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TIPS FOR PARTICIPANTS

Being selected by your host educational institution to participate in an Erasmus+ internship is a valuable work & life experience abroad. Following are some recommendations for applying to an Erasmus+ internship abroad.

WRITING THE RESUME

The first step for applying to any internship offer starts with a good resume. It is important that your resume presents your personal information, educational background and working experience in a clear and structured way. We also recommend to write a cover letter to describe  your ideal internship. It will help us to identify your preferences and see how your capabilities, personal qualities and background fit the vacancies. We’ve provided the Europass CV template as a useful tool to create your resume.

BE READY FOR THE INTERVIEW

An interview is your opportunity to tell your host educational institution about yourself and what you can contribute if you get the opportunity to participate in an Erasmus+ internship in Barcelona, Spain. Following are some tips to help you prepare it:

DRESS CORRECTLY

An interview is the key in the selection process; the professional appearance will always make a good impression.

BE ON TIME

Confirm directions to your interview location in advance.

BE PREPARED

Think about your educational background and past experiences and responsibilities in detail.

BE CONFIDENT

Relax and stay focused on the interview, just be yourself and smile.

ASSESS YOUR OWN SKILLS

Think about them both in general as well as those specific to the position for which you will be interviewing.

BE HONEST

We are aware that you might not have lots of experience so we prefer honesty rather than replying all the right answers.

WELCOME TO  BARCELONA

Once you have been selected to participate in an Erasmus+ internship, please read carefully the following checklist on some essentials to help you on get on your way to Barcelona.

Ensure your learning agreement has been signed and completed by your Educational Institute

Check with your Erasmus+ coordinator regarding your grant details

Insurance is next on the list; this must cover accident and liability as you are coming to work. Ask your Erasmus+ representative if you are unsure about what cover you require as your institute might be able provide it on your behalf

Apply for your European Health Insurance Card - EHIC - this may come in handly

Notify your bank that you will be out of country for some time- this is to ensure that you can still use your cards without them being blocked

It would be worthwhile speaking to your mobile phone provider to see if you can use your phone abroad, if not look into getting a SIM when you are in Barcelona

Brush up on some key Spanish or Catalan phrases and words

Read your job description to remind yourself what it is you are actually coming out here to do. Familiarise yourself with what the company does, where they work and how they work. There are many differences in how businesses function in Spain compared to other countries.

Once you settled in Barcelona, It is also helpful to map out the distance and transport routes from key destinations such as home-work, nearest supermarket and metro stations. It will be helpful to make this journey before you start work to again familiarise yourself with the surroundings

WE WISH YOU GOOD LUCK AND SEE YOU SOON IN BARCELONA!

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