Here are the most frequently asked questions by students on internships, accommodations and other services offered by Internship Makers.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions. We’ll be happy to help you and quickly reply.
The Internship Makers process
How long does it take for Internship Makers to organise an internship placement?
Usually at least 3 weeks to guarantee your perfect internship but if there’s a rush, don’t worry, we’ll do everything we can to help you make a deadline. We recommend you start the internship process two months before the starting date of your internship and to be on the safe side in case of an unexpected delay. And please don’t forget if a special visa is required.
How long does it take Internship Makers to organize an internship placement and find me an accommodation?
We need about 4 weeks to arrange everything according to your specific requests. However, as stated earlier, if you’re in a hurry, we’ll do our best to shorten delays. Don’t hesitate to tell us about your situation and we’ll find the right solution.
Your internhsip abroad
How long will the internship last?
The minimum duration of an internship is two months and the maximum duration is 6 months. However, if your internship exceeds 6 months, we will do everything to make the necessary adjustments to best suit you.
Will my internship be paid?
How many hours do I have to work per week?
We cannot guarantee that will receive a salary your internship. According to the legislation of the country in which you realize your internship, you may or may not be paid. For example, in France, the company must pay you at least 523 € per month. In England, companies are required to refund your travel costs. You can discuss different possible financial remunerations during your interview with the company. And don’t forget to check out the various available scholarships
(Erasmus, Socrates, local, regional, international, etc.) to help you finance your stay.
The number of hours depends on the laws that apply in your host country. In France the number of hours per week is 35 hours, in England is 40 hours, in Malta 40 hours, in Madrid is 40 hours, New York is 40 hours.
If the internship doesn’t match my expectations, may the host company be changed?
If you’re having difficulties with the internship, we recommend that you first contact your tutor in order to share your concerns about your internship. Do not hesitate and do it early so you won’t lose precious time. If things don’t seem to be going in the right direction, we’ll contact the company directly to discuss the problem and find a solution. If for any reason we are unable to obtain a satisfactory agreement, we will find you another internship as soon as possible AND without any additional cost for you.
I’m no longer a student, am I still eligible for an internship placement?
Absolutely, as long as you’re under 28 years old, we can find you an internship and an accommodation. If you are looking for a job experience and want to better your work skills, we welcome your request for our services.
How much travel time between work and home?
We want to keep your travel time between your home and your workplace to a minimum. You should know that the average is about an hour but depending on many factors, including rush hour, it may be more.
How many people will share my accommodation?
The housing set-up is in general for 2-6 people, but you can request your own private apartment.
Will I have to share my bedroom?
Only if you request it and want a shared room. Otherwise you can opt for a single or double room.
Do I have to clean the accommodation?
You must maintain a clean room and the common areas with other roommates. If you prefer a housecleaning service, you can simply subscribe via our additional services.
What if my accommodations don’t match my expectations?
We do everything we can to find an accommodation that meets your expectations. However, if for a valid and justified reason the housing situation does not suit you, we can find you an alternative accommodation (subject to availability). However, your request must be valid and justified, and a notice will be required whose duration will depend on your destination.
Payment and refund
Will I have to pay booking fees or other cost which will not be refunded if Internship Makers can’t offer an internship that matches my expectations?
After paying the deposit of 80 € when do I pay the balance of the provision?
After contacting Internship Makers, one of our agents will get in touch with you to better understand your expectations and your profile. After you choosing the internship positions you prefer among a list, we will send your CV to our partner companies. As soon as an interview is scheduled a deposit of 80 euros is required. Once the host company decides to take you on board, the full amount of our service will be asked, then you will receive your training agreement signed by the host company.
In short :
You don’t pay anything unless we have results for you !
The first payment of 80 euros will be requested once an interview is lined up.
The second payment (the package price minus the previously paid 80 euros) will be requested once the internship request is met with a positive answer by the company.
So there are no refunds (except for specific cases). – the process
Once we have your confirmed internship placement with the company, we ask that you pay the package you’ve chosen (and any additional services you’ve requested). Once payment is received, we’ll send your internship agreement signed by the company and all the necessary documents.
What if I decide to withdraw after paying the deposit?
Once the deposit is made, we’ve started our research and organized an interview with a company for you, we will not be able to reimburse you.
Can I get a scholarship or grant?
Do I need a VISA?
Yes! Check with the International Relations Office of your University or school, the Ministry of Education, Regional Councils… Students are sometimes reluctant to go abroad because of a limited budget. Don’t be! There are many scholarships available to help. Internship Makers recommend you check with the International Relations Office of your school, the Ministry of Education, Regional Councils or General boards.
Scholarships often range from 100 € to 6000 €. Depending on where you live and from which country you come from, you should be able to obtain some very helpful financial support !
Some examples of grants…
For European Union nationals:
- The ERASMUS grant stage (400 Euros)
- Leonardo Da Vinci award / website (130 Euros per week + up to 550 Euros for a plane ticket reimbursement)
- The scholarship mobility aid issued by the CROUS
- The scholarship Pierre Ledoux (2000-2500 Euros)
- Do not forget exchanges Councils and Regional Councils.
- Beca FARO / website (625-1100 Euros)
- Goya Mundus / website (2600-3200 Euros)
- Becas ARGO Global / website (480-1300 Euros)
- CIEE / website
- Federal Pell Grants / website (5550 $)
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant / website (100$ to 4000$)
For Latin America:
- Becas sin Fronteras / website
- Fundacion Beca / website
- ICETEX, Programa Internacional de Intercambios (Practicas Empresariales) / website
- Beca CONACYT / website
You can also contact us for more information. Internship Makers we will send you our brochure of various kinds of available grants and scholarships.
Being a student and going to do an internship abroad does not necessarily exempt you from getting a visa. However, a visa is not always required, as it depends on a number of criteria: the country where you are from, agreements between your country and the destination and how long you will stay in the country of destination.
Nationals of the European Union or Schengen do not need a VISA to travel to London, Paris, Madrid or Malta (Only the ID is needed).
There are a multitude of different visas: Long Stay Visas for France, J-1 Visas to the U.S. Tier 4 Visas to the U.K., Student Visas to Spain… We recommend you to contact the embassy of the chosen destination as soon as possible, in order to get a visa if necessary. Note that for some countries (ie the United States), the visa application process can be very long. Consequently make sure you apply early enough (at least 3 months before departure).
Should you need further information, feel free to contact our Internship Makers team, we will do our best to assist you.