Internships are an excellent tool for advancing your skills in a field of interest. These positions help young adults find a career path, test their aptitude for certain kinds of work, and further develop their resume or CV. Internships are almost always unpaid, as the intern is gaining skills and experience. It is critical to find the right match so that the relationship is beneficial to both intern and company. Full time students have the easiest time finding internships because of their age, lack of real life skills, amount of free time, and education.
To secure an internship aboard, it is usually necessary to find a company that sets-up the internship. Internships are commonly set-up through a university for its students.
You will find information on voluntary jobs or internship abroad in our other articles on the left column of this page.
Internships in Malta normally have a minimum duration of eight weeks and maximum duration of six months. Internships are normally comprised of 30-40 working hours per week. Working times vary according to the host company's schedule. Before applying for an internship in Malta, applicants must provide proof of health insurance. Depending on the host organization, interns must be at least 16-18 years of age.
Securing an internship in Malta is easier for EU students who do not require an entry visa or Employment License.
It is also possible to apply directly with internship placement organizations or host companies. Research your area of interest and find if there are any placement organizations or host companies with online applications.
Internships are valuable opportunities to network in your desired employment sector and create relationships with contacts that can assist you in building your career.
Besides networking in person during internships, you can also network online through social networks such as LinkedIn. Easy Expat's Malta forums are a useful for meeting contacts in your industry or expats that have tips about work.
To secure an internship aboard, it is usually easiest to find a company that sets-up the internship. Some agencies require a fee to secure a placement. Such agencies in Malta include Practigo and Stage Malta.
Some English language (ESL) schools in Malta, such as EC Language Centres and AM Language Studio, also arrange internships for students as part of their English instruction programs. ESL internship areas include sales and marketing, finance, PR, HR, law, engineering, hospitality, tourism, insurance, international trace, etc. Minimum wages for such internships are 16, and applicants must have an Intermediate (B2) level of English.
If you are hired through an internship placement agency, the agency usually guides the intern through the process of securing a travel or entry visa, and an Employment License (also known as a work permit). Most interns receive a Student Visa. For more information on visa, consult the section on "Passport and Visas".
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