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Ecological Agriculture Internships in Seville

Ecological Agriculture Internships in Seville

As an Ecological Agriculture intern, you’ll put your agricultural skills into practice, deepening your understanding of cultivation, production, promotion and community engagement methods in the city of Seville. Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in alongside experienced professionals, assisting with urban orchards or school farms, and enhancing your knowledge and experience with sustainable farming techniques.

Internship Highlights:
  • Enhance your field knowledge alongside experienced supervisors.
  • Combine theoretical teaching with practical tasks.
  • Learn about agricultural practices within a Mediterranean climate.
Type of host organizations:
  • School Farms
  • Urban Orchards
Fully hosted experience from $3143
Includes accommodation
Typical schedule: Approx. Monday to Friday, 6 hours
Minimum duration 4 weeks, up to 24 weeks maximum
Internships in Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid & Seville
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Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

Ecological Agriculture internships in Seville are suitable for students with at least one year of study or experience related to a related field, such as Agriculture, Horticulture, Agronomy, Ecology, Environmental Science, Earth Science, etc. Recent graduates (within the past 24 months) may also apply.

Language requirements

Suitable for students at a beginner - A1 and A2 - Spanish language level (recommended Spanish language education for 2 or more years). All internships in Seville include two weeks of mandatory Spanish language lessons (included in the program fee). These are included within the minimum duration requirement of the internship and taken prior to the internship start date.

Associated career paths

Agriculture Specialist, Agricultural Engineer, Agricultural Salesperson, Gardener, Agronomist, Commercial Horticulturist, Environmental Scientist, Farm Manager,, Soil & Plant Scientist, Ecologist, Biologist, Climatologist, Geologist, Herpetologist, Habitat Specialist, Entomologist, Ranger, Forest Management, Conservationist

Internship details

Ecological Agriculture Internships in Seville provide interns the opportunity to explore sustainable farming practices within an urban setting. With the growth of the city’s population, and increasing urbanization of rural farming communities, many have turned to the cultivation of fruits and vegetables in their own backyards. This has resulted in the abundance of urban orchards and school farms, which has led to the promotion of local, organic produce and community involvement in eco-friendly practices.

This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals included. You can explore Agriculture Remote Internships, if you are looking for an internship program that you can undertake at home.

As an Ecological Agriculture intern, you’ll deepen your understanding of cultivation, production, promotion and community engagement methods within the community. Tasks can include production and promotion of crop or plant varieties, farm organization and management, preparing and measuring soil corrections and fertilizers, taking care of livestock and educational workshop support. Due to the seasonal nature of this internship, it’s important to be flexible and open to changing priorities and conditions.

Spanish language proficiency is not a requirement to join. However, interns should expect that a language barrier can still be encountered to a certain extent. Interns should be prepared for the very natural and normal frustration of not always understanding what is being said around them. Come prepared and willing to surmount a language barrier (and ask for help when needed), as opposed to being intimidated by it.

To support interns with both cultural and language integration, all internships in Seville include two weeks of mandatory Spanish language lessons. These lessons are included within the minimum duration requirement of the internship. Therefore, activities at the internship placement will commence from the third week, after completion of the language program. If you are already an intermediate or advanced Spanish language speaker, you may be permitted to commence the internship placement directly. However, this will be confirmed on-site, upon review of your ability.

Interns are encouraged to make a genuine effort to interact with the Spanish language. All Seville Internship Coordinators speak English, in addition to direct internship supervisors. However, language barriers can be encountered in other aspects of your internship experience.

In all cases, interns should expect that the beginning of their internship experience will focus on settling in and gaining introductory knowledge. Ensure that you ask questions and provide feedback during the introductory period, so that your supervisor understands how you’re progressing. This will help them to better understand important details, such as how quickly you learn, what you find challenging, what you find interesting, etc.

Career Benefits

Ecological Agriculture interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • The production and promotion of indigenous crop or plant varieties.

  • Assisting the organization and management of independent agricultural farms.

  • Managing different herbaceous, tree and shrub crops.

  • Preparing and measuring soil corrections and fertilizers.

  • Taking care of livestock.

  • Educational workshops.

Professional development opportunities:
  • Learn about modern agricultural production processes.

  • Gain skills in urban farming.

  • Obtain hands-on farm organization and management skills.

  • Enhance your communication and teamwork abilities.

  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.

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Program fees

It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$499 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$499 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.

Duration
Program Fee (USD)
4 weeks $3,143 Equivalent to $112 /day
5 weeks $3,845 Equivalent to $109 /day
6 weeks $4,097 Equivalent to $97 /day
8 weeks $4,550 Equivalent to $81 /day
10 weeks $5,340 Equivalent to $76 /day
12 weeks $5,793 Equivalent to $68 /day
16 weeks $7,091 Equivalent to $63 /day
20 weeks $8,279 Equivalent to $59 /day
24 weeks $9,424 Equivalent to $56 /day
  • Airport pick-up
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Program orientation
  • Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
  • In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
  • Sourcing and securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • Coaching from your supervisor
  • Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • All in-country transportation
  • Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
  • Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
  • Personal spending money for snacks, drinks, public transport, laundry, and leisure activities during your free time.
  • A deposit of $499 (approximately 499) is required to secure your internship
  • European students who wish to receive Erasmus funding for their internship in Spain are encouraged to apply and outline their specific requirements.
  • Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.

Arrival and Orientation

Internships in Seville begin every Monday. Exceptions to availability may occur when start dates are shifted to avoid public holiday disruptions or closed when the program has already reached capacity. The minimum duration requirement is 4 weeks up to a maximum duration of 24 weeks.

Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee. Please note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement.

The typical port of entry is the Sevilla Airport (SVQ). Upon arrival, interns will be met, greeted, and transferred to the accommodation. If you are planning to spend time independently in Spain prior to your internship and will not require an airport pick up, we can discuss alternative arrival logistics with you.

The accommodation is covered from the Sunday night before the Monday start date - interns are required to arrive no later than the Sunday before their Monday start date, as all orientations are held on Mondays.

The last night of the accommodation is the Saturday night of the final week, leaving interns free to depart on Sunday. Extra nights of accommodation can be arranged in advance, if requested, and are subject to availability.

Orientation covers important details for your internship, including introductions, information about culture, customs, rules, expectations, safety, language lessons, cultural excursions, and more. Your specific internship placement orientation will follow the general orientation, as you’ll be shown how to travel to and from your internship and be introduced to the team you’ll be joining.

Your first two weeks of the internship program will be spent completing Spanish language lessons. These lessons are included within the minimum duration requirement of the internship. Therefore, activities at the internship placement will commence from the third week onward, after completion of the language classes. If you are already an intermediate or advanced Spanish language speaker, you may be permitted to commence the internship placement directly. However, this will be confirmed on-site, upon review of your ability.

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Accommodation and WiFi

All interns in Seville are hosted in various homestay accommodations (which are typically located within apartment buildings). These are usually situated around the city center, where it is easy to access both the central office of the local team (where Spanish language lessons also take place) and the designated internship placement.

In most cases, interns will receive their own bedroom. However, some bedrooms may be shared with another program participant of the same gender. Any given homestay may accommodate up to 2 to 3 interns at any given time. Bathrooms and common areas are shared. Living is comfortable and WiFi is provided. Laundry is included - usually it will be done once a week.

If a commute is required (to either the internship placement or the central office) then the travel time is usually between 20 to 40 minutes, maximum. There are ample public transportation options to utilize (including mobile phone apps, which can be downloaded at the program orientation) such as buses, subway, trams, and taxis. The city is flat and the climate is typically very pleasant, so public bicycles are also available. Interns may also opt to simply walk during the daytime and enjoy the sights of the city!

Please note that the accommodation pictured in the photo gallery of this webpage is provided as an example. Since we work with more than one apartment, the exact accommodation that you’re assigned may differ from the photos. Rooms sizes vary.

Meals

Internships in Spain include three meals per day provided by the host family (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance (i.e. allergies and intolerances), so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations. Adaptability is encouraged, as the meals provided are unlikely to reflect what you’re used to eating at home. If there are special snacks you like to have, please budget for them, so you can supplement the meals that are included with your own preferences for snacks and treats.

Locals do not typically have a heavy breakfast, so interns can expect items such as bread/pastries, spreads, fruit, and coffee (you may even try a delicious local espresso, served with condensed milk to sweeten it).

Lunch time in Spain is typically between 2 and 4 pm. This time is in line with the concept of “la siesta”, allowing time to rest and enjoy a relaxed mealtime - preferably with some pleasant company and conversation. Lunch is usually the heaviest meal of the day.

Dinner time in Spain is typically served later in the evening, usually between 9 pm-10 pm, due to eating a late lunch. Typical dishes may include ingredients such as noodles or pasta, seafood, rice, and in-season salads/vegetables.

If you choose to opt out of lunch or dinner, any day of the week, you should communicate this back to your host family. There are many excellent restaurants to choose from in Seville and they may offer special lunch menus for around €10). For dinner people typically have “tapas”, which range in price at restaurants from 10-30 Euros.

Spanish language lessons & internship schedule

To support interns with both cultural and language integration, all internships in Seville include two weeks of mandatory Spanish language lessons. These lessons are included within the minimum duration requirement of the internship. Therefore, activities at the internship placement will commence from the third week onward, after completion of the language program first.

If you are already an intermediate or advanced Spanish language speaker, you may be permitted to commence the internship placement directly. However, this will be confirmed on-site, upon review of your ability. In most cases, intermediate to advanced language speakers will still be expected to take the lessons included in the program, as classes are catered to different levels of ability. Learners may notice that the Spanish spoken in Spain has differences of accent, grammar, and vocabulary, compared to Spanish spoken in Latin American countries. For this reason, the classes provide value for people with different levels of experience.

Interns are encouraged to make a genuine effort to interact with the Spanish language. All Seville Internship Coordinators speak English, in addition to direct internship supervisors. However, language barriers can be encountered in other aspects of your internship experience. Interns should be prepared for the very natural and normal frustration of not always understanding what is being said around them. Most interns are able to have a successful internship experience and it is essential to come prepared and willing to surmount a language barrier, as opposed to being intimidated by it.

Weekends and travel

During the internship schedule, interns have weekends available for free time. It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with a city like Seville, steeped in tradition and history, while at the same time, modern, vibrant and cutting edge. Embodying the best of Spain: scorching sun, passionate flamenco, citrus trees and romantically colorful buildings, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do.

  • Seville Cathedral: Built on the ruins of the old mosque, the Seville Cathedral is the world’s largest Gothic temple and the third largest temple in the world after St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
  • Plaza de España: an impressive masterpiece that took 15 years to build, the beautiful square that is not just one of the most famous and well-loved landmarks in Seville, but also in the entire country.
  • María Luisa Park: full of magical spots worthy of getting lost in. Lakes with ducks and small bridges, manicured gardens and beautiful avenues lined with historical monuments and buildings.
  • Torre del Oro: This infamous tower, 118 feet (36 meters) high, was built to protect the port from enemy ships and offers a breathtaking view of the city.

Essential country information

Capital Madrid
Population 46.5 million
Languages Spanish (official), Catalan, Galician, Basque, Occitan (co-official languages)
Currency Euro (€ - EUR)
Time zone UTC+01:00
Weather and climate:

Spain has a very varied climate, according to the geographical situation of different regions. Most of the country is considered to be within a Mediterranean zone, which is characterized by warm/hot and dry summers. However, areas with relatively high rainfall are considered to be oceanic climatic regions, rather than Mediterranean. The northern quarter of Spain, which is within the Atlantic region, falls within this oceanic climate category, where winter and summer temperatures are influenced by the ocean. The southeastern quarter of Spain has a semi-arid climate, where the dry season can extend beyond the typical summer season.

Seville has a hot Mediterranean climate, located in the southern “frying pan of Spain”, which is known for some of the hottest summers in Europe. Rainfall is rare and, generally speaking, Seville is considered to be Spain’s hottest city. The average annual temperature exceeds 68°F (20°C). From April, summer temperatures start to climb, when averages can reach above 95°F (35°C). Warm weather lasts through September. If you are sensitive to the heat, you may consider joining this program during cooler months. The colder months run from late November through early March. January is the coldest month, with an average low of 43°F (6°C) and high of 61°F (16°C).