PINC accepts 15 students per group. We do this to ensure quality control and safety. Each group has a City Manager, whose job is to solely be there to support and guide groups through the city and to have the best experience abroad as possible. Although we only accept 15 students at a time there is a plethora of opportunity for students to interact and meet others. Spanish classes host other students from across the globe, certain cultural activities are in a group settings and mingling is encouraged. There is also networking events to meet and engage with locals. PINC’s mission to to create a bespoke and unforgettable experience abroad that will continuously give back upon returning back home.
No! We offer the program to any young women who are 18 years old and over. If you are recent graduate you are more then welcome to apply. We have had students from 18 years of age to 28. We love the diversity and experience.
Why? Because Lisette, the founder, was on academic probation TWICE in college and found that her GPA limited her opportunities to participate in clubs and certain work experiences*.
That’s NOT how the real-world works. Your GPA doesn’t predicate if you’re going to be a supportive teammate, adaptable, kind, have a sense of humor when something doesn’t go to plan, etc! These are the qualities we look for in our candidates.
PINC’s application process prides itself on a personal experience where you chat with Lisette about your past experience, your current studies and future goals. We look for well-rounded young women, who will represent themselves and PINC with high regard and respect.
*Lisette subsequently was the cover of UAlbany’s Magazine Fall 2014 “30 Under 30” and ranked #2, and has been a guest speaker for Albany Center for Entrepreneurship and World of Entrepreneurship.
Nope. We have worked with students who are finance, marketing, fashion, nursing, political science, and more. We love diversity and we ensure that students are paired up with the right people in their field for internships, mentoring and shadowing. This type of diversity brings more value to each students experience.
Before students head to Spain they are encouraged to register in STEPS. The Embassy also has a system to notify people of specific travel alerts and pertinent information via email. Registration to receive these messages is done by enrolling online in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Here is a direct link to the STEP enrollment page: https://step.state.gov/step/
Enrolling in STEP is a free service, and offers several advantages. By enrolling you will not only receive email messages of interest from the Embassy, but it also helps the Embassy know where to contact individuals in case of an emergency.
The State Department has a web site with a wealth of information about Spain for Americans who are traveling or studying abroad, including safety information. The web site is travel.state.gov. You simply need to type in the country in question (in this case Spain) in the space where it says “Learn about your destination”. Here is a direct link to the page about Spain: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/spain.html
Students have continuous contact with Lisette, the program director, before they departure, it should also be emphasized that she will be with the students in Madrid during the entirety of their stay. In addition to Lisette’s support students will also have access to your program coordinator for any issue that may arise. At PINC we provide you a constant system of support before, during, and after your time abroad in Madrid.
Of course! If you decide to do any of the programs and return to do another we are always happy to take you back and even work out ways to make your experience even more unique. Maybe adding informational interviews? an additional mentor in another area of your interest? have you set some goals prior to arrival and work with Lisette directly with some one-on-one sessions, to ensure you achieve them while you are there.
Yes. PINC participants must be 18 years of age by the start of the program.
No Visa is required if you have a US passport. As the programs are only 2 or 8 weeks, you will only need a passport. The USA passport alone can be used as a tourism visa, which means you are allowed to stay and travel throughout Europe for 12 weeks. Since the program is two months you have plenty of time before and after to travel!
We work with Student Accommodation Madrid housing company we have been using for years. We organize shared apartments for PINC participants. The apartments will located in the city center, which will make getting around very simple. The apartments are fully furnished and equipped with tableware, sheets, towels, electrical appliances, internet … all you need to do is arrive, unpack and relax.
Inspiration and motivation aka a fabulous, fierce female! PINC offers fun and attainable structure. Our participants are young adults and will want some independence and we get that. Its also summer and you want to enjoy your time, and we TOTALLY get that! PINC insures that throughout your time with us you will have direction, have purpose and you will shine.
Whenever you are ready!
Yes and No. We wish we could say this program is for everyone, but realistically it isn’t. No its not competitive in the sense of your past studies or work experience, we love diversity! If your experience is in Psychology, Business, Math, Dance, etc., you are all on the same playing field in the PINC application process. However, it is competitive with drive and ambition. We have an interview with each candidate to learn more about what PINC applicants hope to learn and accomplish during their time on a program. We have a strong focus on the individual and look for participants that will be open, excited, motivated and responsible on this program.
We are open to other nationalities participating in the PINC Internship placement program.
Nope! As long as you are open minded and ready to challenge yourself we want to learn more about you. If you have any reservations, of any kind, its always best for us to schedule a time to talk directly.
Absolutely. It’s Europe and there is so much to do and see. You will have most weekends free to schedule trips and through out the week you will have most evenings free to enjoy the beautiful city of Madrid and its surround treasures.