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Why You Should Apply for a Spring Internship

Apply for a Spring Internship - Adelante Abroad

Adelante Abroad has several internship opportunities throughout the year, but we believe that spring is one of the most advantageous times to apply for a program, especially one that offers international internships.

Why are spring internships better, you might ask? Here are some reasons why:

Gain more experience

Regardless of when you begin your internship, you will gain so much experience in your program. While many internships local to where you live provide a way to build a better resume and skill set, an internship abroad provides all of that AND gives an experience of a lifetime for years to come.


Get ahead of the competition

While the majority of internships are offered in the summer, it becomes harder for students and candidates to find open positions. The high demand for summer programs also causes a stressful application process that often ends in not getting accepted. So if you don’t have much work experience or a 3.0 or higher GPA, you could end up at the bottom of the hiring pool.

Taking a spring internship could benefit you by May to getting a head start in your career. You will also start summer with more insight on what field and industry you want to work in. So, while all of your friends are spending their summer in an office 4-5 days per week, you can spend it focusing on your future (and maybe even traveling more if you’d like).


It’s a great way to end your school year

Who said you had to take on an internship AFTER school? This is perfect for anyone who is completely done with classes by the end of fall and has a few months until their graduation ceremony to grab some work experience.

Even if you’re not graduating in May or June, taking some time off to intern abroad may actually SAVE you some college time! An internship can help you figure out where you truly want to study in college, especially if you’re still undecided or unsure if you like your major. We have even had past candidates who went for an internship in the spring and then decided to continue living where they interned and study at an international college for the remainder of their academic years. Who knows, maybe you find the program of your dreams while abroad!

Regardless of what you find in spring, you get to end your school year with plenty of stories to tell your friends and family back home!


Start “Summer Vacation” early

An internship in the spring is no different than one offered in the summer. If you’re traveling abroad, then countries like Chile and Uruguay during the spring months will actually offer you the summer sunshine that you were waiting for back at home.

Flights to international cities are also much more expensive during the summer vacation months than spring time. Hotels and accommodations are not any better. If you want to travel abroad but can’t take on the fees in the summer, then taking advantage of an internship during the cheaper months may help you have a more luxurious vacation!

So really… what are you waiting for? Adelante offers several programs in various countries and fields, and you can choose to stay for 1 month, 2 months, or even 6 months. Take advantage of these benefits and apply now!

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6 #HowToAdult Realities When Going Abroad

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We All Have Had Those #HowToAdult Moments

Whether you’re 13 or 30, you’ve been through some kind of stage in your life where you had to start doing things without the help of your family. It’s definitely tough in the beginning, and you may not even realize how tough it was going to be. But eventually, it starts to become second nature.

The same reality goes with travelling abroad. Whether you choose to intern or study abroad for a few months, here are the realities on #HowToAdult when going abroad.

#1: You’re in Charge of Everything

Unfortunately, your parents or guardian can’t come with you to your abroad program. I mean, they could, but is that really what you want? Weren’t you trying to travel so that you could get away and explore on your own? Sooner or later, you’ll learn that you have to take charge of everything while abroad; fortunately, many programs provide you with some helpful resources prior to your travels.

Did you know that Adelante Abroad gives you a pre-departure orientation (PDO) packet a couple of months before your trip? That packet provides plenty of information on the area that you’ll be living in, plus helpful tips on going to different places. It can be a great resource to show you the next step in your travels.

#2: You Need to Learn How to Cook

While some internships are based in large urban cities, many programs are centered in rural areas, where grocery stores and restaurants are not as close by. What does that mean for you? It just means that you’ll have to experiment with local ingredients and mix them up in a kitchen pot. Yup, that’s right. You’ll need to cook.

Never cooked before? That’s alright. It is strongly advised to practice some basic cooking skills before travelling. Even if you’re not interning or studying abroad and just travelling on your wanderlust journey, cooking could save you hundreds of dollars on your trip.

You don’t have to be a culinary major to understand the foundations of cooking. Check out this WikiHow on cooking, or check out these 30+ dishes that anyone can make (quick tip: pasta is a great dish for starters).

#3: You Won’t Have a Cleaning Maid

You may have a host or hostess who comes in every so often to fix leaks or cracks where you’re staying, but they won’t be picking up dirty laundry for you. Although many of our parents teach us the importance of keeping a clean room or doing the dishes in early adolescence, not having someone remind you to clean up on your own may be a new experience.

Even the most seasoned college students and those who have lived alone for years can often forget a pile of clothes on the floor or even to vacuum the carpet from food crumps and dirt. Did you really think it just vanished magically?

Cleaning does not have to be difficult. Set up a reminder once or twice a week and dedicate a couple of hours to straightening up the house. You’ll be surprised what 20 minutes a day can do for an apartment. Look up “life hacks” online for quick tips on keeping your place looking nice and organized with little effort, too.

#4: Without a Budget, You Probably Won’t Last Too Long Abroad

If your parents have given you money before, and you’ve spent it all in less than a day, then this trip may be the best thing for you. Travelling abroad means being away from family, meaning being away from your constant cash flow that you were used to back at home.

It’s completely okay if you’ve never set up a budget for yourself before. Do you know how many adults in their 30s and 40s STILL don’t know how to budget? There are some easy ways to ensure that you don’t spend your entire savings halfway through your trip.

Do some research before you leave to determine how much money you need to save up. This includes cost of food (groceries and going out), transportation (bus and train passes, etc.), and souvenirs for yourself and your family.

Add some additional funds for emergencies (you never want to go without a backup). Then decide how you will split up your money each week. Write down what you spend and try not to go over your weekly budget.

If for some reason you end up spending more than planned, or there was an emergency, do not be afraid to contact your family for help. They may have extra money saved up for situations like these. However, this, of course, is a last resort.

#5: You Will Make Friends from Different Cultures

Here’s a shocker – you’ll probably meet other people just like yourself when you travel. And you’ll also probably meet people NOT like yourself when you travel. And that’s totally okay!

As you continue with your travels, you are going to meet people that you like a lot and people that you don’t like a lot. Your journey going abroad will bring these obstacles, but you will learn how to make friends with people from all over the world, many of which you might have not attempted to be friends with if you stayed at home.

You’ll learn different cultures and languages (especially if you’re in one of our Spanish countries), and those friends will be helpful as well in your journey as you learn to adjust to your solo travel life.

#6: You Will Learn How to Be Independent

If you haven’t figured it out by now, you will probably have to do everything on your own. Congrats! You’re officially “adulting”!

By all means, we encourage you to be as independent as possible. Not only will you master your adulting skills faster, but you will have a far better experience once you learn the ropes. And if you still need help, you can always ask your family (and your Adelante Abroad team) for some assistance. We’re always here to help and want to make this “adulting” abroad experience the best one ever.

Top 5 Reasons to Intern in Barcelona

cadaques-barcelonaHaving trouble choosing which of our programs to embark on? Why not Barcelona? 
Barcelona, Spain is one of our favorite internship program destinations. It is Spain’s second largest city, with 1.6 million people. Barcelona is full amazing things to do ranging from a day at the beach to visiting breathtaking architecture. Here we list our top reasons to intern in Barcelona.


Food: Barcelona’s cuisine is just the first reason why you should intern there. Their food is based on a Mediterranean diet consisting mainly of vegetables, bread, and olive oil. Many restaurants serve an array of dishes from chicken to seafood to fresh fruit. You must try tapas, Spain’s signature smaller portion plates of all different types of foods. You can find these delicious meals in Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s main outdoor shopping center. If you are a foodie, Barcelona is a great internship location for you!


Unique Culture: Did you know Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia? Catalonia is a distinct and an autonomous region in Spain consisting of four provinces. Although Barcelona and Catalonia is a part of Spain, it really is it’s own entity in many ways, especially culturally. By visiting Barcelona, you’ll be exposed to a unique culture of its own. People in Barcelona even speak a unique variation of Spanish called Catalan. Why not visit a place with such a rich culture and unique history?

Events and Activities: Barcelona is a great choice for your internship because it is a bustling, metropolitan city. During the day you can ride a bike or walk to exclusive areas where mobiles are not permitted. You can travel to one of the many beaches along the coast, where you can tan, swim, surf, sail, and more! During the week there are plenty of activities to engage in after your internship. Like New York City, Barcelona is known as Spain’s city that never sleeps. Be sure to visit some of the most famous after hour districts like El Born, The Old Town, and Port Olimpic. Many weekends you will find one of the many festivals going on. These include world famous music festivals such as Primavera sound and Sonar. The never ending list of things to do is just another reason why Barcelona is one of our favorite internship destinations!

Weather: One of the reasons why we love Barcelona is the amazing weather that they experience. This city has wonderful weather almost all year round. They experience warm springs, hot summers, cool falls, and relatively cold winters. We can assure you that Barcelona will be humming with excitement no matter when you visit. With such beautiful weather, how could you not intern there?


Art and Architecture: Barcelona’s rich art and architecture is another reason why you should take an internship there. Being the capital of Modernism, Barcelona is filled with many buildings created by the famous Antoni Gaudi. These works of art include Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Casa Batillo, and Park Guell. These breathtaking buildings and locations can be found throughout the city and are easy to travel to. If art is your passion, Barcelona is home to many magnificent art museums. Some of the unforgettable museums include the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), The Picasso Museum, and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). Not only do these museums show their daily galleries, but they are constantly showing unique exhibitions. Obviously, if you love history, art, and architecture, interning in Barcelona is a must.


If you want more information on interning in Barcelona, click here

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Where Are They Now? – Amanda M. (Former Intern Update)

amanda-madrid-corrides-de-toresAmanda M., Former Intern in Madrid (2012)

From time to time, we like to catch up with our former intern and study abroad candidates. Of course, many have used their experience with Adelante Abroad as a stepping stone onto bigger and better things in their lives. Nothing gives us greater joy than hearing about how their experiences affected and impacted them. The following is an example of this.

DSCN2432Madrid. Ah, Madrid. There is no place quite like it. The people, history, culture, food, and transportation systems are nothing short of amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed my 3 months in the heart of Spain. I had a hard time adjusting at first because my Spanish-speaking abilities were very basic upon arrival. However, after taking a two week intensive language course with native speakers and becoming immersed in the culture, I became much more confident in my ability to communicate with others.

amanda-madrid-2012-adelante-abroadI was fortunate to meet other interns in the Adelante program while in Madrid. We were able to take trips on the weekends to other cities in Spain as well as other nearby countries! It was so wonderful to be able to experience so many cities and countries in the short time I was there. My internship placement was teaching English to immigrant children. I enjoyed the children so much! They were a lot of fun and very forgiving that my Spanish wasn’t that great yet. We were able to teach each other while I was interning there. I’ll never forget those little ones! They definitely taught me that connection with each other surpasses language.

This internship gave me such an enriching experience as not only a person, but as a professional as well. Since my internship, I have had potential employers tell me that my resume stood out not only for my credentials, but because I had done an internship abroad! I’m so happy that I was able to have the opportunity to do an internship in a country I love, as well as in my own field as an early childhood development professional. What an amazing experience! I’ll never forget it!


-Amanda M.

Then: University of Missouri M.S. Graduate, Early Childhood and Family Development

Now: Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher, Austin, TX

Spring Internships Abroad 2016

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You may be saying to yourself, Spring internships abroad already? We haven’t even got to Thanksgiving! You may be right, but the application for an internship beginning March 1st is actually January 1st. So we want to give you ample time to prepare!

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.

1. International Internships in Event Planning  (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. International Internships in Ecology, Horticulture, Conservation (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. International Internships in Sports (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. International Internships in Fashion (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. International Internships in Psychology/Social Work (Chile, 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. International Internships in Pharmacy (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.


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

5 Benefits of a Medical Internship Abroad

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(former Adelante intern Lucy T. holding retractors during an actual surgery in Madrid!)

A medical internship abroad can provide huge benefits, here are 5 reasons you should seriously consider doing one:

1. Get hands-on experience you simply CAN’T get in North America – Medical standards and practices are different (well, more lenient, for lack of a better word) in Europe and Latin America in comparison to North America. So who stands to benefit from that the most? YOU. You’ll be exposed to so many different things/getting hands-on experience in ways that would be impossible in any kind of medical internship in the U.S. or Canada. By comparison, in order to be a medical intern in North America, you need to complete medical school and already have a medical degree. Which brings us to our next point:

2. Boost your CV and Resume – If you’re still an undergrad looking to apply for medical school, think about how far ahead of the curve you’d be after completing an international medical internship! You’ll have real, working experience in the hospital, doctors office, operating room, you name it! Just by putting that kind of experience on your CV or resume, you’re guaranteed to stand head-and-shoulders above nearly all other applicants. It’s also an ace in your pocket when your interviewing for medical school.

3. Learn, become more fluent in another language – There is a huge need for medical practitioners to be fluent in another language in order to best serve certain populations. Spanish speakers in particular are needed in states like California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona. Becoming fluent just makes you that much more marketable when you’re ready to enter the workforce.

4. Gain meaningful experience in a specialty you’re interested in – There are plenty of internships you can do across a wide range of fields; that way, you can make the most of your experience. We’ve placed individuals in nursing, EMT, paramedic, pharmacy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy internships. In addition, we’ve set up interns with placements where they can shadow surgeons of different specialties.

5. See the world! – If you could travel and see the world while remaining career oriented and working toward your future goals, wouldn’t you do it? Our programs provide a great opportunity to accomplish all of these things!

Medical Internship in Madrid


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Click here for information on our medical internship abroad programs by destination: Medical in Madrid, Spain, Medical in Seville, Spain, Medical in Marbella, Spain, Medical in Valparaiso, Chile, Medical in Oaxaca, Mexico, Medical in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Setting Expectations for Your Program Abroad, Part I

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As with most other services or businesses, all over our former interns and study abroad candidates have the opportunity to review their experience. This entry responds to the most salient issues that crop up in intern reviews.

Sometimes the biggest issues are ones that are totally avoidable with a little bit of preparation, research, and a tempering of expectations. Now let’s clarify, we’re not saying set the bar low… rather, set realistic expectations as opposed to over-romanticizing the idea of your travels. As almost any experienced traveler will tell you, there’s the good and the bad in every destination or travel experience; things rarely ever go as planned or as advertised.

And with that, let’s look at a couple of qualms we’ve heard over the years:

1. “I loved my program but I didn’t like the city I lived in.”

As a program provider, there’s not much we can do about this one, unfortunately. However, what we can say is that this is an easily preventable predicament.

Step 1: Do Your Research – if you’re going to be doing an international program in a foreign place, you’d better be prepared for what you signed up for! These days there aren’t any secrets with the internet; so take some time to do research outside of travel blogs and the sites/articles getting all the top hits on Google. Get firsthand knowledge or experiences from others. You can even see or watch street activity via Webcams to see what’s like to walk the streets everyday!

Step 2: Reflect – After doing your research, what are you supposed to do with all that new information? Well, it’s time to process it in the context of you. You know yourself better than anyone, so be honest with yourself… Will I like this city? Am I compatible with it? Can I adapt? What will I struggle most with? Some places are more agreeable than others when it comes to meshing certain personalities. So think about how you may fare in any particular destination. Either way, one thing we can guarantee you is that there isn’t any one place on the planet that absolutely has it all, bringing us to…

Step 3: Prepare Yourself  – Murphy’s Law: anything that can happen, will happen… especially in travel. Refer back to step 2, think about what you may have problems with but be ready and able to roll with the punches. We can’t stress this enough. Bottom line is there will be things you’ll have to deal with, what can separate a good experience from a bad one is the realization and mindset of “alright, this kind of sucks but it’s alright I’ll deal with it and everything is going to be ok.” Trust us, if some seemingly catastrophic event occurs, we’re willing to bet you’ll live through it. If anything, it will become a great travel story down the road.

2. “My internship wasn’t what I expected.”

Let’s first address this qualm by saying there are a host of different things not limited to the following that can affect your internship experience; how long you will be going for, what time of year it is, your previous experience, your Spanish skill level, and even how proactive you are upon your arrival. Now, let us elaborate:

Longer programs almost always are more beneficial to an internship experience. Let’s face it, companies are not going to give you VIPs (Very Important Projects) if you’re only there for a month. Conversely, they’re far more likely to give you meaningful work if you’ve spent time at the company, gotten to know the culture, and if they have gotten to know you also.

Time of year matters. Take Spain for instance, most North Americans like doing programs abroad in the summer time. However, in Spain the months of August are extremely slow. Businesses close down for days, have atypical operating hours, and it is not uncommon for bosses to be gone for weeks. So, adjust your program abroad time frame accordingly or temper those expectations if you plan on being there in the summer.

As with any position in the workforce, your skills (in this case, technical and language) count! Your company abroad will likely base your workload on the skills you possess. In other words, if this is the first and only experience you have in a given field with limited Spanish speaking ability… don’t expect to get those VIPs! Rather, work on the little things, turn your weaknesses into strengths. Give yourself the elemental skills in your field, get more comfortable in your Spanish speaking.

If you feel confident and want more work, be proactive! A past intern complained about not having anything to do. When we spoke to her supervisor, the supervisor responded with “Well, she was always in her cubicle and on the computer looking busy.” Companies, especially the larger ones, aren’t always going to stop everything and cater to a one or two month foreign intern. Sometimes we forget that even though this is our experience of a lifetime, this is just life going on for a Spanish, Chilean, Costa Rican, etc. company. If you want more projects and responsibility, approach your supervisor for it!

Above all else, how can I make my internship experience count? Don’t forget where you are… in a professional setting in a foreign land. Not many are privy to this opportunity. At the very least, learn as much as you can and take anything and everything in. Learn about the company’s culture, how people conduct themselves, how business operates in an international setting. Befriend a co-worker, learn as much as you can from them, inquire about the ins and outs of their job.  If you put your mind to it, there are an infinite amount of things you can take away from an international internship experience.

Expect the Unexpected: How To Deal With A Unique Situation (From the Perspective of An Intern)

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The following describes the unique situation of former intern, Jennifer J. It is a good example of how processes may differ in other countries and how one must adapt to such situations (especially when these processes deviate from the norm an individual may be used to).

The NIE (Foreign Identification Number, Número de Identificación de Extranjero) Process

My internship experience with Adelante and Accenture has been great so far. Although, there were a few things that were challenging in the beginning with the process I believe that they helped me learn more about the Spanish culture and how business is conducted in this country.

I first learned that I would need a ¨NIE¨ document and a Seguridad de Social number on the Thursday before I had planned on starting my internship. I found this to be odd because I had been talking with my assigned company, Accenture, since about a month before I even arrived in Madrid. Accenture was a new company working with Adelante and their entire selection process had been a little bit different for me. I was extremely excited to be working with them because it is the same company that I will be working for in the US in the fall.

In June I had gone through a phone interview, in English, with one of the individuals in HR. It was a challenging task to figure out how I was going to accept an international call on my cell phone in the US, but I ended up using google voice and an international monthly plan Verizon was offering. The interview was a pretty standard STAR based question interview, however the challenging part was trying to understand the accent of the woman who was interviewing me. Although, she was speaking English her accent really made it hard to understand her questions. Also, she did not understand the format of my resume and she asked 3 times about when had I graduated and how many degrees had I earned in the states. She also seemed surprised that I have had 5 internships before I graduated with my MBA. I had to explain to her how the summer is usually when students in the US do a 8-10 week internship to practice skills in a workplace environment.

After that initial interview I was contacted many times by individuals in the company. A few days later someone called me back to briefly discuss what type of assignment I would be working on while in Spain. Another time someone emailed me just saying to contact them as soon as I arrived in Madrid. It was all very exciting to me, especially when I started to receive emails in Spanish. It made the whole experience seem much more real.

When I arrived in Spain I had Jennifer Jackson 4 several more interactions with HR  and my manager before actually showing up for the first day. Almost everyday someone wanted to tell me something about the assignment or ask me questions. One of the first calls they asked if I could work form 9-6 each day. I told her that it was prohibited by my program and that I could only work up to 20 hours. This was easily corrected after speaking with Kimberly. Antonio seemed to be offended that I did not want to work 40+ hours a week and told me it would be better for me to learn. After getting the situation corrected with Kimberly everything was back on track and I actually got approved to work Mon-Thursday from 9-2 which was a perfect schedule for me!

At this point I had been engaging in all contact in Spanish. Emails were easy to navigate because I could re-read them if needed or look a word up if I did not know it. Conversation was a different story because initially everyone spoke to me very fast and I was not able to understand them. I could understand the general gist of what someone was saying to me and I could answer in very short simple sentences.

All of this had taken place in the course of the two weeks I was studying at Eureka for language practice. Once I finally had my assignment at the client site, and knew who my manager would be I was ready to begin work on Monday, or so I thought. On that Thursday I was informed by HR that I needed a NIE and a Social Security number to begin work. No one had ever mentioned this to me in the past month of being in contact with the company so it came as a surprise to both me and Kimberly. After a lot of confusion and discussion among Kimberly, Antonio, and the HR department at Accenture I finally knew what I had to do. Instead of starting on the Monday after ending my classes I was to go to one of the Spanish government buildings to obtain my NIE.

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A NIE is:

NIE number (Foreign Identification Number, Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is a necessity in all fiscal or legal matters in Spain. Most commonly for foreigners this means when you purchase your property and sign for your mortgage in Spain.”

Because I would not be buying any property or doing any legal matters here I was confused as to why I needed a NIE, but either way I was more than willing to accommodate the company because I was so excited to start work. The entire process was very interesting. Thankfully, Kimberly had emailed me step by step directions on what I needed to do to get the document because otherwise I would have been lost.

First, I had to make sure I arrived at the office building at least 30-15 minutes earlier that the building opened to make sure I would be able to secure a spot in line. Then once inside the building I was told that instead of the copy of my passport that obtained the information from the first two pages with all of my identification information, I needed a copy of every single page in the book. I found this odd because majority of those pages are blank and it seemed a bit pointless, but I complied. I had to find a papelería to make more copies. Then, once that was completed I had to go to the bank to pay 11 euro for the number and return to the building a third time to finally get a number in line. After waiting in line for about an hour and a half my number was finally called.

The woman who serviced me seemed to have no sense of urgency when processing my paperwork and took many breaks to check her phone. She also had to ask her co-workers how to process my paperwork. Once everything was finally complete they were able to issue me this paper which contained my NIE number. Next up was getting my Social Security number, but Spanish government buildings for the most part are only open from 9-12 so I had to wait until the next day to go get that information.

Obtaining my Spanish Seguridad de Social was actually much easier than obtaining a NIE. I found this interesting because in the US its next to impossible to just be issued a SSN, but clearly it is different here. All I had to do was find my closet social security office to my apartment. The company sent me a link to the website with all of the locations and I just chose the one with the same zip code. After arriving at the building I had to wait in line similar to the way I waited in line to obtain my NIE, but this time it was a much shorter wait. I had to bring them a copy of my NIE document, they entered a few standard pieces of personal information in the computer and within 15 minutes I was done.

The entire processJennifer Jackson 3  was a learning experience. I observed that Spanish culture is very relaxed. They historically have taken siestas during the day, eat dinner really late, and stay up and party all night. It is a very different culture from the fast pace and busy US. Sometimes I find it refreshing to not always be in a rush to get something done or move on to the next event. Other times, it´s annoying when you have a deadline to meet or something time sensitive to do and nobody shares your same sense of urgency for the matter. This can be very inefficient at times and I can see how this attitude could prevent their country from keeping up with the rest of the world economically, especially since everyone in Spain keeps referring to how hard it is to get a job here and how the crisis is affecting everyone.

For the future I would suggest that anyone planning to intern with Accenture in Spain take a day or two before starting the internship to get this important paperwork done. Although it may be a tedious task I think it really allows you to observe some of the business practices of the Spaniards.

– Jennifer J., August 2014

Intern Life: Living in Marbella

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Stephen H. just wrapped up his Intern in Marbella program. He was kind enough to give us a quick little summary on Marbella and what to expect from this little blip in the Costa del Sol.

 Marbella is a very nice Andalusian town that attracts tourists from all over the world during the summer. If you have been to Spain’s larger cities and want that sort of ambiance while you’re in the country, Marbella may not be the town for you. I would describe Marbella as a large pueblo. In no way is it a city, but it is not a small sleepy town. For those looking for a relaxing time with plenty of sun and beach this is the town for you!  The language school Inlingua was great and the staff was very welcoming and helpful. I recommend working here, but be warmed that during the summer there are not many students and you may not get many hours. The old town of Marbella is picturesque.  Navigating around this part of Spain is easy with the bus service from Marbella. Málaga is very close and great. Ronda is definitely worth a day visit.  All in all, you will enjoy your time in Marbella as I did!

– Stephen H.

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