If you are interested in doing an internship in Spain, there is a specific residence that you might need to apply for first: Residence for internship
The permit for professional internship is regulated by the Entrepreneur’s law and is a good
option to consider if you have recently gradated or are currently studying and would like to
have some work experience in Spain.
What are the requirements?
To be eligible for this permit, the intern must have finalized their studies in the previous two
years or be currently studying to obtain a higher education degree.
These studies must be considered as higher education, which includes University, but it’s
not limited to it.
It is not mandatory that studies are done in Spain.
As the name suggest, this permit will be based on the existence of an internship offer from
an institution or company to the applicant and must be on the same field and level as the
academic degree obtained or as the ongoing studies.
The traineeship offer can be under an agreement or under a contract between the entity
and the intern.
The contract or agreement must include a description of the activities to be performed as
well as the formative structure of the internship, which differentiates it from a regular job
position in the company.
The law lists the following items as the minimum content of the internship agreement and contract:
- A description of the programme including the educational objectives and formative
- items of the internship
- Conditions of work and supervision
- Legal relationship (contractual or not)
The residence will have the same duration as the agreement or contract. However, while
the agreement is expected to have a 6-month duration, renewable up to one year, the
minimum contract term for an internship is 6 months and can be renewed up to 2 years.
The intern must prove to have economic means and health coverage for the duration of the
Health insurance – Interns might be the beneficiary of social security if the internship is
based on a contract or if they receive a salary or aid for the work.
Economic means – It is required to prove having a 100% IPREM per month, for the duration
of the internship. The amount will be reduced to 50% IPREM, if the housing has been paid
How to apply?
- The company must request the authorization to the correspondent government
- Once granted, the student has to apply for the correspondent visa or for the TIE, if
already living in Spain.
All the documents proving the company and intern meet the requirements must be
submitted online and the government has 30 days to come back with a reply. If after these
30 days there is no answer, it is considered granted.
For those residences based on an agreement, it would be renewable only once, up to a year
For those residences based on a contract, it can be renewed for up to two years, considering
that this is the maximum duration of an internship contract at the moment in Spain
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