Intern Abroad in Spain

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A Guide to Internships in Spain

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301 Internships Abroad Programs in Spain

Internships in Barcelona with Connect-123!

Connect-123 offers internship opportunities in Barcelona in various industries including business, advertising, human rights, public policy and many more! Programs are available to worldwide participants 18 and up and are open throughout the year. Soak up this vibrant culture, gain valuable work experience, and improve your Spanish!

Connect-123 Internship & Volunteer Programs
Intern in Spain with Adelante Abroad

Intern in the beautiful cities of Madrid, Barcelona, or Seville with Adelante International Internships and Study Abroad programs. Internship placements in Spain include Business, Law, and Tourism; some internship sectors may require specific qualifications in potential participants. All programs include a two-week intensive Spanish course.

Adelante International Internships and Study Abroad
Free Internship Programs in Spain

Travel to Spain and intern with a multi-national company in Barcelona through programs from Spain Internship. For six months, prospective worldwide participants can gain valuable experiences and knowledge in an international business environment. The program offers mulitiple placements including Marketing, Graphic Design, and Business Administration.

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Intrax Global Internships

Experience the rich heritage and dynamic culture of Spain through an international internship in Madrid! Or live in Barcelona, the bustling, metropolitan heart of the Catalan region with its own unique atmosphere and culture.

The Intern Group

Gain a rewarding international internship in Madrid through The Intern Group in Spain. Worldwide participants can boost their Spanish language skills while working in a Spanish company for a year or two. Fulfill career potential by taking a position in a wide array of disciplines, including Labor and Industrial Relations, Civil Engineering, and Photography.

Twin Work & Volunteer

Gain International Hospitality work experience in Spain through Twin Work & Volunteer. Placements are available in cities including Canary Islands, Malaga, and Seville. Participants will receive orientation, staff support, and a certificate upon completion of the program.

Intern Abroad with ISA in Spain

International Studies Abroad offers a wide array of internship placements in Spain. Interns from around the world can grab the opportunity to work alongside with professionals in their respective fields. This Valencia work program includes placements in Human Resources, Hospitality, and Web Design.

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Internship Programs with Performing Arts Abroad

Participate in a distinct internship program through Performing Arts Abroad in the beautiful country of Spain. Students have the chance to share their skills and talents in Arts, Theater, or Dance with local youth. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of the Spanish language and culture, while completing their internship placement.

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IES Internships

Spend the summer abroad in Spain through IES Internships. Interns may take part in internship programs in fields including Tourism, Health Science, and Law, while improving their Spanish fluency. Placements are available in the city of Barcelona.

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Barcelona SAE

Students can enhance their resumes by taking part in internship programs with Barcelona SAE in the city of Barcelona. With two program options, which include placements in Architecture, Medicine, Photography, and a lot more, students can choose to participate for a summer or whole year.

Barcelona SAE
ELI-Experiential Learning International

Take up an internship in Spain based on your interests, skills, and career goals with ELI - Experiential Learning International. The program starts off with a four-week intensive Spanish language course in either Barcelona or Madrid and capped off with an internship placement. Participants must be at least 18 years old and have an intermediate level of Spanish proficiency.

CISabroad

Travel to Spain and become an intern through CISabroad. Have the chance to live with a Spanish host family while working in Barcelona. Internship programs include Fine Arts, Environmental Studies, and Tourism.

CISabroad
Internship programs with Global Vision International

Global Vision International (GVI) offers Social Enterprise internships in Spain. Participants will gain experience with community-focused organizations and develop insights about the inner-workings of international business, all while living in a culturally vibrant environment and historically rich destination.

Intern in Spain with Institute for Global Studies

Work with professionals in various fields through an internship with the Institute for Global Studies. Worldwide participants can live and work in Madrid, Spain for one year. The internship program offers an array of placement options such as Media, Economics, and Tourism.

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How to Intern Abroad in Spain

A Guide to Internships in Spain

España, a perennial favorite for travelers and students alike, is the ideal setting for an internship abroad! Complete with charming towns and major cities, breathtaking historical sites, modern cultural centers, delicious paella, and celebrated customs, internships in Spain will show interns the nation is much more than flamenco, fiestas, and fútbol. Your heart will pump in Pamplona with the running of the bulls, or relax on Spain’s many Mediterranean beaches. Whether you’re interning because of Madrid’s nightlife or Barcelona’s art scene, Spain has everything to make your international experience a life-changing endeavor.

Locations

The fact that Spain is an amazing destination for international internships should come as no surprise. After all, it’s consistently ranked among the top five international destinations for study abroad. The most popular destinations for international interns are the powerhouse cities of Madrid and Barcelona, but smaller cities such as Seville, Granada, Córdoba, and Valencia are also home to a variety of intern opportunities in Spain, and each provides a unique learning experience.

Charming Madrid is the capital city and the largest in Spain. From the hustle and bustle of Gran Vía, to the tranquil beauty of Retiro park, Madrid is a city with a ton for interns to explore! Art lovers will appreciate the city’s three great art museums, and night owls will never tire of Madrid’s nightlife. Being the seat of government, there are ample public policy related internships available with a wide variety of top NGOs in Madrid.

Barcelona, on the other hand, has a much more laid back and international vibe.  Interns can spend their free time at the beach, exploring medieval neighborhoods, or experiencing the great outdoors on Mt. Tibidabo or at Parc Guell. Internationally famous for the Sagrada Familia and other Gaudi works, Barcelona is the perfect place to gain hands-on experience in the fields of architecture, the arts, and design. Also, don’t forget the many start-ups focusing on urban design, sustainability, and other business opportunities!

Seville never fails to delight visitors, with its charming tiled patios, warm weather, and fragrant naranjo trees. Seville is the largest city in Andalucía, and full of breathtaking historical sights, including La Giralda, the Royal Tobacco factory, and Plaza España, just to name a few. As in much of Spain, tourism is an important industry here, and international internships in business, marketing, and more abound.

Internships in Spain

Possibilities for business internships in Spain are endless! On one hand, you’ve got plenty of large multinational and Spanish firms, mainly located in Madrid. On the other, you have Barcelona’s status as a technology, design, and entrepreneurship hub, with new start-ups springing up all the time.

In most regions of the country, tourism plays an important role in Spain’s economy (and not just because of its over 3,000 miles of coastline). If you’re looking for internships in Spain in tourism and hospitality, or even the wine industry, there are numerous internship opportunities that may match with your skills and interests. Teaching is another field with opportunities for internships all over the country, so if you’re looking to get some work experience in education, teaching English in Spain can be a great option!

For those looking to gain experience in the nonprofit sector, there are a multitude of organizations that focus on human rights, environmental sustainability, economic development, community service, and public health, providing numerous internships in Spain.

A typical internship in Spain is two to three months in length, but internships can vary based on your flexibility and the needs of the company.

Salary & Costs

While most internships in Spain are unpaid, with a connection to the right organization, students can have phenomenal learning experiences that will help with future job searches back home or with grad school applications. That being said, students from E.U. countries might have more opportunities to receive small stipends during their internship in Spain.

Spain is an affordable European destination, where costs for rent, food, and local transport are typically lower than in Northern European countries. Flights to Spain are also often less expensive than to other international destinations.

Accommodation & Visas

Housing is available in most locations in apartments, dormitories, and homestays.  While apartments offer the most privacy, and dormitories are the perfect setting to make friends, homestays can give interns a unique insight into local Spanish culture, and daily language lessons as well!

European students are not required to obtain visas to intern in Spain, and U.S. students are not required to have visas for internships that last under 90 days. Other nationalities should check with their local Spanish consulate.

Benefits & Challenges
  • Spanish Of Course! There are many places to learn Spanish, but to learn it in its home country is extra special and offers the added comfort of a modern, developed country.
  • Late Nights & Nap Time. It can be difficult to navigate the ins and outs of the Spanish language and adjust your schedule to incorporate the ever-important siestas and late night dinners. Your internal clock will probably be highly off balance for a while.
  • Relaxed Culture. From the sweet smelling orange blossom trees of Andalucía all the way up to the busy Rambla of Barcelona, internship opportunities in Spain abound, and no matter where you go the warm and exciting Spanish culture will be there!
Katie Arango

Katie Arango has been leading the Connect-123 team in Buenos Aires as well as the global Marketing team for the past three years. Her passion for international experiences led her to pursue a degree in International Studies from Miami University and then to seek out opportunities to teach, study and work abroad in the years since. Originally from the US, she has also lived in Spain and is currently based out of Argentina, where she loves showing interns and volunteers all that her adoptive city of Buenos Aires has to offer!