Intern in Madrid

Program Overview & List of Internships

MADRID, SPAIN- The nation’s capital is an economic and cultural hub. It is also the ideal place for you to cultivate your internship experience.

When you arrive in Madrid, home to our most developed International Internship program, you’ll be met at the airport and brought to your apartment. Settle into your new Spanish home; apartments are in excellent condition and centrally located, walking distance to Metro stations and bus stops.

Prior to beginning your internship experience, you’ll plunge into two weeks of intensive Spanish language courses. Upon completion of your two-week course, your internship begins. Choose from a variety of sectors like Law, Psychology, Pharmaceuticals, TV / Broadcasting, and much more (click on the tab above for a complete list) or work with us to create one for you if you cant find your desired field. 

Internships are usually 4 hours a day, 5 days a week so you have the opportunity to experience what day to day life is like for Spanish inhabitants. Outside of your internship, make the experience your own! Travel around the country, take in all  the city has to offer, or mingle with the locals. We provide the means, your create the experience!

Help us assist you in creating your internship experience by applying now.

What You’re Getting

Our longest running program is this one, the Intern in Madrid in program.  It includes many features. Here are just a few key points:

  • Over 250 local and international companies participate in our Intern in Madrid program.
  • Your Intern Advisor is Don Antonio Pallares, a former Professor of Economics and past Real Madrid futbol player, yes you read that correctly.
  • The amount of time you choose to intern is flexible, with program lengths ranging from 1 to 12 months; all begin the first Monday of the month.
  • Intern in Madrid Program can be done for academic credit (240 contact hours for a 3 month program, for example)
  • Two weeks of intensive Spanish language classes are included in the fee
  • A contracted international internship work assignment is guaranteed, and you will know where you are interning long before you arrive.  Candidates gain real, international work experience to upgrade their resume.
  • You’ll always have a room to yourself, no double bunking! We understand your need for privacy.
  • Come with a friend and live together during your adventure in Spain.
  •  Our Director in Madrid is from a long line of Madrilenos and is a golden resource for anything and everything that has to do with this great city.
  • Excursions are included during your initial 2-weeks intensive Spanish coursework. We also organize events each month, through the language school,  which you are welcome to participate in — some have a small fee, others are free.
  • Our programs are meant for the independent traveler who doesn’t need hand holding or strict itineraries, a near impossible thing to promise in an international setting.

To see a more comprehensive list of what’s included in our program click here.

Online Reviews

List of Internships in Madrid

Click on any of the internship fields below for a description.

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Architect: Projects, Courses, Associations, Consulting

Requirements: Field of study, computer skills

Design / Decorating: Design association, consulting, individual clients needs

Requirements: Field of study, past experience, marketing, creativity

ARTS

Art – Galleries: Art Consulting, Expositions, Marketing works of art (local and foreign artists)
Requirements: Field of study, Ability to present in front of groups, continuing education

BUSINESS

Accounting:  Future CPAs this is the international internship placement for you. Think Audits,  P&L statements, Controller jobs, shadowing and learning how this sector works in Europe.  Candidates are also taught routine duties related to accounting: databases, inputting expenses and payments (A/R), billing, banking, financial procedures, budgeting in accordance with Plan Nacional Contable in Spain. Work with firms that provide legal and tax advice.  Intern in the Accounting Department of a company or for an Accounting / Financial firm that provides these services to its exterior clients.

Banking / Financial Sector: Interns are taught and work within European finance functions, finance departments, administration, account management and financial consulting.  Smaller investment firms take our interns too, work with stock market & bonds analysis, individual investment planning and more.
 Requirements- Field of studyat university level, strong language skills, strong computer skills, past finance internship helpful, desire to have a career in this field

Consulting: This internship will require studies in the field of Law or Economics or Political Science or similar and requires at least a solid intermediate level of Spanish. Duties related to corporate strategies: consulting regarding changes or bettering corporate culture to ensure productivity, helping to set “benchmarks” and make sure they are met, testing of corporate culture, “coaching”. Duties related to corporate Organization: organizational design, analysis, diagnosis and implementing then tracking of procedures. Duties related to Marketing: marketing plans, research, relational marketing, satisfaction studies of existing clients. Duties related to investments: auditing, financial advice, fiscal and labor issues.

Import / Export or Exterior Commerce: From Arabian textiles (importing them for sale in Spain) to wine (exporting Spanish wine for sale abroad), interns work in small to medium sized firms in the import / export industry. Lots of entrepreneurial placements in this sector – start – up Spanish companies, new products.  

CULINARY

Food: Companies in the food industry: wine, ice cream, confection, juices, kids nutrition, supermarkets, Spanish hams, beer, cheese, chocolate
Requirements: Marketing, computer skills, good language skills, extroverted

Catering: Food service industry, schools, airlines, weddings, conferences, private catering companies or larger food service departments
Requirements: experience in the industry, language skills

EDUCATION

International Education- Interns will work at private or not-for-profit companies dedicated to sending Spanish students abroad for Semester Abroad or other experiential learning programs. Plan on helping with all aspects of international travel and programs abroad, including everything from initial application acceptance to talking with fearful parents to helping book an airline ticket to billing and even to airport drop off service. This internship is good for those interested in a career in international relations or a career at a university within their study abroad or career services office.

Kindergarten and Pre-Schools: Attention and teaching to young children
Requirements: Field of study, licensed would help, past experience and patience

ENGINEERING

Lots of opportunities for engineering candidates in the fields of mechanical, electrical and civil engineering. Candidates could be working on projects for airports, hotels, hospitals, schools, commercial buildings or urban developments.

ENVIRONMENTAL, ECOLOGY, & HORTICULTURE

Ecology: Natural parks / forests, packaging / recycling, pollutions issues
Requirements: Field of study, good language skills, past experience plus desire and “ecologically minded”

EVENT PLANNING

This is a front office favorite here at Adelante HQ – interns do everything from organizing extreme tourism events, to coordinating locals only tours, to helping a boutique Hotel create one of a kind food events for their select clientele. Tabling at Conventions, Wedding or Automotive Fairs and Expos for participating firms; Event Planning and even Student Interchange companies seek our candidates for internships in Spain.

Special Events / Event Planning / Publicity: Promotions, conferences, seminars, organizing and administration, consulting, product launches                        Requirements: Marketing, imagination, good computer skills, sales skills

FASHION

Online fashion blogs in Spain are growing and seem to always be needing interns! Candidates must be euro and US fashion savvy, know how to write and also photograph.  Also available: intern at a clothing manufacturer, think larger name brands and bigger, more industrial placements, or intern at a Spanish design house that then sends their clothing designs to the larger manufacturer.  Online or print fashion magazines take our interns too. Requirements: Knowledge of industry, Marketing, good computer and language skills

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Graphic Design: Creation of web pages and promotional materials such as catalogues, brochures, logos, info CD’s, special promos, etc. The intern will be placed in companies that have as their clients other companies who need GD services or also in companies that have a GD department to design their own materials. We also offer internships working for Magazines or local Newspapers under this heading.

Graphic Arts: Studios, Printing firms, Graphic Design, Marketing, Logistics
Requirements: Experience in Graphic Design, field of study, good computer skills

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

These internships may include programming, software design, development and testing, IT user support, and system maintenance. Candidates may also be involved with maintaining and improving internal processes at different corporations / organizations, digitalizing processes and planning new technical products. Candidates may be placed in IT companies dedicated to creating programs or providing services for other companies, in the IT Department of a larger company, or in an NGO.

Information Technology: Product distribution (new software), firms that outsource their IT staff to clients needing help in this area
Requirements: Good computer skills, field of study, imagination

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

International Business: The principal job duties in these internships will be to create and execute new business strategies, cultural programs, educational / advocacy programs, new products or services; and to assist in bettering the existing processes. Spain maintains business relations with different European, American, African and Asian countries, which provides an appropriate backdrop to do a variety of things during an internship in this field. Also, the NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) with projects ongoing in third world countries offer a good opportunity to get to know and evaluate distinct economic and social situations.

Import/Export: Logistics and international transport, to include work in document management, airline transportation issues, maritime and over-land transport, including Customs work; warehousing new or incoming or outgoing products and then distributions of these products.

JOURNALISM & MEDIA

Interns will participate in editing and publication of newspapers and magazines, including marketing, communications, design, writing and correction of articles, photography, research, web design and more. This usually requires a pretty strong level of Spanish for Spanish only publications, and we also place in Spanish-to-English publications.

Publishing / Press: Book preparation, economic books, text books, catalogues, billing, Library. National, regional, local press, writing, ads / announcements
Requirements: Marketing, experience in the sector, good computer skills, persistent

TV / Broadcasting: Internship program offered in multimedia companies in Madrid, including audiovisual services for advertising or corporate production. Candidates will be exposed to all aspects of producing TV programs, corporate videos, and / or advertising spots from beginning to end, including script writing, photography and illumination, broadcasting, technical assistance, shooting, editing, and post-production.

TV Journalism: Fast-paced internship at one of  the world’s top 24-hour news channels. Limited spots available for the right candidate. Interns must be able to follow instructions and work independently. Advanced Spanish skills and Journalism or Communication Studies are required.

TV – Radio: Local and regional and some national station spots available.
Requirements: Past experience in sector, good language skills, good computer skills, and extroverted personality

LAW / LEGAL INTERNSHIPS

This sector is often times the most complicated to place in: the actual law firms in Spain require not only a high level of Spanish but also that candidates have taken their LSAT’s and / or are already enrolled in law school. We can and do place in the Municipal Courts in Madrid, in legal departments in companies and in law firms.

Law – Legal: Labor, Criminal, Administrative law. Project and case assistance
Requirements: Law field, LSATs preferred, good computer skills

Opportunity in a Spanish Law Firm: This internship is with a law firm working mainly for international clients established in Spain. Day-to-day work involves many situations where knowledge of foreign law and languages is required. It is a chance to acquire practical knowledge in an international environment, while also getting an approach to Spanish law and the Spanish legal system.

LGBTQ

Interns will work in legendary organizations advocating equal rights for the LGBTQ community, some since as early as 1950. There are older, well established groups, almost political in nature now, and many newer organizations, all working towards educating, advocating and making more visible any and all LGBTQ issues. People have been able to marry who they want in Spain since the turn of this century (2000) so it is a wonderful and accepting place to live for the LGBTQ community and their families.

MARKETING / PUBLIC RELATIONS

This internship can take place in distinct firms and organizations. In the larger corporations, the candidate will work in a specific department usually focusing on maintaining and reinforcing the already created projects / clients, attending to specific client and collaboration companies needs. In the smaller organizations and companies the objective may be to create and maintain new marketing / ad / PR strategies to garner new clients / results. The candidates will do their internships in private companies, corporations or in non-profit agencies or organizations.

Communications: Communications Sector to include business in Tourism, the Press, magazines, insurance, automotive, health services
- Requirements- past experience or internships in sector, good language skills, field of study, creativity, enthusiasm

 Event spokesperson / Company Rep: Public Relations, Corporate Fairs / Expos, Product Launches

- Requirements- Able to speak and be in front of groups, language skills / aptitude, “people person

MEDICAL / NURSING

This internship will provide the candidate the opportunity to shadow a nurse, doctor or surgeon, visiting patients in a major medical center in Madrid. Initially, the candidate may do minor tasks associated with patients and patient care, and will be given more responsibility once his/her capacity is determined. For some, this will be mostly observation. For others, this can be realization of medical duties. Logically, much depends on the candidate, their level of Spanish, past internships, etc, etc. This is an amazing opportunity to experience first-hand how the medical profession operates in a foreign country, and to appreciate how the policies and procedures differ in Europe as compared to the United States.

Read a review from a candidate:

I shadowed a surgical team in the orthopedics, sports medicine, and trauma department. It was a bit difficult to adapt because my lacking Spanish skills (this will happen with ANY internship abroad program), but it was an absolutely amazing experience. I felt like I was immersed in real Spanish life–culture, food, work. I came into the clinic and literally sat in the operating rooms while I watched back-to-back surgeries. I saw total knee replacements, rotator cuff repair surgeries, ACL reconstructions, meniscectomies, and much more. Whenever I had questions, the surgeon was willing and ready to answer. The surgeons really made me feel welcome, even including me for a team dinner during my first week!

Shadow a Surgeon: 

Shadow a Specialist in Oral and Maxilofacial surgery at Hospital 12 de Octubrein Madrid, a prestigious research facility and state of the art surgery center. This is a skilled doctor who feels it is a big part of his work to mentor, so come on over to Madrid, nursing, medical and surgical interns! At least low-intermediate Spanish required, especially for shorter programs. 2 month minimum.

Read what our candidate wrote:
I had an amazing internship experience! I had specialized my internship through a connection with a maxillofacial surgeon in Madrid. I spent three weeks in the maxillofacial department and three weeks in the gynecology department. In the maxillofacial department, I was able to examine patients during consultations and observe consultations, department-wide conferences and surgeries. I learned a lot about the specialty and about new ways doctors are treating head and neck cancers. The most interesting thing I saw was a free-flap surgery. The patient had mandibular cancer, so he/she needed to have a whole section of mandible removed. The doctors then took out most of his/her fibula and reconstructed it into a mandible. Using microsurgery techniques, the surgeons attached this new “mandible” to the existing jaw. In the gynecology department, I was given the opportunity to complete a medical school student rotation. I spent one week in the paritorio (delivery ward), one week in consultas (consultations), and one week in urgencias de maternidad (maternity emergency ward). I saw over 10 live births (cesarean, vaginal, and forceps deliveries), a laparoscopic hysterectomy, and various gynecological/obstetric issues. Not only did I learn about the specialties in which I worked, but I got to learn everything in Spanish, which enhanced my vocabulary and speaking skills. I went into the program understanding 60-70% of Spanish and speaking about 30% and left the program understanding almost 100% of Spanish and being able to Speak 60-70% of the time. Who knows how much I would have improved if I got to stay longer! So, I would highly recommend staying for more than two months if you have the chance.

Read what our candidate wrote:

I had an amazing internship experience! I had specialized my internship through a connection with a maxillofacial surgeon in Madrid. I spent three weeks in the maxillofacial department and three weeks in the gynecology department. In the maxillofacial department, I was able to examine patients during consultations and observe consultations, department-wide conferences and surgeries. I learned a lot about the specialty and about new ways doctors are treating head and neck cancers. The most interesting thing I saw was a free-flap surgery. The patient had mandibular cancer, so he/she needed to have a whole section of mandible removed. The doctors then took out most of his/her fibula and reconstructed it into a mandible. Using microsurgery techniques, the surgeons attached this new “mandible” to the existing jaw. In the gynecology department, I was given the opportunity to complete a medical school student rotation. I spent one week in the paritorio (delivery ward), one week in consultas (consultations), and one week in urgencias de maternidad (maternity emergency ward). I saw over 10 live births (cesarean, vaginal, and forceps deliveries), a laparoscopic hysterectomy, and various gynecological/obstetric issues. Not only did I learn about the specialties in which I worked, but I got to learn everything in Spanish, which enhanced my vocabulary and speaking skills. I went into the program understanding 60-70% of Spanish and speaking about 30% and left the program understanding almost 100% of Spanish and being able to Speak 60-70% of the time. Who knows how much I would have improved if I got to stay longer! So, I would highly recommend staying for more than two months if you have the chance.

NON-PROFITS / ASSOCIATIONS

Associations / Non-profits: Women’s issues, underserved children, “third age”issues, Immigrant rights groups, Addiction and rehabilitation groups, Employer groups, Downs Syndrome, Gay, Lesbian, Bi/Transsexual assoc, and more.
Requirements: Vocation, experience with desired group or association, good language skills & computer skills, Marketing, desire to assist and advocate for others

PHARMACY

Intern with a large, national organization whose mission is to serve the Spanish population via education, networking and direct access to pharmaceutical products and services. Its main goal is the sustainability of the Spanish Health System. Interns will work either in the classroom, preparing pharmacy professionals, or on the Public Education side, advocating for safe self-care using pharmaceutical products. This is a huge and growing business in Spain, with one of the largest networks of pharmacies in the world – one on nearly every corner in some cities! (minimum of intermediate Spanish required).

PSYCHOLOGY & SOCIAL WORK

In this sector we place largely within the NGO’s – these are the larger non-profits that serve a number of groups of the Spanish and International population. Different areas are: at-risk youth, battered women; immigrant rights; refugee rights; gay, lesbian and bi – trans-sexual issues, drug dependence; homeless, and many, many more. These are amazingly diverse and international and quite rewarding placements that fall under both Social Work and Psychology sectors.

We also have a postion available with a psychologist for those looking to take part in a private practice assisting patients struggling with  stress, mental abnormalities, marital conflicts, family issues and more. This position requires prior studies in the psychology sector and an intermediate level of Spanish.  Spots are limited.

Psychology Placement: Position available with a prestigious, award winning and published Spanish psychologist. With offices located in one of the most central neighborhoods of Madrid, this doctor has internship possibilities for those looking to take part in a private practice assisting patients struggling with  stress, mental abnormalities, marital conflicts, family issues and more.  A sought after research doctor with a thriving private practice, this position requires prior studies in the psychology sector and a high-intermediate level of Spanish.  Spots are limited.

Read what our candidate wrote:

My internship in Madrid consisted of working in a private clinic with a very well known psychiatrist and his team of psychologists and psychiatrists. On a daily basis, I observed patients in sessions with the doctors, I learned how to do introductory diagnostic consults, I learned how to administer diagnostic tests, and learned all of the treatments given to the patients (pharmocotherapy, behavioral cognitive therapy, etc.). An experience like this would never exist in the U.S. for a student who has not yet received their license to practice psychology. I was so lucky to have had this opportunity! This experience was unbelievable and totally exciting. I was lucky enough to work with some really great people that were really helpful – since Spanish is not my first language.

SOCIAL MEDIA / MARKETING

Calling all social media junkies!  Our companies in Madrid are looking for a new angle to stand out on SM platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest. Candidates in this internship will be responsible for thinking up new ideas, then researching and gathering content around those new ideas, adding graphics / taking photos, anything that is needed to build up the brand.  Almost all industries have or are building their Social media presence, so interns will work in companies that vary, think Fashion, to Journalism to Architecture to Textile importers – all need or want to better, their presence on Social Media. There will be opportunities to participate in marketing initiatives and business development. Sometimes candidates are asked to bring their own laptop and digital camera. Creative writing skills preferred. Beginner speakers often welcome here!

SPORTS

Internships include working with one of the major league soccer teams in Madrid. Internships in this sector also include working with Madrid’s burgeoning basketball team. We place within sports interning in a sports co-op network promoting sports and physical education as a social integration tool in developing countries, the U.S. and Spain. Program areas include, education – teaching the social values of sports and the inclusion of disabled, training and coaching, education and prevention of HIV/AIDS, and youth development – the making of community leaders.

Sports: Sports teams: soccer, basketball, cycling, image consulting / agents
Requirements: Proficient in desired field / sport, experience

TEACHING ENGLISH

Our program in Madrid works with various companies teaching English. Inquire with us today to find out more details!

TRANSLATION / LANGUAGES

Candidates interested in the world of languages can participate in internships collaborating in language classes for Spanish adults or for children, creating instructive lessons / new ideas for learning, designing materials, developing new activities that will be used during classes, both theoretical and practical. In summer there are opportunities to intern as a language assistant with university students taking intensive summer English courses. Under this heading we also offer Translation internships, whereby candidates can assist Translation Agencies. There is also a good opportunity to serve as “host” or “hostess” at Conventions, Fairs and Expos for participating firms; Event Planning and other Interchange companies also seek this type of candidate for internships in Spain.

Translation: Review texts, look up vocabulary (Spanish-English and English-Spanish) for the translators; translate texts from Spanish into English, and/or proofread texts that have been translated by other translators.
Requirements: Advanced Spanish skills

THEATRE

Cinema: Film distribution, production, presentations / new releases, administration
Requirements: Field of study, computer skills, language skills, high enthusiasm

TOURISM & HOSPITALITY

Spain is one of the counties most receptive, and most successful, in the Tourism industry. Candidates who choose this sector are placed in Hotels, where they “float” thru a variety of Department depending on their skills / abilities. We also place in Travel Agents, where candidates help with marketing their products, client services, reservations and more. There are many companies in this sector, including Special Event management firms, Interchange groups (very similar to Adelante but sending Spaniards abroad!), and more.

Hotels: Hotel industry, work in 3-, 4-, 5 – star establishments, will do rotation in all departments, depending on language ability
Requirements: Field of study, good public relations skills and language skills

VETERINARY

Candidates can intern at Veterinary Hospitals, the Zoo, local Animal Shelters or for non-profits fighting to preserve and educate about certain species.

VOLUNTEER

Candidates in this sector have as their main goal either giving back to the communities they are living in while abroad with us, or making a difference in those same communities.  In capital cities Barcelona and Madrid, there are dozens of underfunded organizations run by passionate individuals looking to assist, typically, a massively under served population. Come join them!  Able bodied, curious, giving volunteers are always in demand.

WORK WITH CHILDREN

Associations / Non-profits: Work with underserved children or children with Downs Syndrome in a non-profit setting Requirements: Vocation, experience with desired group or association, good language skills & computer skills, Marketing, desire to assist and advocate for others

Kindergarten and Pre-Schools: Attention and teaching to young children Requirements: Field of study, licensed would help, past experience and patience

TEACHING ENGLISH / LANGUAGES: Candidates interested in the world of languages can participate in internships collaborating in language classes for children, creating instructive lessons / new ideas for learning, designing materials, developing new activities that will be used during classes, both theoretical and practical. In summer there are opportunities to intern as a language assistant with university students taking intensive summer English courses. Under this heading we also offer Translation internships, whereby candidates can assist Translation Agencies. There is also a good opportunity to serve as “host” or “hostess” at Conventions, Fairs and Expos for participating firms; Event Planning and other Interchange companies also seek this type of candidate for internships in Spain.

OTHER FIELDS

For our program in Madrid, the sky is the limit in terms of field placements! There are too many for us to list them all out but such placements in Politcal Science, Archaeology, Auto Industry, Zoo, Photography, Veterinary, and others do exist (even something like Poultry Sciences!)… if you don’t see your desired field on the list, it doesn’t mean that we can’t place you!

Intern in Madrid is YEAR-ROUND. Begin any month of the year or take advantage of our mid-May start date to beat the summer crowds!
Program Fee
  • 1 month: $2,795 (Teaching English only)
  • 2 months: $3,645
  • 3 months: $4,415
  • 4 months: $5,125
  • 5 months: $5,895
  • 6 months: $6,715
  • Non-refundable application fee: $150

Application Process

Click on the button at the top of the page to apply for this program now!

Application deadline is 60-90 days prior to your chosen start date.

Late applications are accepted on a case by case basis and are subject to a $250 late fee.