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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the objective of the internships?

The objective of the Student or Work Internships for ESPOL students is to provide the participant with a complement to the training provided by the institution through direct contact with the area of influence of their future profession.

Are internships mandatory?

Yes, in order to obtain a degree, students must complete a minimum period of internships as established by each academic unit (at FIEC it is 640 hours, equivalent to four months full time).

How long does each internship last?

Internships can be done at the end of each semester or during the class period if the student has time available. The duration of each internship program will be at least 30 days.

What are my obligations once I am assigned an internship? 

During the internship, students are obligated to comply with the internal regulations of the company or institution where they are doing the internship.

If a student is unjustifiably absent from his or her internship or violates the provisions of the previous paragraph, he or she will be sanctioned with the suspension of registration in one or more subjects, depending on the offense committed and after analysis by the Student Affairs and Welfare Committee.

Will I receive any type of benefit from the company offering the internship?

Each company that offers internships will indicate what kind of assistance it will provide to the student, such as: salary, transportation, food, insurance, housing, etc. Not all companies offer all types of assistance.

What do I do if I get the internship (self-management)?

Usually the company that offers the student a place requires a formal request from ESPOL, for which the student must fill out the online form "Self-management Letter" and within 24 hours go to the FIEC secretary's office or the Internship Coordination Office to pick up the letter. The student will be in charge of making the respective arrangements with the company to obtain the internship.

What do I do once the internship is over?

At the end of the internship, the student must:
(a) Submit to his/her immediate boss in the company the Performance Evaluation Form, which must be signed and stamped by the company.
He/she must bring this printed .pdf to his/her coordinator's office to be filled out and signed at the end, then scan it and send it to the Internship mail* of his/her career, with the following format: LastName1_LastName2_FirstName1.pdf.
Finally, you must deliver the Performance Evaluation Form to the office of the Internship Coordination of your career, to be registered as evidence.
b) Download the Internship Report Form, which must be filled out by the student, where he/she evaluates the company and the activities performed.
Scan it and send it to the Internships mail* of your career, following the format indicated at the end of it.


You must attach in the same email the Performance Evaluation Form and the Internship Report Format, scanned and complying with the indicated formats.

  • Once there is proof that both documents (.pdf and .doc) and the Performance Evaluation Form have been sent, the internship hours will be credited to the student.
  • If the student does not submit both documents within three weeks from the date of completion of the internship, and there is no justification, the internship will be invalidated.

Electrical Engineering specialization Power
Fernando Vaca, Eng. 

Electronics and Automation Engineering
José Cueva, Eng. 

Telecommunications Engineering
Verónica Ojeda, M.Sc. 

Telematics Engineering
Adriana Collaguazo, Mg. 

Computer Science Engineering
Mg. Frank Malo 

Can I validate assistantships in ESPOL laboratories for internships?

You can validate by following the same process as indicated in FAQ 7.
In the case of several assistantships of several semesters, you must submit both forms for each internship.


Academic assistantships cannot be validated.{/slide}{slide=9. What do I do once I have completed the required 640 hours of internships?} Once the student justifies his/her internships by submitting the Evaluation and Performance Form and the Internship Report Form for each internship completed, he/she will be credited for his/her internship hours.
Once the student has completed the required 640 hours, his or her internships will be automatically unblocked from the ESPOL debt system.

Law and Regulations







Article 1.- The pre-professional practices of ESPOL students are mandatory and a prerequisite for obtaining their degree, corresponding to the training field of professional praxis of their respective careers, through which they apply knowledge and develop specific skills and abilities for an adequate performance of their future profession. 


In every pre-professional practice a student must perform the activities, which are planned, monitored and evaluated by a tutor, in coordination with a person in charge of the receiving institution. A student who is on probation will not be able to perform the pre-professional internship. 


If in the pre-professional practice, in addition to the academic training, the payment of a monthly stipend is agreed upon, it shall be considered as an internship and shall be governed by the applicable regulations without modifying the character and academic effects of the same. 


Article 2.- As a prerequisite for obtaining the degree, students must accredit hours of pre-professional business and community service internships, duly monitored, in the fields of their specialty. 


Article 3.- The pre-professional internships may be articulated through: 

 (a) Institutional or Academic Unit linkage programs, duly approved. 

b) Projects of linkage associated with the programs. 

c) Specific activities requested. 


Article 4.- The pre-professional internships can be developed inside or outside the country in the following environments: 


(a) Public or private, national or foreign companies. 

b) Public or private non-profit institutions, national or foreign civil society organizations. 

c) Urban-marginal, rural sectors or national free care centers. 

d) In the field of Teaching and Research. 


Article 5.- Pre-professional internships are classified as follows: 


a) Entrepreneurial: All those carried out in the environment determined in letter (a) of Art. 4 of this regulatory body. 

b) Community service: All those carried out in the environments determined in letter (c) of Art. 4 of this regulatory body. 

c) Teaching assistantships: Those performed exclusively at the ESPOL. 

d) Research assistantships: Those carried out as part of research projects approved by ESPOL. 


Article 6.- The pre-professional internships will be distributed throughout the career, starting from the professional unit of the curricular organization and prior to taking the integrating subject. 


Article 7.- Students must accredit at least 400 hours of pre-professional practices articulated to the career profile, according to the conditions established in the Academic Regime Regulation, issued by the CES. Students may choose one of the following options: 


(a) All pre-professional internship hours destined to community service; 

b) A minimum of 160 hours of pre-professional internships for community service, and the remaining hours for pre-professional internships of a business type, 

c) Minimum 160 hours of pre-professional community service internships, maximum 80 hours in teaching or research assistantships, and the remaining hours for pre-professional business internships. 


Teaching or research assistantships shall be validated as pre-professional internship hours if and only if the evaluation of the assistantship is at least 60% of the maximum grade assigned to this activity. 


Article 9.- The pre-professional community service internships do not include isolated activities, such as: 


a) Collection of money in public or private spaces. 

b) Ornamental and decorative activities. 

c) Activities of repair and painting of any building. 

d) Volunteer activities whose beneficiary is the polytechnic community. 

e) Cleaning activities in communities or public or private institutions. 

f) All activities that do not contribute to the development of the professional profile of the career. 


Article 10.- The identification, planning, execution and evaluation of programs, pre-professional internship projects may be carried out by an academic unit, jointly by several academic units of ESPOL and even with academic units of other local, national and foreign HEIs.


Article 11.- The academic units shall be responsible for maintaining the original documentation related to all stages of the pre-professional internship process. 


Article 12.- Each academic unit shall designate a general person in charge of the link with society per unit or career, in addition to tutors and project directors. 


Article 13.- For the development of pre-professional internships, ESPOL and institutions, companies or community organizations, public or private, will sign agreements and/or letters of commitment. 


The letters of commitment will state the nature of the legal relationship, the planned activities of the internship, the duration and the commitments of the parties. The letters of commitment must be signed by the highest authority of the academic unit, the tutor teacher, the company tutor and the company representative. 


Article 14 - All Pre-professional Internships must have an Academic Tutor assigned by the Community Service Coordinator or the Business Internship Coordinator, who will monitor the correct development of the internship. 


Article 15.- In the event of any breach of commitments by the receiving institution or there is an assignment of tasks that is not related to the plan of activities linked to the student's training, the academic tutor will negotiate with the receiving institution the solution to the breach and, if deemed appropriate, will suspend the internship. 


Article 16.- Students who work as employees or independently, as well as students who perform pre-professional business internships abroad, for the purpose of accrediting the mandatory pre-professional internship hours, must comply with the provisions of these regulations.


Article 17.- The general reports of the pre-professional internships prepared by the academic tutors must be approved by the responsible person defined by the academic unit prior to the registration of the hours performed in the student's academic record. 


Article 18.- Students are obliged to enroll in the pre-professional internship. If the student fails or voluntarily withdraws from the pre-professional internship after 7 days from the beginning of the internship, it will be considered loss of enrollment and the student will lose the free registration the second time he/she registers.   


In case of withdrawal due to fortuitous situations or force majeure that prevent the completion of the internship, these cases duly documented will be known and approved by the corresponding Board of Directors, at the time the situation arises. 


Article 19.- The student may perform up to 30 hours per week of pre-professional internships, as long as these do not exceed 55 hours per week of total workload, considering the hours of classroom, practical and autonomous learning. In case the characteristics of the internship require it and the Coordinator of business internships or community service of the career authorizes it: 


a) Students may perform activities on Saturdays and / or Sundays and holidays. 

b) Students may perform internships with a workload of more than 30 hours per week. 


 First: For students who enrolled in the Integrating Subject until the II Academic Term 2015-2016, the number of hours of pre-professional internships will be established by each career according to their current study programs. Of these, up to 20% of the number of hours may be credited with teaching or research assistantships carried out as of the I Academic Term 2014-2015. 

 Second: As of the first academic term 2016-2017, students enrolled in the Integrating Subject must have completed all the pre-professional internship hours required by their degree program, including the 160 hours of community service internships.


CERTIFY: That the above text corresponding to the Unnumbered Chapter on Internships and Pre-professional Internships of the Draft Regulations of the Undergraduate Academic Regime of ESPOL, was known and approved in a single discussion by Resolution No. 15-04-140 of the Polytechnic Council, session held on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Amended by Resolution No. 1509-378 of the Polytechnic Council in session held on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Amended by Resolution No. 15-10-461 of the Plenary of the Polytechnic Council in session held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Amended by Resolution No. 16-02-072 of the Plenary of the Polytechnic Council in session held on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Amended by Resolution No. 17-02-061 of the Plenary of the Polytechnic Council in session held on Thursday, February 23, 2017.  





I CERTIFY: That the preceding document with its reforms was known and approved by the Polytechnic Council by resolution No. 18-10-477, in session of October 04, 2018.  



Ab. Katherine Rosero Barzola, Ph.D. ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY

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