Internships in Marbella & San Pedro, Spain- These destinations located in the Costa del Sol region are havens for tourists around the world. If you search these locations on Google images, it won’t take long to see why the region called “The Coast of the Sun” is such a hit with travelers. People across the globe live here full-time or at least part of the year; it is Southern Spain’s own little melting pot.
You’ll find the beach and housing on one side and the mountains and more housing on the other, often separated by a busy thoroughfare / 2 lane highway. Everything you expect to find in a thriving jet set beach town is easily accessible; beaches, ATM, grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, cinema, theatres, shops and nightlife. Most travel is done via public transport: by bus or train in nearby Malaga for longer trips.
Through our program, you’ll have the opportunity to see what LIFE is like in Marbella or San Pedro; to live and work as a local. When you first arrive, you’ll be taken to your housing (which is always included in our price!) at a shared apartment with other international students or interns. You can also elect to live with a Spanish family (this home stay option includes meals and laundry).
2 weeks of intensive Spanish language courses at the outset of your program prepare you for your internship. Our work assignments are located centrally in these beautiful resort towns. Internships are for 4 hours each day in either a local, Spanish-owned company or a larger, international organization or agency with offices in the Costa del Sol.
Our program will provide you with an experience of a lifetime and the career boost you’re looking for. Real, international work experience in your desired sector can be available at these sweeping coastal towns.
We can say with confidence that we offer the most affordable internship programs in Marbella & San Pedro, do your research! Get started today!
Here are just some key features of our Intern in Marbella / San Pedro program:
- The amount of time you choose to intern is flexible, with program lengths ranging from 1 to 6 months, all begin the first Monday of the month year round.
- This program can be assigned academic credit, based on approximately 80 contact hours per month of program abroad
- Come with a friend and live together during your adventure in Marbella.
- The Intern in Marbella / San Pedro is one of our smallest programs, as placements are in beach towns in the Costa del Sol vs. capital cities
- Two weeks of intensive Spanish classes are included
- Events and activities are included during your intensive Spanish coursework. Some examples of these activities include a city and area tour, a beach or monument visit, a tapas tour, and a Spanish cooking or dance class.
- Your work assignment is guaranteed and will be confirmed in a signed contract long before you arrive – sectors are of course, Tourism, this area is easily one of the most visited on the planet! Marketing, Teaching, Events, Translation and more.
- Housing runs the gamut in this program – candidates ALWAYS have their own rooms, as in all of our programs, but it could be with a local young couple or with international students or above a language school.
- On site, permanent local Adelante Director and English Speaking Adelante Spain Coordinator available to you for support and question answering for the duration of your program
For a comprehensive list of what’s included in our programs, click here!
List of Internships in Marbella & San Pedro
Click on any of the internship fields below for a description.
BUSINESS / INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
This internship can take place in many sectors, including Real Estate, Import / Export, Fashion, Medical, Travel and more. 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.
Candidates interested in Translation and / or Education 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. Under this heading we also offer Translation internships, whereby candidates can assist Translation Agencies or in Translation projects within many sectors
MARKETING / PUBLIC RELATIONS
This internship can take place in distinct firms and organizations. Most companies in this area are smaller to mid-sized as this area is not a capital city like Madrid or Barcelona. Candidate may focusing on maintaining already created projects / clients or attending to specific client and collaboration companies needs. Projects may include creating 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.
There are several options now in Marbella / San Pedro in the Medical sector. Candidates will have the opportunity to shadow a nurse or a doctor, visiting patients in a Clinica or a private practice office setting. Initially, the candidate will 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. Unlike business internships, candidates in these programs work with the human condition, often sick or chronically ill cases, therefore, logically, much depends on the candidate, their level of Spanish, past experience, program length, etc. Sectors include chronic illness, pediatrics, general practitioner, dermatology and even aesthetic surgery centers. It is an excellent opportunity for exposure to the medical sector in a foreign, in this case, European, setting.
Our program in Marbella & San Pedro can place candidates in non-profit agencies doing accounting/finance, public relations/marketing, psychology & social work, etc.!
Pharmacy internships are quite different than in the US! Here, candidates will attend to the public, dispense medicine and assist Doctors on staff. Pharmacy candidates will be exposed to many levels of the this industry, not simply the handing out of prescriptions. These placements require studies in the medical, nursing or pharmaceutical fields. This is an amazing opportunity to experience first-hand how the Pharmacy profession operates in a foreign country, and to appreciate how the policies and procedures differ in Europe as compared to the United States.
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.
This is the old stand by – wait service or bartending – but of course, you will be doing so in one of the most sought after destinations in the world: South of Spain! Restaurants are varied from international / places catering to tourists, to alternative to traditional Spanish offerings. We like this internship as it has a variety of work shift options (some like to work at night) and it caters to both “foodie” candidates and those who perhaps are not studying Hospitality or Catering, but rather simply want an interesting something to do while they live and learn in Marbella. And, of course, there are the tips….
Candidates interested in Teaching English 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. Under this heading we also offer Translation internships, whereby candidates can assist Translation Agencies or in Translation projects within many sectors
TOURISM & TRAVEL AGENCY
TOURISM: This area is arguably the best place in the world for this sector – Marbella has been a destination for both the jet set and backpackers and students for decades and the Hotel industry here is extremely well developed. We place in multiple Hotels in this area. There is a dedicated Intern Supervisor based at the Hotel for daily interactions as needed. Shifts are usually for 5-7 hours a day, 5 days a week, with a lunch break. All meals plus laundry and cleaning services can be included. Candidates live in a double-room with other international (eg. German, Swedish, Italian) or American interns, for the duration of their program.
Your duties at the hotel will vary depending on your prior experience and Spanish skills, but may include any or all of the following:
- guest registration, check-in and check-out, making reservation/room changes
- directing guests to their rooms and showing them the hotel facilities
- selling towels, phone cards, meal tickets, locker tokens, handing out sports equipment/games etc
- answering questions about the hotel and Marbella in general
- counting the cash drawer and filing registration and other forms
- typing and printing menus and other documents
- answering the phones if your Spanish skills are up to it
TRAVEL AGENCY: Candidates will work in a fast paced, busy environment paying particular attention to Client Services. Plan on doing a bit of everything, from airport pick-ups, to guiding tours, to billing, to translating to booking flights. All training provided. An excellent option for outgoing candidates who want o be hands on and very busy during their time in Spain.
Candidates interested in Translation and / or Education 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. Under this heading we also offer Translation internships, whereby candidates can assist Translation Agencies or in Translation projects within many sectors.
WORK WITH CHILDREN
Candidates interested in Working with Children 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. Under this heading we also offer Translation internships, whereby candidates can assist Translation Agencies or in Translation projects within many sectors
Intern in Marbella & San Pedro is YEAR-ROUND. Begin any month of the year or take advantage of our mid-May start date to beat the summer crowds!
- 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
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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.