The curricular internship gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the professional world and integrate and consolidate the skills and learning they have developed while studying on a specific programme.
During the internship, students receive personalized monitoring from a practitioner who acts as the internship centre's tutor and a faculty member who acts as academic tutor, who ensure that the internship is carried out in accordance with the agreed formative project.
Curricular internships at the UOC have the following features:
Depending on the programme, the internship course may be compulsory or optional, within the programme of studies.
The curricular internship's duration depends on the number of course credits. It is possible to roughly calculate the total number of hours required by the course by saying that 1 ECTS credit is equivalent to 25 hours of work. These hours can be distributed in different ways, depending on the programme, between work time at the centre and academic work time.
You can find detailed information in each programme's information file.
There exists the possibility of extending the hours defined in the course by means of a second non-curricular internship agreement.
Profession-focused internships are internships associated with an external internship centre. These internships may be:
- · "on-site", that is, they require the student's physical presence at the centre during the entire internship
- · "virtual", being performed remotely in a teleworking format
- · blended, which is a combination of the previous options.
In the case of internships where the UOC acts as an internship centre, they may be:
- · on-site if they are carried out within one of the University's departments
- · carried out in a virtual learning environment provided by the UOC.
The internship type in each programme is explained in each course's course plan.
Before they can enrol on the internship course, students must meet the requirements established in the programme of studies. In addition, if necessary, they must have the signed cooperative education agreement at the time of starting the internship.
The specific procedures for each programme and the application dates are described in Virtual Campus Procedures / Curricular internships.
As a general rule, students must apply for the internship during the semester before performing the internship.
The steps that they must take are the following:
Fill in an intention form (this may be optional or compulsory, depending on the programme of studies).
Register for the corresponding call in the internship management section.
Apply for one or more internship offers (if there is an offer available from the UOC) or propose an internship centre for assessment and validation by the UOC, if appropriate.
Complete enrolment, after the University has assigned a specific internship, and provided that the enrolment period is open.
Sign the cooperative education agreement with the parties involved, following the instructions given (in some cases, it can be signed before the enrolment period).
It is essential to follow the established procedure, keeping within the deadlines given, in order to process the internship application.
The calendar and each faculty's specific procedure can be found on the Virtual Campus at Procedures / Curricular internship application.