Internship Seminar

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Internship Seminar
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Language of instruction: 
Contact Hours: 



This course gives students theoretical and practical knowledge to face the new labor reality as well as the necessary tools to manage different workplace settings throughout their experience. It focuses on the common cultural aspects students may find and share in their new professional context. The main goal is giving a (self) reflection that will let them face different stereotypes and come up with new and viable ideas according to their labor reality. The course is structured around what we understand by culture (values, beliefs, ways of communicating…) and around what students learn about themselves as cultural beings.

Attendance policy: 

Attendance is mandatory for all IES Abroad classes, including course related excursions. Any exams, tests, presentations, or other work missed due to student absences can only be rescheduled in cases of documented medical or family emergencies. If a student misses more than three classes in any course 3% of the final class grade will be deducted for every unjustified student absence. Six absences in any course will result in a failing grade.

Method of presentation: 
  • Reading of articles
  • Class discussions using students experiences
  • Lectures of externals
  • Simulations of job interviews
Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Class participation - 20%
  • Journal - 15%
  • Simulation of job interview - 15%
  • Placement evaluation - 25%
  • Research project - 25%




Session 1

Presentation of the course.

Preparation for working at the institutions.

Muñoz Molina, A. Desde este lado, desde el otro lado. El País semanal. (3 Jul. 2011)
Session 2

The cultural iceberg.


What do we mean by culture?

Intercultural competence.

Cercas, Javier. Elogio de la pereza. El País. (Junio 2012)

Visit: Art Exposition.

Session 3

Labor context.

The royal Spain.

Cronemy: policronics and monocronics.

Proxemics: changes and stability.

Horarios y cambios. (2011)
Session 4

Relationships and ways of communicating.

Direct and indirect communication.

Collectivism and individualism.

Hierarchy and Equality.

Jefes, compañeros y formas de comunicarse. (2011)
Session 5

The worker in me.

Competences, abilities and values.


Busquemos nuestra vocación. Borja Vilaseca. El País semanal. (2011)
Session 6

Case study: presentation of a professional project.

An entrepreneur in Granada.

El primer emprendedor español. Manuel Asende. Esmateria. (2013)

Session 7

Searching for a job: CV and cover letter.

Professional profile in Spain.


¿Por qué necesito un objetivo si puedo preguntar? M.L. Moreno. Zumo de empleo. (2013)

Session 8 Presentation of a solidary Project.  
Session 9

Job interview.

Verbal vs non-verbal communication.

Intercultural trading.

Trading and partners.

Successful job interviews. Adecco.

Session 10 My professional project: objectives, methodology and evaluation.  
Session 11

Creative competence.

Logo and slogan.

¿Qué clase de persona creativa eres? J. Meléndez. Yorokubo. (2013)
Session 12

The labor world from the gender perspective: division, market and relationships.

Visit of a creative woman from Granada.

Guinart, L. (2010) Soy mujer y pretendo trabajar, Debolsillo: Madrid.
Session 13 Final evaluation. Gratitude.  
Required readings: