Adelante International Internships and Study Abroad

101 Main Street, Suite B Seal Beach, CA 90740 United States

About Adelante International Internships and Study Abroad

Year Founded: 1999

Many people like to travel and take vacations abroad, but you only ever see things as a tourist. Have you ever thought about actually living in another country and experiencing life as the local people do? And if you've considered it, how do you go about accomplishing this goal? Where do you begin? This is why Adelante was established, to enable participants to achieve their dream through our own experience and expertise.

Adelante has been in business since 1999, when it began with the internship program in Madrid. The program followed a simple formula - airport pickup and orientation to assist in your arrival; a good, clean, safe place to live; intensive Spanish classes to practice and improve your language skills; and internship placement in a local company working with Spanish people in a real workplace environment. This worked, providing candidates with the essential components needed to live abroad while still allowing them independence to find their own way in a new city and to create their own unique experience.

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Intern in Madrid, Spain

Spain : Madrid

With over 250 participating companies, Adelante's internship programs in Madrid are some of the most developed experiences offered. Internship placements are available in...

Intern in Barcelona, Spain

Spain : Barcelona

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain; this coastal city is a hub of Spanish art, sport, and industry. It is also the location of one of Adelante's internship programs....

Intern in Chile

Chile : Valparaiso, Vina del Mar

What do you know about Chile? Probably not much. Trust us when we say, there may not be a better place to spend an internship abroad. Adelante offers programs in neighboring...

Intern in Seville, Spain

Spain : Seville (Sevilla)

Because Seville is still a new intern abroad destination, anyone who wishes to make a large and unique impact on their resume should consider Adelante's internship programs...

Semester Abroad - Study in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

Adelante offers an affordable study abroad program in San Jose, Costa Rica for the spring and fall semesters. Two programs are available depending on the students goals...

Economical Semester in Seville, Spain

Spain : Seville (Sevilla)

This study abroad program offers two different options based on level of Spanish speaking ability. Program A is for students who have a low to intermediate ability. Three...

Summer Spanish Language Studies in San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

San Jose is the radiant capital of Costa Rica, one of the most lush and breathtaking countries in the world. We can't think of a better place to spend a summer. Dive into...

Summer Spanish Study in Seville

Spain : Seville (Sevilla)

For students who have a limited time to study abroad but want a full experience, Adelante has the answer. Adelante offers two options for studying abroad in Seville, Spain...

Intern in Spain

Spain : Barcelona, Madrid and 2 other cities , Marbella, Seville (Sevilla) Show less

Healthcare in Madrid, graphic design in Barcelona, journalism in Seville, tourism in Marbella – just a few of your choices if you come to Spain for a real interning and...

Volunteer in Mexico

Mexico : Oaxaca

Adelante offers a low cost volunteer program with a wide variety of assignments in Oaxaca, Mexico. Candidates can choose from sectors including arts, teaching English, archeology,...

Intern in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

Adelante provides low cost internship programs for those wishing to enhance their Spanish speaking skills while gaining real world experience in their field with the added...

Intern in Uruguay

Uruguay : Montevideo

This country is most likely the best kept secret in South America. Clean, serene, and safe, Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and a refreshing departure from other heavily...

Intern in Marbella and San Pedro, Spain

Spain : Marbella

Don’t be a tourist, LIVE on the Costa del Sol! Medical, marketing, tourism, teaching, hospitality are just some of the great options for your internship in Marbella/San...

Intern In Scotland

Scotland : Edinburgh

Take advantage of Adelante's observation and research assignment placements in lush Edinburgh, Scotland (sectors listed below). Edinburgh is the nation's capital and boasts...

Equine Summer Study Program in Scotland

Scotland : Edinburgh

Learn more about the care, science, and training of horses at Adelantes equine summer program in the Scottish countryside just outside the capital city of Edinburgh. This...

Ecology Conservation Program in Scotland

Scotland : Edinburgh

Natural beauty and heritage come to mind when one thinks of beautiful, green Edinburgh, Scotland. Inland cliffs, freshwater streams, woodlands and grasslands provide a bountiful...

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  • Kimberly Haber - General Manager

    Pre-Adelante Abroad, Founder and General Manager Kimberly Haber worked for the then California Angels, at Angel Stadium and also worked for International Franchise organizations in the education market. Her travels abroad and inspiration to stay abroad and throw her old goals out the window, inspired Kimberly to found Adelante Abroad and help individuals around the world gain international experience that will literally change their lives.

    Kimberly with her daughter on their last trip to Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, Chile to visit Adelante program sites.
    Kimberly with her daughter on their last trip to Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, Chile to visit Adelante program sites.

    What exactly does your role at Adelante Abroad entail?

    I am the founder and General Manager. My work is to connect daily with our international staff, search for new and better ways to enhance our programs, communicate with candidates who might be having some issues adjusting abroad, oversee our marketing efforts, come up with fun ways to engage future candidates (right now we are running a Video and Photo Contest, “Day in the Life of an Intern”, that has a $500 prize, for example), and just all of the other good bits and pieces that it takes to run a successful international business. 

    How did you become connected with the Adelante Abroad?

    When I graduated UCSB (University of California Santa Barbara), my graduation present was a three month Eurail Pass – so I started at the top, in Norway, and wound up staying for five years, eventually visiting most of Europe, and final-landing in Spain completely out of money, where I found a job.

    My first job in Spain was working for a radio station, 103.3 Radio Onda in Nerja, I will never forget! When I returned, I wrote a book about the experience and one of my initial supporters suggested I start helping others do what I did. So, in 1999 Adelante was born and our first destination city was in Spain, of course, Bilbao in the north. After that came Madrid, then Barcelona, Sevilla and finally Marbella. Growth has been organic: once one program city was established and running smoothly, I would add another. Next came Oaxaca, Mexico, then Costa Rica, then Chile and then Uruguay. Ecuador is next, I think! 

    What makes the Adelante Abroad’s programs different from those offered by other providers?

    Well, we are certainly the most economical program out there, that is easy to see. Our specialty is International Internship Programs, and we do also offer a select few Semester/Summer Study Abroad programs. Then, by design we are a smaller firm, with a boutique, or custom mentality, versus a straight corporate one.

    Adelante sends a couple hundred candidates a year, not thousands, and we get to know each candidate, sometimes their whole families over the program process. This also means that we can personally visit all of our housing sites regularly, our language schools are solid partners and our on-site staff are locals that have been with Adelante Abroad, in some cases as long as 14 years and our “rookie” has been with us for six years. 

    Study abroad experiences often change a participant’s view of the world. How do you make sure students who apply to Adelante Abroad are ready for these life-changing experiences?

    We screen, screen, screen – our application process is straightforward and quick, however we do require a one hour Skype or phone interview, and we check at minimum two references. We then provide pages of orientation materials that we make our candidates sign & initial that they have read. Adelante has no problem whatsoever in counselling a candidate out of one of our programs if we notice any red flags. For example, if there are a lot of questions about group activities or concerns about where roommates are from, well this person probably needs to do a semester or summer study abroad, not the more independent intern abroad program. 

    In your role, how do you help students prepare for the experience of studying abroad?

    I conduct the one hour phone interview and prior to that I am often the resource for any questions that our other staff might not be able to answer here. Running these programs successfully all of these years, plus my past and ongoing living and working abroad experiences make me a good reference point.

    I am also blunt. Interning abroad, in a foreign country, for six months will most definitely look good on a resume and will absolutely change a person; however it is not glamourous. It requires homework upfront and ongoing willingness to live decidedly out of one’s comfort zone.

    What is the best advice you can give students who are interested in applying to an Adelante Abroad program?

    Call us. This office is a wonderful, relevant resource. Read the review sites, even the bad ones will help you learn if you are a good fit for our programs or not.

    What is the most fulfilling aspect of your job with Adelante Abroad?

    Knowing that each day we help people experience things that they could never imagine if they stayed home. I believe those experiences are beneficial at a global level: if every one of us were able to go live and intern or study abroad for three – six months, at least once, we would most assuredly be living in a more harmonious and inclusive world.

  • Jax NTP - Marketing Coordinator

    After studying abroad in London and Paris during her undergraduate degree – Jax is thrilled to send as many students abroad as possible and connect them to international opportunities via Adelante’s e-presence.

    Jax reading her poetry aloud while studying abroad in Paris.
    Jax reading her poetry aloud while studying abroad in Paris.

    What exactly does your role at Adelante entail?

    As Marketing Coordinator I outreach to prospective students (gap year, in college, graduate, etc.) and maintain communication with our current and past candidates via managing our social media presence, creating email marketing campaigns, and writing original content for our newsletters and program listings on internship and study abroad web directories.

    How did you become connected with Adelante?

    While working on my manuscript post-graduation — I was drenched in nostalgia for my experiences abroad in London and Paris — that’s when I came across Adelante listing via CSULB (California State University Long Beach) Alumni job board: “someone passionate about sending students abroad” - Perfect. 

    What makes the Adelante’s programs different from those offered by other providers?

    Adelante offers an affordable application fee at $150 along with competitive program prices. Our programs consist of: in-country internship work assignment (20hrs/week), two weeks of intensive Spanish courses for all proficiency levels, centrally located housing, and resources on-site with our program directors. Most importantly, our programs are designed for the adventurous and wildly independent at heart (we don’t believe in hand-holding and tourism masked as internships/study abroad).

    In your role, how do you help students prepare for the experience of studying abroad?

    I connect with our prospective, current, and past candidates via social media and online message boards. I offer an elaborate overview of essential FAQ in their “pre-departure orientation” packages. In addition, Adelante provides resources and live advice on TweetChats (#AdelanteAdvice) and now on our newly launched webinar series.

    What is the best advice you can give students who are interested in applying to an Adelante program?

    Susan Sontag summed it up best in one of her journal entries: “Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” 

  • Leah Kuhlmann - International Internship Programs Coordinator

    Leah's passion for travel brought her to Adelante, where she now works as Programs Coordinator, sending candidates around the world to work in international internship placements. She has spent time in Australia, England, and Southeast Asia, making her a great resource for new travelers and potential interns.

    Leah immersing herself fully into the culture of Thailand.
    Leah immersing herself fully into the culture of Thailand.

    What exactly does your role at Adelante entail?

    The International Internship Programs Coordinator role is first and foremost responsible for communicating Adelante program information to inquiring candidates. Once a candidate signs up for one of our programs, my role is to help them through the process of preparing to go abroad. From setting up their initial interview with Adelante Director Kimberly Haber, to relaying their housing and internship itineraries, and scheduling their airport pickup, I provide a guiding hand to our candidates every step of the way. 

    How did you become connected with the Adelante?

    I become connected with Adelante through a personal network soon after moving to Seal Beach, CA, where Adelante is headquartered. After researching the Adelante website, I was excited to see that their mission parallels my love of education and travel. I quickly inquired about an interview for the International Internship Programs Coordinator position.

    What makes Adelante’s programs different from those offered by other providers?

    Adelante is an independent, boutique travel abroad agency, which sets us apart from bigger travel agencies that are often housed within higher education institutions. At Adelante, we work with our candidates to customize their ideal travel and internship experience that fulfills their personal goals for traveling abroad. Our programs are much less expensive than other similar programs and we have the added personal touch. 

    Study abroad experiences often change a participant’s view of the world. How do you make sure students who apply to Adelante are ready for these life-changing experiences?

    At Adelante, we conduct an interview screen of all our candidates in order to ensure that they have the maturity and life skills to travel abroad. We are excited for our candidates to have these life changing experiences and we pride ourselves on ensuring that they are ready for what is to come.

    In your role, how do you help students prepare for the experience of studying abroad?

    The International Internship Programs Coordinator is the go-to person for all study abroad questions from our candidates. I provide them with all the materials they will need once abroad (internship assignment, housing documents, etc.) and I make sure that they have contact information of Adelante personnel in The States as well as their abroad country of choice in case any questions arise.

    What is the best advice you can give students who are interested in applying to an Adelante program?

    When you have the opportunity to travel, take it! Life gets busy and it is something that will positively impact your life forever. Open your mind to new experiences. Other countries don’t operate like you are used to. Immerse yourself in new situations and you will learn more than you ever imagined!

    What is the most fulfilling aspect of your job with Adelante?

    I have had the privilege of doing ample travel throughout my lifetime and I love that my passion now coincides with my work. Every time I send a candidate abroad, I feel so excited for them and their upcoming adventure!