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University students complete 1,107 internships this summer
More than 80% of the internships are carried out in Spain and represent a first foray into the working world for many of the students.
16 | 08 | 2021
Between June and August, the University's students have carried out or are carrying out 1,107 academic internships, of which more than 80% are in Spain. The number of internships has doubled compared to the previous year and has increased by 10% compared to before the Covid-19 crisis.
The Careers Office (Career Services) of the University of Navarra manages the possibility for students to carry out extracurricular internships that allow them to learn about and define their professional future, which for many of them represents their first foray into the world of work.
Most of the students are from Degree and do their internships in Spain, although some have been able to travel to countries such as Portugal, Cape Verde, the Dominican Republic or France.
This is the case of Unai Lizaso -24 years old and a native of Pamplona-, graduate in Biology and Environmental Sciences, who is doing his internship at the Universidad Tecnológica Indoamericana in Ecuador. Unai considers that "it is an enriching experience with which you can put into internship what you have learned during the degree program". There, Unai is dedicated to designing explanatory posters, visits to nature reserves and environmental Education workshops. "We work with the local inhabitants to raise their awareness of the importance of caring for the environment. We are also preparing environmental Education activities so that we can organize visits for school groups in the future," he says.
Roberto Cabezas, director of Career Services, says that students value the internship opportunity and consider it essential to apply the knowledge acquired at classroom alongside professionals from different fields. "In addition to professional growth, it is a vital and enriching experience staff", he says. Likewise, he considers that companies continue to value the potential of students very positively.