Groundbreaking technologies and high-tech innovations are only a few ways to describe the IT sector in Leuven.
The high-tech sector plays an important role in contributing to innovation and employment in Europe, not least in Belgium, whose economy is quite pronounced considering the multiplier effect that high-tech jobs have on the rest of the labor market. IT is everywhere; every big business needs it and much of society can’t live without it.
Work experience in a corporate, political or socially-focused environment can help to develop your commercial awareness, client management skills and the ability to understand and communicate your skills to future employers.
Leuven is an IT intern’s playground, with many options in many areas available. Depending on students’ skills and background, interns can look forward to working in any of the below areas, and more!
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Digital innovation and marketing
- Software design
Getting a range of work experience in hardware, operating systems, software and team leadership will enhance both your hard and soft skills portfolio. So no matter the area in which you’re placed, the critical skills you learn from your internship will be an invaluable addition to your CV and future career in the industry.
With a population of 90,000, 40,000 of which are students, there are few towns in Flanders that appeal to the imagination more than Leuven. Interns will be immersed in history, culture, architecture, gastronomy and modern science all at the same time. From the Gothic Town Hall and the Great Beguinage, to the student atmosphere of the Old Market Square and the home of Stella Artois, Leuven has it all. Irish College Leuven is within a short walking distance of all of these landmarks, and more!
Most people get around by bicycle (Fiets), foot or bus – the choice will be yours! Being such a small town, you can cover all of it by foot in a single day, which will allow you to treat yourself to one of Belgium’s sweet treats at the end of the day.
Leuven is also only 20 kilometers from Brussels, which is well connected to neighbouring countries Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and France.
Speaking of food, Ireland wasn’t short of amazing places to eat and enjoy night life. I’ll never forget the evenings I spent watching performers dancing in pubs, streets and restaurants just to entertain us! The way the performers interacted with one another and the crowd really made for a genuine and friendly vibe in Ireland. I think about the six weeks I spent in Ireland almost everyday.
It has changed the aspirations I have in life and made my desires more meaningful. It is remarkable how big of an impact this country and program has had on me. I would not change it for a thing."
Airfare, materials for placement, visa, transport, mandatory health insurance, some meals and spending money aren’t included. Please budget accordingly.