Escuela Técnica Superior de
Ingeniería y Sistemas de Telecomunicación
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid


Internships are opportunities for students to enrich their training curricula and to increase the chances of succesfully entering into the labour market.

Students at both BEng and MSc levels in the ETSIST can voluntarily do internships while studying. These internships may be:

  • Non-curricular internships: They do not count as credits in the corresponding study programme, although they are incorporated into the Diploma Supplement.
  • Curricular internships: They are managed as academic activities that are graded and counted as credits in the study program.


How are curricular internships managed?

Curricular internships count as elective credits in the corresponding study programme. The equivalence between creting and internship hours is 1 credit per 30 hours. Doing a curricular internship requires previous registration. A student can register for curricular internships valued either 3, 4.5, 6, 9, 12, or 15 credits. Consequently, the duration of curricular internships must be either 90, 135, 180, 270, 360, or 450 hours. There is a maximum limit of 15 credits in the aggregate duration of all curricular internships done in the context of a single study programme. 

The management process of curricular internships consists of  the following phases:

1. Internships offer and student selection

Private companies, and other institutions cooperating with the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) can offer intership positions to UPM students using the web platform Empleo UPM . The same platform provides support for the receipt of student applications, and the selection process. More information is available in the section Information for companies

2. Application and assignment of internships

Students who satisfy the requisites for doing internships can apply to specific positions through the Empleo UPM website. After a student has been selected for an internship position, he or she will be registered for Curricular Internships at ETSIST and a specific agreement will be generated  that  has to be signed by all parties (student, representatives of the coperating institution, and representatives of the UPM). More information is available in the section Information for students

3. Progress and assessment

Each curricular internship is assigned to an academic supervisor who is in charge of overseeing its progress in order to guarantee that it complies with its academic objectives. This supervisor is also responsible for proposing a grade for the internship after it has been completed. This grade proposal is to be based on the student report, and the interim and final reports issued by the professional mentor assigned by the company. Reports fulfilled by the professional mentor should be sent by e-mail to, while student's report should be uploaded via Moodle.

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