Gain professional skills in an internship-like experience
Our IEU Labs are a unique, innovative alternative to traditional work placements. By participating in this program, first and second year students gain real-world, professional experience while working with top companies. There are 10 Labs to choose from, each offering valuable insights into the realities of a number of different sectors. Students work alongside managers and directors at leading global organizations, allowing them to grow a formidable professional network.
Throughout the duration of the program, professors and industry experts will guide your journey to enhance your skills in marketing, funding, strategy, legal aspects and much more. You will be allowed to apply to the Lab that best fits your professional ambitions, or the Lab that simply appeals to your interests.
These are just a few of the companies to come out of the Start-Up Lab.
COMMON MODULES AND ACTIVITIES
We offer students a unique university experience with weekly excursions, and a wide variety of extracurricular activities, ranging from cultural trips to sporting events.
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WORKING IN AN IEU LAB
IEU Labs start at the beginning of the second semester and continue throughout the year. From May to June you will work full-time at your IEU Lab, participating in shared modules and activities such as advanced seminars for professional skills, weekly presentations, business simulations and other extracurricular activities.
At the beginning of the academic year, IEU Lab fairs are held in Segovia and Madrid. During this time, students can learn more about the projects available in each IEU Lab, and present their applications to participate. All IE University students are allowed to apply for the IEU Lab program.
A professor or expert will lead each Lab to support students throughout their journey. Each IEU Lab operates much like a small company, with working hours, timetables and deadlines. Students commit to working with certain companies on specific projects, which will be developed during a set timeframe.
From February through to the end of May, students work part-time for about four hours a week in the IEU 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. Generally speaking, this period is made up of a class or seminar, project development, meetings and company visits. There are also weekly presentations, where students will share their progress.
The IEU Labs are long-term projects, which continue the following year with a new group of students. In some cases, students can continue with their research and consultancy projects, and may also use their findings for their final degree projects. Labs require a minimum number of students, and all participants will receive up to three ECT credits upon completion of the program. The grade will not apply to the student’s GPA, but a grade (0 to 10) will be listed on their transcript.
IEU Labs are unique, interdisciplinary, consultancy-based projects conducted in collaboration with leading companies and institutions. Students gain real-world experience in a variety of sectors, including sports, finance, marketing, information technology and media. The Labs provide students with the opportunity to provide consultation services, conduct needs assessments and contribute in the area of project design.
WORKING SPACE AND FACILITIES
In collaboration with Segovia City Council, IE University has been granted use of the city’s historic Real Casa de la Moneda or Royal Mint. This building, which houses IEU Labs and Start-Up Lab, has become a hub of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial ambitions in the region.
The ground floor, where the Start-Up Lab is located, is always open to the public. In the showroom, students showcase their business plans, projects and ideas, creating an opportunity for interactions with experienced entrepreneurs and investors.
The Real Casa de la Moneda is a cultural heritage building, established by Felipe II and built by Juan de Herrera between 1583 and 1588. It is considered to be the oldest example of industrial architecture of its kind in Europe. Renovations were completed in 2011, when IE University converted the space into an international incubator for disruptive innovators.