The O’Neill School invites graduate students to apply for the O’Neill Global Leadership Program (GLP) in Portugal, a new international internship program available to students in all graduate degrees, offered in partnership with the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) and the Study in Portugal Network (SiPN), both based in Lisbon, Portugal. Selected students will be named Portugal Fellows and serve as the inaugural cohort of students participating in 2022.
Learn more about the O’Neill Global Leadership Program in Portugal
GLP in Portugal is an international internship program for graduate students at the O'Neill School. Selected students will be placed in an internship in Portugal that matches their degree field and/or area of interest. The program is 8 weeks in length (June-July 2022) and students will work full-time at their assigned internship. The internship placements are unpaid. The majority of placements will be in Lisbon, Portugal but there are also placement opportunities in other locations in Portugal such as Porto, Coimbra, and Braga, depending on specific area of student interest.
This internship program includes all the following features:
- Guaranteed internship/research position placement related to degree
- Lodging (furnished double room, single if possible)
- Public transportation pass
- Laundry/cooking facilities
- 24-hour emergency contact
- Pick-up on arrival day in Portugal
- Comprehensive health insurance
- Program integrated study-tours (1 night outside of Lisbon + 1 day trip per month)
- Program integrated field trips in/around Lisbon
- Use of university facilities
- Academic counseling and support
Students can be placed in internships with with a variety of organization types including NGOs, nonprofit organizations, public organizations, multinational companies, and start-ups. The topical areas of placements include sectors like:
- Transatlantic Leadership, Law, & Diplomacy (Lisbon)
- Nonprofits and Governmental Organizations (Lisbon)
- Engineering, Tech & Sustainability (Lisbon, Porto)
- Hospitality, Tourism, and Development (Lisbon)
- Medical & Healthcare (Lisboa, Porto, Braga)
- Business (Lisbon)
FLAD/SiPN will secure internship placements for students that match their stated interests and degree fields. In your application materials, please outline your areas of interest clearly so FLAD/SiPN has as much information to work with as possible.
The GLP in Portugal program fee will be $2,500. To secure their spot, students will accept their offer with a $550 deposit towards the program fee. The remaining program fee amount will be charged to students’ bursars when internship placements are finalized (March-April).
In addition to the program fee, students will be responsible for covering their flight and personal expenses while on the ground in Portugal, as well as paying any tuition associated with their internship requirement.
In the inaugural year of this program (2022), O’Neill will support students doing this program with a $1,500 stipend. Students are encouraged to apply for any internal or external awards to help fund this experience including O’Neill’s Greater Good Internship Fund, and more. Students may also apply any internship stipends awarded through their admissions process to this program.
We invite applications from O’Neill graduate students in any degree who are in good academic and disciplinary standing. The Career Hub and the O’Neill International Office (OIO) will open a call for applicants each fall semester. We will select a cohort of 10 graduate students to participate in the program. Students will be asked to upload a resume, cover letter, and a letter of reccomendation from a previous supervisor or faculty member. Below is the application process timeline:
- September-October: Program infosessions are held - attend to learn more and ask questions
- Early November: Applications due for this program
- Mid November: Interviews will take place
- Week before Thanksgiving Break: Students notified of acceptance into program
- Week after Thanksgiving Break: Students confirm participation in program and pay deposit
After acceptance, O’Neill will submit the selected students’ information and interests to the FLAD/SiPN. FLAD/SiPN will then secure placements for the students in an organization related to the students’ interests and/or degree field. Students can expect to have their internship placement by the March prior to departure.
The O’Neill International Office will administer a pre-departure training and preparation process covering health, safety, security, and cultural information for students doing this program. Pre-departure group meetings will take place monthly from January-May preceding departure for the internship program.
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