Living abroad is a dream, plan and project for many people. A big part of this plan coming true usually involves landing an internship opportunity, this, as with many things you go through when moving to another country is no easy task. I know that is how it went for me.
I planned my move to Germany for 3 years, and my internship here at Bab.la is key to achieving a lot of my goals. Because of that, receiving the welcome to our team email from them was one of the happiest moments of my life. It was hard work getting the skills and language fluency which made this possible.
Finding internship opportunities, applying, getting your visa, health insurance, tickets and then finding a place to live all while still in your home country can be very complex. An amazing friend who was around when I went through all of it asked me to blog about the whole process, so here it goes.
From Brazil to Germany:
Finding internship positions in Germany is as simple as going to bab.la’s internship portal: bab.la’s internship portal
It indexes opportunities from many different fields in several parts of Germany. Once you’ve chosen you position you can apply directly with the company.
In my case, I wanted more support in the process, so I chose to go through AIESEC’s Global Talents program. Here is the step by step for it:
Sign up here:
You will then be contacted by the closest AIESEC office and be asked to go there for a quick interview, afterwards you will receive login info and you can begin your opportunity-hunting. You only have to pay for the program after you have been accepted by the company.
After you are accepted by the company you receive and sign the contract. Then you will need a type D visa
- Then, schedule your interview at the closest consulate to where you live: http://goo.gl/X76Mse
- Then you will receive your ZAV (http://goo.gl/U9YfJn)
- Next, go to the consulate on your set date with all the documents you need: http://goo.gl/CKrWdB
- Tip: you must bring with you the 60 euros in reais, and ando n that day’s exchange rate, so check it out! Also, if you don’t want to go back to the consulate to get your passport with your visa you can ask then to send it via sedex to you. You will have to pay for it, so remember to check the sedex cost and bring that money with you too.
- Receive your visa
- Bon Voyage!
A couple of interesting differences I noticed about internships in Brazil and in Germany are the work hours, in Brazil interns work 20 or 30 hours per week, in Germany internships are full time at 40 hours per week. In Brazil an intern will get 30 days of paid vacation, to be taken usually all together and preferably during the school holidays. In Germany, an intern will have the right to 2 paid vacation days for every 30 work days, and how they may take them will depend on where they are working.