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Internships in Madrid, Spain - Adelante Abroad

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Vale! move to Spain!

First off, I’m glad I made this decision; the decision to move to Madrid, expand my knowledge of their cultural lifestyle, building bonds with the locals and the other Adelante members, interning and working with great people, and overall living out a life changing experience, Adelante made all of this possible and I can’t thank them enough. Adelante does a great job of making this transition a very smooth one. They constantly check up to see how everything is and update you on local events that may occur. I have no legitimate complaint about living in Madrid. The food is amazing, the locals are friendly, and everything is extremely accessible and convenient. I highly recommend Adelante 100%, and would definitely do it all over again.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

Seize your summer!

My Madrid summer with Adelante was amazing. As a graduate student, I was worried that this program wouldn't be rigorous enough for me but I am happy to say I was wrong. My internship was so practical and, unlike in the US, I was given responsibility on projects and trusted with complex tasks that were presented to clients. My Spanish also improved more than I expected it to and now I feel comfortable talking to any Spanish speaker! Part of the draw of Adelante is all the planning they do for you before you even set foot in the country and it was such a relief to not have to try to find housing or get an interview for the job I worked for. If you want to go abroad, experience a new culture and get seriously good experience, Adelante is for you.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Social Life

    10

Madrid, Jan and Feb

I had a great time in Madrid! I already speak Spanish so I was able to live with four girls (who were not on Adelante) from various countries and communicate entirely in Spanish (some of them didn't speak English at all). My internship shadowing Dr Enrique Rojas was wonderful and I learned so much about psychology and psychiatry. I sat in on most of Dr. Rojas' sessions, received lessons during free time, and even conducted a few one-on-one sessions with patients on my own. The social-life was also great, I fell in love with Madrid as a city and can't wait to go back as soon as possible!

As a side note (this is neither good nor bad): I wanted to be very independent on this program and I was able to be (especially because I was not housed in Adelante apartments). I lived abroad for almost half of my life growing up and have been to over 35 countries so I loved that, but I would caution others who might not feel as comfortable navigating a new city/language/culture to live in non-adelante housing because you receive a lot less support.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

An experience anyone can learn from!

I spent five months with Adelante in Madrid and already knew I would miss it after the first few days. It has been really an experience of a lifetime because not only did I learn about my field in my job but I also made some incredible friends and some incredible memories.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    10

A great experience

I had an awesome time with Adelante! This was my first time in Europe and they definitely helped me to have a great time. I decided to take a year off school for personal reasons, so I signed up for Adelante to stay in Madrid for six months and it was a blast. All the staff that I talked to were super helpful, both while I was applying and during my stay. The housing was awesome. The apartment itself was just fine, but the location was amazing. I was living right in the center of the city, which was incredible, there was so much to do nearby (Adelante has several locations in Madrid, so you may not get this location depending on how far in advance you apply). It was also really nice having roommates, as they were some of my best friends while I was there. I found the language classes offered in the program to be pretty helpful. I continued to take classes while I was there, just not at the same school that works with Adelante, as their prices are a bit high.
The internship, while not the highlight of my stay, was definitely interesting and helpful. I worked for a financial consulting company that analyzed the US stock market. I didn't know anything about the market before I came, but working in the office for 6 months definitely helped me pick up a few things, although I would have liked to learn more.
All in all, I highly recommend Adelante. I personally feel that living abroad is an experience that everyone should have, and Adelante is a pretty awesome way to do just that.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

JUST DO IT!!!!

Absolutely the experience of a lifetime!!! I was terrified before I left and almost bailed because of my anxiety about going somewhere totally new where I wouldn't know anyone coupled with some Visa issues. But the staff (and my Dad) were voices of reason and got me set to leave. And basically from the moment I arrived- everything was great.

I highly recommend living in the housing with other Adelante/international students in Madrid. Definitely some of my best friends were my roommates, but also there is so much going on in Madrid all you have to do is take the initiative to walk outside and you'll meet the greatest people! It's right in the center of the city by so many bars/shops/clubs/transportation hubs/gyms/etc etc etc. Some of the appliances are pretty old and sometimes don't work great (ie microwave, washer, etc), but it's well furnished and equipped with pots/pans which is great. The language school classes before the internship were definitely helpful as a kind of adjustment period.

My one complaint is I wish I knew more about my actual internship position before I actually started. I only found out maybe a few weeks before I started what company I was even working for, and even so really was not prepared for the type of work I would be doing. Adelante stresses business casual attire until otherwise noted by supervisor, so I came to Spain with that wardrobe in mind only to find out I needed primarily swim and athletic wear. That being said my co-workers were extremely patient with my Spanish (my bosses did not speak English- another thing I was unaware of before showing up for my first day) and I really loved going in everyday to work with the autistic kids.

After arriving home, all I want to do is go back and my Dad likes to remind and tease me about how I didn't want to go and thought I would be happier just doing a regular semester in Boston because the semester abroad was really the greatest one of my life. So JUST DO IT (you're aloud to be scared- but take that leap).

  • Adelante Abroad responded to this review January 26, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    Whitney! Thanks so much for the rave review, the photos, too, and whenever you are ready to "Just Do It" again, we would love to have you back. Alumni receive a discount, don't forget:) Touching on your comment about knowing more initially about your international internship: yes, candidates receive their contracted internship confirmation about 4 weeks / one month prior to their program start date. In this document or contract, there is a company website, job description

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Definitely worth it!

I was very hesitant to do a program like this but I am so happy I did! From the beginning, the Adelante staff was nothing but helpful. I had over a million questions and I am pretty sure I emailed Jeramee about 5 times a day and she replied every single time. They keep you updated (and calm) while you're in the states and continuously check in while you're abroad. The staff in Madrid is awesome as well and will always help if you need anything. For the first two weeks you're in language classes for about 4 hours a day which may seem long but they are necessary. I was slightly annoyed because I thought I wouldn't need two weeks of Spanish classes considering I took Spanish for 3 years but I definitely needed them. The teachers are great and the classes improve your Spanish, I wish I could have taken them the entire time I was here. The only critique I have is the housing situation. For me, I was only there for 6 weeks so I sucked up and dealt with it but others have been here for months at a time and it's not really fair. The room wasn't entirely clean when I arrived and the bathroom was dirty and had a few bugs so a flat mate and I had to clean it. Also it says there's a maid but there isn't so don't expect new sheets or someone cleaning the floors, it's all you. But that has nothing to with program, it's the people running the school. However, the apartment is located in the heart of Sol so you're close to everything: food, shops, metro, school and entertainment. It's also pretty easy to make friends because most people are doing this program alone. I made friends that I know I'll have for a lifetime. And as for the best part of my experience: the internship. I would NEVER have been able to get an internship like the one I have here in America. I was able to get hands on experience, work with an amazing foundation and meet the kindest people. I know I'll still remain in contact with them in the future.

Overall, I highly recommend this program. The staff, the location, the experience, it's all worth it. I feel like I grew a lot as a person through this program and learned from talented professionals. The other nice thing about this intern abroad program is you're not working all day everyday so you have plenty of time to explore the city as well as other cities which I recommend as well. If you want to do something for yourself that will benefit your professional, academic and personal life, this is the program for you.

  • Adelante Abroad responded to this review December 20, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Hola Shayan! Thank you, thank you for your positive overview and detailed review, your comments are so helpful. I wish we could have known from the get go about the misses by the cleaning service. During our regular check-in's with you, you didn't mention it so hearing about it now is a surprise and we are so sorry about that! And yes, our Director has several Adelante apartments in Madrid to oversee, with the cleaning service scheduled once a week - sheets too are cleaned every two weeks, is the norm. We will definitely make sure to triple check that apartment's service moving forward as well as ask our candidates to let us know, too. Good luck in all future endeavors and thank you again. Team Adelante

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    1

  • Program Administration

    4

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Work Environment

    6

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

An amazing summer

I did marketing in an office for a winery and at first I had decent amount of work to do and then everyone started going on vacation and I had to make up work for me to do. This helped me to be independent and to become decently educated on wine which was something I did not know much about. The Spanish course with Eureka was extremely helpful and the staff there was amazing. They also had excursions to different museums and cities. This was my first time in Europe so I went on different excursions to different countries and it was the best time of my life and I met people from all over the world that have beautiful and interesting perspectives on life. I would say the only downfall was the that the staff from adelante were not helpful at all when I had any problems and were not responsive. I thought it was their job to reply to our problems but they were very lazy dealing with certain issues. I think interning abroad with any program will look amazing on a resume and will be an experience of a lifetime the way it was from. However I would not suggest adelante due to their capabilities of solving issues.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Best summer of my life In Madrid

I interned in Madrid for the past two months through the Adelante Abroad program. Adelante essentially sets everything up for you prior to arrival including your internship placement and housing and then you are basically on your own. My girlfriend and I both took part in the Adelante program and were able to live together in an incredibly nice apartment set up by Adelante in a very nice neighborhood of Madrid. It was definitely a relief having an apartment with zero issues, making Madrid instantly feel like home.
The Adelante program starts off with two weeks at the Eureka language school where you are completely immersed in Spanish, with zero english speaking allowed in the school. Having very little Spanish background prior to this summer I was definitely overwhelmed in the first 15 minutes at Eureka, but that went away by the end of the first day and I really enjoyed the school and lessons. I actually wish there was someway that the program could work in additional time at Eureka into the 8 week program rather than just the two weeks in the beginning, but I understand that would be difficult with the internship hours the last 6 weeks.

I have a fairly unique major in college, making it somewhat difficult to find an internship placement in Madrid, but Adelante placed me with Sotavento Consultores, a financial consulting firm doing market research analysis and I was very happy with my experience at Sotavento. I was basically independent on my own projects for the entirety of the six weeks interning at Sotavento, allowing me to take on as much as I wanted in terms of workload. The work place is certainly different in Spain than the United States, but Im very grateful to have had the opportunity to see how business is conducted in Spain and to give insight on business in the United States.

I did a significant amount of research before traveling to Spain and decided to purchase an Eurail pass for traveling on weekends and I am incredibly glad I did. I was able to spend two weekends in Barcelona, a weekend in Valencia, San Sebastian and Granada as well as a day in Segovia all without worrying about the cost of point to point train tickets. My time traveling on weekends was definitely one of the highlights of the trip, and I would recommend other Adelante candidates do the same as you will have plenty of time to explore Madrid during the week days after your internship and in the one or two weekends you spend here when not traveling. Spain is a beautiful country and each region looks and feels entirely different, definitely something worth experiencing.

While Madrid was not my favorite city I visited in Spain, I was very glad I chose to do the Adelante program here rather than another city for several reasons: 1)Spanish is much more common in Madrid than other cities. From my experience, it appeared that Madrid had much less English speakers which made learning and speaking Spanish much more important and necessary, something I definitely wanted from an abroad program. While in Barcelona I felt like I heard more English than Spanish or Catalan, definitely not the case in Madrid. 2) Madrid is centrally located in Spain. It was very convenient to be within a 5 hour train ride of every city I wanted to visit, making it possible to see as much of Spain as I did. 3) Madrid is the heart and hub of Spain. From a professional point of view, Madrid definitely had the feel of a big business city most similar to what a businessman is likely to encounter while leaving home for work in the U.S, giving me additional experience in how best to navigate big cities, which is infinitely different than what I grew up around.

The Adelante program is definitely not the typical summer abroad experience from what I read about from other programs online prior to choosing Adelante, but that is not a bad thing. The cost of Adelante was definitely cheaper than any other programs I came across, and this is probably due to the independence the program includes. You will feel as connected to Adelante or as independent in a foreign country as you choose. My girlfriend and I essentially had no contact with Adelante aside from the weekly or biweekly emails they send, and I was completely okay with that, while I understand others may want more of a structured program. If structure is what you are looking for than Adelante probably isn't the right program, but if you want to get a real world experience in a foreign city where you can basically do what you want when you want to do it then I would recommend Adelante. I was a big fan of not having oversight while abroad as it forced me to figure everything out on my own. Adelante was definitely the best program for the best price for what I was hoping to get from a summer abroad, and without a doubt the most valuable experience I've had in my life. Having never been abroad aside from the Caribbean, I was very nervous to leave the U.S, but as im getting ready to leave Spain in another day I cannot wait to figure out where I will travel to next.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Interning in Madrid!

This summer I was able to intern in Madrid through Adelante Abroad who set up my placement & housing in this beautiful city. Even though my original placement was not what I wished to do, they were able to find me another placement that fit my needs better & that I could intern at. Overall, my experience was great & I would recommend interning at Madrid because of its great atmosphere & enriching culture!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    7

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Madrid Medical Internship

I was placed in Adelante's medical program in Madrid, Spain, for two months during their summer session. My housing was in the heart of Madrid, located in Puerta del Sol. The apartment was fine for a short stay, nothing extremely special about it, but you do get your own room which is great; there were 6 bedrooms in my apartment with 2 bathrooms to share between the roommates. My roommates were in other program areas with Adelante, but we got along great and they are really what made my trip special. My internship placement was with a sports medicine surgeon, and I was allowed to view consults and surgeries, giving me a great medical experience before applying to med school. I learned a lot from my trip!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Medical Internship in Madrid

By far the best decision I could've made! Adelante handled all the details of my program and set up 2 weeks at the language school Eureka prior to beginning my internship. I was then placed at Clinica Centro and have the priviledge to work alongside some of the best surgeons! The staff was extremely welcoming and they truly made me feel at home. It was a great way to practice my Spanish and some of the staff spoke English so it made learning so much easier. I was surprised at how hands on it would be and I scrubbed in just about every surgery. I found myself working 12 hour work days (minimum requirement 4-5 hrs) because of how much I loved it. The biggest recommendation I could pass on would be to live with Spanish roommates as opposed to Adelante candidates. It gives you so much more of an opportunity to learn, grow, practice your spanish, and definitely get out of your comfort zone!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Internship Placement

    10

Awesome Translation Internship!

My internship in Madrid was exactly what I was looking for! My university has a co-op program where we work for a semester instead of taking classes. Unfortunately, as my school does not have a translation major, there were almost no translation co-ops available. Adelante Abroad was one of the only outside options that I saw that guaranteed that I would be actually translating for my co-op as opposed to teaching English. What's more, they quickly let me know that I could either work for a translation agency, or as a translator for a company. I quickly went from having no options to having an abundance of them! What's great about Adelante is that they are with you every step of the way. I never felt alone when applying for a visa, arranging flights, starting my internship, or at any other point during my time in Madrid.

I did a five month program working for a translation agency. It was exactly what I wanted: the opportunity to work in close proximity with other translators. As an added bonus there were always other interns working alongside me from different countries in Europe, meaning I got a lot of exposure to different languages. It was always great helping my new friends out with any questions about English as they translated into French, Italian, German, and of course, Spanish. The office environment was incredibly laid back and I absolutely loved it. Since my contract was for 20 hours a week, the agency let me have any extra hours I worked as vacation time. I worked so many extra hours I had time to go explore Germany, England, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, in addition to areas of Spain. They even let me finish my co-op a week early so I could show my mom and sister around my new home!

Having extensively studied Spanish both in school and abroad in Argentina, language was not much of an issue. Still, the two weeks at the Eureka school were great! It was a really helpful way to ensure that I was getting back in the swing of speaking Spanish every day. Being in the highest level class, the grammar was a little complex, and wasn't something that I ever really remember using. The conversation half class time was great however! The activities were fun, we got to meet a variety of different teachers and hear the different ways they talked, and all the teachers were really helpful with making sure we were learning. The best part for me was learning the differences between the Spanish in Spain and the Mexican/Argentine Spanish I had learned previously (things like they don't say "boletos" over there, etc). Of all the Spanish courses I've ever taken, Eureka was definitely the best, and I would recommend it to anybody, even if they weren't looking to do an internship with Adelante.

My housing was through a company that rents apartments to students, so I was with other (non-Adelante) students either studying or working in Madrid. I lived with students from Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, France, and India. None were native English speakers, but most spoke English decently (and wanted to practice), so we spoke a combination of Spanish and English. We all got along extremely well. The housing was a about a 30 minute metro ride from Sol, which was absolutely perfect for me- the neighborhood was quiet and close to my co-op. I walked to work every morning and back home afterwards, which was great exercise. The apartment was cleaned weekly and any problems were fixed fairly quickly. They even bought us new frying pans when we complained that our old ones were bent!

Adelante is absolutely perfect for getting you an internship in any field that you want, while also giving you the freedom to explore a new country or continent!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Medical Internship in Madrid - Experience of a Lifetime

My internship located in Madrid, Spain, through Adelante Abroad was absolutely phenomenal. I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to work in an orthopedic/trauma hospital called Clinica CEMTRO, alongside some of the top orthopedic surgeons in Europe. There, I was exposed to the ins and outs of life as a surgeon, as I spent my days shadowing doctors both in patient consultations and in the operating room. As a result, I often ended up working between 9-14 hours a day; instead, of only 4-5 as I had expected. I was able leave whenever I wanted, however, I wanted to make the most of my 3-month internship. It was also by working such long hours, that I was truly able to build better relationships with my colleagues and supervisors.

Prior to beginning my internship, I studied Spanish throughout high school and then for two weeks at the Eureka language school. Despite this however, I still had great difficulty communicating with the patients, nurses and doctors. As a result, this working environment truly challenged me to improve my Spanish language abilities. Now that I have completed my program, I can confidently say that I am able to read, write, and converse at a much more advanced level The knowledge that I gained in the past three months is incomparable to that which I gained after 6 years of studying the language in school.

During my time in Madrid, I lived in a quaint apartment located in the heart of city. Constantly surrounded by people, cultures and attractions, I was able to truly experience its vibrant nature. It is often said that New York is "The City That Never Sleeps", but anyone who says that, has clearly never gone to Madrid. Whether it was going for tapas and cerveza (beer), spending the day at one of the many museums, or dancing the night away at a nearby salsa club, there was never a dull moment.

Overall, this was a truly invaluable experience, and I can now say that I certainly want to become a doctor, and possibly a surgeon due to my internship experience. I would definitely encourage anyone seeking career exploration, an adventure, and personal growth to pursue an internship position through Adelante.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

Autumn in Madrid

Adelante's program in Madrid is one of the finest internship-abroad experiences one could ask for. The program has situated itself with ideal living conditions, located directly in the heart of the city (basically in puerta del sol). Madrid itself is a city with tons of things to do, people to meet, and culture to be explored, so, for one, you will never be bored. I chose to intern in the international business sector, working for a company called IFEMA, organizing international professional fairs. Working in a spanish company was quite invaluable to my maturation as an adult as well as an employee. Your spanish and language skills improve immensely and you learn how to integrate in a foreign culture. On top of that, adelante's internship hour regulations allow you ample time to explore other activities and meet new people and travel within Europe. Its an incredibly individual experience and one that, i believe, is quite invaluable to any student looking for something more, something different.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    6

Psychology/Psychiatry Internship

I stayed with Adelante for 2 months in Madrid, doing a placement with a local psychiatrist. I had a bit of an unusual situation therefore I have started my internship before finishing my language classes (which being honest wasn’t a smart move but there was no other option due to time constraints). Important to note, that I did study Spanish before but my level was far from fluent.
I will break review in three parts so it is easier to follow.

Internship

Internship itself was amazing! Exactly what I wanted and what I expected: to be exposed to a private clinical setting, covering a range of problems starting from family crises finishing with schizophrenia. The doctor himself and his crew were very supportive and friendly, which I think is quite important especially for a new person which doesn’t really know Spanish. During the month, my comprehension skills rocketed up as well as reading ones, doctor would ask you to read A LOT ( a piece of advice for someone doing the same placement is to read beforehand his books, it will greatly assist during your internship and in general in your future career).
During the session with a patient, Doctor will explain his/hers diagnosis, share his opinion regarding the matter and would let to ask any question. Also you would have an opportunity to be present and sometimes even interview yourself various patients, complete there profile and participate in a psychotherapy. Sometimes when Doctor wasn’t available, someone from other doctors will invite to the differential diagnosis of his/hers patients.
From the negative side, I can highlight only the fact that most of the time instead of finishing at 3 or 4, I would finish at 7 or 8 which in my opinion is a bit too much for an unpaid internship. However, I have been interning only for a month so I decided to make the most of it but someone else who would want to do this internship for longer might want to consider to clarify this. At work no one seemed to be bothered with timing at all, I was told “leave whenever you feel tired”. But at the end it looks like such attitude is common among Spanish people, they are very chilled (at least the ones I have met).
Other aspect is language, I should have definitely taken classes before because talking to the patients was tough, my Spanish was very rusty.
Also you have to be prepared that sometimes patients would not want to talk in front of you therefore you would have to wait sometimes for a good 2-3hours.

Housing

I lived near Puerta del Sol with Adelante and Eureka (language school)students. The location is amazing, it is literally the central centre, all the touristic attractions, shops and nightlife are hand away from you. My apartment was very spacious with 5 more people living in, this might sound like quite a lot but in fact everyone seemed to co-exist very well. Throughout 2 months no one had any problem with anyone, a very peaceful atmosphere.
The massive downside was, as stated below, an air conditioner and unbearable heat during summer. It was so hot, even inferno would look like a ski resort. When I complained about it to the landlord, I was immediately given a fan, despite being very quick to react, I personally think that at such possibility of overheating air conditioners should be installed. Ironically there were air conditioner units but they didn’t work at any room.
Therefore a piece of advice, do internship when it is not too hot and if you choose to do it in a summer, consider looking for an apartment with an air conditioner.

Language School

I have been to two language schools before in Madrid and I think genuinely speaking that it is not the best one. The director (also a landloard) is very helpful and sorts out problems instantly but if judging school I would give it a solid C, at least for the time I have spent (2 weeks).
I completely agree with a review below that Eureka would work best for long-term students or complete beginners, it is not intense enough for short-term users.

Conclusion

Amazing Internship, good housing (even despite dysfunctional air conditioner), not bad language school. I think you do get value for money here.

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    3

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Summer in Madrid

My experience with Adelante was very mixed, with some positive notes and some negative notes.

I chose to live in the Adelante housing. The location was right next to Puerta del Sol, a great central location with lots of restaurants, shopping, and good transportation links nearby. However, as I was there during the summer, and this summer was particularly hot even by Madrid standard, living without air conditioning was extremely difficult. At one point, I came down with heat exhaustion just from laying on the couch, because the apartment was that hot. To make matters worse, there was an air conditioning unit, but it didn’t work. I asked about it, Eureka, the owner of the apartment about it, and there was no possibility of getting it fixed, so I was left to be taunted by a broken air conditioning, showing that it was possible to have air conditioning there, but yet there was no AC. In short, the Adelante housing is great, as long as you aren’t there during the summer.

The first two weeks were spent at the Eureka language school. I could tell that Eureka is a great school, and I appreciated the organized excursions during the first two weeks of my program. However, the structure of Eureka does not work for students who are there for only two weeks. It is designed for students to study there for months at a time. When I signed up for a program that included intensive language classes, I expected an intensive review of Spanish. Instead, I was placed into a class covering material I learned in high school, with people who were learning the material for the first time. So when I needed 15-20 minutes review per topic, I was instead forced to spend 4 days on it, and covered very little material in the time I was there. On a positive note, being just down the street from Eureka, who served as the landlord for the apartment, made it convenient when I had a problem, such as when the wifi stopped down and I needed them to fix it.

The internship was not what I was hoping for. I am interested in international relations, and was hoping for an internship that would allow me to explore career options related to international relations. I was placed at an NGO that related to my interest in international relations in name only. I worked in their marketing department, which had very little work for me to do, and I also find marketing to be extremely boring and not enriching enough for my interests. I spent many days just scrolling through news site or reading a book, feeling like I was just warming a desk. On the days that I did have something to do, it was merely translating documents to English or making Photoshop projects, bearing little resemblance to the internship that I had hoped for. I found myself in a marketing internship, which was not what I wanted, and I was extremely bored for 4 hours a day for 6 weeks.

This is what the positive element of Adelante comes in: their support. At one point, my frustration with my internship placement led me to email Adelante to ask for advice about how to handle it, and they immediately intervened in the situation. They asked Antonio, the intern advisor, to talk to my boss about it to save me from the awkwardness of talking to her about it myself. When he was unable to reach her via phone, he actually came into the office to talk to her. When she acknowledged that they didn’t have much for me to do, he arranged 2 interviews for me at other companies. Neither of the companies I interviewed with felt like a good match, so I decided to stick with my original company. Although not much ended up improving with internship placement, I really appreciated the support Adelante gave me, and it was nice to know that they tried.

It’s easy to dwell on the negative aspects of the program, but generally I had a very positive experience in Spain, but much of the positive experience took place outside of my class or my internship. It was what I made of it. I knew I wanted to be left with a positive impression of Spain, so I made sure to make it positive, by making friends and spending my time doing the things that interested me, whether that was going to see a movie in Spanish or traveling on the weekend. My Spanish improved exponentially during the two months that I was there. Even though my internship wasn’t perfect, being placed into an environment in which I was the only non-Spaniard improved my Spanish in a way that it could have never been improved from taking a Spanish class. I grew a lot from this experience, growth that I never would have experienced if I had stayed in the US for the summer.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Internship Placement

    7

Spanish summer of my dreams

My time in Madrid was wonderful, but what everybody needs to know and what I quickly learned is that your experience abroad depends almost entirely on what you make it. The first two weeks of classes went fine. I was placed in an intermediate class "because I had been taught Latin American Spanish and I could brush up on some basics," but I felt that I didn't learn all that much. The classes were geared towards the people that were there long term, since we spent the whole two weeks going over direct and indirect pronouns during the grammar section. I thought that we would be getting more of an intensive overview of Spanish grammar to remember the main points, but the conversation section was great to learn new vocabulary and get used to speaking Spanish again! After the two weeks of classes, I started out at one company that ended up being a horrible fit, but Adelante quickly helped me to find another placement at IFEMA (Feria de Madrid). It's a huge business, and it was an incredible experience to work at such a big company while still a student. I had a few projects to do, but I also had a lot of downtime where I browsed the internet to kill time. Some of this could probably be attributed to the slower summer season and my short time there, but if I were to re-do my summer I would probably choose something more hands on. I did a lot of Spanish writing, but I feel like I did not get to practice my spoken Spanish as much as I would have liked to. I traveled a little bit since I was on a tight budget, but I definitely want to come back to see more. Madrid is filled with endless shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs, and I tried my best to check out the most popular places and some of the more obscure ones as well.

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Social Life

    7

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Work Environment

    5

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Internship Placement

    5

2 Months in Madrid

I spent 2 month in Madrid and it was amazing. I loved the people, the language, the culture, the night life, the city, everything, I would love to be here. This was my first trip to Europe. Adelante made my job much easier traveling to Madrid by acting as the middle man, setting up my housing, schooling for 2 weeks, and internship. Without them I probably couldn't have found an internship being from California and not know anyone or anything in Madrid, however the internship turned out to be mostly me staring at my desk, not doing anything, pretty big disappointment, I think my boss talked to me maybe three times, and everyone else was busy at their desks. But I didn't complain to my bosses because I was very busy setting up my new life in Los Angeles (new college, new apartment, classes, jobs, etc...) because when I returned, I leave for Los Angeles (6hrs form where I live from country to city) to start a new life there. If not for that, I would have killed myself from boredom. The school Eureka I was at for 2 weeks and that experience wasn't much better. The teachers were great and friendly, and the director, Angel, was great, but the learning experience was disappointing. I took the placement test on day 1, tested in the 2nd out of 3 levels of classes, and was put in a class that had been together for almost 3 months before I came in, and they were working from a spanish grammar book and I just merged myself in. In the 2 weeks we covered 2 main grammar topics and that was it. I don't even remember what the first week was, but the second week we spent each day learning and practicing using pro vs para. The 2 weeks in class did not prepare me at all for walking outside of that classroom and speaking in the real world. Luckily after the grammar lesson each day, it was followed by a conversational class. The first week was good, i had a male teacher who was full of energy and kept the class lively and going, but the second week I had this female teacher, and she spend a large majority of the class on her phone under the table, texting or what not, barely paying attention to the class so it was mostly silence while we waited for her to look up and ask a question for us to discuss, and then return back to her phone. She was a god awful teacher, I have no respect for her, every student in the school strongly dislikes her as a teacher. Other than her, the rest of the teachers I have heard great reviews on and I loved the rest of mine, it's just the program and classes need to be reorganized because I know many people are going to be at Eureka for shorter periods of time, and this style does not work. We want to review and practice so we can feel more confident when we walk out those doors and spending 1 out of 2 weeks learning the difference between por and para wasn't helpful in going out on my own and needing to be able to communicate to others in spanish because it is a much smaller part of the whole language. One positive thing I was pleased with through Adelante was the housing. I lived in a great apartment located in an upper-middle class residential area away from the Centro thank god because that is where there are packs and packs of tourists, but it was only 30min metro ride from home so very convenient location. Adelante also did a good job of staying in touch with me via email and answering any questions I had through out the whole trip beginning to end. Angel (the in country staff and director of Eureka) was very helpful with any questions I had, and warning me about places in Madrid I should avoid, places that I should visit, how to protect myself from Ladrones (stealers) which are more popular in the tourist areas, and he was the guide for the 2 excursions I went on: El Prado Museo, and a bike ride around a large part of Madrid in which he knew his information and had a great attitude. I became friends with a girl in class and then friends with her friends and we all had a great time going out, experiencing Madrid's night life which is incredible! I truly enjoyed my time here and would love to even move here! The Spanish food (which is completely different from food I eat in California) is delicious, the discotecas (clubs) are a blast and safe, it is easy to get around via Metro, the Palacio Real is incredible and Parque Retiro, Templo Debod, Plaza Mayor, Puerta Del Sol, there is so much to do here! I absolutely loved my time here in Madrid and am sad to be leaving. This is definitely an experience in which you need to be very independent. No one is going to hold your hand.

  • Adelante Abroad responded to this review July 23, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Thanks for the great, informative review. Unfortunately, this is more than we heard from you in the two months you were with us in Madrid! As you mentioned, we regularly checked in with you and asked specifically how the internship component of your program was going. We received one response from you over the course of 8 weeks; it was a one sentence email, "Everything is going great!"
    Given that, we feel leaving a "7" out of "10" rating may be unwarranted. As you stated often in the above review, your program was perfect in nearly every way - the one way it wasn't, we were never aware of! It is common that the companies we place in are busy. Interns who are proactive do best in our programs usually. And a simple call to your Intern Advisor or to us here at HQ… or a response to any of our multiple checking in emails would have remedied that. We hope everyone reads the full length of your review and realizes that an excellent Intern in Madrid program was built and then provided to you, every step of the way.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

2 weeks at Eureka + 2 months of "Practicas" in Madrid

This was probably one of the best experiences of my life. The people at Eureka are amazingly kind and welcoming, and the people that you meet are all very interesting. Also, we all had one thing in common-we wanted to improve our Spanish! My practicas/practical was in a geriatric residence and I was able to interact with the patients there by helping them with their daily physical exercise routine, mental games, and mealtime. Although it was only 4 hours a day, I enjoyed being around the nurses and residents, using the Spanish that I was learning. Adelante does a good job of following up with you to make sure that you are okay, and the directors at Eureka really take care of you. The location of the apartments are also very convenient, and with all the friends that I made, it was easy to not be alone.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Social Life

    9

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Work Environment

    7

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Internship Placement

    10

Starting my Career in Madrid

Overall I had an amazing experience with this program. The two week Spanish language lessons were a huge help with integrating into the country. Also the company I worked with was the same one that I was starting with full time in the US so I had a chance to gain specific and real world experience while working there. I met some great people both in and outside of the program as well. I love how independent the program is and allows you to explore and travel as you please.


I wish the directors of the school who run the campus housing were more friendly and understanding. They just come into your apartment whenever they feel like it and treat you like children in regards to cleaning the apartment and when you are allowed to have friends over. It is in a great location, but it is very hot and noisy especially in the summer because there is no air condition in the apartment and Madrid gets very hot. The internship director that works with the school in Madrid does not speak any English so that poses a problem sometimes with communication. Also, he tried to encourage us to work 40 hours a week even though we were told we would only be working 20 hours a week. Eventually we got everything taken care of but it was surprising that he would tell us to do that.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Nursing In Madrid

I am finishing my Bachelors in Nursing, with a Spanish minor, so I was looking for a unique internship in a hospital setting. I applied to Adelante with this in mind, and they found a great choice for me! I was placed in a hospital with an orthopedic surgeon. I assisted him in the operating room and in consultations before and after surgery. It was definitely hard to adjust to the language difference, especially since surgical and medical words are sometimes quite complex. However, the doctors were very patient and I quickly became comfortable working and speaking in tense situations in hospital. The surgical team of nurses and doctors took me under their wing and taught me so much. Each and every nurse and doctor I worked with was truly exceptional.

A little trouble with the living situation. I was in a 6 bedroom apartment, where I was under the impression that everyone would be an English- speaker. However, I was the only American (which was fine) but only 2 of my roommates spoke English. 2 did not speak English or Spanish. Even with the language barrier, we all got along.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Social Life

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Internship Placement

    8

A Wonderful, Independent Experience Abroad

My memorable experience sharing a dinner with the staff of one of my internships. We had become so close that they all took me out to a wonderful restaurant during my last week to say goodbye.

I chose Adelante because I didn't want to fill my time abroad with fluff classes. I loved the authentic experience I had with actually spending time in an office and a clinic in Spain, gaining knowledge about how NGO's and a psychiatrist's office work while practicing Spanish the entire time.

I had a single in a five person apartment.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Social Life

    N/A

A Wonderful, Independent Experience Abroad

For people looking for an atypical, rewarding experience abroad, look no further than Adelante.
I feel like most people love their time abroad, but wish they had been able to do away with classes that really didn't contribute too much to their academic growth. With Adelante's internship placement, I had the wonderful chance to immerse yourself in the day-to-day of Madrid interning under a renowned psychiatrist as well as helping out with an LGBT/human rights organization. Both the these internships gave me real world experience in sectors that I am thinking about for post-grad, but, at the same time, forced my Spanish to improve immensely.
Then, while most people would be tied up with doing classwork, I had time to explore Madrid and other places as much as I wanted to. I ended up having time to read (which is never possible during semesters for me) and finished four books in Spanish, also contributing hugely to my learning. The school that Adelante bases out of in Madrid was also wonderful about having activities and always being welcoming when I stopped in to say hi and see what was going on.
One major disclaimer for this program: I've seen this posted before and I was told by the Adelante staff as well (they were very upfront about this), but I want to reiterate that, in order for this program to work for you, you need to be quite independent and ready to take initiative in your time abroad. Since there is no structured abroad group or program, you need to fill your own time. Now, this freedom can be absolutely fantastic. Case and point: I became friends with my co-workers and made life-long friends from Spain. However, none of that would have happened if I hadn't gone out of my comfort zone a lot (and I'm already a pretty outgoing guy) and motivated myself every day to take advantage of my time. So, if you pick this program (which you should), just remind yourself to give it all you've got and to not waste time being lazy or nervous about trying new things. No one will be nudging you along, so you need to take advantage of the many opportunities while abroad on your own terms.

Internship Placement:
The two-week refresher course was great at the beginning of the program. It really eta you in the flow of the language and introduces you to people currently in the school.

Living Situation:
While living might vary, my situation was basically a dorm in a nice apartment complex. Roommates are always a grab-bag (had some good and some bad), so I was thankful to have my own space in my single. Depending on who is there, you might befriend people! Ex. I went on a weekend trip and spent time with two of my roommates until they finished their time in Madrid (one from Singapore and one from Peru)

Cultural Immersion:
Working and experiencing the social life with Spaniards... not sure it gets more immersive than that

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Living Situation

    2

  • Work Environment

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Excellent Program, Un-excellent Living Situation

I held out on writing this review for a while because my overall Adelante experience was great and I really appreciated the staff's support. However, I felt extremely targeted by the director of our Spanish language school, who also happened to be our landlord. From the beginning of the summer I was extremely respectful to him and tried to maintain a formal relationship with him. I always used usted, called him Sr., used his last name instead of addressing him by his first name, and never spoke to him in a tone that I would not use with a professor or any other respected adult. Despite all of this, I felt that I was treated differently than the other roommates. I won't mention my race because I don't actually think it is important, but I do feel that I was treated differently because of it. Whenever there was an issue in the apartment (like alchocol bottles being left out, loud conversations at night, guests sleeping over,) he would automatically show up at my door with the assumption that I must be the root of the problem. Although I was nothing but respectful to this person, I felt that I was always treated as suspect despite my obedient demeanor. One time there was a complaint about "The Americans" being too loud at night. Instead of having a conversation with all of the Americans in the house at the same time, he decided to talk to us seperately. None of the other Americans were ever accused of causing the problem but to me he said "You cannot act as you would in your own country, you have to respect the other cultures of the people living this apartment." It was only when I spoke with my roommates that I realized that the tone of my conversation with him was much different than theirs. Another time, other program participants and mutual friends of all of the roommates decided to stay the night and sleep on the couch. This was against the rules and we were all very clear on this. In the morning, when the director came and saw the two of them sleeping on the couch he immediately marched to my locked door and banged on it until I woke up. He told me that "that was it, [I] would not be getting my deposit back." My other roommate, who was just as close to the two visitors as I was, slept peacefully on the other side of the apartment and was never woken up, talked to, or threatened. Although I do not think the director was a conscious bigot or trying to be malicious in his interactions with me, I do think he made assumptions about which type of Americans are "trouble makers" and which types aren't based on what he's seen on TV or heard from others. It created an uneasy relationship between us and made me afraid to ask him for help for things that I needed, like a fan, or someone to fix the internet. I would do Adelante all over again in a heartbeat but I would never live in an apartment owned by him again.

Cultural Immersion:
I wish I had chosen to live with a Spanish roommate and done an internship based in Spain as oposed to an American company that does work in Spain but overall I learned a lot.

Program Administration:
Adelante staff is great and maintains a strong line of communication with the interns throughout the program. They were really attentive and provided great support.