External placements - companies

External placements

The career services of the Vilanova i la Geltrú School of Engineering (EPSEVG) put bachelor’s and master’s students in touch with the job market by building direct relationships between the University and companies.

Our team can orient your company to help you better understand the university world and the training provided at the EPSEVG. We can also help you choose among various recruitment and employment tools.

What are external academic placements?

The Vilanova i la Geltrú School of Engineering (EPSEVG) encourages its bachelor’s and master’s students to complete work placements at companies, institutions, public and private entities (national and international), or the UPC itself. The purpose of these placements is to complete and enrich students’ university education.

Students placements are overseen by the School, and the objectives are as follows:

Educational cooperation agreements

Educational cooperation agreements educational cooperation agreements signed by the company, the participating student and the University. Each agreement covers a specific period and number of hours. Agreements must ensure that students gain experience which enriches their academic training by participating in the activity carried out by the company. Objectives are defined in a specific work plan appended to each agreement.

Placements are intended to serve as a training activity for students. Therefore, in no case shall a placement give rise to the type of obligations associated with an employment relationship, and tasks performed by a placement student may not substitute for work performed by employees. Nevertheless, as stipulated in Article 5 of Royal Decree 1493/2011, of 24 October companies that take on placement students must register them with the Social Security System , acting as an employer in this particular matter. More information on the procedure for registering a student with the Social Security System and applicable regulations can be found at

What do we get out of an educational cooperation agreement?

The UPC’s regulations on external academic placements stipulate as follows:

Access to the summary table of practices with the number of hours and credits for the different options.

Students can make arrangements for internships through the internship offers published in the school website Borsa de Pràctiques en Empresa or by directly contacting companies.

In case the student arranged the internship directly with the company, and in order to have the needed information to continue with the process, the company will need to publish the offer in the Borsa de Pràctiques en Empresa, the student must apply as a candidate and the company select them.

Once the company select their candidate for the internship, the registration of the agreement will start automatically.

The first step is for the student to verify the information in the menu tab “pràctiques externes” that will appear in their e-secretaria, complete the missing information and give their approval.

After that, the centre manager at the school will validate the agreement information and the tutors from the company and the EPSEVG will complete and sign the Training Plan.

Once this is done, EPSEVG will send the internship agreement document to the legal representative of the company to sign it digitally. When they return it, the document will be uploaded to the Portafirmes UPC so first the student, and then the School Director, can also sign it.

When the document is signed, all parties will get a copy of the agreement.

As the internship cannot start until the agreement is signed by all parties, and it is not possible to formalize it with retroactive effects (previous date to the signature) it is highly recommended to start the procedure at least one week before the starting date.

The External Internship Student Reception Guide must be completed, signed and submitted to SIAE either in person or by Demana.

Students over the age of 28 must take out private insurance. To this end, the UPC has signed an agreement with the CONFIDE Insurance Brokerage.

Any changes to the initial conditions of the internship agreement, as well as cancellations and extensions, must be communicated at least 15 days in advance.

In case the internship ends before the date established in the agreement, the student must inform the school and submit the deregistration document to the SIAE either in person or by Demana.


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