Internship in Spain at Danish-Owned Translation Agency

COMUNICA is currently looking to recruit Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish and Dutch translator interns for a period of 3-6 months in 2023.

We can offer you a focused internship in the intense and very dynamic translation industry. You will receive training in the industry’s most innovative CAT tools and gain an insight into what it means and takes to work as a professional translator.

Watch our Internship video here and meet some of our previous interns and the COMUNICA team

  • Would you like to combine practical work experience with a stay abroad?
  • Would you like to be part of a young and dynamic team?
  • Do you love languages and translating? And maybe writing texts?
  • Are you outgoing and positive by nature?

If you can answer YES to all the above, then the internship position at COMUNICA is definitely something for you.

The intern’s primary function will be to carry out translation projects from English into their mother tongue, but there is also an opportunity to practise other skills like for instance writing skills, proof reading, copywriting tasks, project coordination and various marketing tasks.

We are primarily interested in students, who have studied Translations Studies with a focus on the English language, or Language Studies. Some knowledge of Spanish is a bonus but not a requirement.

Why do an internship?

Working as an intern is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experience as well as create networks and achieve coherence between theory and practice. An internship is therefore a valuable contribution to your CV and can be “the little extra” that sets you apart from the crowd.

What can COMUNICA offer you?

We make a point of being able to offer you relevant work experience and to give you a taste of what a career in the translation industry entails. In addition to interesting and challenging work tasks, you will receive a thorough introduction and continuous training by our experienced employees. You will also be trained in memoQ, memsource, XTM and SDL Trados Studio, the market leading CAT tools in the industry, which you will work with daily.

In addition, you will be working in a young and vibrant working environment with good opportunities to get involved in many interesting and exciting tasks.

Who should apply?

We prioritise translation and language students whose focus is on the English language. You must be able to speak and write fluent English. You can apply at any point in your course of study.

Requirements

It is a minimum requirement that you have familiarised yourself with the common grammar and spelling rules of your mother tongue and the additional language(s) you have studied.

General information:

  • Duration of stay: Generally 3 to 6 months but we are also very interested in candidates, who can stay longer.
  • Intake: One Internship during spring and one during autumn 2023 (the start-up month is flexible)
  • Housing/lodging: You are responsible for finding your own accommodation, but COMUNICA is happy to assist with this process.
  • Location: Comunica´s office premises at Calle Skandia 2, Fuengirola, Malaga, Spain.
  • Contribution: According to agreement.
  • ERASMUS: We highly recommend that you apply for an Erasmus grant to supplement your income. All our interns have been successful in obtaining either an internship or a traineeship grant.

Application process

Please send your application with CV and photo to: interns@comunica.dk

The application must include the following information:

  • Reference to where you found the job advertisement
  • Tasks you would like to work on and what you can offer
  • Time period during which you are able to work
  • Your motivation to do the internship
  • CV with details of education, latest grades, work experience and relevant courses.

We look forward to receiving your application! If you are selected as an intern candidate, we will send you a short translation test as part of the vetting process.

Read here feedback from our former interns

Dominick Steffensen, Danish Intern from August 2018 – January 2019, Master’s in Communication and Danish, Roskilde University:

“My internship at Comunica Translations was a very beneficial and educational experience and I had a great time during my 5 months stay. It is a great workplace with incredibly friendly coworkers who are always there to assist you with anything. If you enjoy working with languages and translations, Comunica is the place to be. You get an opportunity to try a variety of assignments in the translation field, which assures that you get an insight to the complexity and features of different types of translations. So, if you are the type of person that thrive in workplace with a great atmosphere, love being hands on with things and maybe have it easier with learning in practice, I would strongly suggest applying for an internship at Comunica Translations. You will not regret it. Plus, it is not the worst thing that it is located in the south of Spain.”

Frederik Fuglsang, Danish Intern from August 2018 – January 2019, Master’s in Communication and Danish, Roskilde University:

“For my 6 months internship I had the privilege to work at Comunica. The internship has been extremely enriching and rewarding and has given me some valuable practical experience to complement my studies. As an intern I was instructed in the use of different CAT-tools, while working with a wide range of interesting and challenging translation tasks. Apart from translation I was also given the opportunity to contribute to various communication tasks such as creating newsletters, slogans and content for their new website. I have benefited greatly from my time in Comunica both professionally and personally. I have not only improved my translation skills and gained a comprehensive insight into the industry – I have also learned what it takes to be a part of professional team. Last but not least I have to point out the working environment in Comunica which was really comfortable due to a bunch of very competent and helpful colleagues who made me feel as a part of the team from the very first day.”

Sebastian Malthe Hansen, Danish Intern from 1st September to 1st December 2018, Master’s Degree within Intercultural Studies Latin America at Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences:

“During my three months as an intern at Comunica, both my goals and expectations as well as Aarhus University’s requirements were fulfilled. Already from the first day in the office, I was given a lot of responsibility as well as co-determination regarding the many different translation projects, I was working on daily. My workday as an intern at Comunica would normally start by checking emails in Outlook followed by planning the first projects of the day. I also discovered from the very first day that I could ask my colleagues for advice at any time. The comfortable working environment and cheerfulness of my colleagues as well as everyone’s professional approach made me feel like I was never alone and never needed to feel at a loss regarding a translation project. It was also my impression that Comunica encourages and supports the social cohesion of their staff. Hence, once a month (usually the first Thursday of every month) an After-Work event is organised, where colleagues meet up for a beer and a couple of tapas. It felt like a good mixture of the Danish hygge tradition and the Spanish way of life, where a beer after work is a common occurrence. The events seemed to be very popular, and it was nice to meet up with colleagues outside of our working environment. I can wholeheartedly recommend Comunica to others, who are passionate about translation. If you are looking for an internship with plenty of responsibility and co-determination as well as a highly professional working environment filled with both smiles and laughter, Comunica is the right place for you.”

Natascha Pustelnik, Danish Intern from the 26th June until the 25th August 2017, Master’s in International Business Communication in Spanish, Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences:

“I had my internship at Comunica from the 26th June until the 25th August, and even though I was there for only nine weeks, I learned a lot from my stay. From the very beginning, I got to try my strength on different CAT tools and small test jobs, just to get a feeling of how things work, and within a short time, I was thrown into it, which – to me – seems like the best way to get going. Of course, I received a thorough introduction to the major CAT tools and, quickly, I felt comfortable using CAT tools such as Trados, Memsource and, especially, memoQ. Little by little, I got to take on bigger and more interesting translation jobs that were somewhat more challenging than the smaller and more identical jobs. To me, the most important part of the internship was getting to know the three major CAT tools and not, as one might expect, the linguistic part. Furthermore, I quickly realized just how structured you need to be to work in this field, and just how good you need to be to handle stressful situations and manage periods with huge work amounts – and I enjoyed every moment! It was great to get insight into the vibrant translation industry, the work as a translator and proof-reader, and it was inspiring to be surrounded by hardworking people who are very enthusiastic about their area of work. All in all, my internship has been very giving, and I will recommend anyone who has a flair for language to apply for an internship at Comunica.”

Guri Birgitte Poulsen, Danish Intern from October 2015 until March 2016, Master’s in Translation and Interpretation, Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences:

“I have benefited enormously from my internship with Comunica. Through the internship, I have received an insight into the translation industry, I have been instructed in the use of various CAT-tools and most importantly, I have developed and improved my translation skills. My tasks as an intern were varied and challenging, and my work always felt valued. I was able to work independently from the beginning while knowing that I could always ask for help if I needed it. Comunica offers a very comfortable working environment, and everyone made me feel welcome from the first day, so the overall experience has been nothing but positive.”

Artina Christensen, Danish Intern from June 2015 until December 2015, Aalborg University:

“My 6 months internship at COMUNICA has by far been the best and most fruitful semester throughout my studies. I am more than grateful to have had the experience of; working with both exciting and challenging translation tasks on an equal footing to professional translators; working with CAT tools on a daily basis; and gaining insight to COMUNICA’s marketing activities. At the same time, I was surrounded by professional, international, and indeed helpful colleagues – I will definitely miss being part of the COMUNICA team!”