Top Spring Internships - Adelante Abroad

Top Spring Internships Abroad 2017

Top Spring Internships - Adelante Abroad

It’s not too late to apply for a Spring internship abroad and even stay through the Summer months! The application for an internship beginning April 1st is actually February 15th, so applicants still have a chance to get a head start going abroad!

Spring in general is the best time to be abroad for an internship program for a plethora of reasons; it’s technically summer in South America, Q2 (April, May, June) is beginning for those publicly traded European companies, the crowds are far more comfortable compared to the summer months, etc. Here’s a list of some of the top programs that our candidates have been asking us about. While some of our programs have remained at the top since 2016, we have added new site locations and programs this year for new candidates and interns.

1. Event Planning Internships Abroad  (Ecuador, Spain, Uruguay)

Event planning in the spring for a number of reasons. Not only are companies gearing up for the influx of summer events but spring is a prime time for events in their own right. For example, May kicks off wedding season in Spain so the prior months will be all about getting ready, interns will definitely be needed!

 

2. Winery Internships Abroad (Chile)

Chile is somewhat thought of as the California of South America due to the diverse climate zones in the country. This temperate climate has lent itself to Chile becoming more prominent in the wine industry in recent years. Spring time is obviously one of the most ideal times to be among the vineyards and learning the art of fine wine making.

 

3. Ecology, Conservation and Horticulture Internships Abroad (Chile, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay)

In this field, there are a slew of opportunities depending on what your specific interests are. Low energy consumption in Barcelona, solar power in Chile, wind power in Madrid, and soil conservation and water management in Mexico are among the options. It goes without saying spring is perhaps the best time of year to intern in a field rooted in the environment.

 

4. Sports Internships Abroad (Barcelona and Madrid, Spain)

For a handful of sports, the season really starts to heat up in the spring time as teams are making their push for the playoffs. The same is true in Europe, particularly in Spain. Spring time is when things get interesting in the top professional basketball and soccer leagues in Spain; Liga ACB (Liga Endesa) and LFP (Liga de Futbol Professional). Internships can be for the teams themselves or in the realm of sports marketing and community relations.

 

5. Fashion Internships Abroad (Spain, Uruguay)

Spring in the fashion forward cities of Barcelona and Madrid. You have opportunities to do work in design houses and with independent fashion designers. In Montevideo, Uruguay you’ll have the opportunity to intern in a high-end retail store based out of Buenos Aires with stores in Madrid, Miami as well. This is meant for an individual looking to own their own store one day and is heavy on the business/retail side of fashion.

 

6. Psychology & Social Work Internships Abroad (Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay)

There are many opportunities for interns in Psychology and Social Work. This is a particularly good program to do in the spring mainly due to the fact that most mental health professionals in Spain go on lengthy vacations in the summer. Spring is the best way to make the most of your intern experience!

 

7. Pharmacy Internships Abroad (Spain)

Pharmacy is an extremely popular internship placement, particularly in the summer time. Intern in pharmacy during the spring time to beat the crowds and ensure your placement! Pharmacy internships abroad are particularly valuable to do as candidates will dispense medicine and assist doctors on staff among other key responsibilities.

 

8. Equine Veterinary Internships Abroad (Ecuador)

This is a brand new program in our new Ecuador site. Based on Quito, you will work with a local equine veterinarian who works with horse owners all around the city and surrounding area. While the majority of work is through scheduled vet services, about 20% can include emergency procedures.

We also provide internships in animal clinics with a lead Veterinary Surgeon in Quito, where candidates can assist with assisting stray dogs and homeless animals as well as domestic pets. The lead doctor at this clinic did his undergraduate work in Houston and speaks flawless English, so even candidates with a lower level of Spanish may be considered for this placement.

Click here if you’re looking to apply for any of our featured Spring internships abroad!

Shayan V - Candidate Spotlight - Adelante Abroad

Adelante Internship Abroad is “Definitely Worth It!” – Candidate Spotlight with Shayan V.

 

Shayan V - Candidate Spotlight - Adelante Abroad

Here’s an article written by one of our recent candidates, Shayan, who just came back from her internship in Madrid! We offer year round internships in several countries for our candidates so that they have the opportunity to travel and intern any time of the year between one to twelve months.

Internship in Madrid – Definitely Worth It!

Let me start off by saying the decision to intern abroad has turned out to be the best decision I have made in my personal, professional and educational life. It’s hard to believe I was so nervous and scared at first but after support from my family and the staff at Adelante, I embarked on a once in a lifetime journey that changed my life.

Prior to this internship, I attended school at San Jose State University before taking a semester off in order to transfer schools. However, I did not want to waste the semester, and since I had always wanted to go abroad once I found out about Adelante, I was sold. I’m currently studying communications hoping to one day find a job working with a major sports organization. Since I’ve always been a huge fan of sports, especially Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, having this internship under my belt will definitely help me with my future career goals.

Why I Chose to Intern in Madrid

For as long as I can remember I’ve been in love with Spain. My dad lived in Madrid when he was younger so growing up he would always tell me stories about his adventures which made me fall even more in love with Spain, especially Madrid. I also learned a lot about Spain in my history classes which prompted me to do my own research and learn about the rich culture and beautiful scenery.

Finally, after years of obsessing over this beautiful country, my mom surprised me with a spring break trip to visit the place I wanted to see more than anywhere else in the world. I remember my mom specifically telling me to not get my hopes up because I’ve built up this amazing place and she doesn’t want me to be upset if it doesn’t meet all my expectations but as I expected, it exceeded all my expectations and she had to drag me back to America kicking and screaming. On the trip back home I told my mom that I would be back so I started planning my return the second I landed.

I’ve travelled around the United States, a few countries in Mexico and the Caribbean but nothing compares to Spain, particularly Madrid. There is a different atmosphere in this city and it welcomes every visitor with open arms. Madrid is the perfect mixture of old Europe mixed with modernization. The buildings rocket into the sky with the architectural design of the 19th century and the technology of the modern day. Around every corner is a plaza or square commemorating Spanish history and of course, an endless supply of museums to visit. Down every cobble stone street you will find an array of restaurants and bars serving a variety of tapas and drinks, and within those establishments you will not find a single person engulfed in their phone but instead they are enjoying each others company.

In case the history, the views and the food wasn’t enough, the city has some of the best shopping in all of Europe with an assortment of shops all over the city. It’s impossible to have a boring day in a city where you could spend a lifetime but still not see everything. However, the absolute best part of Madrid is the people who live there and I’m convinced the kindest, most generous people inhabit this city. Madrileños, as residents of Madrid are frequently referred as, are always willing to help recommend a place to eat, guide you in the right direction or simply help with your Spanish. The kindness of this city is the first thing a visitor will be exposed to which makes everyone who visits this city fall in love.

A Typical Day in Your Internship

As far as the internship, I was fortunate enough to intern with the Real Madrid Foundation | Real Madrid CF which turned out to be the greatest experience for my career goals. A typical day at my internship involved hopping on the Metro to Retiro Park in order to get to the practice field. I would meet with the coach of the team and we would discuss the plans for practice that day. The Real Madrid Foundation have many youth teams that play all over the city of Madrid and Retiro park just happens to be one of their practice grounds.

The coach would tell me her plans for practice and in order to help improve my Spanish I would be the one informing the young players. The practices usually consists of 3-5 exercises and a scrimmage at the end, once I finish explaining the exercises I would help guide the players making sure they were completing it correctly. Each practice is roughly 90 minutes and we work with two teams a day which made my schedule Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm with occasional games on the weekends. Not only was the schedule easy to adapt to but every single person whom I encountered at the foundation and park provided me with support and assistance anytime I needed anything. They were all so welcoming and made the experience even better than it already was.

 

Living in Madrid

As excited as I was for this internship it was still rather difficult to adapt to in the beginning. The entire time I was speaking only in Spanish and even though the classes helped, I was still not extremely confident but after a few days and help from the coaches, it improved daily. Like I mentioned, the people in Madrid are extremely kind and helpful so if they see you’re struggling, like I was in the beginning, they are more than happy to help you.

 

What I Gained from My Internship Abroad

This was an opportunity that I would have never received in America. Being able to intern with such a respected foundation and having the ability to network provided me with professional relationships that I can potentially return to after I finish school. Living in a foreign country, being surrounded by a new culture and interning gave me a new perspective for my career path, encouraged my independence and the need to push myself to achieve my goals, and to put it simply, it was a fun adventure unlike anything I had ever done before. Regardless of what you do or where you go, you will grow from your experience and it will look amazing on a resume. For me, the ability to be submerged in the culture, learn Spanish, travel, and meet new people all while experiencing a once in a lifetime internship will forever shape the person I am.

– Shayan V. (Internships in Madrid, Spain)

Shayan V - Internship in Madrid - Adelante Abroad

 

It’s not too late to apply for a spring internship! Apply now for an internship starting in April 2017 by Wednesday, February 15. We offer several summer internship and study abroad opportunities in other parts of the world as well. Summer study abroad programs are available in Spain, Costa Rica and Scotland.