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Internationalisation grants

As the development agency and department of economic development of Donostia-San Sebastián, in 2015 Fomento de San Sebastián continues to implement the Donostia Economic Stimulus Plan in response to the current economic downturn. The initiative is one of the measures taken to activate the economy and create jobs making up for austerity policies.

 

Unemployment rates are higher for young citizens under 35. The grant programme is a powerful mechanism whereby local youngsters with a university degree or higher occupational training can do paid internships in foreign companies and organisations, working in projects that match their academic background and professional skills for eight months.

 

 

What is the Internationalisation Grant Programme 2015-2016?

In 2015 Fomento de San Sebastián continues to implement the Donostia Economic Stimulus Plan in response to the current economic downturn. The initiative is one of the measures taken to activate the economy and create jobs making up for austerity policies.

 

Unemployment hits young citizens under 30 particularly badly. In response to this, 60 Global Training grants are being offered by Fomento de San Sebastián, in cooperation with the Association of Basque Development Agencies and the Basque Government.

 

Global Training is a powerful mechanism whereby local youngsters with a university degree or higher occupational training can do paid internships in foreign companies and organisations, working in projects that match their academic background and professional skills for at least six months.

 

Who is eligible?

  • Candidates must have a university diploma or degree, or higher occupational training.
  • Candidates must be under 30 as at 1 January 2015.
  • Candidates must be citizens registered in the Basque Country for at least one straight year as at 1 January 2015.
  • Candidates must not be former holders of other six-month or longer internships abroad.
  • Candidates must be fluent in English and in the language spoken in the destination country. Those candidates unable to submit proof of their English language skills shall take an oral and written test to prove them.
  • Candidates must have a profile that matches the needs of the hosting company or organisation.
  • Candidates must not have disqualifying administrative or criminal sanctions, nor be barred from public aid or subsidy by legal prohibition.

 

How can you apply for a grant?

Go to the Fomento de San Sebastian website at www.fomentosansebastian.org

 

PLEASE NOTE: Applications will not be complete without the submission of the required documents in any of our offices.

 

What are the documents to be submitted by applicants?

  • CV (in English)
  • Motivational letter
  • Passport-size photo
  • Official university degree or higher training diploma (original and copy)
  • Official language certificates (original and copy)
  • Sworn statement (download from website)
  • Proof of registration online (to be obtained when registration is completed)
  • Copy of ID (birth certificate or any other document indicating date of birth)
  • Registration certificate from any municipality in the Basque Country (at least one year)

 

Where must the application documents be submitted?

At the Fomento de San Sebastián office:

  • C/ Reina Regente, 8 (Edificio Victoria Eugenia), 20003 Donostia-San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa.
  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1.30pm.
  • At the Basque Country development agencies.

 

At Boroa Elkartegia:

  • Boroa Industrial Park, Parcela 19, 2ª planta, Oficina 16.
  • 48340 Amorebieta-Etxano. Bizkaia 
  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-3pm.

 

When can you apply for a grant?

Applications can be submitted from 26 June to 27 July (BDI).

 

How long is the internship?

Internships are at least six months.

 

How much will you get paid with the grant?

The amount of money, decided by the Basque Government, is €1124.77/month.

 

What level of English proficiency is required?

C1 for applicants with a university degree and B2 for applicants with higher occupational training. Certifications must be issued by official schools or institutions and have up to four-year validity. Candidates unable to submit proof of their English language skills shall take a test.

 

Who pays for grant-related expenses?

All the expenses incurred in the management of this grant programme shall be paid for by Garapen and Fomento de San Sebastián, who will also pay for the internships. Hosting companies/organisations will not have to pay interns.

 

Is there internship insurance?

Yes, there is. Candidates will be covered for travel, accident and health during their internship. The insurance will be paid for by Garapen and Fomento de San Sebastián. Stays longer than the internship will not be covered.

 

What are the stages previous to the internship?

  • Registration online for applicants.
  • Coordinated selection process.
  • Group training for selected candidates.
  • Candidates travelling to the destination of their hosting companies/organisations (scheduled for October to December 2015)

 

Where can you send your enquiries?

By email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Can you apply for Global Training if you have been denied a grant by Garapen or Fomento de San Sebastián before?

If you meet the requirements to apply for a Global Training grant, you can.

 

Can you apply for Global Training if you have been given a grant by Garapen or Fomento de San Sebastián before?

Beneficiaries of six-month or longer grants offered by Garapen, Fomento de San Sebastián and the Basque Government shall not be eligible for Global Training.

 

Can you submit more than one application in different Basque development agencies?

No, you can’t. Each candidate must submit only one application, choosing the agency that best suits their interests.

 

Do interns get Social Security registration?

By virtue of Royal Decree 1493/2011, the beneficiaries of paid in-company internships must be registered with Social Security. Garapen and Fomento San Sebastián shall therefore register Global Training interns for the period of their internships. The costs incurred will be deducted from the grant’s allowance, though.

 

Who selects internship candidates?

The applications shall be reviewed by a professional committee on the basis of relevant criteria. The final decision shall rest with hosting companies/organisations.

 

What kind of agreement holds between interns and Garapen/Fomento de San Sebastián?

Interns shall sign a collaboration agreement with Garapen and Fomento de San Sebastián, setting for the parties’ rights and obligations. This agreement, however, will not be an employment contract between the parties.

 

Who shall pay for travel and accommodation expenses?

Who shall pay for travel and accommodation expenses?

 

When shall interns join the hosting companies/organisations?

Interns are expected to reach their destinations from October to December 2015. Each hosting company/organisation shall decide on the exact date for their interns.

 

Do interns get any kind of training?

With the aim of getting candidates ready to make the most of their internships, Garapen and Fomento de San Sebastián will organise a compulsory 50-hour training course. In addition, hosting companies/organisations can offer additional training to improve intern performance. This training will be free of charge for interns.

 

Garapen/Fomento de San Sebastián obligations

  • Offering training to interns before they join hosting companies/organisations.
  • Signing collaboration agreements with the companies/organisations participating in the internship programme.
  • Getting insurance policies covering interns’ health, accidents, repatriation and third-party liabilities.
  • Paying internship allowances according to the following scheme:

1. 50% before interns travel to their destinations.

2. 40% when half the internship has been completed and the intern has submitted their follow-up report.

3. 10% when the intern has submitted the final report and any other documents requested by Garapen and Fomento de San Sebastián.

 

Intern obligations

  • Attending the training course before the internship.
  • Performing all the tasks allocated by the hosting company/organisation in compliance with a previously designed work plan.
  • Writing and submitting the follow-up reports requested by Garapen and Fomento de San Sebastián.
  • Registering their internship residence with the consulate or embassy in the destination country.
  • Signing a collaboration agreement with Garapen and Fomento de San Sebastián.
  • Getting a visa (if required).
  • Giving all the information requested by Garapen and Fomento de San Sebastián.
  • Being evaluated during their internship by Garapen and Fomento San Sebastián.
  • Returning the corresponding amount of money in case of grant forfeiture or dismissal.

 

Do interns enter into an employment relationship with the hosting company/organisation?

No, internships do not entail employment relationships of any kind with hosting companies/organisations.

 

Can students registered in the Basque Country who have been living somewhere else for the past year apply for Global Training?

If their change of residence is related to their studies and they can give proof of this, they can.

 

Can candidates learn why they have been turned down for the internship?

Applications are reviewed by the programme’s committee on a competitive basis, i.e. they are all assessed under the same criteria. The committee’s decision is final and no information is disclosed to disqualified candidates.