Internships constitute an activity of a formative nature carried out by the students and supervised by the University, with the aim of applying and complementing the knowledge acquired in their academic training, favoring the acquisition of competences for the exercise of professional activities. Currently, the Polytechnic University of Madrid offers two modalities for internships in companies:
- Extracurriculars: do not appear as subjects to students and there is no follow-up by the University or the School.
These require a minimum monthly financial aid (450 euros for the case of 25 hours per week, which is the maximum number of hours for students with subjects, being for students only with the Final Project the maximum 35 hours per week) as a scholarship for the student, in addition to the payment of a monthly fee of 50 euros for the management of the COIE.
- Curriculars: are part of the student's academic record (in our case as elective), so it’s necessary to monitor and evaluate the development of internship by a tutor in the company and a teacher in the School. It is mandatory to enroll the Internships Credits.
In this case there is no minimum amount required as financial aid or scholarship, although we believe that there should be some type of compensation. Nor must be paid a monthly fee for university management. The maximum number of hours is the same as for extracurricular hours.
The management of the agreements is carried out through COIE website (Center of Orientation and Information for Employment of the UPM).
The procedure requires different phases:
Student registration in the COIE:
Once the student has passed 50% of the degree (120 credits), they can register on the COIE website and with the email and password provided, they can subsequently access to their profile.
Once registered, in 24 hours it will be validated by the COIE and the profile is enabled to access the current offers.
Application and selection of students:
The student can apply the offers that he considers appropriate, and subsequently the company will select the student who is most interested in those who have applied for the practice.
If the student finally accepts the practice, an individual cooperation agreement is generated that must be signed by the company and the student (3 copies for the extracurricular case and 4 for the curricular ones) and sent to the University to manage the signatures of your representatives.
Once signed, the student can begin the practice. In both types it’s necessary to register the student in the Social Security, but in the case of the curricular internships there is a bonus of 100% of the cost, and in the case of the extracurricular ones it’s a small amount (about 36 €).
The student in all cases must pay an insurance (4 €), which covers the civil liability of the practices in the company. In the case of curricular internships, the student must also enroll in the internship course that the Center's Practice Office enables.
Start of internship
Once signed the individual agreement by the company and the student, you can start the practice, while completing the rest of the signatures by the university and enrollment in the subject in the case of curricular practices
Subject enrollment and credits/hours equivalence
The internship equivalence of hours per credit is 30 hours per credit, which must be adapted to the existing subjects in the study plan.
The internships subjects have open the registration outside the ordinary periods, although from the last week of May they would not enroll since there is no minimum previous time to be able to evaluate them during the period of course records.
Depending on the hours to develop, the course that reaches the corresponding number in hours would be enrolled, being generally biannual: 3, 4.5, 6 and 9 credits.
Exceptionally, the course of 12 credits is annual, and therefore implies that it be developed in part of both semesters.
Regardless of the possibility of extracurricular practices, there is a limit of 15 credits for evaluating curricular practices within the elective block (31.5 credits).