IE Labs


IE Labs are IE University’s alternative to traditional internships. Aimed specifically for first and second year students seeking high level internship placements, the IE Labs provide hands-on, internship-like experience on campus, working on projects for leading companies and institutions in a variety of sectors.


Working in an IE Lab is an excellent way to build your professional profile and gain valuable practical knowledge of different sectors. In addition, students working in IE Labs have direct contact with the managers and directors of leading companies that they are working for, further extending their professional networks.


Students work in the IE Labs under the tutorship of professors, while experts provide training in areas like marketing, funding, strategy and legal aspects. IE Labs will also include practical workshops throughout the year led by executives from participating organizations.


Students can choose to work in an IE Lab that matches their professional interests, or an IE Lab that is outside of their field of study in order broaden their areas of knowledge and work with students from other programs.

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Work in an IE Lab
All IE Labs start at the beginning of February and continue until the end of June. At the beginning of the academic year an IE Lab fair is held in both Segovia and Madrid. This is when students can find out in detail about the projects each IE Lab is offering and can apply to join. All IE University undergraduate students are eligible to apply to any IE Lab.
A professor or expert will lead each Lab to guide students through their work. Each IE Lab operates much like a small company, with working hours, timetables and deadlines. Students have a commitment to work for companies on projects and deliver them within the specified deadlines.
From February to the end of May, students work part-time for about four hours a week in the IE Labs. During the month of June students work full-time for four weeks. The daily workload during the full-time period will vary, depending on the projects, but will consist of a class or seminar, working on projects, a meeting or a company visit. There are also weekly presentations, when students present their progress on work they are doing.
The IE Labs are long-term projects, which continue the following year with new students. In some cases, students can continue with their research and consultancy projects, using their work for their final degree project as well. IE Labs are offered contingent on a minimum number of students. Students must fulfill their commitment to the IE Lab they have joined and can receive up to three ECT credits for their participation. The grade will not be applied to the student’s GPA, but will be listed in their transcript as Pass or Fail.


Working space and facilities
The Segovia City Council has collaborated with IE University, allowing the use of the city’s Casa de Moneda (Royal Mint) building to house the IE Labs and Start-Up Lab in order to promote innovation and help develop an entrepreneurial mindset in the region.
The ground floor, where the Start-Up Lab is located is always open to the public. There is a show room that offers and ideal space for students to showcase their businesses and projects and trigger interactions with entrepreneurial agents, investors and the public.
The Casa de la Moneda is a cultural heritage building, founded by Felipe II and built by Juan de Herrera between 1583 and 1588, and is considered the oldest example of industrial architecture of its kind in Europe. Renovation was completed in 2011, when IE University converted the Casa de Moneda into an international incubator for innovative businesses.


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