Gain real life experience abroad by interning in Spain. Experience the different Spanish business protocols and learn to do business in an entirely different culture. Gain fluency in both formal Spanish/Castilian and pick up local and profession-specific jargon. An international internship is the ideal way to make your resume or CV stand out from the rest. You will gain impressive real life experience working toward your chosen career while also mastering the Spanish language.
Objectives of the Internship Program: The principle objectives of the combined language and internship program are twofolds. (1) To promote acquisition of high-level Spanish language skills and (2) to provide candidates with professional working experience in a full immersion Spanish-speaking environment. Another feature of our program is highly important: to provide students the most realistic experience possible. All aspects of the program are real-life. Entrance requirements are high and each step is competitive with high-levels of performance expected.
Description: The dQ Internship Program consists of 3 phases:
1st: Minimum 6 weeks of Intensive Spanish language (available in Seville, Salamanca, Madrid and Barcelona).
2nd: The Professional Orientation course (available in Madrid and Barcelona).
3rd: The internship placement, lasting 3 months (available in Madrid and Barcelona).
* Part I: Course
The length of the Spanish-language portion will depend on your starting point and how quickly you can acquire the needed fluency. Written skills test and additional ones will be used to monitor your progress administered to judge readiness for the work period. In order to qualify for the internship placement you must have a high intermediate level of fluency. The minimum length for the Spanish course is 6 weeks. It is available in: Seville, Salamanca, Madrid, and Barcelona,
* Part II: Professional Orientation Course
The professional orientation portion takes places in Madrid or Barcelona to facilitate placement interviews. It is a 2-week course aimed at learning about the Spanish business world. Having a working knowledge of business argot is an important step towards success in the interview and work phases: This is why both the language study and the professional orientation courses are required before work placement.
2 weeks Professional orientation course (2 hours/day, 2 weeks):
Contact us for appropriate dates in Madrid and Barcelona.
* Part III: The Internship Period
Professional practice internships are offered in private sector companies, governmental organizations, NGO's, schools, colleges, and universities. The work period will be of 3 months. It may be possible to extend placement if both the employer/sponsor and the interns are in agreement and if there are no legal considerations that would discourage the extension. Placement is made and progress is monitored through our program office in Madrid. The internship portion of the program may not combine different companies or different cities.
* Company Assignment:
The most important factor is language skills: The more limited the student's language abilities, the flexible s/he will have to be in terms of placements. We try very hard to match the students' educational background, professional experience, and professional plans, to the internship placement. We contact the student (by e-mail or in person in Madrid) with one or more possibilities, and descriptions of those internships, and ask the student for comments and to rank the possibilities in order of preference. This helps us ensure appropriate placement. The interviews can take place during the time the student is studying (usually during the Professional Orientation course)
Minimum required Spanish level: intermediary - high
Accommodation: Housing arrangements can be made by the housing services offered by NIK-LAS.
Spain, with its intriguing blend of modernity and cultural festivities, exudes life an atmosphere of fun and relaxation. Blessed with being located on the south-western part of Europe, it occupies part of the Iberian Peninsula bounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Spain is both European and Mediterranean in climate, vegetation, and culture. It offers stunning beaches and a warmer climate that matches the personality of its people and its sensational cities.
Spain's total surface area of 504,788 km with a population of over 39 million inhabitants, is divided into 15 regions. In addition to the Iberian mainland, Spanish territory includes the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, plus Ceuta and Melilla on the Mediterranean Coast of Africa.
Each of these areas has its own unique character and culture. Andalusia is one of Spain's largest regions, it covers an area of 33,693 square miles. The region has a population of 6.8 million and is made up of eight provinces: Almeria, Granada, Jaen, Malaga, Cadiz, Cordoba, Huelva, and Sevilla Here is where, all of Spain's stereotypes come together and come alive. Bullfighters; flamboyant festivals; flamenco dancers; picturesque White Villages perched atop a mountain range in the wild, remote sierras; and dazzling sandy beaches enhanced with endless sunshine and crystal-clear water from the Atlantic and Mediterranean.
Spain possesses a richly diverse culture in art, architecture, music and lifestyle. Its cities blend cathedrals, ancient castles, and skyscrapers into the landscape. Some of the most famous museums, resorts, and festivals can be enjoyed in Spain, in addition to the energetic nightclubs, which compete with cozy "tapas" bars.
- Design a fully comprehensive program to meet area of focus
- Flexibility to participate in language Refresher phase one in Seville, Salamanca, Barcelona, and Madrid
- Requesting and receiving background information on all internship candidates providing guidelines for the preparation of the professional resume in Spanish, interviewing each candidate, and drawing up a list of possible internship placements
- Conferring with the candidates via e-mail or telephone to confirm area of interest and counsel on professional experience options
- Approaching the sponsoring institutions and achieving placements
- Maintaining contact with both the candidates and the sponsoring organizations to ensure that the internships run smoothly
- Intervening to resolve any difficulties or misunderstandings between the clients and the corporate sponsors, to assure mutual satisfaction.
** PAYMENT PLAN options available for qualified applicants **
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Academic Year, Throughout the year
Minimum required Spanish level: intermediary - high
- Admin (Health Services)
- Admin (Hospitality, Sports)
- Admin (Recreation, Parks)
- Agricultural Economics
- Business Admin, Management
- Media (Radio, TV, & Film)
- Comm. Sci & Disorders
- Computer Science
- Culinary Arts / Cooking
- Creative Writing
- Engineering (Civil)
- Engineering (Electrical)
- English as a Second Language
- Environmental Management
- Environmental Sci (Atmosph.)
- Environmental Studies
- Family and Home Studies
- Fashion Design
- Graphic Design
- Information Systems
- Interior Design
- International Relations
- Labor & Industrial Relations
- Library & Info Science
- Marketing, Ad, PR
- Museum Studies
- Music Business
- National Park Employment
- Physical Therapy
- Political Science/Politics
- Public Admin, Public Pol, Govt
- Real Estate
- Resort Employment
- Ski Resort Employment
- Social Work
- Theater, Drama, Dance
Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
Cost in US$:
Please contact us for more information.
Program Fees Include:
- 20% discount off tuition cost for 65 days early booking.
- 10% off lodging for 8+ weeks stay in Flat share.
- 15% off tuition cost for registration completion before Jan 31st for Spring programs
- 15% off tuition cost for registration completion before April 30th for Summer programs
Internships are educational and are therefore unpaid. The company, though, reserves the right to make a contribution to the participant if they so choose.
This Program is open to
Asian, Worldwide, Kiwi, South African, Australian, Canadian, European and American Participants.
Independently or in Groups
Typically Participants Work
Independently or in Groups
Application Process Involves
- Online Application
- In-Person Interview when Feasible
- Letters of Reference
- Written Application
Post Services Include
- Exit Debriefing Abroad
- Job and Internship Network