Service Learning and Internships
The International College of Seville recognizes the interest many students have in reaching out to the wider community by participating in social service. For this reason our College has established agreements with a number of Non-Governmental Organizations in Seville. Through these agreements, during their stay in Seville ICS students have the opportunity to:
- Work at a children’s ward at local public hospitals
- Help at local senior centers
- Teach English to children in an underprivileged neighborhood
- Help and teach English to young girls at a local private school
- Tutor children with hearing loss
- Intern at a local university or law office
- Blog/Vlog for ICS
Different NGOs have been contacted and an informative session is organized at the ICS during the first week of classes. Students are given detailed information as to what each Organization expects of its volunteers, and are given a weekly schedule. Students receving class credit are required to write a four-page report on their experience and the NGOs are required to give a Certificate of Compliance for each student.
Internship Opportunities through the International College of Seville:
Social Media at the ICS
a) One or two students is/are responsible for writing engaging blog entries for the ICS website on their time and adventures in Seville. There are a range of subject matters on which promotional and informative blogs can be written.
b) One or two students is/are responsible for making short and interesting videos to be uploaded to the ICS YouTube account. There are a range of subject matters on which promotional and informative videos can be made.
Spanish Law Firm
At Bolonia Abogados SLP, you will have the opportunity to work directly with licensed attorneys of a prestigious international law firm. You will acquire valuable work experience by learning the ropes from professionals of the field and will gain insight and understanding into the day-to-day tasks of legal practitioners. There will be a range of tasks given to you, in a friendly atmosphere, so that you will find the internship to be an enriching and rewarding experience.
The internship will consist of two days weekly during the Fall or Spring semester. Each day will be for two hours.
To qualify, you must have a proficient level of Spanish, must present a letter of recommendation from a University professor, and must agree to attend to the internship with punctuality, professionalism, and for the duration of the semester, whether in Fall or Spring
Volunteer at an afterschool program in a low-income neighborhood.
The objective of this program is to provide playful pedagogical workshops for kindergarten students and reinforcement workshops for 3rd and 6th graders. This program is to help students stay at or reach their curriculum level, help prevent truancy and spend less time out on the street.
Intermediate level of Spanish required.
Weekday afternoons 4:30pm-6pm and 6pm-7:30pm
Marketing & Social Media at a Student Travel Agency
– Social Media Marketing and promotion. Manage Facebook profiles to promote We Love Spain in different cities. Create marketing campaigns/posts, invite to events, publicize sales, etc.;
– PR publicity routes, visiting schools, handing out flyers as well as assisting hosting at welcome events;
– Customer Service and bookings in the office.
– Friendly, Outgoing, and Energetic;
– Experience with Social Media Promotion: (ie. They have used Facebook in the past to promote an event at school for an organization, sorority, page management, etc.);
– Experience with event planning or promotion of an event.
– 6 hours weekly, ideally divided over two days.
Allies in English Program
- Increase exposure to English, providing kids with hearing loss access to a native English speaker in an acoustically friendly and personalized environment
- Create a cross-cultural learning experience for families and study-abroad student volunteers that fosters empathy and learning about hearing loss, cultures and language.
- American/Native English-speaking student studying in Spain
- Must commit to one day per week, usually 1-hour sessions plus travel time to the family’s home, up to one hour. Normally the kids, ages 4-15, are available Monday to Friday, after 5pm when they finish school.
- Willingness to travel to family’s home on public transportation.
- Understand their role as a special English-speaking friend is similar to a big brother or sister, contribute creativity and a positive attitude to helping a child overcome obstacles.
- Activities are highly individualized and are centered on the child’s and the student volunteer’s interests.
- Use materials and toys that the family already has, no extra purchasing of materials is necessary.
- Could include playing sports, singing, baking, playing games like Simon says, board games like Monopoly, hide and seek, drawing, and activities related to holidays, computer games and dancing… Some families go to the park, zoo, museums and enjoy showing the student their city.
Information above taken from Asociación T-oigo
Volunteer with children in a local Hospital
The objective of this program is to make the healthcare space a place of integration, recreation and training. To provide an open space where hospitalized children can interact with other children and their families going through the same circumstances. And facilitating the highest degree of normalization during the children’s hospital stay, while providing a family respite.
Spend time playing and interacting with hospitalized children with non-contagious conditions. Play games, draw, read, etc.
The ideal candidate is someone creative, patient, energetic, engaging, and resourceful with a great work ethic.
No minimum Spanish requirement, although basic knowledge is helpful.
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5pm-7pm.
Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 1pm.
ICS students may intern as Teaching Assistants (T.As) of English as a Second Language class in “Colegio Albaydar”, a private Spanish High School located a few blocks from the ICS.
- Reinforce lessons presented by teachers by reviewing material with students one-on-one or in small groups, especially during conversation practice.
- Help teachers and students with correct pronunciation and vocabulary.
- Help teachers prepare for lessons by developing their own creative presentations that will reinforce the lessons learned.
Some T.As may work with students with specific learning disabilities. These students often attend regular classes, and T.As help them to understand the material and adapt the information to their learning style.
Important Qualities need for the Albaydar internship:
Communication skills. As T.As need to discuss student progress with teachers, they need to be able to express themselves with clarity.
Interpersonal skills. T.As interact with a variety of people, including teachers, students, parents, and administrators. They need to develop good relationships in the workplace.
Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. T.As must be patient with students who struggle with the class material.
Resourcefulness. To reinforce lessons, T.As must explain information to students in a comprehensive manner that meets each student’s learning style.
-The number of hours students will work will depend on the Albayadar class schedule. Hours normally range from 2-4 a week.
Intern at EUSA
Take part in an accelerated, high-performance, international traineeship in this public organization.
Positions entail international marketing, public relations and organizational techniques in an office that caters to both U.S. and international students and Universities.
Candidates must have at least an intermediate level of Spanish to qualify.
Volunteer at local senior's centers
The objective of this program is to help improve the cultural and social lives of the elderly.
Socialize with the elderly in local senior centers. Help out with workshops in literacy, memory, basic computer skills, beginner’s English and passive exercise.
The ideal candidate is someone resourceful and patient with great communication and interpersonal skills.
Intermediate level of Spanish required.
Mornings from 11am-1pm
All internships and service learning opportunities are subject to availability.