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Student Interview: Long-term Internship and Spanish Classes

James is a student from the UK who joins us in Valencia for 7 months to do an Internship with an organization working with human resources and at the same time, participating in group and private Spanish classes. He’s already been here for about half the duration of his entire program so we had a chat to find out how his experience has been so far, here’s what he had to say!

Why did you choose to do an internship in Valencia?

I chose this program because I am doing an internship as part of my placement year at university, where I am currently in my third year of a Business Management and Psychology degree. I decided to do my placement in Spain as I have always wanted to learn Spanish and so I thought why not combine this with an internship placement, and do them together.

You’ve already been here a few months, what do you like most about living in Valencia?

When I first got here it was really nice to go to the beach since it was still beach weather. I like that there are a lot of international students in the city so it’s easy to meet other students. I also really like how late everything is here in general, and how everyone is out and about all the time.

What is your internship like?

The internship I am doing is very interesting, with many innovations and creativity projects to collaborate on, as well as HR projects. All the tasks are related to people and this is something I really enjoy, especially the fact that we work with people from many different countries. Now I’ve been made lead of a new project based on helping to educate new entrepreneurs about investors. I have to submit it to the European Commission in March. It’s a lot of work and responsibility but they give me a lot of support and it has been a great experience so far, and I believe it will be good for my  future career and resume.

What type of Spanish classes are you taking?

My Spanish course consists of 6 hours of group classes and a 1 hour private class each week. It was nice to have the private classes as I started as a beginner so I feel it’s necessary, and the group classes are also fun to get to know other people.

What is your schedule like on a daily basis?

Busy! Everyday I have a different schedule, it’s busy but interesting. I start working at 9am everyday and get home between 5:30pm and 7pm depending on the day. I have the internship Monday to Thursday full time, and Spanish classes on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

What type of accommodation do you have?

I’m staying in a shared apartment. It is great living in a shared apartment because you can meet really cool people. My roommates have been mainly international – I hang out with them almost everyday and we always go out to dinner together, so it’s been a really good experience.

Have you participated in any Euroace Activities? What was your favorite?

I always go to the Language Exchange on Thursdays, and I recently went to the Tapas and Flamenco night which was really good.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?

I would say definitely learn some basic Spanish phrases before you come, so you can communicate a little bit! I’d say throw yourself into it, don’t be afraid to participate because everyone is really friendly here.

 Check out more student interviews here if you’re curious about what it’s like to join our programs!

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