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Why intern in Lisbon?

Why do a Turing Scheme funded Internship in Lisbon

Why intern in Lisbon?

Located in the region of Lisboa/Val do Tejo, in the centre-south area of Portugal, Lisbon is the Portuguese capital and a point of connection for travellers from South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. 

Lisbon has become a hub for creativity, commerce and culture and, due to experiencing a boom in the start-up scene, is known as one of the best cities for entrepreneurs! A Turing Scheme funded internship in Lisbon gives you the chance to get your career started in a city that provides many opportunities. It has even attracted big technology companies like Google, Amazon, Uber, Mercedes-Benz, etc.   

So, why not do an internship in a town with many viewpoints and rooftops from which to see the whole city and beaches while enjoying a drink in the sun? Or the shade because summer temperatures can be hot. Around 30-35 degrees hot.

Lisbon - the city of 8 hills with breathtaking viewpoints over the city

Industries available for a Twin internship funded by the Turing Scheme

In Lisbon, we currently offer work placements in Digital Marketing/ Social Media and Hospitality - take a look at the job descriptions for each role available to choose a role to best suit your skills.

The Digital Marketing roles offered in Lisbon are with small and medium-sized companies. The roles offered are varied and include social media and content creation, SEO and Google Analytics, film and video production and graphic design. Something to suit everyone.

Our Hospitality roles in Portugal range from placements in fast-moving city centre hostels to 5-star award-winning hotels. Your placement can be front of house or within the restaurants and bars, depending on your experience and preference, and you may be required to do shift work. 

I have learnt more in 3 months than I did in my previous 2-year role based at home. I have enjoyed the challenge, learning new skills and meeting new people. I feel that this will be a huge benefit towards my career and has expanded my horizons.

Digital Marketing Intern 2019

Lisbon Turing Scheme accommodation

In Lisbon, you will be in shared self-catering accommodation in either the heart of the Old Town or by the beach, depending on the location of your host company to minimise travel.

You will be living with your fellow Turing Scheme participants in various apartments that range in size, from 4 to 8 bedrooms, depending on your group's size. Each apartment will be equipped with basic kitchen equipment, and you will have your own single bedroom with study space and storage with access to shared bathrooms, kitchens and communal areas. All apartments will provide a bed linen pack, but please remember to pack your own towel.

All accommodation is close to amenities and local transport, so you will be ideally located close to bars, restaurants, local shops, and of course, your placement. The Lisbon accommodation locations have been carefully selected to provide you with the best opportunity to integrate with the local community. 

What to do while you're there

As the oldest city in Western Europe, Lisbon beautifully blends ancient heritage with compelling modernism and progressive thinking. It's like stepping into a postcard – cobbled streets are lined with colourful houses framed by the domed cathedrals that have been carved into the city's hills that overlook sparkling beaches. Lisbon's trademark eight hills are spread across the cityscape like towering custodians of history, making cycling an activity for the fit and very brave! So, while you can make use of the Lisboa Gira (cycle rentals) to get around town, you also have access to the Trams - that can get you to areas the busses and Metro don't reach. But be warned, the now infamous yellow trams can get crowded in peak tourist season. While the city isn't huge, the hills and irregular streets can make your journey longer than you may be used to. We advise you to do your research before deciding your commute route - some travel cards could cost up to 40€ per month.

 Modelled on mid-19th century California trams, the first tramway started in Lisbon in 1873 and is still one of the most fun ways to explore the city.

The many viewpoints provide Insta worthy pics – no filter necessary, but a trip to Praça do Comércio (Commercial Plaza or Palace Square) is a must. As the biggest and ‘central’ square in the city, it reflects the wealth and ambitions of Lisbon and Portugal in the late 18th century. And you might just as well taste the history by popping into Café Restaurant Martinho da Arcada - opened by the Marquis de Pombal in 1782. It is Portugal's oldest café. Or, take a day trip to Sintra, where many of Portugal's nobility built their summer residences. Just an hour away from Rossio train station, Sintra is a Unesco World Heritage-listed centre hidden in pine-covered hills, and an absolute gem. 

 Palácio Nacional de Sintra - first palace in Europe with a Romantic style.

By day Lisbon is picturesque and charming. However, at night the town comes to life as locals and visitors enjoy many discos, Bars, Fado houses, and nightclubs located throughout the city. The Bairro Alto quarter is trendy among Turing participants thanks to the very reasonable prices and many different small bars that close around 2 am. Principe Real/Praça das Flores is an LGTB-friendly area where you'll find clubs and cocktail bars usually open from 1 am to 5/6 am. Between those, Pink Street, Cais Do Sodré-Santos and Anjos/Intendente, you'll find everything from cheap bars to big clubs and everything in between. 

Fado music and Graffiti

While a Portuguese language course is included in your placement, we recommend students attend the language exchanges (intercâmbios) in Lisbon. These are a great opportunity for you to improve your Portuguese and make new friends by meeting local people in a friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy a coffee or a cold beer.

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