Information for students

The Tecnun External Relations Service provides students with opportunities to complement their university education by undertaking an internship at a company or public or private institution. Internships allow students to apply the knowledge they have acquired and develop the skills they will need for their professional career.

Our Careers Portal helps promote this contact between students and companies, since companies can use it to publish offers and students can use it to apply for them.

Internships can be carried out at any time during the academic year, depending on the student’s situation and the company’s needs. They are often carried out in summer to coincide with the vacation period and the schedule established by the company.

Internships should account for no more than fifty percent (50%) of the academic year, unless otherwise established by Tecnun, to ensure that students are able to properly focus on and carry out their academic activities.

Administrative process

External academic internships carried out by university students are regulated by the provisions of Royal Decree 592 of July 11, 2014, and Royal Decree 1791 of December 30, 2010, which approved the University Students Statute and applicable legislation. Given the academic nature of such internships, no employment relationship is established between the company and the student. Instead, internships take place through a partnership agreement between the University of Navarra and the company.

During internships, students are covered by an accident and civil liability insurance policy, in addition to the insurance provided to all students under the age of 28 who are enrolled at Tecnun School of Engineering. The accident insurance policy provides nationwide coverage in Spain only.

Students who are interested in undertaking an internship at a company can view the offers published on the University of Navarra’s Careers Portal and apply for any internships that appeal to them. All students have their own profile on this portal, where they can upload their résumé, cover letter and any documents they deem necessary.

Once a student has applied for an internship, the company will automatically receive his or her résumé. From that moment on, the company will contact the student if it considers him or her to be a suitable candidate. Once the company has selected the candidate, the internship documentation will be issued.

What if a student finds an internship on his or her own initiative?

In this case, the company is required to publish the offer on the University of Navarra’s Careers Portal, including the name of the candidate it has selected, so that the internship documentation can be processed.

Economic considerations

Remuneration for students undertaking internships is voluntary. In the event that a company decides on remuneration, it should pay the student directly.

As of July 2013, the regulations concerning social security contributions set out in Royal Decree 1493/2011 make it obligatory to register students who carry out paid internships. The company will be responsible for paying students directly and registering them with the National Social Security Institute.


At the end of the internship, the company will issue a certificate to the student. This certificate will include express mention of the training the student received, the duration of the internship and how the student performed.

If you have any queries, please contact the External Relations Service.