangria, visiting places around Valencia. Although I suffered a little bit from the Spain’s summer heat, I’m happy to having spent these 3 months here since I could enjoy the beautiful beaches on the Valencian Coast.

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In conclusion, I am happy and proud of my experience at University CEU Cardenal Herrera. For those who are reading my article and thinking of doing an internship as mine, I definitely recommend you this place!

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4 Comments

  1. Hola,

    Estoy muy interesada en esta pasantia, me gustaria tambien saber si por este trabajo se recibe alguna remuneracion o ayuda por parte de la universidad.

    Muchas Gracias

    Alexa

    • Hola Alexa,

      En primer lugar, muchas gracias por tu comentario y tu interés por realizar unas prácticas en la Oficina de Relaciones Internacionales de nuestra universidad. En principio, la colaboración no implica ninguna dotación económica, aunque sí que contempla las comidas de los becarios de lunes a viernes. Si estuvieras interesada en realizar unas prácticas con nosotros (duración mínima de tres meses y máxima de un curso académico), te aconsejamos que remitas tu curriculum vitae y una presentación, indicando las áreas que sean de tu interés (traducción, comunicación, gestión administrativa…) a merche.gimeno@uch.ceu.es antes del 30 de noviembre (fecha prevista de inicio de la actividad en febrero de 2015).

      Si conoces a otras personas interesadas en realizar prácticas en nuestra Oficina de Relaciones Internacionales, ¡no dudes en ponerles en contacto con nosotros!

      ¡Muchas gracias!

      • Hola, gracias por responder.
        Tambien me preguntaba si para un estudiante de derecho estas practicas podrian beneficiarlo en su rubro, gracias

        • Hola de nuevo Alexa,

          Cualquier experiencia profesional es enriquecedora y añadirá valor a tu CV, sin duda. Te recomiendo que te pongas en contacto con la Oficina de Relaciones Internacionales y plantees tu situación; ellos podrán orientarte más sobre las posibilidades existentes según tu perfil, ¡que seguro les resulta interesante!

          ¡Muchas gracias!

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