In September, a group of Polish students with their teachers was hosted by euroMind in Seville, to carry out a three weeks-long internship placement. They were working as Administrative Assistants.
The administration is a wide sector that includes elements of bookkeeping with the use of special software such as Microsoft Excel. Moreover, it refers to planning and scheduling appointments. And, of course, administrative assistants help with documentation, organizing and managing files, typing, and editing documents. In this case, our Polish trainees have had the opportunity to develop their skills in nearly all of those areas. They were creating and modifying documents using Microsoft Office, preparing, scanning, and registering documents in electronic and paper filing systems, processing invoices, receipts, and payments, dealing with financial documents, creating and controlling cash registers, preparing employee payroll, and much more. To sum up, they could see and learn how to perform typical tasks from their sector in a Spanish company.
During their stay in Seville, the trainees not only developed their work competencies, but they also took part in different cultural activities and workshops which allowed them to get acquainted with Spanish culture and feel like Spanish people in the city of Seville and its surroundings.
They visited the city of Malaga, the perfect place for history, art, and architecture enthusiasts. The city is one of the oldest in the world, and it is full of magnificent monuments that will intrigue many art and history lovers. Furthermore, they visited Cádiz, which is located in southwestern Spain and is often considered the oldest city in Europe as it was founded in 1100 BC. It is a typical Andalusian pueblo blanco (white town) with many attractive sights and well-preserved historical landmarks. It is located by the ocean and was the starting point for Christopher Columbus’s expedition for the discovery of America. The group visited also Albufeira, the largest and most lively city on the Algarve coast. Moreover, they also took part in a workshop titled Living abroad about dealing with cultural shock. There, they had a chance to gain a deeper insight into the process of multicultural adaptation.
The internship has not only been a time to develop knowledge of the sector but also to learn Spanish, get to know a completely different culture, make new friends and develop interpersonal skills. We hope that all of this will be an unforgettable memory for our interns and that in the future they will be able to take advantage of everything they have learned during their stay.
During the Erasmus+ Project, in which I participated for 3 weeks, I developed a lot of skills, I took part in an internship at euroMind, where I broadened my horizons at work, improved my group work capacities, and gained new knowledge. Moreover, thanks to organized activities and trips, I got to know the Spanish language, traditions, and culture of the country. I got to know the mentality of people living in Spain and tasted traditional Spanish dishes. I rate the whole internship very positively.
The work placement is interesting and well-organized. The internship program is well implemented, thanks to which we learned many new things. The city turned out to be nicer and more intriguing than I expected, which is a big plus. From our residence, it is easy to get to any place in Seville, which is very helpful and saves a lot of time. I rate the stay very well, the food is delicious, the work placement is great, and the trips are well planned.
Project Title: Young economists on the Spanish job market
Number of participants: 16
Country: Poland, Bydgoszcz