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Why intern in Seville

Why do a Turing Scheme funded internship in Seville

Why intern in Seville

Sitting on the Guadalquivir River, Seville is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of Southern Spain. The city is layered with history; according to myth, Hercules himself founded Seville on six stone columns. You’ll find an unparalleled blend of cultures, from the impressions of the city’s 500 years of Moorish rule to Gothic architecture and traces of the Spanish Empire. Like many Spanish cities, Seville combines a relaxed pace of life with a buzzy atmosphere - get ready for flamenco taverns and late-night conversations over tapas.

Infused with cultural expression and beauty, Seville is the fourth largest city in Spain,  and it can provide a wonderful backdrop for an experience abroad. While enjoying this liveable and enticing city, you can build your skills, learn or improve your Spanish, experience a new culture and work methodology, and enhance your professional future.  

View of Seville from the Metropol Parasol

 

History and Culture

Seville’s many cultural influences infuse the city with design, artistry, and culture from numerous eras and influences. Built between 1434 and 1517, Seville’s cathedral, the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world, was built over the remains of the city’s mosque. La Giralda, or bell tower, is an echo of the city’s past Moorish rule: once the minaret of the mosque used to call people to prayer. Opposite the cathedral is the Real Alcazar of Seville, the oldest palace still in use in Europe. Like much of Seville, it boasts an array of architectural styles influenced by various eras, including Moorish, Gothic, Mudéjar, and Renaissance. Game of Thrones fans might recognise this magnificent palace from the series, where it’s transformed into the ‘Water Gardens of Dorne’.

 

Tapas and Triana Market

Seville is a haven for food. It’s particularly famous for Tapas: small, casual dishes enjoyed with drinks. You’ll be able to experience Tapas culture first-hand in Seville, where you’ll find bars serving dishes like patatas bravas and cod Pavia scattered all over the city. El Rinconcillo, tucked behind the famous cathedral, is the oldest bar in the city, founded in 1672. If you’re more of a home cook, then head to the bustling Triana market. Built on the ruins of the Castle of San Jorge, this huge food market has everything you’d ever need to recreate your favourite Spanish dishes and more, from fruits and vegetables to handmade local crafts.

After graduating from university, I was unsure as to what I wanted to do. The Erasmus+ course seemed ideal for me to reassess where I was at in my career and an opportunity to learn a new language.

Declan 
Digital Marketing Intern 2019

Flamenco and Festivals

 

You’ll always find something new to do in Seville. The city is the centre of Flamenco, the famous Andalusian art form that mixes traditional song, dance, and music. For a taste of authentic Seville, head to Lola de Los Reyes, an intimate space for Flamenco in Triana. The shows don’t begin until 11.30 pm, but you’ll be entertained into the early hours. In April, the city is overtaken by parades, lots of food and drink, and bullfights. This is the Feria de Abril, which celebrates the arrival of Spring. While Feria de Abril is Seville’s largest festival, you’ll be able to join in on the festivities all year round.

Turing Scheme Placements in Seville

In Seville, we offer placements in Digital Marketing, TEFL, and Business Administration. For more information about each sector, please see below:

 

Language Classes

As part of your placement in Seville, you’ll receive 10 sessions of Spanish lessons at a local language school to enhance your experience abroad.

Accommodation

 

You’ll be living in an apartment shared with other Turing interns in the Macarena district, north of the city centre. This is a residential community with plenty of local shops, supermarkets, bars, restaurants and shops, meaning you’ll have ample opportunities to partake in the culture and practise your Spanish. Just a 5-minute walk away is the Alameda de Hércules, a large boulevard where locals gather to eat tapas and drink. Local festivals and Sunday events are also held here regularly.

You’ll have a single bedroom with a study space and storage, with access to shared bathrooms, an equipped kitchen and communal areas. Bed linen is provided, but you’ll need to bring your own towel. All utilities are included.

Cost of Living in Seville

The cost of living in Seville is very affordable, especially compared to Barcelona or Madrid. A meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs around 10 and you can buy a bottle of wine for only a few euros.

What to do while you're there

In the very heart of Andalusian culture, Seville brims with stunning sights and treasured places. It’s the centre of Flamenco music and “tapas”, those small Spanish dishes that you can enjoy in one of the hundreds of bars in the city. Seville’s Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman, Christian, Moorish, and Jewish roots infuse the city with design, artistry, and culture from numerous eras and influences. The sum of Seville’s many enjoyable sights and places is a city you’ll likely love to live in and explore.

Mosaic Columns at the Plaza de España

Interning in Sevilla may be a wonderful way to connect with a local community and immerse yourself in Spanish culture and language. It will be a chance for you to make new friends, establish a professional and international network, and explore the nuances of Spanish culture that you might miss as a tourist.

Seville is not a very big city, so it is possible to walk to most places such as the centre, river, parks, shopping centre, train station, and cinema. But, on those days you just couldn't be bothered and would rather make use of the cycle lanes, there's the Sevici Bike Scheme, a bit like Boris Bikes! Simple to use and can be done online via an English website. Or,  you can buy a travel card (‘Tarjeta Tussam’) and top it up as you go. Bus rides start from about 60 cents, the tram service in the centre of Seville helps you get about quickly if you're running late and the metro service (only one line) will take you from the centre to places like the Universidad Plablo de Olavide, San Juan de Aznalfarache or Mairena.

But, Seville isn't just a feast for the eyes. You don't just go there for the sights - you have to eat your way through it too! Go to small and large, trendy and traditional restaurants and enjoy. Try paella, tortilla Española, jamón serrano, and churros (to start!). Drink cafés con leches, eat sweet treats and find freshly baked bread. Enjoy meals during siesta and hit historic bars for tapas.

Cafe culture in Seville

 

Thank you for the opportunity to enhance my marketing skills and for helping me meet some lifelong friends.

Taylor 
Digital Marketing Intern 2020 

Departure/Return Dates:

07/01/2024 - 31/03/2024, 12 Weeks

11/04/2024 - 04/07/2024, 12 Weeks

 

 

Interested in a work placement experience in Spain?

 

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