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To be ranked in the number one position on the Mercer Quality of Living Survey in 2011, you would think Vienna would have a lot going for the city. The truth is, you would be right.
Vienna carries a rich cultural legacy. Musicians such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven traveled to Vienna to work there, making it the City of Music. It is also known as the City of Dreams because of its status as home to Sigmund Freud. There are also various breathtaking architectural masterpieces throughout the city, varying from Baroque castles and gardens to the 19th-century buildings of the Ringstrasse to the unique stylings of the Hundertwasserhaus. Vienna, also a chosen destination for international congresses and conventions, is home to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), and many more.
Most internships in Vienna are located in the city center, major districts, or business districts such as Donaustadt. You should be able to find an internship throughout the year no matter what field you are interested in. There are plenty of placement programs that can help you find an internship, or you may look on your own to find unique and exciting opportunities that fit your needs.
If you choose to live in a major district of Vienna, you will likely be paying a slightly higher price for rent per month than those living in the suburbs or smaller parts of Vienna. Overall, your rent for a one bedroom apartment will lie between 400EU and 700EU. Some placement programs will provide housing in their fees. More information and details can be found at Numbeo.com.
There are currently no laws protecting trainees or interns in Vienna. As a temporary employee, you may or may not be protected under full labor laws in Austria. It is best to check with your employer or provider about what rights you have while working in Vienna.
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No matter what you're looking to get out of your internship abroad, Vienna will have what you are looking for. There are countless opportunities to get ahead and gain international work experience.
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