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Internship & Gap Year

ADULT COURSES

INTERNSHIP

In a competitive market-place, gaining international work-experience can make that vital difference. An internship can have tremendous benefits for participants in providing personal experience of the culture, customs and conventions associated with an European-speaking business environment. As such, it can provide positive benefits for those planning a career with an international basis.

Programme Description

This programme is designed for university students, university graduates and young professionals aged 18 years or over, looking for international work-experience. It allows an invaluable insight into the international work environment and an understanding of Polish business culture. Working within a professional environment related to your chosen discipline, it is a great way to gain useful experience and strengthen the CV.

In general, internships are unpaid, although we may, at our discretion, cover the travel and meal costs. Work references and Work Experience Certificate are provided.

Entry Requirements

  1. Students should have a minimum Entry Level Of English. Where students do not have the requisite level of English to meet the Entry Requirement, they can enrol on a General English course prior to the start of the formal Internship programme.
  2. 19 – 30 years of age.

KEY FACTS

TUITION

4, 8 or 12 weeks General English or Polish/ Intensive (20 hours per week)

WORK PLACEMENT

4, 8 or 12 weeks

ACCOMMODATION

Arrangement fee

REMUNERATION

Unpaid

LOCATION

Poland wide

FAQs

Application Process

Is this program open to applicants of all nationalities?

This program is open to applicants of all nationalities. However, visa and working permits application requirements may vary for applicants from some countries.

What is the application process?

Please see the application procedure page for information on how to apply.

When is the deadline for an application?

We normally like to allow at least six weeks prior to your program start date to organize your internship placement. In addition, places in some sectors can be limited, therefore we recommend that you apply as early as possible to allow us to find the most suitable place for you.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

All applicants must have completed or be currently enrolled in a degree program or have completed there high school. We are also looking for you to exhibit a strong academic record, and an interest in foreign travel and culture. Fluent English is essential; if you speak some Polish and would like to practice your language skills we can find you a company where this is possible.

Do I need to speak Polish?

Polish language skills are not required. Some of your Polish colleagues will be able to speak English. We ensure that you have an English-speaking supervisor who can act as your mentor and provide structure and support throughout your work experience.

Why should I arrange an internship through Akademia Los Puma?

It would not be possible to arrive in Poland or the European Union to search for your own internship, and it can be extremely difficult without a good business network. By applying to the Academy you are ensuring that you get a high quality internship, good quality accommodation, and that all the pre-departure preparations are taken care of by a team of experts.

We organize the paperwork for your residence visa, which needs to be obtained from the Ministry of Labour with co-operation from the relevant authorities and this is something that other companies may bypass by providing a tourist visa, which is not legitimate for an internship in Poland. We arrange your safe arrival into the city by meeting you and your fellow interns at the airport, after which you will all be taken to your accommodation, and you will be given a full day of comprehensive training on Polish culture and business etiquette.

You’ll be living and socializing alongside your fellow interns, who will offer significant camaraderie and companionship throughout the program. You will take part in the weekly social and professional activities that the Academy organizes on your behalf including karaoke, a Polish banquet and business networking events.

Our program takes away any hassle and allows you to focus on your ambitions for your time in Europe.

I’m a Polish national, can I still apply?

Our program is primarily designed for passionate individuals with suitable education and work experience; we do not restrict applications based on the nationality or cultural background of an applicant.

We welcome applications from Polish nationals, those both living overseas and currently in Poland.

Can current university students apply?

We welcome applicants from graduates and talented current university students who are able to display the ambition and drive necessary to work abroad in Poland.

Students on their gap-year and pre-university students are also encouraged to apply, depending on their past experience and overall suitability for the program.

What does “ALP” stand for?

Our Directors founded the company ´´Akademia Los Puma Limited´´ with support from the European Regional Development Funds as a sports, educational and cultural service provider.  The company provided internship opportunities, intensive Polish Laguage and Short Training courses for students looking to gain experience in Poland, and offered strategic assistance for Small and Medium Enterprises looking to enter the Polish market.

 

Pre-Departure

How do I obtain a visa for Poland?

For all visa related questions, please e-mail: visa@puma-academy.com

Do I need to get vaccinations before I go to Poland?

Certain vaccinations are often advised for poland including: Tetanus, Polio, and Hepatitis. We recommend that you consult your doctor prior to traveling.

What clothes and other things should I take to Poland?

Please ensure you have business attire for your internship: suit, shirt, tie etc. You will also need to bring a laptop. Make sure you have some casual clothes, warmer clothes from October to March and lighter clothes from April to September. For interns at our soccer schools, we will provide you with complete set of sports outfit.

Your contact officer will be able to advise you on what to bring at the time of year that you depart, and you will receive a pre-departure list that provides more detail about what to pack.

How do I book my flights to Poland?

Please note that the cost of your flight ticket, and travel insurance, is not included in our program prices. You will need to purchase your return flight ticket ensuring that your flight arrives in any of the Polish International Airport, depending on which location you choose to apply to. Please make sure your flight arrives between the hours of 9am and 9pm in order for us to guarantee airport arrival services.

Akademia Los Puma partners with a number of flight operators in the UK, USA and Australia to help provide interns with flight recommendations, details of which can be provided upon request.

In Poland

How much money will I need to cover living costs while I’m in Poland?

The cost of living in Poland varies depending on how you choose to spend your money – residents earn very diverse levels of income and as a result the city offers a huge amount of choice in everything from restaurants to transport.

It is possible to live comfortably on a budget of as little as 12 PLN ($4/£2/€3) per day by eating at snack stalls, taking the bus and limiting your time in bars, but if you eat at Western style restaurants, take many taxis and spend more time out and about, you could spend up to 120 PLN ($40/£30/€34) per day. As a rule of thumb we recommend a budget of 30 PLN ($7/£5/€6) per day during the week and 48 PLN ($20/£15/€12) per day for weekends.

What happens when I land at the airport?

All participants are instructed to arrive between 9am to 9pm on your program start date and members of staff from the Academy will be waiting for you at the arrival gate. If you cannot see them, turn on your mobile so that they can contact you. Your pre-departure list will have the numbers of those staff members who are due to meet you.

Where will I live?

Your accommodation is  included within the program fee. We place everyone in modern, comfortable, serviced apartments in the centre of town. We ensure that all the apartments are clean, pleasant spaces to live in with TV, internet access, a lounge,  and air conditioning.

You will have your own private bedroom and share living facilities with one or two other interns of the same gender . The Academy is different from other programs in that we accommodate all of our participants in the same building. This allows everyone to have the same standard of accommodation and to socialize with each other more easily.

What if I have my own accommodation?

In cases where you already have accommodation in Poland and would like to take a program with the Academy, please speak to your contact Manager.

How do I prepare myself to visit Poland and work in a Polish workplace?

Akademia Los Puma will give you comprehensive training on working in Poland once you arrive. This includes an introduction to Polish business etiquette and culture, which will help you feel more comfortable working in a foreign environment.

In addition, once you join the program and before you travel to Poland, we will send you a pre-departure pack with advice on how to prepare yourself for your time in Poland.

What happens if I have any problems once I’m in Poland?

In the unlikely event that you encounter a problem while on your program, your first point of contact will be the Academy´s office in that city. Our multi-national team is made up of bilingual professionals who will be able to help you solve any issues that you might have. Program participants are always welcome to visit our offices.

What are the other interns like? How many will there be?

It is likely that you will share your accommodation with at least one other intern whilst staying in Poland and almost all will stay in the same apartment building. The majority of interns are ambitious, high-calibre students, graduates and young professionals from across the world. One great thing about this program is the chance to meet similarly minded people who have come to Poland to learn more about the country, gain work experience and have fun.

Intern groups usually consist of around 40-50 people, with up to 150 interns during peak months.

Our interns are from the UK, US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria and many other countries. You will get to know them very well over the course of your internship through living together and various social events.

Is there an opportunity to learn Polish while in Poland?

Yes. we provides Polish lessons up to 5 times a week for beginners. This will give you a great opportunity to learn new language skills while in Poland and will help you get around the city and communicate with locals.

If you can already speak Polish and would like to brush up on your skills, we can help you organize your own lessons.

Are meals included in the program fee?

Yes, including the Welcome Banquet  during the Induction day, meals are  provided as part of the program except for participants living in own accomodation.

Internship

When do the placements usually start?

Academia Los Puma offers its programs on a rolling monthly basis, please visit the prices page below.

Which company will I work for?

As a tradition, Akademia Los Puma  arranges internships for its firms and in exceptional cases ,we can  match you with another company relevant to your study or previous professional experience. All applicants should discuss their areas of interest or expertise with the Academy team, which will help with the matching process.

We continually work to assess the suitability of our partner companies to ensure that they provide meaningful and valuable internships for you.

How will I get to the company on the first day of work?

A member of staff  will take you to the company on the first day of your internship where you will be introduced to your supervisor.

I would like an internship in a sector which is not listed on your website, is this possible?

We are always developing relationships with new companies. Please let us know your preferred sector and we will endeavor to facilitate a placement in your area of interest.

How long will my internship last?

Internships are either one, two or three months in duration. We can also arrange a six months internship.

With the  Joint Intensive Polish and Internship Program, you will spend the first month studying intensive Polish and the second month as an intern in  the company in which you can practice the language skills you have gained as well as gain hands-on experience in your field in Poland.

Will it be possible for my internship to lead to permanent employment in the same company?

Yes, some interns have gone on to secure permanent employment in the company at which they interned, but this cannot be guaranteed.

I am already living in Poland and looking for an internship. Could you arrange this for me?

We are able to arrange internships for individuals who are already currently living in Poland or the European Union and who already have a valid visa at a reduced cost. Otherwise, we do not normally tailor-make programs for individuals who do not need the full program.

When will I find out where I will be working?

We can only inform you of the company at which your internship once you have paid your full program fee. This is for a number of reasons:

  1. The Academy  has worked hard to build up business relationships with our partner companies over many years. This relationship is built on the trust that we will efficiently and reliably provide interns on a regular basis. If we assign you to a company and then you do not join the program by paying the full fee, this damages our business relations.
  2. We as well as other Polish companies do not want to advertise for interns publicly, they prefer to rely on us to provide interns. If we make public which companies are looking for interns, they may receive unwanted applications.
  3. If we inform people of the companies before they have paid, they may approach that company directly and damage our business relationship.

Once you have paid in full or part as demanded by us, we are happy to give you all the information you will need about your company around six to four weeks before your departure (please note this is a guideline and may differ during peak seasons). Additionally, we work closely with companies and interns during the internships to make sure that you get the most out of your time in Poland.

Will I be paid during my internship?

The internships that we provide are unpaid. Paid internship placements in Poland are very rare, typically work experience placements there provide no stipend.

Which sector will my Internship be in?

During the application process we will assess your suitability for the program and determine your most appropriate placement based on your skills, ambitions and interview performance.

We work hard to place interns in their first or second industry sector preference. Please look through our Internship Sectors page for more information about the types of placements we can arrange for you.

Study

Do I need to be able to speak Polish in order to take part in this program?

No, the program is especially designed for beginners, or those with only a basic knowledge of English.

How big will the Polish classes be?

There will be no more that 16 students in the beginner classes. If you are not a beginner, you may apply for the 1-on-1 program. This will allow you to get the attention you need to progress quickly and be in a fun and dynamic environment.

How many hours of Polish classes do I get?

Over one month, you will get 21 days of classes with 4 hours of class a day. Overall, you will get 82 hours of  Polish class.

Can I arrange 1-on-1 Polish classes as well?

If you are interested in having more personal tuition, you may apply for the 1-on-1 program. The group program option is only open to beginners, other levels can apply to the 1-on-1 program.

If I am studying Polish, will I be able to attend the Akademia Los Puma organised events?

Of course. All of our participants, whether learning Polish, at the soccer schools  or interning at the company, are welcome to attend all of our events and activities.

Will I be expected to do homework?

When learning a language, reviewing your work on a regular basis and doing some independent study is the best way of improving. On this course, you will be expected to complete about 30 minutes of homework every evening. This is so that you will get the most out of your time studying Polish with the Academy.

Visas

What is the visa application process?

Your application to our program will automatically be processed through the correct  regional office, depending on your current location. After you have been accepted onto the program, you will receive full details of the visa / working permits application process.

Visa information for UK / EU applicants

A national of the United Kingdom or the European Union staying in the Republic of Poland for a period exceeding 3 months has the obligation to register his or her stay, whereas his/her family members, who are not EU nationals, have the obligation to obtain a residence card of a family member of the EU natioanl.

From the 1st of January 2011 a work permits for foreigners who are not EU nationals in Poland will be Issued by the Department of Civil Affairs and Immigration in the region where the foreigner resides or intend to reside in the Republic of Poland.

The Akademia Los Puma helps in obtaining all necessary permits and registrations. The Academy also stand as sponsors to non EU applicants in obtaining a working and residence permits for the Republic of Poland for the desired purpose.

Payment

Are there scholarships available to help fund my trip?

We understand that covering the cost of these programs can sometimes be difficult. To help you with this, we’ve done some research into possible sources of funding assistance.

We have created see a list of available resources that you could use to help fund your trip.

Are your programs free?

There is a fee for our programs. You can open the programs Price and Dates page on our website for more information. Visit our What’s Included page for more information about what would be included in the program price.

     
   
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